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Washington State Home Builders Lead the Nation in Energy Code Compliance
High Percentage of New Homes in Washington State Exceed Current Energy Code The Washington State Department of Commerce and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), representing an alliance of Northwest utilities and energy efficiency organizations, today announced a study of residential energy code compliance that shows Washington State is highest in the nation. In 2009, Washington…
Federal grants aim to protect Puget Sound watersheds
For decades, transforming Puget Sound’s forest lands, fields and shorelines into places for new homes and businesses often has come at the expense of the environment. While development reduces fish and wildlife habitat, it can also have other negative environmental effects such as diminishing the effectiveness of wetlands and floodplains…
Grants up to $100k now available for improving broadband access and use
Community and region-wide broadband planning efforts get an assist from new grant funds available through the Washington State Broadband Office. The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced that applications are available for the 2013 Local Technology Planning Team grant program. The grants awards will range from $50,000 to $100,000 and are…
State solicits public comment on request to weatherize more homes
Public hearing set for March 28 in Olympia The Washington State Department of Commerce will conduct a public hearing from 11 a.m. to noon, March 28, 2013, in Olympia to receive comments on its waiver request for additional federal funds to weatherize homes. The hearing will be in the 2nd Floor Conference…
Fewer teens use tobacco and alcohol; many need support for depressive feelings
Healthy Youth Survey explores attitudes and behaviors among 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders Fewer students are smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, according to a recent survey of kids in our state. At the same time, a large number of students seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number…

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