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11/24/14
Northwest public utilities, BPA top five-year energy savings target (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/24/14
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
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Portland, Ore. - Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration have saved at least 560 average megawatts of electricity, greatly surpassing the five-year goal of 504 aMW set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Sixth Power Plan.

"Public power and BPA continue to lead the region's energy efficiency efforts," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency. "And this fantastic accomplishment could only be achieved through the great collaboration that we have here in the Pacific Northwest."

Although energy savings are still being reported, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities are projecting that they will have saved more than 560 aMW of electricity between 2010 and 2014. The five years of savings is enough to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes and adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills for Northwest ratepayers. The final savings achieved will be more precisely known in early 2015.

BPA and publicly owned electric utilities in the Northwest have worked hard not only to achieve but to substantially exceed the aggressive energy efficiency target.

"Public power's investment in energy efficiency has produced impressive savings in the past five years," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "This would not be possible without the commitment at the local level by utilities who know the needs of their retail customers."

The region's energy-saving goals are set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, which includes two members from each of the four Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington). BPA and Northwest publicly owned utilities administer programs that pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy in support of public power's share of the region's energy efficiency target. Public power utilities are responsible for roughly 42 percent of the total regional target. This includes providing incentives for energy-saving upgrades, developing and implementing cutting-edge programs, and advancing new energy-efficient technologies, codes and standards.

Since 2010, there have been a number of standouts in the region's efforts to enhance energy efficiency. Programs like BPA's award-winning Energy Smart Industrial more than doubled the savings industrial facilities achieved compared to the previous five years (from 35 to over 75 aMW). The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an organization that furthers the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices, supported by BPA, worked to improve the efficiency of the television market in the Northwest and achieved over 70 aMW of regional savings.

Standouts notwithstanding, a commitment to working together has been the key to success.

"Whether it's an upgrade for a homeowner or a process improvement at an industrial plant, collaboration between utility and BPA staff and our members is essential to achieving the region's energy conservation goals," says Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, an industry association that promotes energy efficiency.

The region has exceeded the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's annual targets every year since 2005. Early reporting shows that BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities saved 55 aMW of energy in fiscal year 2014, exceeding the target range of 48 to 56 aMW. (The fiscal year 2014 savings figure is preliminary and likely to be adjusted after all reporting from utilities is submitted and verified.)

"The region's impressive accomplishments are saving money for consumers, protecting the environment by helping to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and keeping our electricity supply the cleanest and least expensive in the nation," said Pat Smith, chair of the Council's Power Committee, which is overseeing development of the upcoming Seventh Power Plan.

Since Congress passed the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act in 1980, over half of the region's new demand for electricity has been met through energy savings. In those 34 years, the Northwest has saved 5,600 aMW of electricity, enough energy to power four cities the size of Seattle for an entire year or about $3.5 billion in reduced electric bills for the people and businesses of the Northwest.

"Energy efficiency is our cleanest, quickest, cheapest new power source, and critical to meeting our carbon-reduction responsibilities," said Sara Patton, NW Energy Coalition executive director. "We applaud Bonneville's continuing efforts to help the region's utilities meet and exceed their savings goals, and look forward to even greater accomplishments in coming years."

According to the Council, the average cost of efficiency improvements is about $17 per megawatt-hour, about five times less than the cost of power from a new gas-fired plant. So without energy efficiency, the region would need to generate enough additional electricity to power 3.6 million Northwest homes.

"Northwesterners should be proud of the fact that energy efficiency is the second-largest power resource in the region," Genece adds. "By using energy more efficiently, we can extend the value of the federal power system and its ability to continue to provide clean, affordable, reliable energy for the region."


Attached Media Files: Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
11/21/14
NCA Staff Presents on Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Washington State Conference (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 11/21/14
NCA Teacher Raine Sherwood
NCA Teacher Raine Sherwood
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Seattle University, Seattle, WA (November 13, 2014): Northshore Christian Academy's (NCA) Elementary STEM Education Program was showcased at the Washington State PLTW Counselor Conference at Seattle University this November.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a key leader in providing up close, hands on, relevant and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used across the U.S. Students have the opportunity to create, design and build things like robots and cars, applying what they are learning in math and science to the world's challenges. Students learn not only how things work, but how to make them better!

The PLTW Counselor Conference is a professional development conference designed to inform school counselors, advisors, principals, school administrators, and teachers about the PLTW program and provide them with facts they can use to encourage students to enroll in PLTW courses. PLTW is a leading provider of STEM Education curriculum. This year marks the launch of their K-5 Elementary program. Northshore was selected to present at the State Conference as a Washington State school which has launched the PLTW program. Topics at the conference included:
* PLTW program and curriculum overview
* Engineering and biomedical career options
* Presentations by PLTW engineering and biomedical affiliates in Washington State
* Student Panel and hands-on student demonstrations

NCA presented to a group of administrators, teachers and STEM professionals about the success of the use of the PLTW program at NCA. Currently 620 students from 28 classes participate in the program each week at NCA.

Superintendent Holly Leach prepared a video to show the work NCA is doing in the classroom using PLTW. NCA's presentation at the conference was well-received and the school was acknowledged for their successful launch of the program. (To see Video, go here: http://media.northshorechristian.org/sermons/nca/stem_final_1.mp4 )

To learn more about PLTW, go to NCA's STEM Education--Engineering web page: www.northshorechristianacademy.org/Engineering

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:45am. New family enrollment applications for 2015/2016 are being accepted January 1, 2015. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: NCA Teacher Raine Sherwood , Teaching PLTW in Classroom , PLTW logo
11/11/14
Accomplished educators from across the Puget Sound Region will attend a convening for teachers by teachers
Puget Sound ESD - 11/11/14
King County/Puget Sound - Over 100 Puget Sound area educators have been nominated and selected to attend the first regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching - Puget Sound (ECET2PS) convening today, November 11. The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) network was born out of the desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and celebrate the teaching profession. At their core, ECET2 convenings are by teachers, for teachers. They harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning and to improve teach ing practice to better serve students. ECET2 Puget Sound is built on the belief that teachers hold the keys to ensuring that policy is well informed, instructional shifts are made with fidelity, and educators are equipped with the right professional development supports to be effective in the classroom. The best way to elevate teachers--and, in fact, the entire teaching profession--is to recognize that teachers are the experts in this field. This event is made possible from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

The goals for the ECET2 Puget Sound convening are to:
* celebrate teachers and teaching
* empower diverse networks of teacher leaders
* elevate teacher leadership practices
* accelerate implementation of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
* use social media to build teacher networks to support learning

In February, 2014 Kent School District teacher Brooke Perry attended the national ECET2 convening in Snowbird, Utah. After collaborating with teacher leaders from around the country Perry felt re-energized, valued, and more proud to be an educator than she had ever been.

"ECET2PS is an amazing opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other highly effective educators and learn how their unique voice can impact daily lives of teachers and students in a positive way," said Brooke Perry, Kent School District.

ECET2PS on November 11 aims to elicit the same reaction from over 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region through focusing on celebrating the hard work and sacrifices that teachers make every day while empowering them to foster their leadership skills and unique voice in the classroom, in education.

The day-long convening will feature breakout sessions delivered by accomplished teacher leaders in the Puget Sound region, inspirational keynote addresses, and will include ample opportunities for teacher collaboration.

WHO: More than 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region
WHEN: Tuesday, November 11th 2014 8:00AM-4:00PM
WHERE: Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188

Educational leaders involved in ECET2PS will be available to media on November 11 at Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188. Photo opportunities will be available during keynote addresses.

Tuesday, November 11th Photo Opportunities
8:00 am: Welcome address, Brooke Perry, Teacher, Kent School District and Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
8:15 am: Opening Keynote, "Mindsets in Education," Amy Abrams, 2014 Puget Sound Teacher of the Year
12:20 pm: Lunchtime keynote, "Changing the Conversation about Teaching," Chris Crouch, Huffington Post, Blogger and Instructional Specialist, Kentucky Department of Education
4:00 pm: Closing Keynote, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, 2013-14 Milken Educator Award Winner

For more information contact Brooke Perry brooke.perry29@gmail.com or follow the group on Twitter: @ECET2PS or #ecet2ps

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About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) #121 is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 383,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.
11/10/14
Forestry Stakeholders Gather in Lacey
Society of American Foresters - 11/10/14
Lacey, WA- Stakeholders in Washington's forests will gather in Lacey on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, to address the topic of "Working Forests for the 21st Century." The meeting will be held at the Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Washington State Society of American Foresters, the conference will focus on balancing social, ecological, and economic products and values from Working Forests.

Eleven speakers will examine topics on forest science for the future, climate change adaptation, forest infrastructure and markets, innovations in wood architecture, early successional habitat, carbon sequestration, and examples of managing Tribal, community, and family working forests.
Speakers include Tom DeLuca, director of the University of Washington School Environmental and Forest Sciences; Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark; Brad St. Clair, a research geneticist with the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Ore.; and more. To view the full program, visit http://www.forestry.org/washington/workingforests/.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world. Members of the Washington State SAF include over 500 field foresters, forest managers and engineers, administrators, researchers, and educators who manage and study the 22.9 million acres of public, private, and Tribal forests throughout Washington.
11/05/14
Media Advisory: Contact Information for Next Oregon State Police Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/05/14
Effective Thursday, November 6, 2014, Lieutenant Josh Brooks will take over full-time Public Information Officer (PIO) duties for the Oregon State Police. Lieutenant Brooks is assigned at General Headquarters in Salem and may be reached at:

Office: (503) 934-1261
Email: osppio@state.or.us (will go to Lieutenant Brooks' cellphone)

Brooks, age 36, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. Previous OSP assignments included working at offices in John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

Following a 36-year OSP career, Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer, is retiring effective December 1, 2014. Hastings served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

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11/04/14
Accomplished educators from across the Puget Sound Region will attend a convening for teachers by teachers
Puget Sound ESD - 11/04/14
King County/Puget Sound - Over 100 Puget Sound area educators have been nominated and selected to attend the first regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching - Puget Sound (ECET2PS) convening in November. The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) network was born out of the desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and celebrate the teaching profession. At their core, ECET2 convenings are by teachers, for teachers. They harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning and to improve teaching practice to better serve students. ECET2 Puget Sound is built on the belief that teachers hold the keys to ensuring that policy is well informed, instructional shifts are made with fidelity, and educators are equipped with the right professional development supports to be effective in the classroom. The best way to elevate teachers--and, in fact, the entire teaching profession--is to recognize that teachers are the experts in this field. This event is made possible from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

The goals for the ECET2 Puget Sound convening are to:
* celebrate teachers and teaching
* empower diverse networks of teacher leaders
* elevate teacher leadership practices
* accelerate implementation of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
* use social media to build teacher networks to support learning

In February, 2014 Kent School District teacher Brooke Perry attended the national ECET2 convening in Snowbird, Utah. After collaborating with teacher leaders from around the country Perry felt re-energized, valued, and more proud to be an educator than she had ever been.

"ECET2PS is an amazing opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other highly effective educators and learn how their unique voice can impact daily lives of teachers and students in a positive way," said Brooke Perry, Kent School District.

ECET2PS on November 11 aims to elicit the same reaction from over 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region through focusing on celebrating the hard work and sacrifices that teachers make every day while empowering them to foster their leadership skills and unique voice in the classroom, in education.

The day-long convening will feature breakout sessions delivered by accomplished teacher leaders in the Puget Sound region, inspirational keynote addresses, and will include ample opportunities for teacher collaboration.

WHO: More than 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region
WHEN: Tuesday, November 11th 2014 8:00AM-4:00PM
WHERE: Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188

Educational leaders involved in ECET2PS will be available to media on November 11 at Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188. Photo opportunities will be available during keynote addresses.

Tuesday, November 11th Photo Opportunities
8:00 am: Welcome address, Brooke Perry, Teacher, Kent School District and Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
8:15 am: Opening Keynote, "Mindsets in Education," Amy Abrams, 2014 Puget Sound Teacher of the Year
12:20 pm: Lunchtime keynote, "Changing the Conversation about Teaching," Chris Crouch, Huffington Post, Blogger and Instructional Specialist, Kentucky Department of Education
4:00 pm: Closing Keynote, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, 2013-14 Milken Educator Award Winner

For more information contact Brooke Perry brooke.perry29@gmail.com or follow the group on Twitter: @ECET2PS or #ecet2ps

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About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) #121 is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 383,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.