Bipartisan Group of WA Legislators Join Energy Delegation

... to Denmark and Sweden: Knowledge sharing for economic development is key goal

SEATTLE, AUGUST 1, 2017 -- A dozen Washington legislators -- half Republican, half Democrat -- along with Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, will participate in a joint public and private sector delegation organized by CSI and the sustainability consulting firm, i-SUSTAIN, to Denmark and Sweden. The purpose of the delegation, which takes place from Sept. 17-22, 2017 is to learn how these countries have used energy and infrastructure policy and investment to boost local and national economies.

Senators who are participating include Sharon Brown (R), Reuven Carlyle (D), Guy Palumbo (D), Ann Rivers (R), Lisa Wellman (D) and Christine Rolfes (D). Representatives include Terry Nealey (R), Drew MacEwen (R), Gael Tarleton (D), Gina McCabe (R), Beth Doglio (D), and Norma Smith (R).

Funding for the public sector professionals to participate is provided through generous scholarships from the Scan|Design Foundation. Private sector professionals pay their own way. i-SUSTAIN enlisted the support of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at The Evergreen State College to ensure participation of a bipartisan and geographically diverse group of legislators.

This is the second Washington state energy delegation to Denmark and Sweden led by i-SUSTAIN. The first included Lieutenant Gov. Cyrus Habib, Senators Dean Takko and Marko Liias among other legislators as well as public sector executives such as Dave Danner, Chairman of the Transportation and Utilities Commission.

Highlights of the itinerary include:

  • Visiting Samsø Island, Denmark (pop. 3700),  the world’s first 100% renewable powered island. Much of the fuel used is local forestry and farm waste. 
  • Visiting Vaxjo, Sweden (pop. 65,000)  to understand the role of forestry products in heating, transportation, and building construction, including Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT).
  • Visiting Kalundborg, Denmark a town of 16,500 residents who attracted manufacturing and other companies through a unique development strategy -- industrial symbiosis -- in which the town curated companies to co-locate near each other to facilitate the wastes or by-products of one being used by another as raw materials.
  • Meeting with State of Green, a gov. organization, and the Confederation of Danish Industry, Energy Division, a private organization, both based in Copenhagen (pop. 583,000), to learn how Denmark plans to lead the transition and become a green growth economy entirely independent of fossil fuels by 2050
  • Visits to hyper energy efficient new neighborhoods in Malmo (pop. 342,000), Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Tour of the SYSAV Waste to Energy power plant in which the energy from municipal solid waste is recycled into heat and electricity
  • It’s Denmark, so of course, bicycle infrastructure



Since 2003, i-SUSTAIN has researched and documented global best practices in sustainability. Through a combination of international delegations, compelling research and communication projects, and innovative events, i-SUSTAIN has had a significant impact in the Pacific Northwest. i-SUSTAIN’S clients include elected officials and public agency staff as well as public and private utility executives, real estate developers, architecture and landscape architecture firms, engineering firms, planning firms, and more. By exposing these influential and involved professionals to global best practices, i-SUSTAIN has helped to provide them with the information and knowledge they need to create policies and implement projects that increase the sustainable development of their regions.

About the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (CSI), based at The Evergreen State College, champions a new public works paradigm, practice, and investment discipline in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. CSI links regional innovators, advocates sustainable best practices, and develops skilled professionals who will put these principles to work in infrastructure development. We envision a future where sustainable, resilient, and affordable infrastructure systems provide vital services accessible to all, supporting healthy, prosperous, beautiful, and cohesive communities.

About the Scan|Design Foundation

The Scan|Design Foundation funds the facilitation, introduction, and dissemination of Danish technological leadership and information to help inspire and promote applicable energy solutions in the US. We fund programs which take US government, civic, and business leaders to Denmark to observe and study the science and technology employed by Denmark in resolving issues such as transportation, city planning, governmental policy, and energy issues.


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