December 5, 2016
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Employers step up to help homeless families in King County

A coalition of business leaders is leading the fight against homelessness in the Seattle area by contributing millions to the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign to benefit Mary’s Place.

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PNNL scientists show how to lock away greenhouse gases underground

Scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have turned conventional wisdom about carbon sequestration on its head. In a demonstration project near Wallula, carbon dioxide pumped into underground basalt turned into rock over just two years -- not the thousands of years that scientists had predicted.

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Boeing begins construction of new training center in Auburn

A ceremony last week kicked off construction of the first new Boeing Auburn in nearly 25 years. The Workforce Readiness Center will have a robotics center and will offer training for more than 5,000 Boeing Auburn workers.

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Sustainability in Action

A green milestone for Microsoft: 500-acre Redmond campus generates (almost) zero waste

By Nat Levy, GeekWire

The 44,000 employees at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters campus went through a whopping 189 million pounds of food and packaging between July and December 2015. Even more impressive than employees' appetites is the fact that the company managed to keep 99.5 percent of food and dining waste out of landfills.

Microsoft said Monday its headquarters has earned the gold level of Zero Waste Certification from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council for keeping 90 percent of food, office, and construction waste out of landfills. Microsoft says it is the first tech company in the country to obtain such an achievement.
Read the full story in GeekWire
Build on Success

Washington lawmakers should hold off tinkering with Boeing tax break

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Benefits of the state investment can be seen in Everett, where Boeing has now spent more than $1 billion on its facility for building advanced, composite wings for the 777X.

This work involves a constellation of suppliers. It also expands the cluster of companies and expertise working with advanced composites in Washington.

That cluster, the jobs it supports and the future opportunities it creates should continue, regardless of what happens with the WTO.
Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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