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On Thursday, January 4th – just four days prior to the start of the 2024 legislative session in Olympia – we’ll gather at Amazon’s Day 1 Building in Seattle to preview a critical year for carbon policy and clean energy innovation.

Headlining the event will be Governor Jay Inslee.

Elected in 2012, Jay Inslee is the longest serving governor in the United States. Washington has seen historic economic growth over that time and has been consistently ranked as one of the best states in which to live, work and do business. He has helped put Washington state at the forefront of fighting climate change; put massive new investments into education, behavioral health and housing; and helped families by funding the Working Families Tax Credit and implementing the nation’s best paid family leave program.

Other states envy Washington’s commitment to climate action and our accelerating transition to a clean economy. With shared vision, strong collaboration, and smart investments, the power of public-private partnership is moving Washington forward with broad-based benefits.

This collaboration is the theme of our Future of Carbon Policy Forum. Three high-octane high-voltage sessions will highlight the complementary roles of private sector innovation, tribal projects, and public sector investments.

Those public-sector “pump-priming” investments include resources available through the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and CHIPS & Science Act – described at last year’s Forum by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Kate Gordon as the “backbone, lungs and brains” of the clean energy transition.

Just one year later, more than $1 billion has been awarded to Washington state’s innovative projects for carbon reduction. Coupled with more than $2 billion of state investments from the Climate Commitment Act, Washington is attracting billions more in private-sector investments and accelerating our transition to a low-carbon economy.

Leading companies, tribes and entrepreneurs are leveraging incentives to decarbonize and create clean energy careers. Government agencies are catalyzing market transformations through strategic investments. You’ll hear about all of this at the Future of Carbon Policy Forum, from Governor Inslee, and also from:

Jay Inslee

Washington State Governor


Sen. Rebecca Saldaña

37th Leg. District

Sen. Joe Nguyen

34th Leg. District

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

34th Leg. District

Cody Desautel

Executive Director, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Timi Marie Russin

Cowlitz Tribal Council Member


Ray Wiseman

General Manager, Yakama Power

David Zapolsky

Amazon SVP and General Counsel

Andy Vesey

CEO, Fortescue North America

Rick Costantino

CTO and Co-Founder, Group14 Technologies

The event is currently SOLD OUT. But we do have a waiting list and expect to release some additional seats by the end of the year. To add your name, enter it HERE.


Special thanks to:

David and Linda Cornfield