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January 2022


Severe Weather Shelters For Winter and Beyond

Severe Weather Shelters For Winter and Beyond

January 20, 2022 by Justin Sharer
Category: Homelessness , Guest Author

During a severe weather event, unsheltered individuals are most at risk of adverse impacts. This blog looks at how local governments in Washington State have prepared to care for at-risk populations during periods of extreme heat, extreme cold, or poor air quality.

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Supreme Court Issues First Opinions On Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Supreme Court Issues First Opinions On Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

January 18, 2022 by Steve Gross
Category: Court Decisions and AGO Opinions , Personnel Policies , Operating Policies , COVID-19

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the implementation and enforcement of a federal rule calling for large U.S. employers to require employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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New Interactive Map, Webpage Highlight Local Climate Plans

New Interactive Map, Webpage Highlight Local Climate Plans

January 14, 2022 by Lisa Pool
Category: Climate Change , MRSC News and Updates

As part of its Local Climate Response Project, MRSC is pleased to unveil a new webpage featuring an interactive map and detailed information about specialized planning efforts being taken by local governments across Washington State. 

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in Washington State – 2021 Update

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives in Washington State – 2021 Update

January 11, 2022 by Nick Fisher
Category: Inclusive Communities , Guest Author

This blog looks at the many ways that local governments can build diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in their communities by highlighting specific policy examples from across Washington State.

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No Responses to Your Bid: What Next?

No Responses to Your Bid: What Next?

January 10, 2022 by Josh Klika
Category: Purchasing and Contracting

Does your procurement process suffer from an empty inbox? This blog provides some practical guidance and next steps to consider when there are no responses to your bid.

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Investing in Equity To Prepare for Environmental Challenges

Investing in Equity To Prepare for Environmental Challenges

January 6, 2022 by Tracy Burrows
Category: Climate Change , Inclusive Communities

Some Washington local governments have placed equity front and center when preparing for the impacts of climate change. This blog looks at efforts in Lakewood and Shoreline.

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Green Building Incentives that Work: Follow the Roadmap

Green Building Incentives that Work: Follow the Roadmap

January 4, 2022 by Chris van Daalen
Category: Climate Change , Tools for Planners , Guest Author

This guest blog introduces the Zero Carbon Buildings Policy Toolkit, a free resource available to help cities, towns, and counties understand and apply green building incentives in their communities.

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