This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

KUOW* recently played one of Alex Steffen’s Town Hall talks from a few months ago, and I highly recommend listening to them.  He claims that Seattle has a world reputation as a green city, which is based purely on our clean hydroelectric energy source, not the way we run our city or region.  But we could use this free marketing with our geographic luck and some hard work to convert our city to the world’s first that is carbon neutral – setting an example for other cities to follow.

Our luck extends beyond geography.  It turns out that our own Bill Gates has announced that he will use his foundation to try to get the entire world on track to be carbon neutral.  Perhaps we can convince our politicians, businesses, and citizens to get on board as well.

* if you listen to podcasts I highly recommend adding Speakers’ Forum to your list.  It’s a weekly broadcast of speakers from a wide range of subjects at local venues.