Bethany Cotton is an environmental attorney and the conservation director for Cascadia Wildlands. A fifth generation Oregonian, she grew up in a cabin in rural southern Oregon, received her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland and now lives in Eugene where she is electrifying her old house.
Four years ago, local governments began taking on climate battles that state and federal leaders refused to touch, and to everyone’s surprise, they started winning. In just a few years, more than 100 cities across the nation overcame fierce gas industry opposition to pass local policies that ensure new homes are built to run on clean energy. […]