1967 feels like quite a long time ago. It was a time of peace rallies, war protests, and the very beginning of the environmental movement. We faced an uncertain future but one that ultimately laid the groundwork for some of our strongest environmental and civil rights laws that we still rely on today. And here in Washington a small number of dedicated citizens came together to create the Washington Environmental Council.
From our earliest days organizing to pass the State Environmental Policy Act and Shoreline Management Act, to standing on the frontlines against oil and coal infrastructure and for climate justice today, WEC’s focus has always been bringing together and amplifying voices from across our state to tackle the tough issues.
We hope you explore our history, add your memories to our collective story, and show up for events to help us launch into our next fifty years!
We invite you to be part of celebrating and recounting our fifty year history. Throughout the year, we’ll be having events, parties, learning sessions, and ways to come together in community to build the energy for our next fifty years of work. Explore our events below.
March 17 | Spark Our Next 50!
Thank you for helping us celebrate the closing of our 50th year – what a fun night it was! We are especially grateful for our sponsors, table captains, board members, tireless volunteers, and everyone in between.
December 12 | Seattle Green Drinks
Thanks for joining us for a fun & festive evening with friends, food, drinks, live music & a drawing for some awesome prizes from local businesses. We’re excited to have this opportunity to just say thank you! We appreciate your support and all you do to help protect, restore and sustain our environment.
October 21 | Duwamish Alive!
WEC is honored to be a sponsor of Duwamish Alive! As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we envision a healthy and restored Duwamish River for all our communities, businesses, fisheries, and Tribal neighbors in the coming 50 years. This year, volunteers turned out to do restoration work, including removing debris, planting native plants, removing invasive weeds and plants, and laying down mulch. This work was great fun and so rewarding!
September 30 | Nisqually Watershed Festival
WEC had a blast at the Nisqually Watershed Festival! From coloring pages to salmon prints, walking tours to delicious food, the day was a big success! We shared coloring pages, buttons, games, and info with families about WEC’s work to protect the Nisqually watershed from top to bottom.
September 6 | Green Drinks in Bellingham
Bellingham Green Drinks is an informal monthly gathering of environmentally minded folks in Bellingham, Washington. Thank you for joining us! WEC was honored to sponsor this fun, engaging event.
June 21 | Summer Swell
Thank you for joining us for Summer Swell, this year on the Summer Solstice! As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we envision a healthy and restored Puget Sound for all in the coming 50 years. We enjoyed an engaging program, freshly shucked oysters, connections with friends, colleagues, and community members, and a stellar menu provided by Ray’s Boathouse, Cafe & Catering Executive Chef, Paul Duncan. View photos of the event here.
June 1 | Tacoma Green Drinks with WEC
The Tacoma community packed Harmon Brewing for an evening of networking and sharing inspiration on protecting Washington’s environment. It’s inspiring to see the community come together to share a beer and build energy! See more photos here.
On Earth Day, WEC and hundreds of volunteers from dozens of community groups, businesses, and organizations helped restore the Duwamish River. Restoration work includes removing debris, planting native plants, removing invasive weeds and plants, and laying down mulch. View more photos here!
March 18 | 50th Anniversary Celebration
Washington Environmental Council and 650 of our closest friends kicked off our 50th Anniversary on March 18th with a night celebrating where we’ve been, and where we’re headed in the next 50 years.
We welcomed incredible speakers, Vien Truong, Director of Green For All, who through her own story made the connection between solving pollution and poverty together. And Attorney General Bob Ferguson was given not one, but two, standing ovations for ensuring that our laws continue to protect the people and places of Washington. Through song and words, former WEC Board Member Martha Kongsgaard made an inspired ask reminding people of what is at stake and how WEC can help lead the way
Thank you to all of you who joined us – the energy of the night was undeniable, people came out in full force to support our mission to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all. We surpassed our fundraising goal by raising an unprecedented $400,000 and feel more confident than ever as we embark on another 50 years with a community like you at our side.
Want to join us and support our 50th year? You can do so here.