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.
April 22 | Seattle
Duwamish Alive! Earth Day Restoration and Clean Up Volunteer Party
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 fifty years. On Earth Day, join WEC and hundreds of volunteers from dozens of community groups, businesses, and organizations to restore the Duwamish River. Restoration work includes removing debris, planting native plants, removing invasive weeds and plants, and laying down mulch. Learn more here.
June 1 | Tacoma
Green Drinks with WEC
Come join us at Harmon Brewing in Tacoma from 6-8pm as WEC hosts Green Drinks – mingle with colleagues and community members, have a brew, and hear more about the work WEC does and our plans for the next 50 years.
June 21 | Ray’s Boathouse, Ballard
Summer Swell benefits WEC’s People For Puget Sound Program and is hosted by Ray’s Boathouse in their Northwest Room. This year, the event falls on Summer Solstice, a fitting time to come together for an evening on the Sound focused on its protection and restoration. Join us for an engaging program, freshly shucked oysters, connections with friends, colleagues, and community members, and a stellar menu provided by Ray’s Executive Chef, Paul Duncan. Register today!
Wednesday, June 21st from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Ray’s Boathouse, 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107. While tickets are complimentary, guests will be asked to consider a gift during the program. We suggest a minimum contribution of $250.
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.