About the Coalition

The Environmental Priorities Coalition is made up of more than 20 statewide organizations working to safeguard our environment and the health of our communities in the legislature. For the 2019 legislative session, we have adopted four priorities essential for healthy communities and a thriving environment. Download a PDF factsheet about them here.

In addition to these four priorities, the Coalition is committed to making urgently needed progress on addressing climate change in 2019 through a range of policy bills from promoting efficient and healthy buildings to electrifying our transportation system to diversifying our clean energy sources. These policies will create jobs, reduce harmful pollution, and help Washington compete in a global clean energy economy.

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Take action for a healthier environment for all Washingtonians. Educate and inform your neighbors, lobby our elected officials, and rally for environmental justice. From attending hearings, organizing in your community, attending town halls, to writing letters to the editor, we can help find the right role for you.

2019 Environmental Priorities

100% Clean Electricity

Washington is uniquely positioned to achieve a fossil free, clean, and renewable electricity grid. Urgent action is needed to address climate change, and we have a critical opportunity to phase away from dirty fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and fracked gas, and toward clean and sustainable energy sources like solar and wind. Building off of the strong work and partnerships forged through Initiative 1631, a 100% Clean Electricity standard is a complimentary and necessary policy to accelerate our efforts to achieve our state’s 2035 climate goals and invest in a clean energy economy.

contact | clifford@ctassociates.org

Orca Emergency Response

Our southern resident orcas are on the brink of extinction, warranting an all-hands-on-deck commitment to bold action. At a minimum, we expect that the legislature to take action on the three biggest threats to orcas: their lack of food, and impacts from noise and pollution. Legislation must address healthy shoreline habitat, establish a “slow-go zone” around the orcas, and replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives. These specific actions are the building blocks to address the three biggest threats to orcas.

contact | danielle@wecprotects.org

Oil Spill Prevention

Washington continues to face significant risks of oils spills in Puget Sound and the coast. These risks threaten local economies and the survival of iconic species like salmon and orcas. To address these risks, the state must have the same protections on barges and other vessels that exist for large tankers, require an emergency response tug that can protect high-risk areas like the San Juan Islands, and ensure that oil drilling will never happen off of Washington’s coast.

contact | darcy@wecprotects.org

Reducing Plastic Pollution

Thin plastic bags are used for only a few minutes and discarded. Only 6% of these bags are ever recycled. Plastic bags blow into our waterways and the ocean, clog the stomachs of wildlife, and break down into smaller pieces that also get eaten. Plastic bags also clog recycling equipment – costing money because they have to be extracted – and are the major contaminant in our commercial compost. The Reusable Bag Act would eliminate thin carry-home plastic bags at all retail establishments and include a pass-through charge to motivate people to bring their own reusable bags and help cover the stores’ cost of more expensive bags.

contact | wishart.bruce@comcast.net

Partnership Agenda

For the second year, the coalition will also adopted a Partnership Agenda. This agenda supports work that is important for environmental progress being led by partners outside the coalition. Partnership Agenda items will be announced soon.

Bills to Watch

Want to stay up to date on policy in progress? WEC helps develop the Environmental Community Hot List for the State House and Senate—the 10 most important environmental bills being debated that week.

View bills to watch

Past Priorities Report

Washington’s leading groups have worked for years to make our state a better place to live – view a report that analyzes our past priorities for successes and lessons learned.

Environmental Priorities Coalition News

2019 Environmental Priorities for WA Legislature Announced

Broad coalition to advance policies for clean energy, orca recovery, oil spill prevention, and plastic pollution

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Legislative progress and big wins for voters

Under new leadership in the state Senate, there was a renewed energy for environmental progress with nearly 300 bills introduced!

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New legislative leadership results in environmental progress

Short 2018 session ends with bipartisan support for oil spill prevention and toxic-free food packaging

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Tell your legislators to support environmental priorities

Tell your legislators to support the 2019 environmental community priorities: 100% Clean Energy, Orca Emergency Response, Oil Spill Prevention, and Reducing Plastic Pollution.

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Environmental Priorities Coalition Members