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Ecological Forest Management: What it Looks Like at the Nisqually Community Forest

We visited the Nisqually Community Forest to learn about ecological forest management.

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Nonprofit Benefits Benchmarking

We’re conducting a qualitative comparison of the benefits that nonprofit organizations offer. Participate in our survey!

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State Board Confirms Coal Terminal’s Threat to Clean Water

The state board affirmed Department of Ecology’s denial of a necessary water permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Coal Terminals.

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Orca Alert: What you can do to save the Southern Residents

For over a week, a young orca mother’s unprecedented grief has reminded all of us about what southern resident orcas face.

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2018 State of Our Forests and Public Lands Report

The 2018 State of Our Forests and Public Lands report looks back on the Commissioner’s first 18 months in office to reflect on where progress has been made, where work still needs to be done, and where things need improvement.

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Seattle Area Open Water Swimmers Tackle English Channel Crossing for Clean Water

Four local swimmers are heading to Dover, England this July to swim the grueling 23 miles to France. The swim is both a personal challenge and a way to raise awareness of challenges facing the waters of the Puget Sound region where they train every week.

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Resource: Green Infrastructure Photo Bank

Looking for images of rain gardens, green infrastructure, and healthy communities? Look no further?

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U.S. environmental, indigenous leaders to meet with Canada Consulate to reiterate strong opposition to Trans Mountain Pipeline

On Thursday afternoon, environmental and indigenous leaders from Washington state will meet with the Consulate General of Canada to reiterate their strong opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project in British Columbia and any increases in tar sands crude oil shipments by tanker, train, or pipeline in Washington state.

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Welcome to our new Board Chair, Julie Colehour

Julie is the co-founder of the communications firm C+C, a public relations and social marketing firm, and is a Seattle-area native who grew up hiking, skiing, and kayaking in our beautiful backyard.

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Chimacum Ridge Forest: Benefits for our Environment, Economy, and Ecosystem

Our work in Chimacum is a big step towards our goal of converting one million acres of industrially managed private forest to ecologically and sustainably managed forest.

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Join me in saying Yes on 1631!

Thanks to years of hard work, we have finalized the Protect Washington Act ballot initiative and we officially started gathering signatures for Yes on 1631!

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What Comes Next: No to Fossil Fuels, Yes to Climate Action

Our communities are all connected – by the rail lines, by the shorelines, and by our economy. Together we’re moving beyond fossil fuels to our clean energy economy!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Water and Wildlife in Seattle Public Utilities’ Protected Watersheds

Our sponsor Seattle Public Utilities works to ensure a safe and reliable drinking water supply and protect fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

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Trump Administration Threatens Washington’s Clean Car Standards

The Trump Administration is planning to severely weaken the Obama era national clean car standards, we plan to fight back.

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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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Puget Sound No Discharge Zone Signed into State Law

After six years of public process and tens of thousands of supportive comments from you and members of our coalition, we have a new level of protection for Puget Sound!

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Rethinking Rural in Washington

WEC’s Evergreen Forests team attended the Rethinking Rural Symposium in Port Townsend – here’s what they learned!

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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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We’ve Filed An Initiative: Protect Washington Act

This act will protect Washington for our children, our grandchildren, and future generations by quickly and effectively reducing pollution and addressing its negative impacts.  

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The end comes to North America’s biggest proposed oil-by-rail terminal

The largest proposed oil-by-rail terminal in North America is officially dead, thanks to a final vote by Vancouver’s Port Commissioners!

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Washington State Legislature Passes Oil Spill Prevention Act

This important bill provides greater protection to our communities and environment from the risks of transporting oil by marine vessels, trains, and pipelines.

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The Olympic Experimental State Forest

A walk through the Olympic Experimental State Forest shows us that achieving the right balance between generating money from tree harvest and setting them aside for conservation is complex — and no one expects this to be easy.

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Statement on HB 1144

This bill says loud and clear that Washington must lead on climate.

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Our Team of Sponsors

A core part of our community are the sponsors that power our work. The next fifty years holds many new opportunities for environmental action, and we want you to be part of that legacy!

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Electrifying Washington’s Transportation Future

Adding electricity to our transportation fuel mix is good for achieving breathable air, clean water, and furthers Seattle’s leadership in cutting carbon emissions.

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Senate Committee Approves Major Climate Bill

The Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee voted to approve SSB 6203: Reducing carbon pollution by investing in rural economic development and a clean energy economy.

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Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Unanimously Rejected!

The Energy Council responsible for giving Governor Inslee a recommendation on how to proceed on the Tesoro Oil Terminal unanimously voted to disapprove the project!

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News Highlights of 2017

In 2017, we took on some big challenges and made some serious progress. Read and watch a few highlights in the news!

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Environmental Priorities Coalition Launches 2018 Priorities

The coalition calls on the Legislature to act on climate, sustainably manage state water resources, remove toxics in food packaging, and prevent Puget Sound oil spills.

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Fostering a Community of Racial Equity Learning

We’re digging deeper into what it means to be committed to racial and environmental justice – not only with our programs, but also our policies and practices.

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Kicking Off Our Next Chapter

Our goal is to pass a policy to tackle climate change and embolden the clean energy economy – and you are part of that equation!

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Seattle City Light is Committed to Environmental Equity

Their Environmental Equity Program advances social equity, environmental justice, and community-powered leadership on behalf of those most affected by environmental issues.

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Talking Toxics | Part 2: Toxic-Free Affordable Housing

Innovative projects are using state funding from the toxics law to clean up legacy pollution and then build urgently needed affordable housing.

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Forestry In Focus

Our forests store more carbon than most forests across the globe, but how will we achieve sustainable, ecological management of our forests while meeting our state’s timber needs?

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Nature’s Scorecard: Protecting Our Communities and Waterways From Pollution

Is your community reducing pollution and planning for growth? This scorecard grades their performance on using green, low-impact development practices.

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Fourth Permit Denied for Millennium’s Coal Export Terminal

Your hard work keeps paying off. This week, the proposed Millennium coal export terminal was delivered another major roadblock. The Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner denied the shoreline use permits for the proposed Millennium coal export terminal for failing to meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act.

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Update on the Marbled Murrelet and Sustainable Harvest Calculation

Washington’s Board of Natural Resources made two important decisions for forests on our state lands: one for marbled murrelets and the other on the Sustainable Harvest Calculation.

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Marbled Murrelet Coalition Statement on preferred alternative for Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy

This approach does not comply with Endangered Species Act requirements – we need to do more to protect the marbled murrelet.

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Environmental community counters coal industry’s legal attack on public health

Washington has rejected the Millennium coal project three times already, but we’re stepping up to defend our state in doing its duty.

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Orca Salmon Alliance Calls on Governor Inslee to Form Emergency Task Force

Immediate action must be taken to prevent the extinction of two emblems of the Pacific Northwest: Chinook salmon and orcas.

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State nixes key permit for big Longview coal terminal

The Washington Department of Ecology denied a key water quality permit for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility in Longview.

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Statement on Washington’s Wildfires

This month brings a sobering reminder that the pain from these disasters is not natural. These are climate disasters.

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Good News For Forests

With this new grant system, no need for a heavier harvest than the landowners would like.

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Smart Discharge: Protecting Puget Sound from Waste

Fortunately, over 97% of boaters already do the right thing, but not all boats properly dispose of their waste.

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Talking Toxics | Part 1: Funding in Crisis

Over the last decade, the legislature has both raided MTCA funds to pay for other state programs and overspent MTCA dollars, putting the future of the law at risk.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle is committed to doing their part to reduce climate change impacts on our region’s health, environment, and economic stability.

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Session Ending with Key Environmental Protections Left Undone

A divided Legislature ending without passing budget essential for communities and the environment.

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Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam

The failure to pass the two-year Capital Budget would be historic, but not in a good way.

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Budget Deal Includes Action on Climate and Closing Oil Loophole

Clean Air Rule funding and the Big Oil Loophole closure are two bright spots in this budget that are good for the people of Washington.

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Our Partner, Ray’s Boathouse

We hope you’ll visit Ray’s this summer to say thanks for supporting WEC and our work to protect Puget Sound!

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Organizing for Change

Engaging communities to show up and advocate for what they believe in has powered WEC’s success at protecting Washington’s environment for 50 years.

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Seattle City Light Continues Preparing for Climate Change

“It is our responsibility to ensure that our electricity system continues to produce reliable, low-cost power regardless of how the climate changes,.”

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Programs to Protect Puget Sound Are at Risk – Here’s What You Can Do

We will not save Puget Sound by hoping for it – we need to work for it. Join the chorus of voices and take action today.

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Making Sense of the State Budget

In order to achieve our mission, we need to ensure there is funding to support the policies and programs that protect and sustain our environment.

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Investing In Communities By Putting A Price On Carbon Pollution

We know that Washington can, and must, push forward to act on climate.

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One million voices say no to coal and oil

We helped deliver over one million statements to protect the Pacific Northwest from oil and coal exports Governor Jay Inslee!

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Advocates call on lawmakers to resist environmental cuts in Trump budget

President Donald Trump abandons Puget Sound cleanup and restoration in his proposed 2018 budget.

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Environmentalists seek answers in West Point sewage plant meltdown

Hundreds of millions of gallons of raw sewage and stormwater poured into Puget Sound while the plant was decimated by floodwaters and raw sewage.

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5 Ways To Stand Up For Puget Sound

A call to action for Puget Sound in light of potential Trump Administration cuts to federal Puget Sound funding.

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Murrelet Survival Project Podcasts

The Marbled Murrelet is unique among endangered species–it’s vulnerable at sea and on land, from oil spills to logging to general human disruption.

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The Environmental Movement Grapples with Social Justice in the Age of Trump

You really can’t silo off environmental protection and environmental degradation from how people are doing economically.

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Announcing a Plan to Sue the U.S. Navy

Our local Navy continues to ignore reasonable pollution controls to protect an ailing Sinclair Inlet.

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4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener

Now more than ever, Washington state has the opportunity — and responsibility — to lead the country.

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Report Shows 1,500 Oil Train Cars Per Week Through Washington

In the final three months of 2016, railroads hauled 618 million gallons of oil through Washington.

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Washington Legislators Address Growing Safety Threat from Oil Transportation

New bills propose creating reliable funding for oil spill prevention and safety, industry accountability, protections for Puget Sound.

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What’s at Stake: One Law, 27 Years, 6,600 Sites Cleaned Up

This 1988 law has helped clean up roughly 6,600 toxic sites, equal to about one cleanup completed every other day. But today, it’s at risk.

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Hope for the Future of our Forests, Farms, and Water

Those of us who fight to protect forests in our state and across the nation must join together with courage and tenacity.

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Times of Great Change & Great Opportunity: Working Together to Protect Puget Sound

Now more than ever, we need to protect and restore Puget Sound and the waters that feed it.

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Moving Climate Policy Forward

We have been hard at work with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy to develop an equitable and effective climate policy.

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Environmental groups applaud EPA’s preliminary affirmative decision regarding a Puget Sound No Discharge Zone

Keeping ship and boat sewage out of Puget Sound is good for wildlife and human health

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WEC Statement on I-732

We support putting a price on carbon pollution, but it needs to be the right approach for Washington.

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We Can’t Achieve Environmental Progress Alone

Working with groups that champion environmental justice in communities of color puts us on a path to protect our environment for all.

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Step By Step to a Coal-Free Washington

Saying no to fossil fuels doesn’t stop with the coal plants and terminals. It also requires rethinking how our state and nation does business.

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Vote Yes for Transit

Mass Transit Now will be a huge step forward for our region – vote YES in November!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Cascadia Law Group

Cascadia Law Group has been a strong supporter of WEC for 15 years and a strong ally to Washington’s environmental community,

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Growing Our Phone Banks to Grow the Movement

Did you know that phone banking is an essential tool for mobilizing public support and action on issues like coal export?

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Only Five Fossil Fuel Proposals Remain

Together, we’re taking down coal and oil proposals one by one. Only a few are left – see how we’ll get there.

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Welcome, Mindy!

Mindy Roberts recently joined the WEC team as our Puget Sound Program Director – and we want you to meet her!

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Intern Alumni Newsletter | Spring 2016

For interns, by interns

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The next public lands commissioner? A reformer

We need Washington’s next commissioner of public lands to be open-minded to alternative ways of doing business.

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Cleaning up the Duwamish and Remaking Environmentalism

Environmentalism from an all-white, affluent, outdoorsy movement into a diverse, inclusive coalition of communities.

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Army Corps rejects permit for coal terminal at Cherry Point

The Army Corps ruled that the proposed coal terminal for Cherry Point would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of Lummi Nation.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Taylor Shellfish Farms

Taylor Shellfish Farms has a history in Puget Sound’s waters and they support our work to protect the Sound for generations to come.

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Effective and Equitable Climate Action Policy

We are excited to announce a policy proposal that reflects the diverse values Washingtonians and that makes major progress on carbon pollution and clean energy.

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Intern Alumni Newsletter

For interns, by interns

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2016 Legislative Session: Public holds the line on essential environmental laws and investments

Challenges remain as Legislature leaves key issues and funding declines unaddressed

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State of Our Forests

Our job is to keep you informed about how well elected officials are managing our forests. How has Commissioner Goldmark been doing?

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Carbon Footprints in the Forest, Part 2

According to WEC’s own Paula Swedeen, the Nisqually carbon credit project is a step in the right direction when it comes to valuing ecosystem services.

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The High Cost of Cheap Gasoline

A tax on oil and chemicals pays to clean up toxic messes. With prices down, the state is looking for cash.

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Port of Longview Rejects Plan For Refinery, Propane Terminal

Port of Longview commissioners voted unanimously to end talks with an energy company that wants to build the largest West Coast oil refinery.

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Comments on Oil Terminal Soar to 250,000

Evaluation council will consult them in making its recommendation.

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Should Washington Get Tougher on Oil Shipping?

Puget Sound could be dealt an ecological death blow by an oil spill in its poorly flushed waters.

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Oil Terminal Takeaways

With comment period closed, here’s a recap of issue, prominent themes.

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Record-Breaking Number of Comments Pours in Against Proposed Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal

Over 300,000 comments and almost 2,000 hearing attendees say NO to largest proposed oil terminal in nation.

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Environmental Priorities Coalition Launches 2016 Priority

This Priority will protect laws and investments in clean energy, clean air and water, and healthy lands.

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Statement in Response to the Washington Clean Air Rule

Statement from Climate Solutions, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington Conservation Voters.

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Grays Harbor Biodiesel Plant Cancels Plan to Ship Crude Oil

Renewable Energy Group says its plans at the Grays Harbor plant “do not include handling crude oil.”

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Microsoft buys carbon credits in forest near Rainier to offset pollution

Microsoft bought carbon credits certified by a California regulatory program that will preserve 520 acres of forest near Mount Rainier.

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First Forest Project in Washington State To Meet California Carbon Standards

Microsoft purchases credits to offset their carbon emissions, thanks to our work with the Nisqually Land Trust.

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Tour de Stormwater!

The future of reducing toxic pollution from our roads and rooftops is here. State leaders are investing in green infrastructure solutions.

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Stopping Shell in its Tracks: Washington state communities say no to oil trains

“Shell No!” is again a rallying cry for environmentalists committed to derailing the oil giant’s plans to build a rail spur for its Puget Sound refinery.

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Marching Together for Climate Justice

On a warm Wednesday in October, workers, immigrants, members of communities of color, activists and other everyday folks came together to march for climate justice.

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My Swim Down the Duwamish to Puget Sound

I swam the Duwamish River from its source to Puget Sound, using a GoPro camera to take underwater video along the way.

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Man swims 55 miles of Duwamish River, finds it’s ‘still alive’

Mark Powell swam the Duwamish, Seattle’s only river and home to an ongoing Superfund cleanup, finishing up a 55-mile adventure.

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Oil train law still in works

A new state law requires cities, counties and fire departments be told ahead of time when an oil train is coming through their community.

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Response to Announcement on Fish Consumption and Water Quality

Joan Crooks, CEO, weighs in.

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Bypassing Legislature, Inslee turns to executive action on climate change

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his office will develop a cap on emissions of greenhouse gases.

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6000 Signatures, 6000 Cranes

Students deliver 6,000 signatures folded as cranes to protect Marbled Murrelet forest habitat.

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Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections

Three conservation groups petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers.

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Shell Loses Appeal of Oil Train Project in Skagit County

Thanks to your voices, they’re taking a second look at environmental and public health risks.

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Arctic Drilling Fleet in Seattle? Shell No!

Protecting and restoring Puget Sound requires smart decisions – not allowing in the Arctic Drilling Fleet.

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Weakened Oil Transportation Bill Set to Pass in State Legislature

Oil industry pressure weakened the bill.

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How I Talk about Climate Change & Tips for You!

When I talk with friends about climate change, I use examples and stories to make it personal and relatable.

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Capturing Carbon with Washington’s Forests

Should we harvest managed forests on short rotations or longer rotations? Paula weighs in.

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Inslee’s plan makes polluters pay

So many people signed up to testify on Gov. Jay Inslee’s sweeping proposal to rein in greenhouse gases that Tuesday’s public hearing on the bill was continued to Thursday.

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Statements Leaders on Gov. Inslee’s Climate Action

Washington is fortunate to have a governor who listens to the people and local communities.

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Gov. Inslee proposes a carbon-pollution cap and trade system to raise $1 billion a year

The Democrat’s cap-and-trade climate package includes plans to spend $380 million of that new revenue on K-12 public schools.

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Stories and Sailing: A Puget Sound Trip with Best Selling Author

William Dietrich, New York Times Best Selling Author, and WEC supporters celebrate Earth Day in style.

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Empowering Puget Sound Stewards

We’ve exponentially grown our commitment to protecting Puget Sound by supporting five Aquatic Reserves committees around the Sound

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Communities Stand Tall to Protect Forests

The Nisqually Community Forest aims to eventually bring at least 30,000 acres of privately owned forest.

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Big Crowds Commenting On Wash. State Marine And Rail Oil Transportation Study

Crude by rail transportation has increased dramatically in the last three years, and the trend is expected to continue.

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Risk of Oil Transport is Heating Up

We’ve seen some vivid examples of the dangers of oil by rail and are working in the legislature to protect our communities.

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Washington’s Youth Are True Climate Heroes

We have made over 8,500 phone calls, surveyed 238 people, and more!

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Oil train derails in Seattle; no injuries or spill

Nothing spilled when three tanker cars in an oil train from North Dakota derailed at a rail yard early Thursday, but it alarmed environmentalists.

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Joan Crooks Named CEO of WEC & WCV

Long-time environmental leader will head two premier state environmental groups.

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Is this man the greenest governor in America?

When Jay Inslee was elected governor of the state of Washington in November of 2012, climate campaigners rejoiced.

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Cleaning up Washington’s Transportation Emissions

WEC is working for a Clean Fuels Standard to help reduce climate pollution .

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Big Oil Blocks Progress on Environmental Priorities

Oil industry’s influence in the legislature blocks two environmental community priorities that would have moved Washington forward.

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Derelict Vessel Bill Signed into Law

New law gives state tools, resources to prevent oil spills from abandoned ships.

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DNR and U.S. Navy announce new partnership to protect Hood Canal

Statement from Joan Crooks in response to today’s announcement.

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Gov. Inslee Signs Climate Action Bill into Law

Governor-request and Environmental Priority law will convene state leaders from both parties to address climate change.

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WEC and El Centro Work Together to Turn out Latino Voters

This voter-outreach campaign is our largest outreach program yet.

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State Supreme Court Decision Upholds Toxic Clean-up Fund

Statement in response to today’s State Supreme Court decision upholding the Model Toxics Control Act.

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New State Stormwater Permits Present Opportunities for Puget Sound

Final versions will require increased use of “green infrastructure” to protect Puget Sound and other state waterways.

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Bipartisan Poll Shows Strong Support for Environmental Protections

Yet state legislators are moving to undermine environmental protections in Olympia.

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Energy Efficiency: One building at a time

One essential step in reducing our output of climate pollution is ensuring that we use energy efficiently.

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First in Nation Ban on Toxic Coal Tar Sealants Passes

Sealants contain high levels of toxic substances, posing threat to public health.

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Environmental Community Prevents Major Rollbacks in 2012 Session

Historic attacks fended off, but lawmakers miss opportunity to protect kids against toxic flame retardants.

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Historic Agreement Reached to Phase Out Coal-Burning in Washington

A historic agreement with TransAlta and Gov. Gregoire phases out Washington’s last coal-fired power plant.

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Coalition Reacts to Planned Mega-Coal Export Operation at Cherry Point

Groups raise major concerns about impact on public health, environment, and economy.

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Coalition Challenges Permit Allowing Dirty Coal Export to Asia from WA Port

Longview coal export plan ignores impacts on human health, air quality and global climate.

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Legislature Delivers Mixed Results for Environment

No solution for clean water, but progress on budget and toxics.

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Governor Gregoire Rallies 5,000 for Clean Water Funding

Statewide telephone town hall connected people from across the state with the Governor.

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Budget Woes are Serious Threat to Washington’s Environment

Governor’s second budget does not restore funding to core environmental protection programs.

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Statement on Maury Island Ruling

Great news for Maury Island and great news for our state’s aquatic reserves.

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Gov. Gregoire Joins with President Obama to Cut Global Warming Pollution

New executive order signals state’s commitment to fighting global warming.

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Black Friday Goes Green as Manufacturers Help Consumers Recycle

E-Cycle Washington will provide free recycling of computers and TVs beginning Jan. 1

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Good Decision Throws Out Bad Water Law

A ruling struck down key parts of a 2003 water law that had been loudly opposed by tribal and environmental leaders.

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Governor Gregoire to Sign Local Farms-Healthy Kids Law

State of Washington becomes national leader in trend for better food choices.

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Legislature Makes Progress on Environmental Priorities

Despite a short 60-day session, progress was made on all of the environmental community’s Priorities.

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Historic Agreement Signed to Restore Manastash Creek

After six years of negotiations, diverse interests signed an agreement about restoration and water provisions.

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Legislature Makes Environment a Top Priority

Reforms provide improved protections for people, land, air, and water.

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