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Snake River named America’s Most Endangered River for 2021

Salmon recovery action must be part of national infrastructure investment

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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Puget Sound Energy to be Tried in Court Over Tacoma LNG Facility

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and five environmental organizations, represented by Earthjustice, challenge Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) permits for the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in a hearing before the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

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Third Time’s A Charm: State Senate Makes History Advancing Critical Climate policy

Clean Fuel Standard one step closer to Governor Inslee’s desk!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

WEC uses all available tools to stop the build-out of new fracked gas facilities for the health of our communities and the future of our environment

In response to this polluting project and egregious conduct, WEC joined the Puyallup Tribe and four other environmental partners to challenge the facility. After a year of delay, multiple days of oral arguments will begin on April 12th.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
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Key Senate Committee Votes to Advance Clean Fuel Standard

Pressure on Senate Leadership to approve Critical Climate Policy Majority of Washingtonians Consistently Support

  • Civic Engagement
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  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
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  • Lobby & Advocacy

Fighting for the environment and our communities on social media

Our Digital Week of Action was a huge success!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Our Approach to Carbon Pricing

A key indicator of climate change is found in the ever-increasing rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet; nearly 1.2 trillion tons each year. While the speed of ice loss is now in line with worst-case scenarios for people and our environment, we will not achieve climate justice without racial justice. We must…

  • Civic Engagement
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The Crisis of our Democracy is Intertwined with the Climate Crisis

Like you, I feel uneasy because of what we had to bear witness to at the U.S. Capitol and at our own Capitol complex in Olympia earlier this month. While the lopsided response to a predominantly white, antisemitic, right-wing attack wasn’t surprising for so many of us Native, Black, immigrant, Latinx, queer people, or people…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 19 January, 2021 Fracked Gas Refinery and Export Terminal Would Have Significant Climate Impact  Media Contact: Brett VandenHeuvel; Columbia Riverkeeper: (503) 348-2436 The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied permits for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA. Ecology nixed the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have…

  • Evergreen Forests

Washington Supreme Court accepts review of case arguing state forests must be managed for “all the people”

 

  • People for Puget Sound

What happens after you flush?

 

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
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Celebrating our Lobby Week Wins

Our first ever all-virtual Environmental Week of Action was a great success–thanks to you!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General

Long targeted by fossil fuel expansion, Tacoma takes significant steps toward protecting the Tideflats

The City of Tacoma takes significant steps in improving fossil fuel oversight in the Tideflats.

  • Organizational

CONVENE

Say hello to CONVENE—our new biannual print publication where we share stories to foster a deeper understanding of the complex and interlocking issues that inform our work here at WEC. We know that the issues that threaten our environment and communities are systemic, and affect sprawling parts of our society, geographies, and ecologies. Through the…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Guidance to Evaluate the Merits of Carbon Pricing Policies

Washington Environmental Council will use the following criteria to guide evaluation of proposed policies, center community and advance racial equity, improve technical aspects, and ultimately whether or not the policies as proposed are at a place we can continue to constructively engage. Click here for our guide.

  • Fossil Fuels

Thousands Urge Washington to Reject Climate-Wrecking Methanol Refinery in Kalama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 8 October, 2020 Thousands of Washingtonians are standing up against this dangerous polluting project. Media Contact: Dan Serres, Conservation Director, Columbia Riverkeeper (503) 890-2441 dan@columbiariverkeeper.org Lacey, WA — Today, a broad coalition of over 30 community organizations representing tens of thousands of people from across the Northwest urged the Washington Department of…

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  • Racial & Environmental Justice

The Model Toxics Control Act: From leaking landfills to environmental justice

During this time of reckoning with our country’s racist history, it’s important for all of us to look at our own history and understand what role each of us have played in creating and upholding systems of oppression and institutional racism.

  • Educating Voters

Approve Referendum Measure No. 90

Referendum 90 is a statewide ballot measure that will uphold the new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach science based, age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students.

  • Evergreen Forests

2020 State of our Forests and Public Lands Report

We reviewed DNR’s past year to determine where there has been success and where more work is needed.

  • People for Puget Sound

Whale-Watch Companies Asked to Stop Disturbing Critically Endangered Orcas

Commercial and Recreational Boaters Asked To “Take The Pledge” to Protect Pregnant Orcas

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Analysis Reveals Pollution Potential of Major Methanol Refinery

A new draft environmental analysis evaluates the greenhouse gas impacts of the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama, Washington.

  • Fossil Fuels
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Stop TransMountain: The First Nations’ movement against the Trans Mountain Expansion Project

The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is part of a structurally violent system with a history of violations against Indigenous Rights

  • Organizational

Update: Our Partnership with Washington Conservation Voters

To more closely collaborate with WCV, we created two new positions: Chief Policy Officer and Chief Campaigns Officer

  • Organizational

Prisons Are An Environmental Justice Issue

The intersection of incarceration and environmental justice

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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  • Racial & Environmental Justice

There is No Climate Justice Without Racial Justice

Census data and science tell us that, more than income or geography, race is still the number one indicator of whether a person will live near contaminated air, water, and soil. Washington is no stranger to these disparities.

  • Organizational
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Sustaining our Sustenance: Why Caring for Washington Agricultural Workers is a Form of Environmental Justice

What it takes to fight for a sustainable and just future

  • Organizational

We must stand up for Black Lives

Without racial justice there is no climate justice.

  • Organizational

A Note from WEC CEO Alyssa Macy

Meet our new CEO!

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Donate to Front & Centered’s COVID-19 Frontline Response Fund

Support grassroots organizations led by communities of color

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COVID-19 Resources and Support

Responding in this time of uncertainty. Here’s an update from WEC, and some resources and support.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2020 Session Sees Some Environmental Progress, but Senate Fails to Pass Two Major Climate Bills

Two of four Environmental Priorities passed this session, but major climate action stalled again in the Senate.

Climate Pollution Limits Passes
  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Evergreen Forests

Update to State Climate Pollution Limits Passes Both Chambers

Bill puts into place state targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, but key bills to achieve these targets still remain.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition

“We can no longer kick the can down the road”: Senate Transportation Committee Hears Clean Fuel Standard

Senate Transportation Committee hears testimony on Clean Fuel Standard

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition

Senate Transportation Committee Takes on Clean Fuel Standard

The multi-year effort to enact a statewide Clean Fuel Standard continues on Monday, March 2 in the Senate Transportation Committee.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition

All Eyes On Senate Transportation Committee For Clean Fuels Passage

The effort to pass the Clean Fuel Standard has enjoyed strong support throughout its multi-year campaign.

  • Evergreen Forests

Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference: Community and Climate Solutions

Learn about Natural Climate Solutions and carbon sequestration from intern Rhys

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Clean Air Act Update introduced by Senator Carlyle and Representative Fitzgibbon and requested by Governor Inslee

Washington passed its Clean Air Act in 1967 with the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing air quality for current and future generations. A lot has changed since the passage of that law and now the climate crisis requires a new set of tools to reduce our climate pollution and better equip our state to…

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition

“The House is on Fire and it’s Our House”: Momentum for Clean Fuels for Washington Grows

The House passes a Clean Fuel Standard, and now the Senate takes up the policy.

  • People for Puget Sound

Suquamish Tribe, Environmental Groups, and State of Washington Reach Settlement of Lawsuit Over U.S. Navy Contamination of Puget Sound

The Suquamish Tribe, Puget Soundkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and the State of Washington announced a settlement with the U.S. Navy

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Supreme Court Upholds Portion of State Clean Air Rule, Putting Focus onto the Legislature to Address Climate Pollution

Ruling covers large stationary sources and leaves urgent responsibility for plans to reduce climate pollution to legislators January 16th, 2020 – Today, Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled on Ecology’s Clean Air Rule, upholding portions of the rule and striking down others. The Clean Air Rule is a set of protections designed to control and then…

  • Evergreen Forests

Conservationists respond to lawsuits by timber industry with suit calling for management of Washington’s state forests to benefit “all the people”

Conservation Northwest, Olympic Forest Coalition, Washington Environmental Council and local individuals filed complaint in King County Superior Court on January 2nd calling on the Department of Natural Resources to manage public forests for the public good.

  • Fossil Fuels

Puyallup Tribe, Environmental Groups Hit Tacoma LNG with Legal Challenges

Appeals to air permit say project would deepen climate crisis and bring safety risks

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