Today marks the first day of Washington’s 2022 legislative session.
Thanks to our wonderful legislators, energetic volunteers and activists, generous donors, hard-working partners, and YOU — 2021 was an amazing year, even if it was all virtual. Your support made these wins — and so much more — possible.
Even with a shorter session, the Environmental Priorities Coalition will continue fighting for people and the environment — making sure we maintain our commitment to address the climate crisis, salmon recovery, and help sustain healthy communities for generations to come.
Today, the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) ruled that Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) air permits, issued by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), given to the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility were adequate, in spite of misleading and inaccurate information used to evaluate the project.
Rural residents from across Washington, educators and conservationists ask Court to interpret the plain terms of the State Constitution providing that “all the public lands granted to the state are held in trust for all the people”.
On this Indigenous Peoples Day, it is important to recognize that having only one day to honor the Indigenous communities who have lived on this land since time immemorial is not enough. We invite you to join us in setting the intention to show gratitude, humility, and solidarity in standing with Indigenous peoples across our state throughout the year and through our lives.
Addressing the climate crisis means everyone must be a collective part of the solution. Today, WEC has voluntarily recognized the Evergreen Workers Union.
Ten years ago this fall, the biggest dam deconstruction anywhere in the world began in the Elwha River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.
When we look at how our communities were designed, what we see are deliberate land use choices at the intersection of climate, housing, and environmental justice.
Today, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters released our annual State of Forests and Public Lands report online.
We must address transportation in our communities to tackle climate justice in Washington — people living in urban and rural Washington alike deserve an array of options to get them where they need to go.
Proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project was last of seven Pacific Northwest coal terminals proposed since 2010.
Lasting change for our Southern resident orca neighbors calls on all of us to act.
The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied a key permit for the Goldendale Energy Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project, proposed by Rye Development and National Grid (Rye). Without a Clean Water Act (CWA) 401 Certification, the project cannot proceed.
Amidst strong opposition and legal defeats, developers end pursuit of world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery
The TMX expansion would cause an increase in tar sand extractions in northern Alberta, with a capacity of 590,000 barrels per day. Oil from tar sands is one of the most destructive, carbon-intensive and toxic fuels on the planet.
Washington’s 2021-23 capital budget includes $16.3 million for a new Community Forest Program administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). This level of funding will support six projects driven by local communities in Chelan, Jefferson, Pierce, Klickitat, Kittitas, and Kitsap Counties.
Critical Climate Policies Position Washington State as a Climate Leader
Transformational Climate Policy Will Head to Governor’s Desk
Landmark Climate Commitment Act Passes the House and now heads to Senate for Concurrence
The exhibit is open in Seattle now through August!
Salmon recovery action must be part of national infrastructure investment
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.
Clean Fuel Standard one step closer to Governor Inslee’s desk!
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.
Pressure on Senate Leadership to approve Critical Climate Policy Majority of Washingtonians Consistently Support
Our Digital Week of Action was a huge success!
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…
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…
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…
Earth Day was never, and still is not limited to a singular day, but for communities and indigenous nations across the globe who are still connected to the rhythms of their natural ecosystems, Earth Day is every day.
2022 Washington Legislators Push Transportation Across Finish Line, Leaders React on Priorities. It was a strong year for environmental priorities, including GMA and salmon.
Honoring Billy Frank Jr fought for tribes, salmon, and the natural world. We honor and observe him on March 9, Billy Frank Jr Day with resources and ways to learn more about him
As a July deadline approaches for Governor Inslee & Senator Murray to announce their action plan for whether to breach the four lower Snake dams, a free series of events, beginning this week, will provide insight into the most critical questions facing the Pacific Northwest.
Court sides with public health and environmentalists, blocking lingering Trump Administration attempt to allow vessels to dump sewage into Puget Sound.
Environmental Orgs Respond to Introduction of 2022 Transportation Package
Permits based on flawed and dangerous analysis put community at risk
The trial led by Puyallup Tribe and environmental advocates has concluded in the fight against Puget Sound Energy’s illegal Tacoma LNG facility.
Our first ever all-virtual Environmental Week of Action was a great success–thanks to you!
The City of Tacoma takes significant steps in improving fossil fuel oversight in the Tideflats.
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…
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.