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Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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.

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  • Organizational

Statement on Voluntary Recognition of Evergreen Workers Union

Addressing the climate crisis means everyone must be a collective part of the solution. Today, WEC has voluntarily recognized the Evergreen Workers Union.

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Celebrating 10 years of dam removal, salmon recovery, and community resilience on the Lower Elwha

Ten years ago this fall, the biggest dam deconstruction anywhere in the world began in the Elwha River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Educating Voters
  • General
  • Land Use

Why Land Use Matters

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.

  • Evergreen Forests
  • General
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Announcing Annual Report Card on Commissioner Franz & Department of Natural Resources

Today, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters released our annual State of Forests and Public Lands report online.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • General
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Transportation justice is climate justice

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.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses last legal appeal for Washington state coal export proposal

Proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project was last of seven Pacific Northwest coal terminals proposed since 2010.

  • General
  • Puget Sound

We Are Family: Celebrate Orca Action Month

Lasting change for our Southern resident orca neighbors calls on all of us to act.

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Washington Department of Ecology Denies Key Permit for Rye Development’s Goldendale Pumped Storage Development

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.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Victory Over Massive Fracked Gas Refinery

Amidst strong opposition and legal defeats, developers end pursuit of world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery

  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Land Use

Why You Should Care About the TMX Pipeline Expansion

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.

  • Evergreen Forests
  • General
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

State’s Community Forest Program receives $16.3 million in inaugural year

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.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

2021 Brings Bold Climate and Environmental Progress in Washington, Making History with Clean Fuel Standard & Environmental Justice

Critical Climate Policies Position Washington State as a Climate Leader

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington Legislature Moves to Approve a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington State

Transformational Climate Policy Will Head to Governor’s Desk

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington Lawmakers Met this Climate Moment: Passing a Historic Carbon Pricing Bill

Landmark Climate Commitment Act Passes the House and now heads to Senate for Concurrence

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound

Seattle Aquarium hosts We Are Puget Sound Photo Exhibit, Collection of Greater Salish Sea Stories that Provoke Change and Foster Connection

The exhibit is open in Seattle now through August!

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Snake River named America’s Most Endangered River for 2021

Salmon recovery action must be part of national infrastructure investment

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

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.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Democracy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • General
  • Legislative

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
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

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
  • Educating Voters
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • 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
  • Democracy
  • Lobby & Advocacy

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…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Litigation

The fight against Tacoma’s new LNG facility continues

The trial led by Puyallup Tribe and environmental advocates has concluded in the fight against Puget Sound Energy’s illegal Tacoma LNG facility.

  • 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
  • Lobby & Advocacy

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…

  • Clean Water
  • Educating Voters
  • People for Puget Sound
  • 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
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

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
  • Organizational
  • 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.

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