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…
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.
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 email@example.com 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…
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.
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.
We reviewed DNR’s past year to determine where there has been success and where more work is needed.
Commercial and Recreational Boaters Asked To “Take The Pledge” to Protect Pregnant Orcas
A new draft environmental analysis evaluates the greenhouse gas impacts of the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed in Kalama, Washington.
The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project is part of a structurally violent system with a history of violations against Indigenous Rights
To more closely collaborate with WCV, we created two new positions: Chief Policy Officer and Chief Campaigns Officer
The intersection of incarceration and environmental 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.
What it takes to fight for a sustainable and just future
Without racial justice there is no climate justice.
Meet our new CEO!
Support grassroots organizations led by communities of color
Responding in this time of uncertainty. Here’s an update from WEC, and some resources and support.
Two of four Environmental Priorities passed this session, but major climate action stalled again in the Senate.
Bill puts into place state targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, but key bills to achieve these targets still remain.
Senate Transportation Committee hears testimony 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.
The effort to pass the Clean Fuel Standard has enjoyed strong support throughout its multi-year campaign.
Learn about Natural Climate Solutions and carbon sequestration from intern Rhys
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…
The House passes a Clean Fuel Standard, and now the Senate takes up the policy.
The Suquamish Tribe, Puget Soundkeeper, Washington Environmental Council, and the State of Washington announced a settlement with the U.S. Navy
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…
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.
Appeals to air permit say project would deepen climate crisis and bring safety risks