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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
  • Legislative
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Fighting for the environment and our communities on social media

Our Digital Week of Action was a huge success!

  • 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
  • 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…

  • 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.

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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…

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  • Evergreen Forests
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  • 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.

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  • Evergreen Forests
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Washington Environmental Community sets bold agenda for 2020 Legislative Session

After passing years of backlogged environmental bills in 2019 , room opens to address long standing environmental issues like urgent climate action, orca and salmon recovery, and a growing crisis from plastic pollution

  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

Governor Inslee signs largest overhaul of state toxic clean-up program in decades

Governor Inslee signed ESSB 5993 to reform the financial structure of the Model Toxics Control Act, the state’s toxic site clean-up program.

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Event to celebrate Washington State taking significant climate action in 2019

Washington State takes significant climate action in 2019! Governor Inslee will be signing legislation, including the strongest clean electricity bill in the nation.

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2019 Washington Legislative Session Sees Historic Environmental Wins

From clean energy to orca protection state marks more progress than any time in the last decade

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Washington State Passes 100 Percent Clean Electricity Legislation

New legislation is strongest clean electricity bill in the nation

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  • People for Puget Sound

All Four Orca Recovery Priority Bills Pass Washington State Legislature

Salmon habitat recovery, oil spill prevention, vessel noise and disturbance, reducing toxic pollution are all now expected to reach Governor Inslee’s desk

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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Washington One Step Away from 100% Clean Electricity

Diverse constituencies celebrate significant milestone of House of Representatives vote

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100% Clean Electricity Legislation Passes Washington State Senate in Historic Vote

State moving to phase-out coal power by 2025, address inequities in electricity sector, and transition state to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Environmental Lobby Day 2019

On January 29, 500 Washingtonians gathered in Olympia to say: THIS is the year to make big progress on the environment! Together, we showed the legislature that we must pass 100% Clean Electricity, Orca Emergency Response, Oil Spill Prevention, and Plastic Pollution Reduction. Thank you to filmmaker Katherine Leggett: https://www.filmmissives.com/

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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Diverse Demand for 100 Percent Clean Electricity for Washington

Environmental Priorities Coalition Senate Committee Chair Sen. Carlyle Indicates Intention for Swift Committee Action Olympia, WA – The Senate Environment, Energy and Technology committee held its first hearing to an overflow crowd on Senate Bill 5116, which would move Washington State to 100 percent clean electricity. The legislation includes: Phase out of coal from our…

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  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
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  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

2019 Environmental Priorities for WA Legislature Announced

Broad coalition to advance policies for clean energy, orca recovery, oil spill prevention, and plastic pollution

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Nonprofit Benefits Benchmarking

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

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
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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!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
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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!

  • Educating Voters
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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!

  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

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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  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

New legislative leadership results in environmental progress

Short 2018 session ends with bipartisan support for oil spill prevention and toxic-free food packaging

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
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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.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Statement on HB 1144

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

  • Educating Voters
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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.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

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.

  • Educating Voters
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

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.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Session Ending with Key Environmental Protections Left Undone

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

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

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.

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

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.

  • Educating Voters
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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.

  • Educating Voters
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  • People for Puget Sound

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.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener

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

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
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  • People for Puget Sound

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.

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

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.

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

WEC Statement on I-732

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

  • Lobby & Advocacy

Intern Alumni Newsletter | Spring 2016

For interns, by interns

  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • People for Puget Sound

Cleaning up the Duwamish and Remaking Environmentalism

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

  • Lobby & Advocacy

Intern Alumni Newsletter

For interns, by interns

  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Lobby & Advocacy

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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