WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON

Washington benefits from access to abundant low-cost energy, and its significant renewable energy resources, especially hydroelectric power, are major contributors to the state’s economy. Washington is the nation’s largest producer of hydroelectric power and is home to one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world. The Columbia River, second only to the Mississippi in volume of water flow among the nation’s rivers, enters Washington near the state’s northeastern corner and flows in an arc through the eastern half of the state. It forms much of the boundary between Washington and Oregon and drains all of eastern Washington and the western slopes of the Cascade Range south of Mt. Rainier. The river provides water for vast hydroelectric projects including the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest hydropower producer in the United States. The state’s climate ranges from the rainforest in the extreme western part of Washington, where the heaviest precipitation in the continental United States occurs, to near desert conditions in areas east of the Cascade Range. Crop residues from Washington’s agricultural areas in the east and those from the state’s western forests provide ample biomass resources, and many areas of the state are conducive to wind power development. The state has few fossil fuel resources, but it has the only crude oil refining capacity in the Pacific Northwest. Washington is also the only Pacific state other than California that generates nuclear power.

Washington in 2019, generated 78% of its electricity from carbon-free sources, including hydropower (62%), nuclear (8%), other renewable energy, mostly wind (8%) . Gas and coal make up the rest.

In May 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2045, becoming the 4th state to commit to entirely clean energy, following Hawaii, California and New Mexico (there are more now). The law also mandates structural changes to the way the state’s utilities do business, and includes bill reductions as well as weatherization, energy efficiency, and “direct customer ownership in distributed energy resources.” This measure required utilities to eliminate coal as an energy source by the end of 2025 as the first step toward the governor’s goal.

Inslee also signed a bill that seeks to make large commercial buildings more energy efficient. Another establishes new minimum efficiency and testing standards for certain appliances, including portable air conditioners, showerheads, and water coolers. In order to be sold in the state, several of the appliances covered under that law, including computers and computer monitors, must meet the state’s efficiency standards if they’re manufactured in or after 2021. Inslee also signed a measure that restores a sales tax break for electric vehicles.

Individual counties and cities within Washington are also moving to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels with the purpose of helping the state reach its 2045 goals:

  • In 2019 Seattle’s Mayor Durkan issued an Executive order committing the city to new actions supporting the goals of Seattle’s Green New Deal, such as requiring all new or substantially altered municipal buildings operate without fossil fuels. By early 2021 she transmitted a proposedupdate to the energy code, further electrifying buildings using clean energy and restricting fossil fuels for most business use.
  • In October, 2021, King Countyproposed changes to its building codesthat would ban new gas-based heating and water heating in some buildings
  • In July 2021, Whatcom countybecame the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community.

Washington endured triple digit temperatures in the summer of 2021 with Bellingham, hitting a high of 100F for the first time on record.

Disappointingly, Washington State voters rejected carbon-pricing proposals in 2016 and 2018.

Washington is one of twenty-four states, along with Puerto Rico, committed to the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is working to implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement.

CURRENT NEWS

PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Washington’s Decisive Decade An Emerging Roadmap for Transportation Decarbonization & Cleaner Air

02/10/22
With the transportation sector accounting for 45% of the state’s emissions, it will receive the majority of upcoming investments from the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). We are firmly in the Decisive Decade for transportation decarbonization…

Avista outlines goal to serve 80% of Washington customers renewable energy starting in 2022

10/06/21
Avista Utilities has filed a plan with state regulators that describes its goals and progress toward clean energy. The Spokane-based subsidiary of Avista Corp. filed the Clean Energy Implementation Plan, or CEIP, on Friday with…

King County Starts to Take Baby Steps on Natural Gas Ban as the World Burns

10/06/21
The week before last, King County Executive Dow Constantine took a swing at natural gas (or, as environmentalists prefer to call it, “fracked gas”) by proposing changes to county building codes that would ban new…

Local Avista customers can expect to see lower utility bills as company sets aggressive renewable energy goal

10/06/21
If you live in Adams County, your Avista utility bill likely occupies a portion of your monthly budget. However, the amount money you set aside for the Spokane-based utility company should begin to shrink starting…

Northwest Power and Conservation Council Sets Aggressive Targets for Renewable Energy

10/02/21
The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has published its draft 2021 Northwest Power Plan, which will guide the development of the Bonneville Power Administration and the regional power grid through 2027.

Washington state county is first in US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure

07/28/21
A county in Washington state has become the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community. In…

SB 5022 – 2021-22

07/12/21
Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11 First reading, referred to Environment, Energy & Technology. (View Original Bill)

SB 5126 – 2021-22

06/09/21
Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11 First reading, referred to Environment, Energy & Technology. (View Original Bill) Jan 19 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology at 10:30 AM. (Committee Materials)

HB 1091 – 2021-22

06/09/21
Prefiled for introduction. Jan 11 First reading, referred to Environment & Energy. (View Original Bil

Inslee signs climate change legislative package

05/18/21
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a historic climate change legislative package today during a three-stop tour through King County. The governor signed the Climate Commitment Act, environmental justice legislation, a clean fuels standard and bills related…

Washington State plans to phase out new gas cars by 2030

By Adele Peters Photo: Flickr user Tony Webster 05/11/21
The U.K. plans to ban new fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2030. The Netherlands and Germany have the same goal. Now the state of Washington plans to follow, making it the first in the U.S. to move…

Washington state passes bill with goal to phase out gasoline cars

05/11/21
Washington state lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday setting a target to stop sales of gasoline-fueled vehicles there beginning in 2030, five years sooner than California. The target is not a firm mandate and is…

SB 5126 – 2021-22

05/11/21
Concerning the Washington climate commitment act.

HB 1091 – 2021-22

05/11/21
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.

Washington state passes bill with goal to phase out gasoline cars

By Reuters 04/16/21
Washington state lawmakers passed a bill on Thursday setting a target to stop sales of gasoline-fueled vehicles there beginning in 2030, five years sooner than California.

Washington State plans to phase out new gas cars by 2030

By Adele Peters Photo: Tony Webster 04/15/21
The U.K. plans to ban new fossil-fuel-powered cars by 2030. The Netherlands and Germany have the same goal. Now the state of Washington plans to follow, making it the first in the U.S. to move…

Washington leaders hope to get piece of $2 trillion funding for infrastructure, climate efforts

By King 5 Staff 03/31/21
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a $2 trillion plan Wednesday afternoon to boost infrastructure, create more jobs and fight climate change. Washington state leaders hope the plan will bring more funding to…

Washington leaders hope to get piece of $2 trillion funding for infrastructure, climate efforts

By King 5 Staff 03/31/21
 President Joe Biden is expected to unveil a $2 trillion plan Wednesday afternoon to boost infrastructure, create more jobs and fight climate change.

Mayor Durkan Transmits Legislation to Ban Fossil Fuels for Heating in New Construction to Further Electrify Buildings Using Clean Energy

01/13/21
Following the State Environmental Policy Act process, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that she has transmitted to City Council the proposed update to the energy code that would further electrify buildings using clean energy and…

BILL SB 5116

09/18/19
Supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future.

State Agency Plans, Local and Regional Plans

03/18/19
This page provides an overview of the steps Washington is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State’s Integrated Climate Response Strategy

03/18/19
By taking action now to respond and adapt to changing climate conditions, Washington can significantly limit the damage and reduce the long-term costs of the climaterelated impacts that are expected to grow in number and…

KEY RESOURCES

Cap-and-Invest rules finalized

09/29/22
Washington state reached a major climate action milestone today as the Department of Ecology announced it has finalized Cap-and-Invest regulations:

Washington’s Decisive Decade An Emerging Roadmap for Transportation Decarbonization & Cleaner Air

03/07/22
With the transportation sector accounting for 45% of the state’s emissions, it will receive the majority of upcoming investments from the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). We are firmly in the Decisive Decade for transportation decarbonization…

Washington D.C. Solar Panels: Pricing and Incentives

02/11/22
The nation’s capital has over 16,000 homes powered by solar energy. Washington D.C. derives over 43 percent of its energy from solar sources. The cost of solar panels has lowered by 43 percent over the…

To accelerate the transition to a clean economy with prosperity for all

01/24/22
Clean & Prosperous Washington is a team of business leaders working along with labor, tribes, environmental organizations, and social justice advocates to enact and implement smart climate policies in Washington state. We inform approaches to…

Washington State Profile and Energy Estimates

10/19/21
Washington benefits from access to abundant low-cost energy, and its significant renewable energy resources, especially hydroelectric power, are major contributors to the state's economy. Washington is the nation's largest producer of hydroelectric power and is…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Environment and Natural Resources State Bill Tracking Database

09/01/21
The National Conference of State Legislatures tracks environment and natural resources bills that have been introduced in the 50 states, territories and Washington, D.C.

Aji P. v. State of Washington

02/15/21
Our Children’s Trust has supported youth plaintiffs in Washington since 2011, most recently in the youth-led constitutional climate case, Aji P. v. State of Washington. Thirteen youth plaintiffs from across the state of Washington filed…

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Washington State

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Washington experienced two major wildfires. The damages of these events led to losses of at least $1 billion.

State-by-State: Climate Change in Washington

08/07/20
Washington is vulnerable to increased heat, ocean acidification, increased wildfire risk and sea level rise

Air & Climate

06/27/19
Washington faces serious impacts to its snowpack, infrastructure, and water supplies as the climate changes and temperatures climb. Protecting our state's fish, farms, and communities from the impacts of climate change is a priority for…

Climate and Health in Washington State

06/07/19
At the Washington State Department of Health, we're working with partners to reduce and respond to the effects of climate change on people's health. The information below describes how climate change can have an impact…

2019 Biennial Energy Report

03/15/19
The 2019 Biennial Energy Report provides the governor and legislature an analysis of energy issues affecting Washington citizens and businesses, along with an update on recommendations made in the last state energy strategy. At this…

MORE NEWS

First all-electric heating mandate for buildings passes in Washington state

By Emily Pontecorvo   04/26/22  
The State Building Code Council voted 11-to-3 on Friday to adopt a revised energy code that requires most new commercial buildings and large multifamily buildings to install electric heat pumps. The Council will consider a…

Heat Pump Heads Rejoice: Washington State Now Requires the More Efficient Systems

By Lauren Leffer  Photo: Silas Stein , AP Images   04/26/22  
Washington is now the first state in the country to mandate energy-efficient (and possibly fossil fuel-free) electric heat pumps, over traditional furnaces and water heaters. The rules apply in new commercial and multifamily residential buildings…

DNR Launches First-in-the-Nation Carbon Project, Protecting Forests and Creating Over a Million Carbon Offset Credits

04/06/22  
Project will preserve 10,000 acres of Western Washington’s most ecologically valuable forests; generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools and counties throughout the state...

Inslee to sign Washington landfill emissions reduction bill

By Megan Quinn  Photo: Aleksandr Gromov , Getty Images   03/25/22  
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign HB 1663 on Friday. The law would make methane emissions monitoring and capture requirements more strict at certain landfills in the state.

2,300 acres near Everett now under ‘Protection Zone’ for kelp, eelgrass

By Cody Miller   03/21/22  
Washington state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working to conserve a large area of habitat for kelp and eelgrass, a type of seagrass, near the mouth of the Snohomish River by establishing a “Protection…

British Columbia and Washington state aim to develop transboundary Nooksack flooding prevention and response initiative

By Washington Governor   03/15/22  
British Columbia Premier John Horgan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee are announcing further bilateral cooperation between B.C. and Washington state to build a sustained and ongoing transboundary initiative to address Nooksack River flooding prevention and…

Food Waste Is a Climate Change Solution Some Washington Republicans and Democrats Can Agree on

By Isabelle Kempe  Photo: Jared Wenzelburger   03/14/22  
Reducing food waste while helping food-insecure Washingtonians is a climate change solution that many of the state's Democrats and Republicans can agree on, as illustrated by HB 1799, a bill that passed in the Legislature…

Washington State Budgets $1.6 Million for Study and Removal of Toxic Lights

By Lulu Ramadan  Photo: Steve Ringman   03/14/22  
Washington state lawmakers are set to dedicate $1.5 million to removing toxic fluorescent lights from schools and another $125,000 to studying environmental hazards and creating new standards to protect students from exposure to harmful substances.

More than 50% of Washington experiencing moderate to exceptional drought

By Cody Miller   03/05/22  
Following a general lack of precipitation in January and February, the current drought across the Pacific Northwest is likely going to intensify with severe impacts expected for some regions.

Q&A: Gov. Jay Inslee’s Thoughts on Countering Climate Change in the State of Washington and Beyond

By Ariel Gans  Photo: John Moore , Getty Images   03/04/22  
Last year, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who ran an historic—if unsuccessful—climate-centered campaign for president in 2019, signed two major climate initiatives into law, as part of his state’s Climate Commitment Act.

Snow season in popular northern Washington region disappearing amid climate change, wildfires

By Chris Daniels   02/28/22  
If the environment is the spine for the Methow Valley, it almost had its back broken in the past year. While it is still standing, the threat has made residents here start to think about…

World, including WA, not adapting fast enough to climate change, U.N. report warns

By Nicholas Turner  Photo: Elaine Thompson , The Associated Press   02/28/22  
Climate change is becoming irreversible and the world, including Washington state, is not doing enough to stop it. That was one of many takeaways among local authors of a sobering report published Monday by the…

What new projections of sea level rise mean for Puget Sound and the WA coast

By Nicholas Turner  Photo: Daniel Kim , The Seattle Times   02/26/22  
Sea level rise will affect each area of the planet in a unique way, but new projections are helping researchers and lawmakers in Washington state identify which coastal communities are most vulnerable.

Work underway to prepare Washington for the loss of its ‘sixth reservoir’

By Glenn Farley   02/22/22  
Work is proceeding in the Yakima River Basin to prepare for climate change and the loss of snowpack. On the Kittitas Reclamation District, the construction of plastic-lined irrigation canals is in full swing.

California Cities Lead Nation in Clean Energy, New Report Finds

By Madeline Fitzgerald  Photo: Andrew Zarivny , Shutterstock   12/16/21  
San Francisco leads the nation in clean energy and other environmental initiatives, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The ACEEE, a nonprofit research organization, released a report this…

Nuclear Energy Industry Angles for Bigger Role in Washington State and US as Climate Change Accelerates

By Hal Bernton and The Seattle Times  Photo: J. Park / Energy Northwest   11/03/21  
COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION, BENTON COUNTY, Washington—Clad in yellow suits, three workers took position on a steel bridge inside the concrete reactor building of Washington’s only nuclear power plant.

‘Long Overdue’: Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

By Trip Gabriel  Photo: Jovelle Tamayo   10/27/21  
In the bluest congressional district in the Pacific Northwest, Democrats range from liberal to even more liberal. So as their party moves toward passing a watered-down version of President Biden’s domestic agenda, voters in Washington’s…

Seventy-Two Hours Under the Heat Dome

By James Ross Gardner  Photo: Will Matsuda for The New Yorker   10/11/21  
The high winds that make up the polar jet stream encircle the Northern Hemisphere like a loosely draped rope. There are typically four or six curves in the rope, the result of the temperature differences…

Weeks and months of polluted air in Seattle is ‘unacceptable,’ says WashPIRG advocate

By Kiro Radio Newsdesk  Photo: Lindsay Wasson , Getty Images   10/05/21  
Even one day of breathing in polluted air is dangerous for people’s health, according to a new report released by the WashPIRG Foundation.

Is Seattle Prepared for Climate Change?

By Ted O' Callahan   10/05/21  
Seattle is preparing. It’s a process. There are some areas where we are very strong and others we’re still trying to figure out. We’re making a lot of investments in reducing our carbon footprint city-wide.…

Let youth have day in court over climate change

By Hollis Hill  Photo: Robin Loznak / Our Children’s Trust   10/01/21  
Washingtonians must face the hard truth: Climate change is happening, and if we do not change course, it will only get worse. As a former judge, I know it is critical that all three branches…

While Central Washington is known for its hops, apples and cherries, it is also becoming a producer of renewable energy

By Donald W. Meyers  Photo: Evan Abell , Yakima Herald-Republic   09/25/21  
While Central Washington is known for its hops, apples and cherries, it is also becoming a producer of renewable energy. Wind turbines are already familiar landmarks in Kittitas and Klickitat counties, and there are at…

What one city’s struggle to ban natural gas says about the challenge of electrifying buildings

By Ysabelle Kempe   09/20/21  
In late 2019, mere weeks before the first coronavirus case in the U.S. was detected 60 miles south, the city council of Bellingham, Washington, gathered for a presentation from the town’s Climate Action Plan Task…

Microsoft’s new campus will run on geothermal energy – but what exactly is it and can it really help combat climate change?

By World Economic Forum   09/14/21  
Microsoft is using geothermal energy from deep underground to power its new sustainable campus in the United States. The computing giant is building 93,000 square metres of new workspace on 29 hectares of its Redmond…
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Dead zone lingers in ocean off Oregon Coast longer than expected

By Keely Chalmars   09/10/21  
It was during a routine trip to round up underwater instruments that Oregon State University marine ecologist Francis Chan discovered something he didn't expect. "It was really surprising," he recalled. "Oxygen levels were still really…

A Bellingham household cut its energy use by 85% — here’s how they did it

By Ysabelle Kempe  Photo: Ysabelle Kempe   09/09/21  
From the outside, Kat McAvoy’s early 20th-century house in the Happy Valley neighborhood looks like any other older home in Bellingham.  

When Hard Jobs Turn Hazardous

By Sergio Olmos  Photo: Jordan Gale   09/05/21  
In early summer, a day laborer laying irrigation lines at a plant nursery just south of Portland, Ore., collapsed to the ground and died. His official cause of death was declared “heat related.”

The Pacific Northwest, Built for Mild Summers, Is Scorching Yet Again

By Mike Baker and Sergio Olmos  Photo: Tojo Andrianarivo   08/13/21  
Road crews sprayed water on century-old bridges in Seattle on Thursday to keep the steel from expanding in the sizzling heat. In Portland, Ore., where heat has already killed dozens of people this summer, volunteers…

An Oil Industry Hub in Washington State Bans New Fossil Fuel Development

By Marianne Lavelle  Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images   07/29/21  
Eight years ago, Whatcom County, on the northwest coast of Washington State, seemed destined to become the gateway through which North America’s expanding fossil fuel industry would connect with the hungry energy markets of Asia.

Washington state county is first in US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure

By Oliver Milman  Photo: Kevin Schafer/Getty Images   07/28/21  
A county in Washington state has become the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community. In…

Heat wave in US and Canada summed up in one staggering satellite image

By Amanda Kooser   07/02/21  
A historic heat wave descended on the Pacific Northwest in the US and western Canada at the end of June, sending temperatures soaring from Portland to Vancouver -- cities typically known for temperate conditions. The European…

Heatwave causing ‘biggest glacier melt in Washington state in a century’

By Jane Dalton  Photo: AFP/ Getty Images   07/02/21  
The record-breaking heatwave in the US northwest and Canada is causing what’s thought to be the biggest glacier melt in Washington state in a century. Milky, sandy water has been reported running into Puget Sound,…

Heat-Related Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 100 in Washington State and Oregon

By Sergio Olmos, Winston Choi-Schagrin, and Shawn Hubler  Photo: Alisha Jucevic   07/01/21  
The heat wave in parts of the Pacific Northwest played a role in the deaths of dozens of people, some of whom lived alone.

The Desperate Hunt for Air Conditioners in Oregon and Washington

By Yana Pashaeva  Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images   07/01/21  
Air conditioners have become a treasure in Washington and Oregon amid an unprecedented heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. Portland and Seattle hit records of 116 and 108 degrees on Monday. More than 35 cities in the…

Pacific Northwest Wineries Are Shaking Off the Extreme Heat Wave

By Megan McCluskey  Photo: Emily Krouse   07/01/21  
The unprecedented heat wave that descended on the Pacific Northwest this week has alarmed many in the region’s burgeoning wine industry, leaving them worried over the deepening challenges climate change could bring to their businesses.

Seattle Under the Heat Dome

By James Ross Gardner  Photo: Chona Kasinger / Bloomberg / Getty   06/30/21  
You can learn a lot about thermodynamics while sitting indoors without air-conditioning on a hundred-plus-degree day. Maybe not thermodynamics, exactly; no physicist is going to applaud the lessons here. What I mean is a sort…

Seattle already set a record high temperature Sunday; Monday’s forecast is ‘unheard of’

By Evan Bush , Katherine Anne Long and Jim Brunner  Photo: Sylvia Jarrus , The Seattle Times   06/30/21  
Seattle set a record high temperature Sunday, with the mercury topping out at 104 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

NW tribes want to be at the table for green energy planning

By Manola Secaira  Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel   06/29/21  
When green energy projects bloom across Washington, many are on cultural sites important to tribes in the region. The Yakama Nation’s director of natural resources feels torn about the increasing number of windmills and dams…

Unprecedented Heat Wave in Pacific Northwest Driven by Climate Change

By Anne C. Mulkern  Photo: Nathan Howard   06/28/21  
A blistering heat wave obliterated high temperature records in Oregon and Washington over the weekend, ratcheting up risks for deaths and fires, and underscoring the dangers of climate change.

What to know about the ‘heat dome’ across the Pacific Northwest

By Seattle Times staff  Photo: Ken Lambert   06/28/21  
Temperatures broke Seattle’s all-time record high Monday afternoon, reaching a sweltering 106 degrees, surpassing the previous record of 104 degrees, which was set Sunday. Some areas in Western Washington, including Seattle, could still reach 110…

‘We’re going to have to get used to this’: Pacific Northwest scorched in dangerous, record-breaking heat wave

By Elinor Aspegren  Photo: John Froschauer , AP   06/27/21  
Records set and broken in one city. A more-than-century-old marker shattered in another.

‘Jaw-dropping’ forecast is warning sign of climate change’s future impact in Washington, scientists say

By Evan Bush and Hal Bernton  Photo: Amanda Snyder , The Seattle Times   06/25/21  
It’s a forecast so hot that it left some seasoned meteorologists initially in disbelief.

Core concerns: Climate change presents challenging future for apple industry

By Thomas Clouse  Photo: Tyler Tjomsland , The Spokesman Review   06/21/21  
Apple growers in northern climates such as Michigan and Vermont are facing more outbreaks of a nemesis long battled by Washington apple growers – a pathogen known as fire blight that when left unchecked can…

Seattle University Earns Stars Gold Rating For Sustainability

By ISN Staff   06/17/21  
As Jesuit institutions in the U.S. increasingly deepen their commitment to environmental sustainability, Seattle University has earned a Gold rating through The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) for its ongoing work. This marks…

Washington Climate Activists Celebrate Victory Over Massive Fracked Gas Refinery

06/11/21  
In a stunning climate victory, Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW), backers of a controversial fossil fuel processing and export proposal in Kalama, Wash., officially abandoned its fracked gas refinery and pipeline proposal, terminating the company’s lease…

Washington State’s Climate Change Fight: Clean Fuels Standards And Cap-And-Trade Program

By Vinson and Elkins   06/08/21  
Washington recently joined California, Oregon, and British Columbia in adopting a clean fuels standard that mandates reductions in greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions attributable to transportation fuels.

A severe drought is gripping the Western U.S. as wildfire season begins

By Emma Newburger  Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images   06/07/21  
Nearly three-fourths of the U.S. West is grappling with the most severe drought in the recorded history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, as hot and arid conditions are set to exacerbate the threat of wildfires and…

WASHINGTON STATE LEADS THE NATION ON CLIMATE ACTION

By Kristin Eberhard   06/07/21  
Eight years into Jay Inslee’s tenure, he finally signed a bill capping statewide climate pollution. The Climate Commitment Act (CCA), or SB-5126, passed the Senate by a 27-22 vote with one day left in the legislative…

The Colville Tribes to collaborate with Inslee on climate change

06/04/21  
The Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, recently called for a leaders’ summit with tribal nations to consult on climate-related issues. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is pleased to accept this invitation and commits…

Agencies, nonprofits help farms adapt to changing landscape

By Julie Titone  Photo: Olivia Vanni / The Herald   05/24/21  
The Farms and Fields Program and the Washington Farmland Trust are among the private and public efforts designed to help. Both have ties to the Snohomish Conservation District, which serves Snohomish County and Camano Island…