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Report drew leaders' attention to plastic pollution.

Our report, “Keeping Plastic Out of Puget Sound,” detailed the damage caused by plastic pollution and noted that local and national governments worldwide are taking action to ban the bags. We had the lead quote in a front page Seattle Times article on this issue, grabbing the attention of city and state leaders. We need your help to turn a statewide bag ban from great idea into reality. 

Report | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Power Plants Remain America’s Largest Source of Global Warming Pollution

Less than a year after Washington’s severe winter storms of 2012 that left 275 people without power and an estimated $32 million in damage, a new report from Environment Washington Research & Policy Center finds that for Washington, TransAlta’s power company is the state’s biggest carbon polluter, producing as much global warming pollution as 1,115,642 cars each year. Even as Washington State’s renewable energy standard works to cut carbon pollution and transition Washington to clean energy, power plants remain the single largest source of carbon pollution in America. Scientists predict that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe for future generations, unless we cut the dangerous carbon pollution fueling the problem.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Obama Administration Should Use Science to Protect America's Waterways

The EPA has just released a new report with data on the impacts small bodies of water have on larger bodies of water. Over half of Washington's streams that feed into our large bodies of water, like Puget Sound, are currently at risk due to loopholes in the Clean Water Act.  The Obama Administration is currently considering new rules that would close these loopholes and strengthen the Clean Water Act. Strenghtening these loopholes would have profound impacts for our water right here in Washington, as well as bodies of water across the country.

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Report | Environment Washington

Solar Works for Washington

Washington’s strong clean energy policies have made it a national leader in wind energy and in energy efficiency. However, the state’s potential for solar power remains virtually untapped. Washington can start taking advantage of its full potential for solar energy by developing its capacity for rooftop solar power.

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News Release | Environment Washington

New Report Highlights Washington’s Solar Potential

Last week Gov. Inslee signed his first bill into law, one that is aimed at tackling climate change in Washington. One solution the governor has often touted is solar energy. Today, Environment Washington, industry leaders, and city officials joined together to show that solar energy is a viable, yet under-utilized, energy source for Washington. They asked Gov. Inslee to set a goal for Washington of installing the solar capacity equivalent to 150,000 solar roofs in Washington by 2020.

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