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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. 

News Release | Environment Washington

Puget Sound Haunted by Stormwater Runoff, Toxic Dumping

On the shores of Puget Sound, Environment Washington held an event to release “Ten Scary Facts about Puget Sound,” a new factsheet which compiles 10 of the most frightening realities about pollution in the area's most iconic waterway. 

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News Release | Environment Washington

Olympia Becomes Tenth City in Washington to Ban Plastic Bags

The Olympia City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags, making it the tenth city in the state of Washington to address the growing threat of plastic pollution. The measure is aimed at cutting plastic pollution to Puget Sound and the ocean, where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon.

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News Release | Environment Washington

New report: Washington ranks 25th in the nation for solar power

Today, Environment Washington Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. Despite high solar potential, Washington State, a leader in producing wind energy, is ranked 25th in the Country for solar power, producing less than one percent of its total energy from the sun.

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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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