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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

Environment America launches effort to get Target to go solar

Target has pledged to put solar panels on a quarter of its stores, but the company could cut pollution dramatically and even save its customers money by putting panels on all of its nearly 2,000 rooftops in North America, advocacy group, Environment Washington said today.

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Report | Environment Washington Reseach and Policy Center

Solar on Superstores

Solar energy is expanding rapidly across the United States – increasing more than 100-fold over the past decade. But, there are still many untapped opportunities to harness the nation’s nearly limitless solar potential. The United States has the technical potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year.

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News Release | Environment Washington

New Report Finds Jobs from Solar Power Booming Nationally, Lagging in Washington State

Nationally, the solar industry continues to create jobs and spur economic development at a fast rate, but, according to a new report by the Solar Foundation, Washington State is beginning to lag in solar job creation. The report found that the solar industry employed a total of 2,262 people in Washington State in 2015, compared to 2,400 in 2014. Pending legislation in Olympia could boost solar in Washington.

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Report | Environment America

America’s Next Top Polluter

Tyson Foods, Inc. is “one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry.” The company’s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers’ factory farm operations, fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat, and waste from its processing plants.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Bill to Boost Solar Power in Washington Gets Hearing in Olympia

The House Technology and Economic Development Committee held a hearing today on HB 2346, a bill that would extend and boost the state renewable energy production incentive program. This program has been a key factor in the growth of solar power, a virtually limitless pollution-free energy source with no fuel costs, in Washington State. Without legislative action, the program faces two hurdles – incentive payments will expire in 2020, and already some utilities have hit a state-mandated cap on the program that forces utilities either to lower incentive payments to consumers who have invested in solar installations or exclude new customers who invest in solar installations from receiving incentive payments.

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