Global warming: A growing threat

More and more Washingtonians are concerned about what global warming will mean for the health and well-being of future generations. Environment Washington is working within the state and at the federal level to reduce global warming pollution by at least 35% by 2020.

Environment Washington has been instrumental in passing global warming solutions at the state level, including statewide limits on global warming pollution, global warming emission standards for cars, and regional limits on global warming emissions from power plants in the Northwest.

At the same time, we have been building support for strong federal action on global warming. As part of a comprehensive plan to end our addiction to oil, Environment Washington is working to end taxpayer subsidies to oil companies. These billion dollar industries should have to pay their fair share for the pollution they cause, not receive financial incentives to continue polluting.

With more wind and solar, we can move to 100% clean energy

We are surrounded by clean energy options — the power of the sun, the movement of wind and waves, the heat of the earth, even the energy leaking from drafty windows in our homes and businesses. By using energy more efficiently and tapping our vast renewable energy resources, we can move to 100% clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.  

Efficient buildings will spur energy savings

Meanwhile, we can make more of the energy we do use by enacting common-sense efficiency measures. Right now, Washington's homes are like cars that only get 10 miles to the gallon. Buildings consume 40% of our energy, and much of that energy is literally flying out the window rather than heating or cooling our homes and businesses. What’s worse, energy-wasting buildings are responsible for nearly half of greenhouse gas emissions nationwide. 
 
Millions of Washingtonians are already weather-stripping doors and windows, insulating attics and making their homes more energy efficient and thus healthier, more comfortable and less costly to heat and cool. 
 
If everyone makes these small changes, they can really add up — to 334 million fewer metric tons of global warming pollution emitted each year nationwide, the equivalent of taking 65.5 million cars off the road. The average family could save up to $400 on their utility bills
 
Our sister organization, Environment Washington Research & Policy Center, has created an online guide to help you save fuel and save money. Visit “Plug Into Clean Energy,” for tips on how to give your home an efficiency upgrade.

Clean Energy updates

News Release | Environment Washington

Solar Advocates Gather For "Solar Panel Discussion"

On Thursday evening, representatives from the solar industry, Evergreen students, environmentalists and Olympia residents convened at the Evergreen State College for a “panel discussion” to determine the future of solar power in Washington State.

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News Release | Environment Washington

Global Warming has Winter Games Skating on Thin Ice

Seattle – As the world turns its attention to the Sochi Olympic Games, Environment America revealed a summary of impacts global warming is having on Winter Olympic sports, and highlighting the need to act urgently to reduce the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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Report | Environment Washington

Skating on Thin Ice

"When it comes to the future of winter sports, global warming has us skating on thin ice. There's still time to keep from sliding off the edge by going after the biggest sources of the carbon pollution fueling the problem." -- Anusha Narayanan, field associate, Environemnt Washington.Eight ways global warming is affecting Winter Olympic sports

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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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