News Release | Environment Washington Research & Policy Center

Solar Energy Should be Key Part of America’s Energy Plan

Seattle – The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today released its fourth annual National Solar Jobs Census, which found that the U.S. solar industry employed 142,698 Americans in 2013. That figure includes the addition of 23,682 solar jobs over the previous year, representing 19.9 percent growth in employment since September 2012. Solar employment grew 10 times faster than the national average employment growth rate of 1.9 percent in the same period.

News Release | Environment Washington

Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park are Underfunded, Under Threat

As Congress approaches another deadline on the federal budget, a new Environment Washington Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.

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. 

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.

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.