Result

Seattle bans the bag

With the help of our volunteers and members, Environment Washington led the effort to ban plastic bags in Seattle. We released a report with new and unpublished data to show the full extent of Puget Sound's plastic problemn and how plastic bags threaten our wildlife. Our members made hundreds of phone calls and sent in thousands of public comments, urging Seattle City Council to ban the bag. We finally won with a unanimous vote in favor of the bag ban, making Seattle the second biggest city in the U.S. to ban the bag!

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We won senators' support for Mt. Rainier expansion

In early 2011, Environment Washington staff hand-delivered more than 2,000 messages from our members and supporters, calling on Senators Maria Cantwell and Patricia Murray  to support an expansion of Mount Rainier to include the Carbon River Valley Rainforest. The next day, both senators committed to doing just that.

Result

A brighter future for wind and solar.

By tapping the energy of the sun hitting the rooftops of America and the power of the wind blowing off our coasts and across the country, we can meet the energy needs of every household in the nation. New policies we helped win will bring us closer to realizing that potential by making it easier to build wind farms on and offshore, and to put solar panels on our roofs. 

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Shining a media spotlight on oil subsidies.

Environment Washington traveled with a mobile billboard from Seattle to Tacoma to Olympia, holding press events in each city, urging Senator Murray to use her position on the debt reduction super-committee to end oil subsidies. We also unveiled our new billboard in Yakima, calling on Rep. Doc Hastings to stop standing with Big Oil and start opposing these wasteful subsidies. Our events were covered in several local media outlets, getting the attention of our leaders, but we need your help to get them to act. 

Result

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. 

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