Washington Environmental Council is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that has been driving positive change to solve Washington’s most critical environmental challenges since 1967. Their mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.
WEC was instrumental in passing (and now enforcing) the foundational laws that help keep Washington’s environment healthy: the State Environmental Policy Act, the State Superfund Law, the Growth Management Act, and the Shoreline Management Act.
WEC builds power for the environmental movement in Washington.
They bring the environmental community together through the Environmental Priorities Coalition. Each year, over 20 groups that make up the Coalition select up to four issues to advance in the state legislature. Thanks to their focused power, they have been able to achieve groundbreaking solutions – from promoting clean cars and greener buildings to setting responsible limits on climate pollution to eliminating dangerous toxins in children’s products.
Through their Voter Education Program, WEC helps educate and empower environmental voters and tackle ballot initiatives that would have an impact on their environment. They worked to pass the Citizens’ Clean Energy Initiative, I-937, and theyworked to defeat Initiative 933, which would have allowed irresponsible development across their state.
WEC works to address environmental justice and advance racial equity in all theydo.
They are committed to expanding their reach to connect with all Washingtonians who have environmental values, as well as to identifying and dismantling institutional racism within their organizational practices, policies, and procedures. Incorporating environmental justice, racial justice, and equity into their organization and work is critical as they strengthen their relationships with partners who work on climate action, social justice, and equal access to voting in Washington state. Read more on their commitment to racial and environmental justice here.