Washington Environmental Council, founded in 1967, functions as a coalition of conservation organizations and individual members dedicated to the protection and restoration of the state's natural resounces. It concentrates primarily on legislation affecting Washington's environment.
Washington Environmental Council has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.
Kids at Van Asselt Elementary in Seattle enjoy a the fruits of the Local Farms - Healthy Kids Act. Photo courtesy of Kerri Cechovic, Washington Environmental Council.
Photo courtesy of Ervin Jindrich.
$100,000 - To protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all. Conservation policy
$25,000 - For a new strategic plan, staff development, and communications support. Conservation capacity
$200,000 - A two-year grant to protect, restore, and sustain Washington's environment. Conservation policy
$55,000 - To protect, restore, and sustain Washington's environment. Conservation policy
$3,000 - To cover costs of a leadership course. Opportunity fund
$150,000 - To help state legislators become stronger and more effective environmental leaders. Conservation policy
$65,000 - To protect, restore, and sustain Washington's environment. Conservation policy
$3,000 - To hire a communications specialist to help with the announcement of a new program area. Opportunity fund
$75,000 - For voter education, outreach, and communications on behalf of the Washington environmental community. Conservation capacity
$10,000 - To refresh and update the organization's Web site. Conservation capacity
$75,000 - To expand the environmental base and improve message coordination. Conservation capacity
$150,000 - To protect, restore, and sustain Washington's environment. Conservation policy
$100,000 - To improve the conservation community's ability to effectively communicate with policy-makers and the public. Conservation policy
$150,000 - To protect Washington's land, air and water through outreach and advocacy. Conservation policy
$100,000 - To implement a communications plan on behalf of the Environmental Priorities Coalition.
$30,000 - To protect Washington's land, air and water by engaging citizens in civic participation. Conservation policy
$40,000 - To improve the conservation community's ability to effectively communicate with policymakers and the public.
$50,000 - To support the merger of WEC with Washington Conservation Voters Education Fund (WCVEF). Conservation capacity
$100,000 - For general support emphasizing an expanded and strategic role for Washington's environmental future. Conservation policy
$100,000 - For general support emphasizing implementation of a new strategic plan and embracing an expanded and strategic role for Washington's environmental future. Conservation capacity
$300,000 - To increase WEC's membership, communications capacity and organizational effectiveness. Conservation capacity
$25,000 - To develop a plan for increasing WEC's organizational effectiveness. Conservation capacity
$25,000 - To develop a comprehensive strategic plan and implement a technology upgrade. Place-based conservation
The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in Vancouver, Washington, leaving the final decision to Governor Jay Inslee. Since the project was announced in 2013, Vancouver residents, Columbia River Tribes, business and faith leaders, health and safety professionals, 3 Washington cities, the state department of Natural Resources, and over 300,000 comments have urged denial of the project.Go »
The Washington Department of Ecology denied permits for the Millennium Bulk project, which would have shipped by rail and then vessel a staggering 44 million tons of coal per year to markets in Asia. The Washington DOE cited unavoidable harms in nine environmental areas that were identified in the project’s formal review.Go »
Backers of the Gateway Pacific Terminal withdrew their applications to build a 48-million-ton-per-year coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington. This conclusive victory comes after the Army Corps of Engineers acknowledged that the coal terminal would violate the Lummi Nation's treaty-protected fishing rights. The Brainerd Foundation has supported the work of Climate Solutions and Washington Environmental Council on this issue.Go »
The Supreme Court of Washington State has unanimously ruled that plans to locate a rail-fed crude oil export terminal at Hoquiam in Grays Harbor fall under the state's Ocean Resources Management Act. The decision will lead to a full environmental review and will temporarily, if not permanently, halt the project. Brainerd grantees Climate Solutions and Washington Environmental Council have worked hard with the Stand Up to Oil coalition on this issue.Go »
The people of Washington have convinced one of the state's most powerful agencies, the Department of Natural Resources, to deny a key approval for the last, largest remaining coal terminal proposal in Longview. The DNR rejected a request to use state-owned land in the Columbia River to build new docks to export coal. Brainerd grantees Climate Solutions, Sightline, and Washington Environmental Council joined the Power Past Coal Coalition to fight for this ruling.Go »
In another sign that crude-by-rail is a losing proposition, Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes today announced that it is dropping its plans to construct a crude-by-rail facility. Originally proposed in 2014, community opposition and legal challenges forced Shell and Skagit County to undertake a full environmental and public health review under the State Environmental Policy Act. That delay, growing local and regional opposition, and uncertain economics contributed to Shell’s decision.Go »
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied permits for the biggest proposed coal export terminal in North America, recognizing that the project would impact the treaty-protected fishing rights of the Lummi Nation. This comes after a five-year struggle by the Lummi Nation, the Power Past Coal coalition, and other allies. Photo courtesy of Alex Garland and the Backbone Campaign.Go »
In Washington, the community of Longview and the Stand Up to Oil campaign defeated not one, but two, dangerous and dirty fossil fuel terminal proposals on the Columbia River on the same day. In a unanimous vote, Port of Longview commissioners rejected a proposal by Waterside Energy to build the first oil refinery on the west coast in 25 years. The commissioners also rejected Waterside’s plan for a propane export terminal. (Photo courtesy of Sightline.)Go »