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This article is about the U.S. state of Washington. For the capital of the United States, see Washington DC

Sustainability initiatives

Local sustainability initiatives

Please see our local or city pages via the Washington (state) category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Initiatives by topic

Climate action

350 Washington State on facebook - Wikipedia: Climate change in Washington, includes sections on Responses, Policy, CAT's proposed reduction of greenhouse gases, Green building, Electronic waste, Pollution and Prohibition of recyclables in garbage

Community energy

Wikipedia: Solar power in Washington, Wind power in Washington state

Community involvement

Wikipedia: Bellingham, Activism

Cycling activism

Cascade Bicycle Club

The Cascade Bicycle Club is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community organization based in Seattle. It is the largest statewide bicycling nonprofit in the United States with more than 17,000 members. It is run by a volunteer board of directors, 36 professional staff and more than 1,000 volunteers.

Cascade hosts several major riding events every year including the Seattle to Portland (STP). Cascade volunteer ride leaders lead more than 2,000 free group rides a year. The club also leads regional tours. Cascade rides are open to anyone wearing a helmet.

In addition to producing material for the public on bicycling the Cascade Bicycle Club lobbies local government on behalf of people who ride bikes. Advocacy staff produced a paper titled "Left by the Side of the Road" asserting the shortfall of safe, effective bicycle routes in the region.

From 2009-2011 the club successfully lobbied for a law to increase penalties for negligent drivers who injured or killed vulnerable users of the road, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Cascade Bicycle lobbies have petitioned for extending and building trails along the Burke-Gilman Trail through the industrial waterfront of Ballard. After local businesses obstructed progress of the project, the club joined the City of Seattle in a lawsuit to move trail construction forward. W

Cascade Bicycle Club

Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

The Seattle to Portland, or STP, is an annual one- or two-day supported bicycle ride from Seattle, Washington, to Portland, Oregon. The STP "is considered one of the 10 biggest recreational bicycle rides in the country, drawing riders from across the nation and from other nations", and has been operating since 1979. The ride is organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club. It is approximately 206 miles (332 km) in length. Most riders complete the distance in two days; however, 1854 of the nearly 8000 riders attempted to ride in one day (2018). W

Other links

Cycling in Washington (state) W

Education for sustainability

Wikipedia: List of nature centers in Washington (state)

Environment quality

Washington Environmental Council

Wikipedia:

Elwha Ecosystem Restoration, a project of the U.S. National Park Service to remove two dams on the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, and restore the river to a natural state. It is the largest dam removal project in history and the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the National Park Service, after the Restoration of the Everglades. The controversial project, costing about $351.4 million, has been contested and periodically blocked for decades. The removal of the first of the two dams, the Elwha Dam, began in September 2011 and was completed ahead of schedule in spring 2012. Removal of the second dam, the Glines Canyon Dam, was completed on August 26, 2014.
Aquatic Reserves in Puget Sound: The Washington state government has adapted the federal government's Marine Protected Area (MPA) system into designated Aquatic Reserves, defined as "aquatic lands of special educational or scientific interest or lands of special environmental importance that are threatened by degradation". Aquatic Reserves are meant to serve as aquatic versions of national parks or sanctuaries. Through the Aquatic Reserve Program, the DNR hopes to control these areas in an effort to restore, preserve or enhance habitats and species that directly tie into the aquatic ecosystem. The first Aquatic Reserve created under the program was at Maury Island in November 2004. Further candidate sites under review include Cherry Point, Fidalgo Bay and Cypress Island.
Washington (state), Environment

Food activism

Washington State Farmers Market Association

Localism

Sustainable Connections

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle

Empower Up, a 501(c), is a computer recycling center in SW Washington. Started in mid-2002, Empower Up takes old electronics in for donation, and recycles/distributes them. W

Sustainable transport activism

Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Washington (state) (category)

News and comment

2016

Washington judge rules in favor of kids and climate, Apr 29 [1]

2015

The Wettest Rainforest in the United States Has Gone Up in Flames, July 30 [2]

Water-less Washington: State declares drought emergency, May 16 [3]

Resources

Washington State Department of Ecology

Citizens data initiative

Energy Profile for Washington – Economic, environmental, and energy data

Maps

Education: Map of nature centers and environmental education centers in Washington state

Food: Members Farmers Markets, Washington State Farmers Market Association

Visions

Transition Fidalgo & Friends’ Vision 2030 transitionfidalgo.org

Local communities in Washington

Interwiki links

Wikipedia: Washington (state)


References

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