The Environmental Priorities Coalition, which includes environmental groups such as the Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club, and faith groups such as Faith Action Network, met recently to set priorities. The following is a list of top priorities as described by the Sierra Club:
Salmon Recovery (SB 5665)— From the coast to Puget Sound to the Snake River, bold action to recover endangered salmon populations across the state.
Unfortunately, this bill is dead for the session because of landowner opposition. It may be revised and reintroduced at the next session.
Fighting Sprawl to Protect Climate (HB 1099 and SB 5042) — Futurewise-led Washington Can’t Wait campaign to pass two bills that will revise the Growth Management Act to better plan for climate and close development loopholes that exacerbate urban sprawl. SB 5042 has passed both the Senate and House.
Clean Buildings (HB 1767 and SB5666) — Buildings are WA’s fastest growing source of climate pollution. Action is planned to expand the availability of incentives for utility customers to switch from fossil fuels to clean electric appliances. Both bills failed to pass.
House Committee on Appropriations did not take action; bills are dead for session.
|Climate-Focused Transportation Investments (“Transportation Package” SB 5974)– Transportation in WA’s largest source of climate pollution; investments are necessary to end the status quo by stopping needless highway expansion and instead funding transit, electrification, walking, and biking.
Passed both the Senate and House.
Energy for All (HB 1490) — Clean energy is a human right, and nobody should have their heat turned off for failure to pay a bill. This campaign is led by powerful frontline organizational partners Front and Centered and Puget Sound Sage.
This bill was not scheduled for hearings and is dead for session.
In addition, discussion during the January 2022 JUUstice Washington Summit suggested that the following could be priorities:
Energy Efficiency for New and Existing Buildings (HB 1770)– require construction of increasingly low-emission energy efficient homes and buildings and achieve construction of zero fossil-fuel greenhouse gas emission homes and buildings by 2030.
Hearings: January 19, 2022 Hearing Notes Here House Passed 1770 and it is pending in the Senate.
Housing Equity and Proximity to Transit (HB 1782) – create additional middle housing near transit and in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing.
Hearings: January 18, 2022: House Committee on Local Government: Hearing Notes Here
Senate Committee on Housing & Local Government has approved the Senate companion bill SB 5670, but both bills missed the March 4 cutoff and are dead for session.