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The Right to Repair bill did not get out of our State House of Representatives last session. It would give us the right to have our computers and electronics repaired by independent service people or repair them ourselves. It speaks directly to our environmental stewardship and simplicity testimonies.  Thank you all for doing your part and showing up to vote yes at the public hearings. Today, together with our lobbyist, members from the ESWG met with the amazing Representative Gregerson who was the sponsor of the bill to discuss what happened. The public support was immense and the bill was heading toward a vote. The public schools lobbied hard for this bill because it would make it easier for them and their students to get their computers repaired and keep costs down. Then national lobbyists for Amazon, Google and the other big tech companies scared off the state reps in…

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Invasive Species

Environmental Stewardship Working Group Member, Sarah Grace Vasquez, has been following invasive species and their effects on the environment.  She shared these resources with us about how Washington State responds to invasive species. 1.The Department of Agriculture in Washington is concerned about Hornets and Beetles. a. The Dept. Ag runs a successful Facebook group called Asian Giant Hornet Watch b. They are running an education and eradication plan to fight the invasion of the Japanese Beetle and other invasive species 2. Department of Natural Resources are concerned about the spread of aquatic invasive species through water recreation. a. On April 20th, DNR announced a grant to eradicate the tree of heaven in the Wenatchee area. Here is a quote from the Facebook post announcing the plan: “DNR is proud to offer grant support for removing invasive tree-of-heaven and replanting native tree species to the Wenatchee Rescue Mission, which…

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Environmental Stewardship Alert 2/13/19

Help Clean Up Washington’s Transportation Fuels An important bill that would improve the efficiency of fuel used for transportation in Washington State needs your support. HB 1110  and its companion bill in the Senate SB 5412 would establish a Clean Fuels Program to limit the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation fuel energy in Washington State. Under HB 1110, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. This bill is a crucial piece of a comprehensive effort to confront climate change, and will be receiving a hearing in the Transportation Committee this week. Please email or call your legislators and tell them you support House Bill 1110 and its Senate companion bill SB 5412, or simply follow this link and click on “comment on this bill” on the right-hand side to leave a comment that will…

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Environmental Stewardship Alert 2/5/19

Two bills crucial for the future of our state's ecology need help to make their way through the Washington State legislature. Both bills are important steps to prevent the worst effects of climate change: HB 1112 would direct both the Department of Ecology and the Department of Enterprise Services to facilitate the transition away from hydroflourocarbons, extreme greenhouse gases such as those used in refrigerating units, to less harmful hydrofluorocarbons or substitutes. Leave a comment on this bill for your legislator here. HB 1114 would confront a significant source of carbon emissions: food waste. Globally, roughly a third of food is wasted, and wasted food accounts for roughly 8% of global carbon emissions. This bill seeks to reduce food waste by 50% in Washington by 2030 by opening up grant funding to programs that reduce food waste in support of that mission. Leave a comment on this bill for your…

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