Updates

We helped lead the charge on the first statewide bag ban.

Big victory! California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags, thanks in large part to the work of our state affiliate in California. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other Pacific wildlife. In 2013, the number of communities banning plastic disposable bags—the kind that  often wash into the sea and harm sea birds and other marine animals—surpassed 100, thanks in part to the advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates across the country.

News Release | Environment America

Nearly 50 Million Acres of Roadless National Forests Protected

In a tremendous victory for national forests across the country, a federal appeals court re-affirmed protection for nearly 50 million acres of roadless areas in our national forests by upholding the Clinton-era Roadless Area Conservation Rule. After spending the past decade tied up in the courts, today’s ruling is an important step in protecting nearly roadless areas in our national forests from the Rockies to the Appalachians.

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News Release | Environment America

Groups Call on Senator Murray to End Oil Subsidies

Environment Washington was joined by Pete Mills from Congressman Jim McDermott’s office, Rachel Padgett from Fuse Washington and local activists to call for an end to $44 billion in subsidies to Big Oil.

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News Release | Environment America

Bipartisan Bill to Support Offshore Wind Introduced in the House

A bill introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would extend an Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for offshore wind power worth up to 30 percent of the cost of the project.  The bill, H.R. 3238, was introduced by Representatives Pascrell (NJ – 8, Democrat) and LoBiondo (NJ – 2, Republican), and seeks to jump-start the offshore wind industry in America by providing the ITC for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects.  A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate, S. 1397, by Senators Carper (DE, Democrat) and Snowe (ME, Republican).

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News Release | Environment America

Solar Jobs Boom with Nearly 7 Percent Growth in 12 Months

The United States has more than 100,000 people employed by the solar industry, according to new data released by Environment America today. This represents a 6.8 percent growth in solar jobs since last year. 

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Report | Environment America

National Solar Jobs Census 2011: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce

The National Solar Jobs Census 2011 updates last year’s census of employment and annual projected growth in the United States solar industry with new data from a statistically valid sampling of employers throughout the nation.  The rapid pace of change in the industry has warranted annual updates that examine the size and scope of the industry.

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