Building a cleaner future together

Our state has a legacy of protecting the home we all share: prioritizing our health and a world-class economy. We enjoy that quality of life because we invest in our communities.

But we know if we don’t act now, the threat of pollution will only get worse and cause more harm to our communities and our kids’ health. I-1631 is a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington and gives us the chance to pass on a healthier state to the next generation.

Who Supports I-1631?

After years of work, our coalition is led and supported by over 250 organizations, representing scientists, environmental and clean-energy advocates, working families, communities of color, health professionals, businesses, faith leaders, and tribal nations who have come together to pass this practical solution.

What Does I-1631 Do?

As Washingtonians we all do our part to keep our state clean. But right now the largest polluters can pollute for free while the rest of us pay the costs. I-1631 would put a fee on the state’s largest polluters, like the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean energy, and invest in protecting our air and water and building new clean-energy infrastructure across the state. We know with this initiative, we can protect our health, build new good paying jobs, and ensure a cleaner future for the next generation.

What Does I-1631 Invest In?

70% to new clean-energy infrastructure

  • Clean-energy like, solar, wind, and other renewable energy
  • Cleaner transportation options like public transit, cleaner fuels, and rural broadband so more people have the option to drive less
  • Efficiency upgrades for homes and businesses to use less energy and save residents and customers money on their utility bills

25% to clean water and healthy forests

  • Ensure our forests are healthy, more resilient to disease, and can protect our air quality
  • Prevent and clean up pollution from our rivers and lakes to keep communities healthy
  • Increase sustainable supply of drinking water, reduce risks from flood and drought, and ensure cooler, cleaner water for fish

5% to investments in local communities

  • Prepare for future challenges caused by pollution and a changing climate
  • Ensure that the impacts do not disproportionately harm our most vulnerable communities

Ensuring This Is A Plan For Everyone

  • At least 35% of all investments will benefit communities hardest hit by pollution and poverty – because the neighborhood you live in shouldn’t determine whether you have clean air to breathe and healthy water to drink
  • A minimum of 15% of all clean-energy investments will help low-income residents and communities across the state transition to a clean-energy economy
  • Ensure workers in the fossil fuel industry affected by the transition have an opportunity to maintain their quality of life, build skills, and attain family-wage jobs
  • Give flexibility for energy-intensive and trade exposed businesses in Washington to create and sustain jobs and enable efficient industries to thrive
  • Federally recognized tribes must be consulted on any projects affecting their tribal lands, and 10% of investments must have formal support from a tribal government

Accountability Built Into The Initiative

All investments are overseen by a public board made up of trusted community leaders and experts in science, business, and health, so that big energy companies and special interests aren’t making decisions about our future. Local businesses and community-based organizations will partner to kick-start projects that are proven to reduce pollution, benefit diverse communities, and create good- paying jobs across the state. The investments are regularly evaluated to assess whether Washington is meeting state goals to reduce pollution, giving support to those communities who need it most, and transitioning to clean-energy.

Together, we can take a powerful step forward and protect clean air and healthy drinking water for everyone in our state.

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