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.

2 months ago

Yes On 1631

What this campaign has shown is you can bring diverse voices, from every corner of our state together around a common solution. Despite the most money spent in our state's election history and an unprecedented mis-information campaign from out-of-state oil companies, Washingtonians took an other step forward towards solving this challenge. We were not successful in passing this initiative but this coalition of tribal nations, communities of color, health professionals, environmental and clean energy advocates, labor unions, businesses, and faith leaders stands ready to continue this fight.

The solution may change but our values and goals remain the same. We will continue to center the voices of those most impacted by pollution and work for a just transition for communities in our state so that everyone can share in a clean energy future.

The growing problem of climate change will only get worse the longer we delay solutions. This issue is not going away and neither are we. We stand ready to fight in next year's legislature and beyond, together.
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I think you should all be so proud that you got 850,000 people to say YES! That is amazing! You are an inspiration! Don’t stop!

This coalition needs to stick together and press the legislature.

"I'm so fucking proud of you guys!"

We'll keep fighting the good fight and spreading the word about legislation that is necessary to make green energy the status quo! Proud to have taken a stand with all of you wonderful supporters.

You need to press the state legislature to pass this. If they stand up for what’s right they will do the right thing, but they didn’t earlier this, what are the chances this time? There needs to be a concrete plan on where this money will be spent. Voters need to know how much subsidized home solar they will be able to qualify for, or exactly how big of a rebate on a qualifying long range electric vehicle would be before a bill like this gets a yes vote from the low income areas of WA. The low income need to know how much in energy rebates they are going to get from the state before voting yes. I live in a county where it was defeated by 70% because a 14 to 59 cent increase in gasoline would have hit them very hard. It’s not big oil’s money and false advertising that caused this to lose. The plan simply needs to be better.

heroes and sheroes and awesome humans every one of you!

I believe much more advertising was necessary, I saw hardly any. The only signs I did see went up on the final day. 😞 We have to continue the fight though! ♻️💚 it’s not over.

We will all just move to

It's not over. We got to start over.

and, no, it wasn't the advertising money spent, it was the details that you lost me with. we are not all dazzled into stupidity by an overabundance of tv ads.

I am sad but also knew when my mother, significant other and their 2 friends who are heavy supporters of the environment (have even worked with politicians on issues for environmental isduesin past) voted No, that we had a problem. It was written confusing and as everyone knows, heavily funded by the opposition. I live in Clark County and didn't see one, not ONE, sign while driving around town that said to Vote yes... Didn't see one ad and only read 1 article in our local Paper that was neutral about it all. My hubby also voted no due to "we will have to pay and the companies won't" belief...

I consider myself environmentally concerned, but I could not vote for this. It exempted too much, punished/taxed too little, needed to be revenue-neutral to the average WA State taxpayer ... too many things wrong with it for me to vote in favor. Come back with something smart that will affect real change and I'll vote yes.


It was great to be a part of this. Dealing with cranky people when calling or a wet afternoon when canvassing was worth it for this! Now I’m trained for future elections!!

Hey. Now that this horrible tax was defeated can you please get rid of your signs (made from petroleum products) from Shuster Parkway and Ruston Way in Tacoma?

The only county this idiotic bill passed in was liberal King County. You must like paying high taxes. Quit trying to raise everyone else's.

There is always next election. Money is needed to counter the funds that went to No on 1631.

People won’t care until pollution is killing their children.

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