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1631 – Over 100 Flagship Washington Companies Announce Support for Initiative 1631

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Over 100 Flagship Washington Companies Announce Support for Initiative 1631

Expedia Group, REI, Virginia Mason, and Vigor lead over 100 prominent business voices

Sept. 24th, 2018 –Today, Expedia Group, REI, Virginia Mason, and Vigor joined a growing list of over 100 businesses to announce their support for I-1631, Washington’s Clean Air and Clean Energy initiative. Businesses include Washington state leaders in technology, outdoor recreation, health, and manufacturing.

Endorsing businesses came from across the state; from Renewable Energy Group in Grays Harbor, Ellensburg Solar in Kittitas County, Mountain Gear in Spokane Valley, Chuckanut Builders in Whatcom County, Carbon River Doors in Orting, and Mazama Country Inn in the Methow Valley.

Other major state employers include Sellen Construction, NBBJ, LMN Architects, Puget Sound Solar, Red Hook Brewing, MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions, McKinstry, Ameresco, A&R Solar, Cedar Grove Composting, and PCC Community Markets.

“The health effects of a changing climate are already being felt in Washington. Smoke from wild fires these past two summers, which worsen respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, are just the most visible recent impacts. Medical studies estimate the global health burden of air pollution to be 6.5 million premature deaths per year. That is more than the deaths caused by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. We need to reduce fossil fuel use now to keep air pollution and an unstable climate from becoming increasingly worse for our children and grandchildren” said Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System.

“As the world’s travel platform, Expedia Group proudly supports initiatives that protect natural resources for future generations of Washingtonians and global travelers alike,” said Amanda Pedigo, Vice President of Government and Corporate Affairs, Expedia Group. “That is why we strongly support I-1631 efforts to keep Washington state vibrant, clean and healthy for everyone who lives here and the millions of people who visit our state every year. This initiative aligns with Expedia Group’s commitment to offset the environmental impact of our corporate footprint. We look forward to continued engagement on these critical issues.”

With over 2 million members in Washington state alone, REI (Tukwila, WA) has a decades’ long history of stewardship and advocacy for state natural resources and outdoor spaces. They laid out their support for I-1631 in a piece on the REI Co-op Journal.

“Washington state’s natural beauty attracts people from all over the world and it has a real economic benefit to our state. Outdoor recreation generates $2.3 billion in state and local tax revenue from a vibrant outdoor industry that employs at least 200,000 Washingtonians,” said Marc Berejka Director of Government and Community Affairs at REI. “This is not a niche or partisan effort. 1631 is a choice to take action for our collective future.”

Vigor is the leading provider of shipbuilding, complex fabrication and ship repair and conversion in the Pacific Northwest.

“One of Vigor’s core values is “Love”. That means we care about the people we work with and the world we live in. We wholeheartedly endorse I-1631 and the cleaner energy future that will follow,” stated Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor. “We believe I-1631 is also an important investment in climate friendly innovations. These investments will create jobs which is good for Washington’s economy and consistent with our state’s values as well.”

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To learn more about the initiative please go to https://yeson1631.org/learn/

Business support grows daily but currently includes:

A&R Solar

Alice T. Hellyar Design LLC

All Cities Solar & Electric

Ameresco Inc.

American Alpine Institute

Arlington Electric & Solar

Artisan Electric Inc.

Atalier jones LLC

Balderston Associates

Batt + Lear

Ben and Jerry’s

Beneficial State Bank

Big Chickie

BrightWork Builders LLC

BYD Company

C+C

Camp Creative

Carbon River Doors

Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc.

Cascadia Solar

Cedar Grove Composting

Chapter 3 Copyediting LLC

Cheryl Heinrichs Architecture

Chuckanut Builders

Clean Technology Partners

Collaborative Efficiency

Columbia City Bakery

Cypress Creek Renewables

Derby Canyon Natives

Digs Showroom

Dog Enterprises Inc.

Ducoterra

Eco Consulting

EcoPower Development

Ecotech Solar

Ecotope Inc.

Energy Efficiency Finance Corps

EnergySavvy

EVgo

Evo

Expedia

Fire Mountain Solar LLC

Fremont Brewing

Full Circle Environmental Inc

Green Canopy

Grounds for Change

Groundwork Strategies

Hammerschlag and Co

Jourdan HVACR Consulting

LD Arch Design

LMN Architects

MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions

Mahlum Architects, Inc

Mazama Country Inn

McKinstry

Meadow Creature LLC

Merrill Images LLC

Mighty House Construction

Miller Hull Partnership

NBBJ

Mountain Gear

Neoen U.S. Inc.

Nicholson Kovalchick Architects

Northwest Renewables

Pepper Sisters Restaurant

Power Trip Energy

Proterra Inc

PSR Mechanical

Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union

Puget Sound Solar

Pyramid Communications

Redhook Brewing

REI

Renewable Energy Group

Resources Generation Seattle

Scope 5

Seattle Bouldering Project

Sellen Construction

Seventh Generation

Shift Zero

Spoon Full Farm

Solar Washington

SolTerra Solar

Sound Sustainable Farms

Steinbrueck Urban Strategies, LLC

Sun Path ELectric

Sunbridge Solar

Sunergy Systems Inc

Sunshine Construction LLC

Ten Directions Design, Architects

Tutta Bella

Vigor

Virginia Mason

Western Solar Inc

Whitney Architecture

Zunum Aero

(+14) Ethan Stowell Restaurants

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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 year....so, 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 mars.lol

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!!

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.

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?

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