Call to Action – Washington Legislative Agenda

From Cascadia Green Building Council:

HB 1735 | SB 5604 will directly fund local projects to clean up toxic runoff before it enters our water.

Toxic runoff is the number one water pollution problem in Washington. A small fee on toxic runoff pollutants, like oil, pesticides, herbicides, and other hazardous substances, would provide a polluters-pay approach to creating new clean water jobs in communities across Washington.

TAKE ACTION: Please call or email your state legislators to support the 2011 Clean Water Jobs Act

SB 5110 will establish a carpet stewardship program.

145,000 tons of carpet is disposed of every year in Washington. Most of it goes to landfills — less than three percent of it is ever recycled. This creates a significant burden on county landfills, and is hugely wasteful.

This bill will establish a carpet stewardship program, which would require carpet manufacturers to establish and pay for a system to collect, transport and recycle old carpet.

TAKE ACTION: Please call or email your State Senators today to support carpet stewardship.

WE SAY NAY!

SB 5300 would be a step backwards for the State in its support of high performance buildings.

SB 5300’s proponents frame it as a bill to support Washington state forestry. What it really does is express big industrial timber’s intense dislike for the LEED and FSC certification systems.

In 2005, the legislature passed the High Performance Building Law requiring publicly funded buildings to be built to LEED Silver or better. This 2011 bill would strip the LEED Silver or better requirement and replace it with a standard created and administered by the state that takes out the incentive to source FSC wood.

Like it or not, the High Performance Building Law already has a loophole for Washington sourced wood that was negotiated in 2005. SB 5300 also doesn’t recognize the potential risks to the state in the form of costs for developing and administering the new standard.

TAKE ACTION: Please call or email your State Senators today to oppose SB 5300.

HB 1388 would annul the current Washington energy code.

On Monday, a Federal Court upheld a challenge to the Washington energy code brought by the Building Industry Association of Washington. Now the protection of the code is in your hands.

Washington’s energy code, first enacted in the 1990’s and improved every three years, saves Washington residents $200 million every year in lower energy bills. HB 1388 would annul the current energy code, which would be a huge step backward for Washington’s economy and environment.

TAKE ACTION: Call or send an email urging your state house representative to oppose and vote No on HB 1388.

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