Elevating Environmental Justice into the work of WA state agencies
“We all deserve clean air, clean water and a healthy environment in which to live, work and thrive.” In the spirit of this belief, the Healthy Washington For All (HEAL) Act (SB 5479) is nearing a critical vote next week on its way to passing the WA State Legislature this session.
Passage of the HEAL Act will help elevate the importance of environmental justice in our region’s work on climate resiliency, affordability, and ensuring a livable future for all.
Specifically, the Act would require a range of state agencies to consider environmental justice in their work, starting with a unified definition of environmental justice and then directing state agencies to make targeted investments in the communities most impacted by pollution.
Updating the Growth Plan for the Central Puget Sound Region
Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Vision 2050 is intended to serve as a shared, integrated strategy for how and where the central Puget Sound region should grow over the coming 30 years. The region is planning for upwards of 1.8 million new people and 1.2 million new jobs by 2050, adding to the 4.1 million population of today.
As the region prepares to add more people and more jobs in the coming decades, VISION 2050 is intended to provide a guide for sustaining a healthy environment, thriving communities, and a strong economy. The mechanism for understanding the environmental impact of this projected growth, the Draft Supplemental Environment Impact Statement (SEIS), is now available for review and comment through April 29.
The Draft SEIS reviews the environmental impacts of three regional growth alternatives for VISION 2050, the long-range plan to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows.