The 2020 legislative session began on January 13th. It is a short 60-day session so Carbon Washington staff, board members, volunteers, and supporters have been working hard to lay the groundwork to advance important climate legislation.
Sustainable Farms and Fields Progress
Over 75 farms, food systems stakeholders, and environmental organizations from across the state have endorsed the Sustainable Farms and Fields campaign. This strong support underscores that effective climate policy can also benefit farm businesses and rural communities. Read this article to find out why Spoon Full Farm, a farm in Thorp, Washington, has endorsed Sustainable Farms and Fields and how they sequester carbon, improve fertility, and build healthy soil.
Spoon Full Farm has endorsed Sustainable Farms and Fields
We expect that the Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) will be reintroduced in the Senate early in the legislative session. Now is a great time to call your state Senator to express your support for the bill and ask them to pass effective climate solutions, including SB 5947, that benefit communities across Washington State. (more…)
Thanks to the roughly 45 donors who have helped us raise over $18,000 in our matching drive! We exceeded our original $10,000 target almost two-fold! Your financial contributions enable us to keep our Sustainable Farms work going through the legislative session while also giving us bandwidth to work on carbon pricing and other climate action policies. If you missed out on the match please still consider donating to CarbonWA — you can give online or mail a check to PO Box 85565, Seattle, WA 98145.
CarbonWA featured at next Climate Science on Tap 12/16
Please join CarbonWA at the next Climate Science on Tap Happy Hour Monday 12/16 at Optimism Brewing. Cascadia Climate Action will be hosting an informative discussion featuring CarbonWA’s Greg Rock and other experts on the role of farms in solving the climate crisis. Family and dog-friendly!
Thanks to over 25 donors who have helped us raise over $5,300 towards our $7,500 match to support our Sustainable Farms Campaign! You can help by donating now to help us hit our match. Funds raised go towards supporting our Sustainable Farms staff (meet Noa!), growing our coalition, lobbying in Olympia for the passage of SB 5947, and building broader awareness through events, like an upcoming presentation in Spokane at Forza Coffee at 5 pm on 10/24 and media (like The Washington Wire). Your gift goes directly to a lean, mean campaign for bipartisan legislation that will. cut. carbon. emissions.
More farms join our coalition!
Since our last newsletter, we have launched a sign-on letter for farms, environmental organizations, and other partners to sign in order to demonstrate the growing support for SB 5947 and climate-friendly farming practices broadly. Almost immediately, 7 farm or farming organizations joined us. We expect many more to join us in the coming months ahead of the next legislative session. You can help by sharing the attached letter with farms, farming and food organizations, environmental groups, and businesses so they can sign on. To officially sign on, please send an email to Noa@carbonwa.org demonstrating an appropriate officer of the organization approves of signing the letter and include a logo. (more…)
Kyle Murphy has been CarbonWA’s executive director since 2016 (and campaign co-chair before that). Kyle is now in his second year of law school and needs to focus on the demanding curriculum. Thank you, Kyle, for all you’ve done to help CarbonWA become a force for cleaning up Washington’s carbon emissions.
We’ll start reviewing applications on October 14.
Thanks for your interest!
CarbonWA’s campaign for climate-friendly farms and ranches needs your help!
Last legislative session SB 5947, a bill to support climate-friendly farming, moved through the Senate with bipartisan support led by Senators McCoy (D) and Schoesler (R). Senate Bill 5947 is the first step towards Carbon Washington’s goal of supporting our farming economy while maximizing the potential to use farm and prairie lands to fight climate change. You can learn more about the bill here and here. A CarbonWA supporter just offered to increase our matching amount from $5,000 to $7,500 to support this campaign. Please give today to help us take full advantage of the match!
(21 Acres Farm hosted CarbonWA at their fall harvest celebration)
CarbonWA’s campaign for sustainable, climate-friendly farms and ranches needs your help!
Last legislative session SB 5947 moved through the Senate with bipartisan support led by Senators McCoy (D) and Schoesler (R) and testimony in support from many in the farming community. However, after passing the Senate the bill stalled in the House for reasons discussed here. Senate Bill 5947 is the first step towards Carbon Washington’s goal of supporting our farming economy while maximizing the potential to use farm and prairie lands to fight climate change. You can learn more about the bill here and here.
To get the bill over the finish line, we are launching a campaign to cultivate interest among farmers and rural communities while collecting input to perfect the bill for 2020’s legislative session. As a first step, we have hired a campaign manager to spearhead our work to build support and awareness in the farming community. We’ve raised roughly $30,000, but are short of our fundraising goal to support other critical elements like rural outreach coordinators, media support, lobbying and more.
The beauty of focusing on farmland is that we can tackle climate change and help our farmers and improve our land for wildlife. We can reduce the fertilizer use which leads to algae blooms, help farmers buy new equipment that reduces air pollution, and store more carbon in our soils — which leads to increased yields and microbial activity. (more…)
If you were following along last winter and spring, you might have seen the we were busy supporting and influencing a myriad of climate bills including SB 5947, a sustainable farming bill. CarbonWA helped construct SB 5947 and spearheaded the campaign for its passage. With bipartisan support, led by Senators McCoy (D) and Schoesler (R), testimony from many in the farming community, and a well designed bill, it sailed through the Senate in just 17 days. However, after passing the Senate the bill stalled in the House when Democrats and committee Chair Brian Blake declined to advance the bill. The primary opponents the Potato Commission and the Farm Bureau called on the legislature to fund a $30,000 study bill review the legislative proposal over the interim rather than advancing the bill in 2019.
To get the bill over the finish line, we are launching an interim campaign designed to cultivate and grow interest among farmers and rural communities, while collecting input to strengthen and improve the bill for 2020’s legislative session. We are also hiring a campaign manager to spearhead our work to build support and awareness in the farming community. (Thanks to all whose donations have made this possible.) You can help by:
1) Sharing the job description with potential candidates who have political experience and farming ties.
2) Making a donation (click here) to our sustainable farms effort.
3) Connecting us with farmers who may want to provide input, learn more, or support this campaign (send inquiries to email@example.com).
2019 has far and away been the most productive year for legislative climate action in Washington State. Numerous important bills became law. However, ample work remains. While the legislature took meaningful steps on HFC’s, electricity, and buildings, lawmakers failed to sufficiently address transportation emissions, agriculture, and industry this year. Take a look at a partial breakdown of climate bills that passed and didn’t below. Be sure to also check out the latest Carboncast, a podcast discussing the legislative session with CarbonWA’s Greg Rock. CarbonWA was also quoted in E&E News, calling the session a “turning point” but only if “we do more every year after this.”
|SB 5116||Mandating 100% carbon free electricity by 2045, with carbon neutral electricity by 2030.||Passed|
|HB 1112||Phasing out Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s)||Passed|
|HB 1257||Increasing building efficiency standards||Passed|
|HB 1444||Adds or increases appliance efficiency standards||Passed|
|SMJ 8005||Biochar memorial||Passed|
|HB 2042||Extends electric vehicle incentives.||Passed|
|HB 1512||Allows utilities to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure||Passed|
Take 1 Action to make an impact on Earth Day.
This Earth Day we have our eye on lesser-known but vitally important HB 1112. This bill would phase out the use of Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) — a super greenhouse gas used in refrigerants. HFC emissions are thousands of times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat. When you consider all the energy lost in commercial uses — between air-conditioning on increasingly hot summer days, or at every local grocery store to keep our food cold 24/7 — it’s a chilling thought. This bill will have a big impact! HFC’s account for 4% of Washington’s warming emissions right now.
The Senate is considering amendments that weaken the bill, but we need the Senate to uphold the stronger version passed by the House. Your senator needs to know that you support passing the original House version of the bill.
Here’s some more commentary on the need + impact of HB 1112 from waclimateleg.info:
Establishes deadlines for banning hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and some other refrigerants as well as products using them or manufactured with them from entering into state commerce, since the EPA’s regulations for eliminating these under provisions of the Clean Air Act have been suspended by a 2017 Appeals Court decision…. estimates that phasing out the creation and use of new HFCs, following the provisions of the Kigali Accord, would avoid something between 25GT and 78GT of additional global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Or if you prefer to email/call your WA Senator directly, here’s some sample language: (more…)
Hello, CarbonWA friends: A biochar memorial spearheaded by CarbonWA just passed + we’ve been busy! Read on.
Bipartisan Engagement Pays Off – Biochar Bill Passes!
A major project of Carbon Washington the last two years, HMJ 4005, the Biochar Memorial, has now passed both chambers of the state legislature! The Biochar Memorial was introduced in 2018, and came roaring back this year, passing both chambers with unanimous support. You can learn more about the biochar memorial here. CarbonWA’s Greg Rock (pictured above) spearheaded the biochar bill, and said, “It was tremendous to see so much bipartisan support for a climate solution. This memorial led to 5 public hearings and 100 legislator meetings, which also helped lay the groundwork for the Sustainable Farm Bill.” Carbon Washington particularly wants to thank the memorial’s sponsors Senators Van De Wege (D) and Short (R), and Representatives Shea (R) and Fitzgibbon (D).
Youth Inspire State Legislature To Act!
CarbonWA Advocacy Coordinator Katsi Peña joined organizations like Our Climate and Audubon Washington in organizing a youth climate rally on Friday, April 12th. Well over 100 young people attended along with dozens of all-ages supporters. CarbonWA was featured on KAOS radio promoting youth action and important bills during the rally. In a testament to the event’s success, legislators moved a bill for 100% clean electricity to the floor and passed it out of the House of Representatives amidst a backdrop of chants from young people to ‘act on climate now.’ You can learn more about the electricity bill here. It must now go back to the Senate for concurrence before heading to the Governor’s desk for signature. (more…)
Let them know you want action on clean energy and climate change.