News Release | Environment Washington

Bainbridge Bans Plastic Bags

Last night, the Bainbridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning single-use plastic bags. Of the more than fifteen people who testified for the ordinance, only one was in opposition. The measure is aimed at cutting pollution in Puget Sound and the Ocean where plastic bags can harm whales, seals and salmon.  In 2010, a beached grey whale in West Seattle was found with 20 plastic bags in its stomach, highlighting this terrible problem.

News Release | Environment California

LA Mayor Villaraigosa Signs New Solar Program into Law

More of those flat warehouse rooftops baking in the Los Angeles sun are soon to become mini-solar electricity power plants thanks to a new law signed today by Los Angeles City Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Legislation passed in R.I. House of Reps. would put Rhode Island on track for 50% less petroleum by 2050

The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted 65 to 3 to pass a bill (H7261) to set up a Petroleum Savings & Independence Advisory Commission to study and reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on petroleum, with petroleum use reduction targets set at 30% less by 2030 and 50% by 2050. The Senate version of the bill is moving through the committee process.

News Release | Environment California

Los Angeles Invests in a Bright Future

“The feed-in tariff pilot program is a critical investment in a clean energy future for Los Angeles,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California. “By taking steps to maximize the city’s tremendous untapped solar potential, Los Angeles leaders are paving the way for the city to become a world class solar leader, bringing considerable environmental and economic benefits.”

News Release | Environment Maine

Maine Legislature Takes Strong Stand on Toxic Chemicals

Reflecting an overwhelming bipartisan consensus, the Maine Legislature passed a Joint Resolution Tuesday calling on Congress to modernize the federal Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The vote was unanimous in both the Maine Senate and the Maine House of Representatives.

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