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Making Sure WA’s Boom is “Green Growth”

February 18, 2008

Olympia, WA – In the last ten years, Washington's population has jumped almost 16 percent. As cities and counties wrestle with how to manage that growth, legislation is gaining steam to help them deal with its environmental impact. Proponents of the bills say poor planning has created many of today's pollution problems.

An organization known as ICLEI (short for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)is working with about 30 Washington communities that want to make themselves "greener," as a way to be more competitive and attractive to businesses. Amy Shatzkin, regional program officer for ICLEI's Seattle office, says others want to start, but they're finding it's a big commitment of time and resources.

"I think the growth management legislation will be providing some really important information and resources to cities that will really facilitate this work and make it easier for them to go about doing this work."

Shatzkin adds that, in the process, the cities are learning about much more than pollution control.

"It can be a really powerful sort of performance management tool, to find out about how you can make your government work more efficiently; and where the opportunities are, to not only save emissions and energy, but where you can save money and resources."

The bills are SHB 2797 and SSB 6580, referred to as "Local Solutions to Global Warming." The legislation would update Washington's "Growth Management Act," which was originally passed in the early 1990s, to include climate change protections. It also would allow the state to offer grant money to cities and counties for land use and transportation planning. Opponents believe, in this tight budget year, cities could find ways to reduce pollution without legislation.

ICLEI is a nonpartisan organization made up of local governments. More information can be found online at www.iclei.org. For details on the legislation, see www.futurewise.org/LocalSolutions.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA