Take Action - Urge Legislators to Pass HB 1099 to respond to the Climate Crisis!

The Washington State Legislature is considering legislation to address climate change as a required goal in updating the Washington State Growth Management Act. HB 1099 would require cities and counties in their comprehensive planning process to address climate resiliency and mitigation as well as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled. We are asking that they adopt this much needed legislation.

Identifying and protecting urban and community forests is a vital component in increasing climate resiliency and mitigation. Our urban and community forests function to protect public health, reduce heat island effects, reduce energy use for heating and cooling, mitigate air and water pollution, and address environmental inequities. We are asking Legislators to amend HB 1099 to specifically include urban and community forests in the Environment element of Comprehensive Planning.

HB 1099 was passed by the House in 2021, but did not get passed by the Senate before the session ended. It was sent back to the House Rules Committee to be considered again in the 2022 Legislative session.

We have prepared a pre-written letter template that you can quickly send to all the Washington State House and Senate members urging them to pass this bill.

Just fill in the contact information to let them know who you are and click on the link to start writing. Add your own comments to personalize the letter and click SEND. Thanks for your help.

For more details see Washington Can’t Wait Campaign.