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Let's make sure Washington is building towards a climate-safe future

After another year of devastating climate-driven wildfire, drought and an unprecedented heat wave that killed over 100 people across our state, it is critical that Washington continues to act on climate. Our state leaders need to protect our communities from the worst impacts of the climate crisis through smart energy policies.  

Buildings – through the energy it takes to power them – are one of the largest and fastest-growing sources of climate pollution in Washington. Now our state has a unique opportunity to set an example nationally for how to cut pollution from buildings by developing the most climate-friendly statewide building energy codes in the country. Unfortunately, the fossil fuel industry is doing everything in its power to stop this from happening. 

You can help stand up to the fossil fuel industry: contact the WA State Building Council now.

This opportunity to update and improve our building energy codes to incorporate the latest technologies comes up only once every three years. We need you to lend your voice to this fight and ensure that Washington is putting policies in place now to reduce emissions and invest in a more sustainable, healthier and equitable future. Can you take action today to tell the State Building Code Council to move forward with proposed amendments to the Washington building code to electrify our buildings and transition our economy away from fossil fuels?

Send your comment now.

Thank you for your dedication to climate justice and a fossil fuel free future for Washington.

Author Bio

Joëlle Robinson

Field Director, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages community members and diverse constituencies—faith, health, youth, parents, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led the team of organizers to ensure we stopped any coal export from the U.S. West Coast over the past decade. On offense, she co-led the Field team to help pass the 100% Clean Electricity (Clean Energy Transition Act in 2019) and in 2022 collaborated with the Field team to ensure that all new buildings (commercial and residential) will be built with heat pumps per the State Building Code Council. She continues to conspire for good with them on many other local and state initiatives.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She previously served on the boards of Earth Ministry, Solar Washington, and Sierra Club Executive Committee. She’s currently President of the board of her 3 year-old!

Joëlle is Northwest born and raised who loves to hike, dance, travel and explore the natural world.

Her favorite quote is “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” —  Mary Oliver

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