The Work Group strongly recommended the program reside in the Governor’s office and have the Advisory Board include memberships from tribal governments, state legislature, private entities, state agencies, local authorities, academia, special purpose districts. It must also include community members who represent
policymakers, agency heads, subject matter experts, historically marginalized groups, communities of color, people with disabilities, people who can improve language access, and people from economically and geographically diverse backgrounds.
“Climate change is a health issue, an economic issue, and an equity issue. We must address these genuine threats to our state, and we cannot wait. The time to act is now. These proposals would reduce nearly 30 million metric tons of emissions by 2030 — a 35% reduction from current projections. And these standards and investments — with justice at their core — will grow clean energy jobs in Washington,” said Governor Inslee while outlining his Washington State Climate Commitment Act 2021-22 and climate policy package for the 2021–2023 biennium.
The Governor’s legislative and budget proposals would establish a comprehensive program to implement the state’s climate commitment and convene a Climate Commitment Task Force. The program will provide accountability and authority for achieving the statewide emissions limits, establish a coordinated and strategic statewide approach to climate resilience, and build an equitable and inclusive clean energy economy.