Environment

WPC's Center for the Environment brings balance to the environmental debate by promoting the idea that human progress and prosperity work in a free economy to protect the environment.

About the Center for the Environment

The Center for the Environment

Launched in 2003, WPC’s Center for the Environment focuses on free-market solutions to environmental issues. It brings balance to the environmental debate and promotes the concept that human progress and prosperity work in a free economy to protect the environment. It is a resource for Northwest residents concerned about the environment and is a clearing-house for academic research from other think tanks and institutions. The Center for the Environment offers a unique and innovative perspective on environmental policy. Along with Policy Brief, Policy Notes, Legislative Memos, and Opinion Editorials, the Center also issues a regular monthly  publication called "Environmental Watch."

Top Policy Recommendations for 2013

  1. Create an Environmental Priorities Council that uses science and economics, not politics, to set priorities for protecting the environment.
  2. Let utilities count all “carbon free” energy sources—like clean hydroelectric power—toward meeting the quotas required by the Initiative 937 law.
  3. End the failed “green schools” mandate that reduces education funding by forcing school districts to spend millions on unnecessary construction and maintenance projects every year.

Director Todd Myers

Todd Myers is the Director of WPC's Center for the Environment. He is the author of the book Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment. He formerly served on the executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and was Director of Public Relations for the Seattle SuperSonics and Director of Public Affairs for the Seattle Mariners. He has a Masters Degree from the University of Washington and has been with the Policy Center since 2004.

Contact Information

For questions or for more information from the Center for the Environment please e-mail  tmyers [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org.