Colorado Lawmakers Pass Landmark Legislation for Land, Air, and Water

While it may not have always been headline news in Colorado, the environment came out as a major winner this session thanks in part to WRA’s staff who testified, drafted bill language, and engaged legislators and allies; the collective advocacy of our experts; and strategic collaboration through partnerships across the political spectrum.

Who Represents You?

And do they represent your interests? In our political ecosystem, there are many people in charge of representing you and your interests at the federal, state, and local levels. A key aspect of civic engagement is knowing who these people are, what their position does, and how they are using their position of power. Are

From Road to Renewal: Giving Electric Vehicle Batteries a Second Life

One of the best-kept secrets about electric vehicles is that, unlike traditional vehicles, the battery that powers the vehicle can have a “second life” after the vehicle itself is retired. It can be reused, repurposed, and, ultimately, the critical minerals contained in the battery can be recycled to make new ones.

Why Colorado Needs More Funding to Protect its Lands, Wildlife, and Recreation 

As a fast-growing, energy-producing state, Colorado has less time than other Western states to conserve wildlife and outdoor access. While the West loses a little over an acre of wildlife habitat and open space every few minutes, Colorado can chart a path as a leader among Western states in keeping the West’s great outdoors and wildlife habitats intact and healthy. 

WRA’s 2024 Legislative Priorities

As legislative sessions are in full swing across our region, WRA is working to ensure that our proposed climate solutions are passed, enacted, and have a lasting impact on our communities. Our subject matter experts are hard at work drafting and advocating for policies that will create a sustainable and thriving West. Read more to learn about our key legislative priorities in each state this year.

The 80% by 2030 Goal: Why the Decarbonization Standard Matters

Here at WRA, we’re focused on the sectors that are responsible for most of the harmful greenhouse gases spewed into the air every day, and that includes fossil-fuel powered plants. In this blog, we’ll zero in on our work with electric utilities, and why we’re pushing the major utilities in our region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2030.

Access for All: A look at Outdoor Equity Funds

At its core, outdoor equity embodies the belief that everyone should have access to clean water and air, parks and open spaces, particularly those historically represented and underserved by the outdoor industry. This means that every person should have the ability to experience the great regardless of income, location, race, or age.  

The Need for Smart Energy Siting in the West: Harnessing Abundant Resources while Protecting Habitats

WRA advocates for a smart energy siting approach that not only looks at the climate benefits of new clean energy projects but also accounts for the carbon impacts of land use change, ensures that conservation values are incorporated in the location and design of a project, and directly benefits host communities.

Transforming the West’s Energy Grid – An Introduction to WRA’s Regional Markets Work

The patchwork of the Western grid also affects our transition to clean energy and away from fossil fuels. The sun is usually shining and the wind blowing somewhere in the West, even if not locally. But because of the inefficiencies in the Western grid, it can be hard to move the electricity we generate from clean, renewable sources to the places it’s needed. 

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