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2011 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Ecology Overview

Ecology is Washington's principal environmental management agency and was created in 1970 by the Washington State Legislature. The Legislature gave Ecology authorization to adopt rules and regulations to fulfill the mandates of other environmental laws (Chapter 43.21A Revised Code of Washington)

Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations. In order to fulfill our mission and move Washington forward in a global economy, Ecology has three goals:

  1. Prevent pollution
  2. Clean up pollution
  3. Support sustainable communities and natural resources

Ecology employs 1,550 staff and carries out its mission and goals through the work of ten environmental programs which include:

  • Air Quality
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Hazardous Waste and Toxic Reductions
  • Nuclear Waste and Toxics Cleanup
  • Shorelands and Environmental Assistance
  • Spill Prevention
  • Toxic Cleanup
  • Waste 2 Resources
  • Water Quality
  • Water Resources

Ecology's administrative programs are vital partners that support all environmental program work throughout the agency and include:

  • Executive Office
  • Administrative Services
  • Communication and Education
  • Financial Services
  • Government Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services


GRI’s guidelines are the cornerstone of a sustainability reporting, planning, and management system that is free to Ecology and is continually being developed and improved.