Paul's Priority: Environment
Building the green economy in Washington and starting in Everett
Protecting our Environment
Protecting our environment - our air and water resources - and responding to climate change are defining characteristics of Paul’s professional career. Highlights and accomplishments include:
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Participated in the “Chelan Agreements” establishing policies to protect and manage scarce water resources, and establishing Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA) for all water basins in Washington State.

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Facilitated negotiations between the State of Washington and United States Dept. of Defense to meet Washington State’s water quality and shoreline protection standards for Naval Station Everett. These agreements make Naval Station Everett the most modern and environmentally friendly base in the nation’s inventory.

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Developed protection measures for the lower reaches of the Snohomish River estuary designed to improve habitat protection and provide for appropriate development in urban areas.

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Led efforts to update Everett’s Shoreline Master Plan, protecting environmental resources, improving public access and providing for Port and industrial development.

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Developed expedited permit procedures that provided greater environmental protections and shorter, more predictable permit processing (see “Jobs” section).

Regional Leadership
Since the early 1970’s, Paul has studied and worked on environmental issues, including climate change. For the past ten years, he has served on (and Chairs) the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board (PSCAA). Responding to climate change is arguably the most important issue of our time, and requires a thoughtful approach to mitigation (reducing greenhouse gases) and adaptation (preparing for the impacts). He calls this work “managing the unavoidable and avoiding the unmanageable.”
Building the Green Economy in Everett
Currently, Paul is working with the Association of Washington Cities - Center for Quality Communities (CQC) to build the green economy in Washington State. A changing climate will bring demand for research and product development in key economic sectors (energy, water, agriculture & forestry, and building materials). Read the full proposal Paul developed at the CQC website: http://www.cfqc.org.
What's Next?
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Complete a Climate Action Plan for Everett

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Build the green economy in Everett and Washington State

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Protect our water resources

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Let's build the

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economy in Everett.

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