Strategic plan

Ecology is Washington’s environmental protection agency. Our strategic planning processes take a broad and holistic approach that focuses not only on what we do, but how we do it.

Read on to learn more about our 2021-2023 Strategic Plan.


Our Vision

Our innovative partnerships protect and sustain healthy land, air, and water in harmony with a strong economy.

Our Mission

To protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.

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Our Goals

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Support and engage our communities, customers, and employees
Goal 1 details
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Reduce and prepare for climate impacts


Goal 2 details
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Prevent and reduce toxic threats and pollution

Goal 3 details
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Protect and manage our state's waters


Goal 4 details
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Protect and restore Puget Sound


Goal 5 details
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Goal 1: Support and engage our communities, customers, and employees

We strive to equitably deliver our services and resources, embrace innovation and new technology, and work to continually improve our performance. We foster a diverse, well-trained, and friendly workforce that operates with excellence and professionalism. Our leadership teams are committed to all employees, modeling our commitment to communities, customers, and one another.

Read more about our Goal 1 Strategies

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Goal 2: Reduce and prepare for climate impacts

Ecology is preparing for the future by understanding and reducing the effects of climate change on our communities, environment, and economy. We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote community resilience, and prevent and remediate negative impacts with an emphasis on historically underserved and overburdened communities.

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Goal 3: Prevent and reduce toxic threats and pollution

We work to prevent and reduce toxic threats and pollution and manage legacy contamination. We make strategic efforts to eliminate the disproportionate impacts on communities of color, indigenous communities, and low-income populations across Washington.

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Goal 4: Protect and manage our state's waters

We provide a coordinated and collaborative approach to protecting and managing water. Ecology’s work ensures Washington has high-quality water supplies that support thriving ecological systems, as well as meet current and future tribal, agricultural, and community needs.

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Goal 5: Protect and restore Puget Sound

Puget Sound requires our continued attention. We are building partnerships and making investments to restore, protect, and preserve the health of Puget Sound, now and for future generations. We commit to partnering and meaningful engagement with tribal governments and our customers, including communities with environmental justice considerations.

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