Strategic planning

Ecology is Washington’s environmental protection agency. 

Our goals are to:

  • Protect and restore land, air, and water.
  • Prevent pollution.
  • Promote healthy communities and natural resources.
  • Deliver efficient and effective services.

To achieve these goals, we engage in strategic planning under the direction and guidance of the Legislature and Governor's office. Our planning processes take a broad and holistic approach that focuses not only on what we do, but how we do it.

Our approach is both aspirational and practical. Read on to learn about our mission, vision, foundational principles, strategic priorities, and tactical objectives.

Who is Ecology?

Our mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s land, air, and water for current and future generations. Our vision is to foster innovative partnerships to sustain healthy land, air, and water in harmony with a strong economy.

We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment and the economy.

The continuing challenges of our time, and the speed of technological changes, call for innovation. We continuously seek input and listen carefully. Our decisions are based on public input and sound science.