When you go the extra mile to purchase a specialty license plate that supports the environment, it serves as a mini-billboard raising awareness at every turn.

Get inspiration from these Washington state specialty plates and check out what’s available in your area.

Don’t forget that keeping your vehicle well maintained can help you reduce your carbon footprint, too.

1. Killer idea!

Washington State orca license plate

Fees for the Orca License Plate go to Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to help identify and recover endangered native species. Bear, deer, elk and eagle designs are also available. Depending upon the plate chosen, funds also support game management and wildlife viewing.

2. Park it

Washington State National Parks license plate

There are more than 5,000 Washington National Park License Plates on the road, and they’ve raised nearly one million dollars for Washington’s National Park Fund. The national parks in the state that have benefited include Mount Rainier, Olympic, and the North Cascades pictured on the plate.

3. Coming up rhodies

Washintgton State rhododendron license plate

The Washington state flower is the rhododendron macrophyllum, more commonly known as the coastal rhododendron—but you can call her “Rhody.” Proceeds from State Flower License Plate fees help maintain Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, 10 acres of research and educational display gardens and four miles of nature trails open to the public and their pets.

4. Nice bike

Washington State Share the Road license plate

Washington drivers who choose the Share the Road License Plate send a message and give to the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. The alliance provides safety education and promotes cooperation among drivers, bikers and walkers. It also helps develop curriculum and driver’s test questions for the Department of Licensing (DOL).

5. Rather be skiing?

Washington State Ski and Ride License Plate

The world record for snowfall is held by Mount Baker, followed by Mount Ranier, both top ski destinations in Washington state. The Ski and Ride License Plate benefits Ski Washington, a non-profit trade association that promotes the unique experience of skiing and snowboarding in the state due to its sheer volume of real powder, diversity of terrain and accessibility to the public.

Get more easy ways to make helping the environment a part of your travel routine, including tips from NAPA on improving your gas mileage and reducing your car’s carbon footprint.

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(All photos courtesy of Washington State Department of Licensing)