Today, Northwest Environment Watch released their annual Cascadia Scorecard. If you live in the Northwest — or care about it — you should give it a read.

Launched in 2004, the Cascadia Scorecard charts the Pacific Northwest’s success at creating a sustainable economy and way of life.

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The 2005 Scorecard gives a concise update on how Cascadia ranks in seven key trends–health, economy, population, energy, sprawl, forests, and pollution–but hones in on one of the most critical issues facing the region: energy.

It details the weaknesses of the region’s energy system and argues that Cascadia can achieve true security, and a stronger economy, by investing in a clean-energy revolution that is already gathering force.

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Most of the Scorecard data are available on the Web on the pages for each indicator; we also do daily updates on the Scorecard weblog.