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Launching the first ever...

Kids Outside Awards!


We have a chance to share some love with needy Seattle area youth-in-nature programs that are dear to us because they're benefiting our community and planet.

Here's what we're up to...

We're supporting Seattle-area nonprofit youth-in-nature programs by shining a public spotlight upon organizations, highlighting their impact and their top-priority needs. "Prize" and benefit details are listed on the KOA website.

The Finalists will be celebrated at a Campfire Hoopla evening awards ceremony in May. We have recruited an incredible mix of  highly qualified judges to pick the winners.

Nominations are now open!


Here's how you can help...

Please forward this email to anyone you know who is associated with a program that you think would qualify for nomination, and/or people who might know of potential nominees to forward the email to.

To qualify:

  • Is the nominated organization a registered 501(c)(3) "charitable organization" (e.g. not a governmental, religious, or general education entity)?
  • Does the organization provide youth (grades K-12) living within King County, WA with activities/programs that immerse them in the natural outdoors?

Apply before MARCH 1

While the nomination application due date is March 1, 2015, we are recommending that prospective nominees apply early, so that we'll have adequate time to answer any questions or provide guidance to help maximize their chances of success.






Quite a night at the 2015 Sustainability Leadership Awards on January 23rd!

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Awards

Paul Shoemaker, Founding President of Social Venture Partners International, welcomed a crowd of over 200 people to the 2015 Sustainability Leadership Awards celebration at MOHAI and proceded to guide us through the evening as this year's judges presented the awards. It was a fantastic celebration enjoyed by all, including the Top 3 nominees, community and business leaders and supporters.


The winners are:

Individual Award 

Sustainable Hero: BJ Cummings, founder of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, for her leadership in empowering residents to bring their voices to the table in the "River for All" campaign, building EPA and government support for cleanup of the superfund site.



Category Awards


Significant Newcomer: Tiny Trees Preschool for its innovative approach to making outdoor preschool education affordable for a wide range of families. 


Creative Solution: Co-winners include Forterra and the City of Tukwila for their collaborative approach addressing sustainability challenges in the diverse community of Tukwila, and RE-USE Consulting for finding sustainable alternatives to demolition.


Setting and Example: The Seattle Mariners for their leadership in sustainable ballpark operations since 2006. 


Transportation Changer: Pronto Cycle Share, for providing access to a low-cost, fast, flexible, and convenient transportation alternative. 


Resource Impact: Co-winners Pike Place Market PDA and Seattle Tilth for bringing healthy food access to hundreds of Seattle's most vulnerable families and Travelers Against Plastic for their initiative to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottle usage.  


Transforming Spaces: Co-winners, Highland Park Improvement Club, the Nature Consortium, and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, highlighting their work in building healthier, vibrant communities in South Seattle. 


People‚Äôs Choice Award 

Winners Pike Place Market PDA and Seattle Tilth


Congratulations to our Winners!

See all of the 2014-15


Learn more about the Top 3 Nominees on KEXP

Terri Butler, Executive Director
is interviewed by
Diane Horn on Mind Over Matters, Sustainability Segment

Thank you to our 2015 event sponsors

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We kicked off the PNW Resilience Challenge on Oct 2nd at an amazing energetic Summit held at the University of Washington HUB.

Since then the Impact Groups have been working on a shared Stakeholder Map and a prioritization of next steps. Active groups are listed below. Let us know if you want This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


  • ¬∑ Making Resilience a Political, Economic, and Social Issue

  • ¬∑ Metrics for Shared Measurement

  • ¬∑ Key Communications Pathways
  • ¬∑ Frameworks & Resources for Resilience Planning
  • ¬∑ Increasing Social Infrastructure


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