Since our first community meetings in 1991, Sustainable Seattle consistently engages our community in conversations while connecting people with differing backgrounds, lived experiences, and opinions. Evident is a unique, hyper-local approach to collecting qualitative and quantitative data in a compassionate and safe space. It provides an opportunity to disseminate data-centric information in responsive and engaging mediums.

Data is considered an essential resource in driving behavioral, industrial, and political sustainability measures. However, sustainability data too often A) overlooks user interface and design inputs from those most impacted B) contains gaps in data collection sources and C) has linguistic, cultural, and usage access walls, rendering it inaccessible for the general public. Traditional approaches to data collection are top-down and hard to access. Community-informed solutions which scale up are more effective, efficient, and equitable. 

Our research-based values are guided by: 

  • Intersectionality. We are committed to representing, understanding, and creating specific pathways for multiple identities including: race, income, gender, sexual orientation, history of incarceration, age, disability, education, mother tongue, nationality, and exposure to environmental pollutants.
  • Reciprocity. Whenever data or information is given, we offer something in return. This includes: (1) values-based exchange, such as offering community dialogue, introspection, facilitation, or another service; (2) transparent research findings directly delivered to participants; (3) material – learning what physically is needed and meeting that need – food, transport, PPE, childcare, etc. 
  • Informed Consent. Data use must be: Freely given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, and Specific.
  • Co-construction. We build as a community with a regular monthly rhythm of gathering and strategizing with anywhere from 5 – 70+ people in a given month. 
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Our Indigenous lineages remind and teach us that sustainability is a known, ancient concept with clear paths to attaining sustainability. Referencing historical knowledge drives the decisions we make, the methods we employ, and the ways we gather and engage with our community.

Evident assembles data from a dynamic, representative, intentional cross-section of community members across Seattle.

  • Culturally relevant visual and interpretive language makes data accessible and legible to a wide range of audiences
  • S2’s public events are sites to collect and interpret data about sustainability in collaboration with community members. 
  • Participatory
    • Collaborative, drawing on existing data sets and community researchers while also collecting new information
    • Site-based, taking place among and with communities
    • Interpreted and shared hand-in-hand with community in ways that are easy to understand and use for their purposes


Quarterly Research Theme: Roadmapped for the year via S2 Think-Tanks, and finalized a few weeks before the new quarter to align with current events

Resilience Response Project: An adaptive format in which we collect community data on a topic, process it, and represent it to the community. Focused on identifying support needs, and barriers to that support.

Resource Map(s): A project to create a physical map (can be virtual, maybe also eventually physical/sculptural elements) of Seattle sustainability resources and ecosystem

Sound Listening: A quarterly communications platform with three parts: 1) In Sight (artwork/infographic responses to quarterly theme) ; 2) “Sound Bytes” (working title) a podcast with thought leadership or community-contributed comments; 3) “Sustainable Thoughts,” a quarterly op-ed style summary of the quarter’s analysis

Among the most important aspects of Evident are our events, including PNW Resilience, Green Drinks, Think Tanks, and Summit. To find out what events are coming up, click here. By donating, you help create resources to fund these projects.

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