RiSE (Resilience, Sustainability & Equity) specializes in resilience building at a neighborhood level.

When a community faces an emergency, neighbors are often the first responders. But neighborhoods already subject to high levels of pollution, food deserts, flooding, environmental degradation and displacement find themselves disproportionately affected by the changing climate and environmental emergencies. 

These Seattlites shoulder the burdens of environmental impact disproportionately for our region. RiSE seeks to ensure neighborhoods have the capacity needed to overcome climate disaster in a robust and lasting way, by tackling root causes of inequity.

Rise Neighborhoods

All of these initiatives are driven by community leadership.

Beacon Hill

El Centro de la Raza, Beacon Hill Council, Got Green

Mitigating exposure to air and noise pollution, driven by the environmental justice program of El Centro de la Raza

South Park

South Park Merchants Association

Transforming a concrete intersection into a green gateway into to the district, driven by the South Park Merchant’s Association


Open Space Committee, Georgetown Community Council, Seattle Parks Foundation

Reclaiming pedestrian space from cars and trucks, driven by the Georgetown Community Council

Central District

Central Area Collaborative

Establishing the second certified EcoDistrict in Seattle, driven by the Central Area Collaborative

Lake City

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Parks Foundation

Mobilizing youth to restore streams, driven by Seattle Parks and Rec

Mt. Baker

Mt. Baker Housing

Affordable housing and green insfrastructure, driven by Mt Baker Housing


If you are interested in participating in our RiSE program to either join an existing project or are thinking about starting a resilience plan in your neighborhood, please contact S2 Associate Jac Sussman

[email protected]