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Who We Are

Sustainable Seattle is focused on the long-term health and sustainability of Seattle and the surrounding Puget Sound region.  Founded in 1991, the organization has a history of being a catalyst and resource for positive change. Our current programs bring leading-edge information to a wide audience of action-oriented regional citizens who are motivated to challenge the status quo and drive positive change at all levels. We host conferences, leadership forums, and workshops in addition to driving change through innovative large-scale on the ground projects and community engagement.

Our vision is a healthy ecology, strong local economies and livable neighborhoods for all. We see Seattle as a model for other communities, a leader and catalyst for positive action.

Sustainable Seattle is building a thriving and livable future in the Seattle area by connecting, educating and inspiring people toward collaborative impact.

How we define sustainability
Sustainable Seattle defines sustainability as long-term health and vitality of a region, including the cultural, economic, environmental and social aspects as one whole.

We have worked to develop five sets of community-based indicators over the past 23 years, measuring and making progress towards sustainability.   Our indicator reports have reached thousands of people and sparked the formation of many other community sustainability groups throughout the world.  We believe that sustainable urban development is one of the most pressing challenges facing the human community in the 21st century.

In practice, we seek to balance concerns for social equity, ecological health, and economic vitality to create livable communities today while ensuring a healthy and fulfilling legacy for our children's children.  Our flavor of sustainability comes directly from the people of the Central Puget Sound and is neatly summed up by the sustainability indicators, goals, data, and actions that are a product of participatory action research fundamental to Sustainable Seattle.