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Who We Are

Sustainable Seattle provides inspiration and education to the city's neighborhoods and local businesses, accelarating adoption of sustainable practices. We have a 20+ year history of bringing groundbreaking ideas and methodology to the sustainability movement. Today there is as great a need as ever to revitalize our environment, build community, and be an advocate for fair distribution of resources. We value collaboration, stewardship, and social justice.

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 works to build a thriving and livable future in the greater Seattle Area by connecting, educating and inspiring people, organizations and businesses.

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.