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

Research Values

  • Intersectionality. We are committed to representing, understanding, and relationship-building at the intersection of multiple identities that affect work towards sustainability 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 such as offering community dialogue, introspection, or facilitation; transparent research findings delivered to participants; and meeting material needs – 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 five to seventy (or more!) people in a given month. 
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Indigenous knowledge holders remind and teach us that sustainability is a known, ancient concept with clear paths to attaining sustainability. Centering and honoring traditional knowledge drives the decisions we make, the methods we employ, and the ways we gather and engage with our community.


Quarterly Research Theme: Road-mapped 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 (currently requiring funding, the map may be virtual or eventually include physical or sculptural elements) of Seattle sustainability resources and ecosystems.

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

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Current Projects