Sustainable Seattle: Celebrating two decades of sustainability
The local nonprofit has changed how people think of sustainability.
Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM
SMILE: Sustainble Seattle's Happiness Initiative asks, 'How happy are you?' (Photo: dherrera_96/Flickr)
celebrated its 20th birthday at Good Shepherd Center on March 16. The organization started with the purpose of taking a local approach and actions by a small group of people in the wake of the United Nations' Earth Summit in 1992. As "a resource and catalyst for positive change," Sustainable Seattle has done a lot in its 20 years of work in terms of coming up with sustainable metrics and calling for the need of collaborative (not competitive) partnerships among nonprofits, as well as trainings and resources for individuals, businesses and communities to strive for a sustainable future.
Recently, Sustainable Seattle has taken on the subject of happiness with its Happiness Initiative. The program asks people to take a survey so that comprehensive data can serve to provide "assessment of well being and to engage and inspire people, organizations and policy makers to action." The first part of the Happiness Initiative is the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative
. It's another example of Sustainable Seattle changing how people view sustainability, the environment and life in general. So Seattle, how happy are you? Take the survey
and find out.
Given its innovations and inspiration to others, I hope that Sustainable Seattle goes on for 20 more years, and beyond. For that to happen, it could use your help. Learn more about Sustainable Seattle and ways to contribute — check out the website
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.