Sustainable Seattle: Celebrating two decades of sustainability
The local nonprofit has changed how people think of sustainability.
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 16:21
SMILE: Sustainble Seattle's Happiness Initiative asks, 'How happy are you?' (Photo: dherrera_96/Flickr)
Sustainable Seattle 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.
It is due to Sustainable Seattle paving the way in local sustainable practices that other green organizations aimed at local neighborhoods (like Sustainable Belltown, Sustainable Capitol Hill and Sustainable Queen Anne) have started up. Which in turn has given rise to a bigger umbrella group: SCALLOPS, Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound. Catchy, huh?
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.
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