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Sustainable Seattle

Project ID: 307
CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 06/19/16
Project LocationGreater Seattle/King County, WA
Lead OrganizationSustainable Seattle
Type of OrganizationNonprofit - Community-based

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Neighborhood, County, Metropolitan

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Children/Youth/Families, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health, Housing, Land Use, Population, Social, Transportation, Volunteerism

sustainability, community

Project Description

Sustainable Seattle defines and implements sustainability in the Central Puget Sound region. Through developing indicators, implementing initiatives, and organizing coalitions of different groups, Sustainable Seattle works toward creating an interconnected group of sustainable urban centers across their community. The organization pioneered the use of community-based sustainability indicators and is recognized as the first “Sustainable Community” program. Sustainable Seattle uses a series of clearly defined and specific core values, as listed on their website. Sustainable Seattle issued regional sustainability indicators in 1993, 1995 and 1998. B-Sustainable.org is Sustainable Seattle's fourth iteration of regional indicators for sustainability. Although discontinued by the new Sustainable Seattle's leadership, this effort was a ground-breaking collaborative effort to understand and visualize causal relationships and to go from data to action.

What framework does this project use if any? Open source Plone platform for B-Sustainable

Awards and Recognitions: In 1996, the Sustainable Seattle Indicators were recognized by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements with an “Excellence in Indicators Best Performance” by the Community Sector, awarded at the Habitat II Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Sustainable Seattle also received the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Vision 2020 Award.


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Chantal Stevens
Sustainable Seattle

Seattle, WA 98101

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