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Harnessing change to ensure a sustainable region

Forterra and Seattle SityClub hosted over 100 people to brainstorm ideas for making our region sustainable. Read more about the animated discussions here.

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Anthropo-what?

Is the news on climate change all doom and gloom? There may be hope if we work hard towards becoming a more resilient region. Read here about Dr. Lisa Graumlich’s presentation on the anthropocene.

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A live event unrehearsed and without edit

In order for our region to be sustainable, all of us need to be fully engaged. That was what happened at Ampersand Goes Totally Live – each contributor talked about sustainability from the prism of their own lives, talents and experiences.

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Ampersand live

Twenty four people on stage. Hundreds of people in the crowd. Unrehearsed. Unedited. Thoughtful, edgy, funny, political, corny, scientific, and emotional. STORIES. The first Ampersand Goes Totally Live.

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5 planting tips from a restoration pro

Learn great tips for planting trees, shrubs and native plants along with other restoration tips for the Pacific Northwest. Read more here.

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Thousands of trees planted to mitigate carbon

Evergreen Carbon Capture, previously known as C3, is the only carbon mitigation program in the western Washington region. We offer a great local solution for businesses to take their ecological responsibility further. Read more about the program here.

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Next Wave roundup

What do you do to keep our region sustainable? Check out our Next Wave Roundup to learn popular ways people are choosing to make a difference.

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A timeless story in a dash of paint

Forterra’s revamp of its regional sustainability program, has made it clear that our sustainability does not solely depend on natural systems, but equally depends on our human, social ones.

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Skykomish River Valley

Stretching from Everett to Stevens Pass, the Great Northern Corridor focuses energy to protect landscapes for recreational access, wildlife habitat, wild lands, working forestland, and scenic views.

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Innovation, resource use and cities

Innovation and cities are joined by a constant positive feedback loop – each advances the other.

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TGIF Northwest-style

A Friday afternoon beach party at Little Skookum Inlet and conversation centered around the changes and challenges of our rural towns and communities.

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What matters to you about this region?

What matters to you about this region? See the answers here.

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This place is who we are

Together, this place is who we are and together we can make it all it can be.

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Rafting the Rogue

A journey along the Rogue River highlights the need for all people to be able to have opportunities to get outdoors.

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You don’t pick your ancestors

Sustainability requires a clear understanding of the current world and the direction we need to head.

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Next Wave

Taking a clear eyed look at the state of our region and charting what we can do together to make it sustainable and prosperous well into the next century.

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Reflections on a visit by Bill McKibben

Nothing matters until our voices on human-induced climate change are heard. We need advocates who make noise to activate people to take a stand and to stand up, and advocates who shift outcomes and demonstrate what change looks like.

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Billy Frank Jr.

Billy Frank Jr. was a timeless story teller, a great communicator. Thank you Billy, for the hero you became. We hope your spirit flows with equanimity alongside your beloved Nisqually.

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Federal Way adopts plan for its first neighborhood greenway

Federal Way adopts a plan for its first neighborhood greenway to make walking and biking safer!

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Tukwila’s Community Conversation: Convening communities to build a vision

Tukwila gathers to discuss community needs and the city vision.

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Getting ready to grow at Namaste Garden

Namaste Garden, a community garden at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Tukwila, provides valuable opportunities to grow food and build community for gardeners, most of whom are recent refugees from Burma and Bhutan. Project partners Forterra, landowner St. Thomas Catholic Church, and refugee resettlement group International Rescue Committee worked together to design, fundraise, and build the garden in 2010–2011.

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Working with landowners for a more sustainable Snohomish

Forterra and Partners held workshops to promote a sustainable Snohomish County through community, agriculture and conservation.

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Making it easier to urban farm in Federal Way

Many in Federal Way don’t have easy access to good food but new local legislation and community efforts help change that.

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Ocean Shores’ award winning Complete Streets Program

Ocean Shores is working to make its streets safe for all users by adopting a Complete Streets ordinance.

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