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  • Sustainable Path Foundation - Home Sustainable Path
    2016 Seminars SAVE THE DATE Thursday March 17 Details Impact Impact Read about the impact of Sustainable Path partners and donors philanthropic support Read More Pathways Events Highlights Final Reports from Impact Circle 2 Grantees Highlights of their reports can be read here More March Newsletter Read our latest news here More Announcing Our 2015 Fall Grant Recipients Impact Circle 5 Announces New Grantees December 2015 More March 17 Seminar Oil Tanker Traffic In The Salish Sea Threats Of Spills and Noise Pollution More Collective Giving Collective Impact Sustainable Path is a non profit community based organization that believes to improve the sustainability of our region we must recognize the broader interconnected nature of our world At the heart of our work is the belief that the principles of science can help us find solutions to some of the most significant and interconnected challenges facing our region We re a community who share a common care and concern about our region s resilience and want to make a difference We pool our donations so we make a greater impact than any one donation can provide opportunities for partners to learn from one another and make an impact through our educational

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  • Contact - Sustainable Path Sustainable Path
    Our Staff Our Board Our Story News Contact Contact Got questions about programs Interested in becoming a volunteer applicant or Sustainable Path partner We d love to hear from you Contact us today Sustainable Path Foundation 107 Spring St Seattle WA 98104 Telephone 206 914 7131 E mail info at sustainablepath org Your Name required Your Email required Subject Your Message Please enter the characters shown above Collective Giving Collective Impact Sustainable Path is a non profit community based organization that believes to improve the sustainability of our region we must recognize the broader interconnected nature of our world At the heart of our work is the belief that the principles of science can help us find solutions to some of the most significant and interconnected challenges facing our region We re a community of like minded people who care about making our region more sustainable We pool our donations so we can make a greater impact than any one donation can provide opportunities for partners to learn from one another and make an impact through our educational and grant making activities Why It Matters Contact Us Sustainable Path Foundation Holyoke Building 107 Spring St Seattle WA 98104 Telephone 206

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  • Collective Giving Strategy = Collaboration in Action - Sustainable Path Sustainable Path
    a partner to learn about regional issues collaborate on solutions via our grant awards AND have fun networking We invite our partners to be as involved as they choose from joining an Impact Circle as many times a year as you want attend site visits and other educational opportunities Our Collective Impact Circles grant making process Reviewing and discussing grant proposals involves several meetings and vote on the actual grant recipients Meet over a six to ten week period Final awards must be approved by the Board Final grantee prospects will pitch their proposals at a one time event where Impact Circle Partners will cast their votes Sustainable Path will contribute up to 40 000 and pool it with gifts from the Impact Circle Grant awards generally range between 5 000 and 10 000 each Impact Circle 5 awarded four projects focusing on mobilizing action for increasing resiliency in the face of climate change Future Wise Nature Consortium NW Natural Resource Group NW Sustainable Energy for Economic Development NW SEED Impact Circle 4 awarded two projects focusing on water pollutants Puget Soundkeeper Alliance ReSources Impact Circle 3 awarded four projects focusing on reducing carbon footprint Climate Solutions Emerald Cities Seattle International Living Futures Institute ILFI Nisqually Land Trust Impact Circle 2 awarded five projects focusing on water issues American Rivers Conservation Northwest EarthCorps Friends of the San Juans UW Green Futures Lab Impact Circle 1 formed in the spring of 2014 and awarded three grants focusing on food sustainability City Fruit PCC Farmland Trust Seattle Tilth CURIOUS READY TO PARTICIPATE Contact Lee lee at sustainablepath dot org or call our office 206 914 7131 Impact Circle Flyer Our Vision Sustainable Path Foundation envisions a sustainable future based on scientific understanding and respect for the interconnected nature of our world Our

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  • Impact - Sustainable Path Sustainable Path
    some of today s floods the most destructive we ve ever experienced How much of the destruction in these natural disasters is the result of policy decisions and overdevelopment of our waterways We awarded National Wildlife Federation a grant to map land use changes brought about by development along our waterways and documented the resulting flood problems This work helps convey to civic and elected leaders the science that protecting natural floodplains is intractably linked to our environmental and public health At the heart of this project is discovery Charting what steps we can take today and tomorrow to better prepare and protect ourselves and our communities from future storms and floods Next WASHINGTON TOXICS COALITION Six years of Research Funding Leads to Legislative Change One of our earliest grants was awarded to Washington Toxics Coalition for a pioneering research study that measured toxic chemicals in new mothers breast milk Its high fat content makes it useful for monitoring toxic chemicals that accumulate and persist in the body and proved to be an effective way to measure exposure of both mother and child to environmental pollutants In 2007 as a direct result of this project s findings WA State passed the country s first legislation banning a harmful class of chemicals Additional funding to Washington Toxics supported scientific research to determine the presence of numerous toxic chemicals in common household products children s toys and in people of all ages In 2008 the Children s Safe Products Act in WA State was passed requiring mandatory disclosure of toxic chemicals present in products In 2009 the U S EPA negotiated with the three largest manufacturers of PBDEs a class of toxic chemicals used as flame retardants to phase them out nationally by 2012 In 2010 the WA State Safe Baby Bottle Act banning the use of BPA a toxic chemical commonly used in certain plastics was passed Next REEF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION REEF Volunteer Survey Project Discovers Threat to Oyster Farms Biological surveys are seldom completed in the marine world Reef Environmental Education Foundation REEF is a note worthy exception With our funding REEF trained hundreds of citizen scientists and completed several thousand independent surveys of the Puget Sound REEF conserves marine ecosystems by educating enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists Thanks to REEF and the work of their citizen scientists data collected in 2009 was used by NOAA Fisheries to get three types of rockfish found in the Puget Sound listed under the Endangered Species Act Volunteer divers were also the first to identify invasive non native sea life that was infiltrating Hood Canal which prompted Washington State to initiate an eradication program to prevent irreversible ecological damage to a rich estuary known for its oyster farms Next CLIMATE SOLUTIONS New Energy Cities and a Biocarbon Initiative Imagine living and working in smart super efficient green buildings Buildings powered by clean renewable energy and linked by a lightning fast power

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  • Interim Reports from Impact Circle-3 Grantees - Sustainable Path Sustainable Path
    get there Our success or failure in dealing with climate change is going to be based on the decisions we make about where we grow and develop in this region how we serve that development with transportation the kind of buildings we have how we protect open space how we build trails Emerald Cities Seattle The RENEW Program will expand energy and water conservation in affordable multi family housing for the benefit of the building owners and tenants By combining the Sustainable Path grant with the Line of Credit from Impact Capital they were able to offer Bellwether Housing a lower risk cash free way to start on their retrofit projects immediately Director Steve Gelb stated They Bellwether Housing agreed to this in August 2015 and we began building assessments in September It was great to be able to tell them that they didn t need to wait until the next calendar year and go through an extensive budget process The risk sharing enabled by the Sustainable Path grant was a key element in the process The grant will be used as a revolving fund to support an additional five building projects with project development risk sharing International Living Futures Institute ILFI Net Zero Energy Buildings Sustainable Path s grant has enabled ILFI staff to ramp up assisting Net Zero Energy projects in the Puget Sound region Projects include the Riverton shelter Ballard Net Zero Energy House and other single family homes Z Home Phase II multi family housing 1257 King office building and the Edmonds Senior and Community Center Of the 20 projects in the Puget Sound area two have completed their certification eight projects are pursuing Net Zero Energy certification four are working toward full Living Building Challenge certification which includes Net Zero Energy and another six are

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  • 2014 spring grants, first collective impact circle makes awards Sustainable Path
    contamination and decline Click here to watch an informative video on aquaponics or visit the Growing Power model pioneered by Will Allen in Milwaukee WI for more information Next PCC Farmland Trust Buy Protect Sell Lease program 12 936 As the population of the Puget Sound region continues to grow our valuable environmental resources are being challenged Central among these is the region s prime farmland With its excellent soils drainage and flat level fields farmland is particularly appealing to residential and commercial development With the average farmer s age now at 58 years the American Farmland Trust estimates that approximately 70 of our nation s current farmland will change hands in the next 15 years providing a critical window of opportunity for conserving our local prime farmland for future generations The Puget Sound has a rich agricultural heritage community support for small working farms and excellent farm to market access While our region has experienced a lull in the real estate market in recent years it is showing signs of building steam again and our fertile valley land is once again in high demand for non farm uses Paired with this agricultural land values have been steadily on the rise since 2002 We expect an increase in the number of Puget Sound farms up for immediate sale and for prices to continue to be sharply out of line with what new or beginning farmers can afford The heart of our work is to keep farmland available and affordable for sustainable and organic farmers agro ecologists The traditional land trust tool centers on buying a conservation easement Buying a conservation easement puts funds into the pockets of the current farmland owner and in exchange the land is forever conserved the development rights are removed from the property and the property value is typically reduced also forever In this way conservation easements help keep farmland affordable to the next generation of farmers When a land trust finds a farmland owner who is willing to sell a conservation easement the trust applies for a set of public grants from state federal and county governments Once that money is in hand the trust proceeds to buy the conservation easement PCC Farmland Trust has learned there are some basic marketplace practices that purchasing a conservation easement does not address First the most threatened farmland is often in the hands of retiring farmers with no succession plan Farmland owners who cannot continue to farm want to sell outright not sell a conservation easement even if they are heartsick about seeing their land developed Then there is the wait for years while the government funding is assembled Finally when using public dollars the price of the acquisition is no longer negotiated the value is set by a rigorous appraisal no less and no more PCC Farmland Trust is implementing a new strategy to protect imminently threatened Puget Sound farmland more quickly We found the most promising idea in those land trusts that practice a buy protect

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  • 2013 - 2014 Grantees - Sustainable Path Sustainable Path
    supports the analysis of extensive data on bird populations collected over 15 years from four major Seattle parks to examine the effectiveness of habitat restoration in these parks You can read their full technical report and view their slideshow presented at the Grantee Celebration this October Next Preventing Negative Impacts from Shoreline Armoring NW Straits Marine Conservation Foundation natural shoreline left and armoring right Shoreline erosion is a natural process However sea level rise and poorly planned shoreline development projects can accelerate natural erosion rates The solution to shoreline erosion is not as simple as hardening our shorelines with bulkheads rip rap or groins to wall off the sea known as armoring Seawalls and other hard shoreline stabilization structures disrupt natural shoreline processes destroy shoreline habitats and place significant stress on eelgrass shellfish beds and Chinook salmon habitat North Puget Sound shoreline property owners were educated about the negative impacts of using physical structures to prevent shoreline erosion They were also encouraged to apply proven management approaches known as soft non stabilization shore protection that work with natural systems and processes HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2013 2014 PROJECT Project outcomes exceeded the anticipated outcomes These include 98 shoreline landowners were educated about natural shoreline processes through attendance at workshops in Jefferson County Whatcom County and on Whidbey Island Island County 19 shoreline landowners received professional managmeent advice through property site visits 10 in Jefferson County 4 in Whatcom County and 5 on Whidbey Island All partners have a better understanding of workshop and site visit effectiveness through analysis of evaluations and qualitative feedback from contractors View their slideshow presented at the Oct 9 Grantee Celebration Next Innovative Penn Cove Surface Water Runoff Control Project Surface water runoff is the leading cause of the deteriorating health of the Puget Sound Rainwater washes pollution from our everyday activities into one of the 6 700 documented outfalls that discharge directly without treatment into the Sound Storm water pollutants undergo biological magnification as they move up the food chain becoming lethal to wildlife and toxic to humans The demonstration project will construct an innovative constructed wetland facility that will collect clean and cool surface water runoff before the water is discharged into Penn Cove Some of the cleaned water will also be used for irrigation during the summer months The project will assess the effectiveness of this facility to reduce the harmful effects of human activities on water quality and habitat in Penn Cove which has a robust commercial shellfish industry Next Organic Seed Project Production and Networking Initiative Greenbank Farms Seeds and the genetic wisdom they contain are at the core of our agricultural based food system Seeds are the living heritage of over 10 000 years of our ancestors planting activities However over the past 100 years a seed system has developed that threatens seed diversity and preservation Our grant provides resources for farmers a seed collection and storage system will help create a diversity of produce adapted to our regional food system

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  • Past Grantees - Sustainable Path Sustainable Path
    forests of Seattle and soon neighboring cities Kent Kirkland Redmond and Tacoma as well Growing the Seeds for a Sustainable Community Greenbank Farm Agriculture Training Center is creating a seed system one that includes development of a local model and demonstration site for organic seed development as well as farmer training in organic on farm research crop breeding and seed production right in the heart of Whidbey Island Northwest Biocarbon Initiative Climate Solutions wants to make the Pacific Northwest the global leader in creating and implementing cutting edge policies and practices that increase carbon storage in our abundant forests farms and urbanized landscapes Toward Zero Waste Initiative Sustainable Connections focuses on leveraging knowledge of Whatcom County businesses waste haulers and municipalities and turning that into a significant reduction in waste and increase in recycling working toward the ultimate goal of becoming a zero waste community 2011 Grant Recipients Cascadia Green Building Council Supported the From Toolkit to Policy Change Guiding Puget Sound Communities toward 21st Century Wastewater Strategies project Previous funding from Sustainable Path enabled development of the Toolkit to create policy change around waste water strategies The 2011 grant will allow CGBC to take the next steps Working from the Toolkit CGBC will create and host seven Exploring Net Zero Water lectures geared toward key decision makers within the Puget Sound area Climate Solutions Provided key funds to enable the organization to move into the second phase of its New Energy Cities project New Energy Cities provides guidance and technical assistance to small to medium sized Northwest cities like Edmonds Washington as they plan for and implement clean energy solutions like smart grid technology and distributed renewable power Sustainable Path s support enables Climate Solutions to help move cities to the implementation phase of their transitions increase the number of cities Climate Solutions assists and communicate their successes to a broad audience EarthCorps Support for the Forest Monitoring Team program The Forest Monitoring Team is a citizen science project volunteers are trained to document and measure urban forest restoration and establish permanent monitoring plots in Seattle area parks Sustainable Path s 2011 support will allow EarthCorps to recruit and train more volunteers with special emphasis on those from underserved neighborhoods in southeast Seattle and to create volunteer data collection protocols for additional variables Earth Economics Provided pilot funding for to support the Accounting for Natural Capital project Accounting for Natural Capital includes Earth Economics work to change national Governmental Accounting Standards Board GASB rules to include the watersheds as capital assets on public water utilities including Seattle Public Utilities books Sustainable Path funding will help Earth Economics create circulate and submit technical and supporting documents to the GASB requesting the rule change The Evergreen State College Foundation received support for their Sound Learning Communities project Sound Learning Communities intends to prepare 100 faculty members drawn from diverse disciplines to develop coursework that informs and motivates students to understand Puget Sound as a complex system and the strategies required to

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