About Us



We create thriving communities through innovative ideas, collaboration, and action.

A World of thriving communities.

What Is Thriving?

Thriving is a condition beyond mere survival, implying growth and positive development.

Our Values

Sustainability • Diversity • Innovation • Cooperation • Positivity • Inclusion • Creativity • Adaptability • Resourcefulness

Our Statement of Commitment

In order to create thriving communities, we recognize that we need to identify and remove the barriers that have historically oppressed specific populations. Sustainable Connections stands against racism, white supremacy, injustice, and the ingrained structures and institutions that enable and perpetuate them.

We continue to sharpen our focus on equitable change and are committed to continually improving and learning—recognizing that this work is ongoing. Currently, our board and staff are working to ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are incorporated into our strategic planning, and to:


Unlearn the rules and guidelines that silence voices of marginalized communities


Learn about ourselves and our community and how we fit into and/or benefit from structural racism


Examine the equitability and inclusivity of our organization and structure


Embrace discomfort and change

We envision a future where everyone benefits from thriving economies, food systems, built environments, renewable energy, and waste reduction.



Innovative Ideas

The best ideas are often generated from within the communities where we work. We take stock of community needs and opportunities in the Pacific Northwest, create leading edge strategies, and build impactful plans with our partners that can be replicated in other regions.


Lasting results are achieved by working with a variety of partners who share our vision of thriving communities. We maximize our impact by working with:
• Local businesses
• Government agencies
• Nonprofits
• Community members
• Civic leaders


Innovative ideas are meant to be implemented. These ideas, plans, and partners come together to produce lasting results for happier, healthier people. More quality jobs, growing businesses, clean environments, and reduced pollution provide communities the opportunity to thrive.

2020 Annual Report

Stronger Together

Collaboration is at the core of our mission. We rely on the expertise and resources of many different organizations, businesses, government agencies, health care professionals, and community leaders. In every program, we solicit input and share ideas locally, nationally, and internationally. This year was no different…

Our History