A 2011 Grantee, Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. We funded a Farm Incubator project that focused on hands-on experiential learning in organic farming, business management, and marketing. Its goal, to improve the health of low-income residents of south King County by teaching small-scale farmers to grow food organically, gain access to developing markets and by providing small retailers with affordable sources for locally grown food.
Sustainable Path Foundation’s current grantee Cascadia Green Building Council received funding for the past two years to support their water campaign, the goal of which is promoting regulatory support for, and adoption, of net-zero water goals and strategies in communities in Puget Sound.
Sustainable Path Foundation’s initial investment enabled groundbreaking research: Cascadia discovered that simplified systems that collect, treat, and disperse or reuse wastewater on a small scale represent more efficient, environmentally sound and economically viable alternatives to conventional large-scale wastewater systems.
Our second grant allowed production of the Toolkit for 21st Century Wastewater Policies in Puget Sound resource. The Toolkit, aimed at local and regional policy makers, planners, and community members, provides guidance during the capital improvement phase of a community’s development and recommendations for alternative, cost-effective ways to enhance the health and resiliency of a community’s water infrastructure.
Sustainable Path Foundation awarded grants to Antioch University’s Center for Creative Change in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Core faculty member Dr. Kate Davies used the initial grant to collect and analyze statistics on several environmentally related and avoidable adult and childhood diseases is Washington State and went on to estimate the associated dollar costs. These diseases and conditions included asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, lead exposure, birth defects, and neurobehavioral disorders. Her findings first appeared in an article published in 2005 titled, “How Much Do Environmental Diseases and Disabilities Cost?” As a pioneering effort to relate various environmental activities to their impacts on human health and their dollar costs, this publication has been cited many times. Dr. Davies is currently completing a book with the working title, People and Pollution: The Past, Present, and Possibilities of the Environmental Health Movement, which appears to be the first book published on this topic. This work has also been funded by Sustainable Path Foundation.
Seattle Audubon was impressed with – and appreciative of – Sustainable Path’s level of engagement with the Puget Sound Seabird Survey, especially with the monthly surveys at Seward Park."
- Leah Lee, Seattle Audubon Society (2009)
"The exposure that Facing the Future receives because of our partnership with Sustainable Path Foundation is a tremendous additional benefit. The chance for Facing the Future's work to be introduced among the community leaders and members who make up the Sustainable Path's group philanthropy increases awareness of FTF and strengthens our connection to the community."
- Beth Hintz, Facing the Future (2009)