Sustainable Path

Past Grantees

Below is a list of our 2012 and 2011 Grantees.

Click here  for a list of grantees in previous years.


2012 Grantees

earth-economics-logo21st Century Utility Initiative

Earth Economics’ ongoing work helps inform policymakers about the value of natural capital assets—watersheds in particular—with the ultimate goal of municipal utilities being able to reflect the true values of these ecosystem services on their books.

logo-beacon-hill-forestBeacon Hill Food Forest

P-Patch Trust’s envisioned a seven-acre permaculture urban forest garden in Beacon Hill, one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods. The Food Forest allows those from all ages and backgrounds to gather together, grow their own food, and rehabilitate their local ecosystem.


Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Program

Conservation Northwest recruits and train volunteers—from hikers to skiers to elementary school students—in snow‐tracking and remote‐sensing camera monitoring techniques to collect wildlife data on wolves, wolverines, bears, and lynx in and around the Cascades, including along the I-90 corridor.

cascadia-imageCommunity Water Management Transition Project

Cascadia Green Building Council works towards net-zero water in our region through regulation and policy change. Their “Making the Switch” white paper will outline both a vision for net-zero water as well as a comprehensive road map so that communities can transition from “business as usual” to a more restorative, ecologically sound future.


Forest Monitoring Team

EarthCorps recruits, trains, and supports teams of volunteer citizen scientists who are committed to monitoring—both on land and online—and restoring the precious urban 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.

logo-nw-biocarn-initiativeNorthwest 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.

sustainable-connectionsToward 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 restore its health. Sustainable Path’s grant will support faculty members’ field work at four sites in Puget Sound, leading to individual and collaborative curriculum development and service projects; the curriculum and service projects are estimated to reach over 70,000 Puget Sound college and university students over the next ten years.

RE Sources: Supported the Whatcom Watershed Challenge, which aims to inspire rural Whatcom County landowners to be stewards of the watershed, and to specifically work towards reduced fecal coliform contamination. Our grant was used to expand the number of citizen scientists gathering water quality data, develop messages about water quality that will continue to encourage action by rural residents, and communicate water quality information and sampling data to residents.

Seattle Tilth: Received support for the organization’s Farm Incubator Program. This program provides education, training, and support to socially disadvantaged farmers—many from the Somali community—as they create a farm business. Sustainable Path’s funding allowed Seattle Tilth to recruit and train its first cohort of farmers, launch a food distribution hub, and create wholesale-to-retail channels for the farmers to sell their products.

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