Resources

The south sound region has a wealth of sustainability resources. See below. Email us to add a link.

Air Quality

Olympic Region Clean Air Agency To regulate and enforce air quality standards in six counties, including Thurston. You can check their website to find the current status of our air quality as well as official burn bans.

Climate Change

Climate Solutions works to cultivate political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional and national action on climate and clean energy.

Olympia Climate Action To reduce the impact of Thurston County on the global climate through education, technical solutions, political advocacy, and cultural change.

Community Building

Community Sustaining Fund To create a more democratic, equitable, nonviolent and ecologically sound society by providing grant support for progressive, community-oriented projects in Thurston County.

Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County To empower people to resolve their disputes by providing conflict resolution services and by training community members in conflict resolution skills.

TC Pronet To provide a communication and support network serving progressive individuals, businesses and organizations as we work together toward a just, democratic, sustainable and humane society. They offer a community calendar and workshops as well as a website and medical coverage for members.

Traditions Café and World Folk Art To provide folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries, and to provide a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.

Crime

Thurston County Sheriff (786-5500) To serve as a leader and a partner within the community in order to prevent crime, maintain safety, enforce all laws fairly and provide for the humane care of prisoners, while at the same time respecting and protecting the rights of all citizens. They provide tips on avoiding auto theft, scams, personal and business crime.

Crime Stopper of Olympia/Thurston County To solve crimes to offering up to $1,000 to anyone calling with information that leads to an arrest or recovery of property. Since 1991 they have 842 convictions and recovered $1.6 million in stolen property and $6.8 million in narcotics. They offer tips on a home security survey.

Washington State Crime Prevention Association To contribute to the reduction and control of criminal victimization in the State of Washington. They have a dozen crime prevention guides and solicit volunteers to assist police at special events, crime prevention education, speed watch program and fingerprinting.

Economic Development

Thurston County Economic Development Council To diversify the economy, to be the voice of business in creating and sustaining a healthy community

Energy

Washington State University Energy Program To advance environmental and economic well-being by providing energy services, products, education and information based on world-class research. They have one of the largest energy efficiency libraries in the country, and it is open to the public.

Food

Farm Bank Project To preserve small family farms, a local sustainable food system, a strong local economy, and healthy communities who work together in the midst of diverse interests.

Garden-Raised Bounty GRuB To help low-income families to help themselves by building raised-bed gardens at their homes, helping seniors and youth in the process

Hunger-free Thurston County Coalition To create a strong network of stewardship among food security organizations, creating and implementing plans to end hunger in Thurston County. It is part of Evergreen State College.

Terra Commons To serve communities by researching, designing, and practicing habitat restoration, sustainable agriculture, and natural building and to promote edible forest gardens.

Thurston County Food Bank (352-8597) To eliminate hunger within our community by collecting and distributing donated food to low-income people.

Health

Washington Department of Health To improve public health through outreach education.

Housing

Bread and Roses To serve, in love and without condescension, the poor and marginalized of Thurston County. They operate the Bread and Roses Advocacy Center (BRAC) that offers laundry, shower, and advocacy services, and also run the Women’s Guest House, a transitional housing facility for single women.

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity To work in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing

Land Use

Capital Land Trust To conserve land by undertaking or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition, or by its stewardship of such land or easements.

Nature Conservancy To preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. TNC has protected 550,000 acres in Washington since 1974 and owns/operates 55,000 acres.

Trust for Public Lands

Social Justice

South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign To raise awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices.

Traditions Café and World Folk Art To provide folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries, and to provide a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.

Solid Waste

City of Olympia Utility Advisory Committee To advise the City Council on utility issues for the City’s four public utilities — drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and waste resources.

Northwest Product Stewardship Council To work together and with other governments, businesses and nonprofit groups to integrate product stewardship (producer responsibility) principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest and to shift product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste disposal and waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility.

Thurston County Solid Waste To protect the health of the community and the environment by offering water-resource programs and garbage, recycling, water and sewer services.

Sustainability

Futurewise To promote healthy communities and cities in Washington State while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines today and for future generations.

Green Drinks To provide an organic, self-organizing network of local gatherings of people who work in environmental fields. There’s a monthly gathering in downtown Olympia.

Livable Thurston To organize and empower citizens to have a voice in how and where growth happens, and to educate citizens about opportunities to get involved with important Thurston County land use decisions.

Northwest Earth Institute To develop innovative programs that empower individuals and organizations to take responsibility for the Earth and recognize the importance of a supportive community and the dual need to walk lightly on and to take action for the earth. They offer curriculum for seven excellent small group discussion courses hosted at local homes, workplaces, and places of worship.

Sightline Institute To bring about sustainability in the Pacific Northwest.

South Puget Environmental Education ClearinghouseSPEECH To publish Green Pages, a monthly journal of environmental news and commentary serving people and organizations in the South Sound area.

State of Washington The Sustainable Washington website describes the sustainability priorities, accomplishments of Washington State.

Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound (SCALLOPS) A loose consortium of 36 community sustainability groups in the Puget Sound area.

Sustainable South Sound Works with businesses, higher ed, local government, and the community to promote sustainability. Current focuses are a Buy Local Campaign, Sustainability Indicators, and Urban Agriculture.

TC Pronet To provide a communication and support network serving progressive individuals, businesses and organizations as we work together toward a just, democratic, sustainable and humane society. They offer a community calendar and workshops as well as a website and medical coverage for members.

Thurston Regional Planning Council To develop regional plans and policies for transportation, growth management, environmental quality, and other topics determined by the Council; Provide data and analysis to support local and regional decision making; Build community consensus on regional issues through information and citizen involvement; Build intergovernmental consensus on regional plans, policies and issues, and advocate local implementation

Washington Department of Ecology To protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment and promote the wise management of our air, land and water. Their website has a wealth of excellent resources.

Transportation

City of Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory CommitteeTo advise the Olympia City Council on bicycle and pedestrian policies, programs and plans.

Community Build-a-Bike Project To help community members fix up a donated bicycle they then get to keep.

Intercity Transit To provide and promote transportation choices that support an accessible, sustainable, livable, prosperous community. They operate buses and vans throughout the county, run the annual Bicycle Commuter Contest, and offer the Smart Moves program for schools and youth.

Water Quality

City of Olympia Utility Advisory Committee To advise the City Council on utility issues for the City’s four public utilities — drinking water, wastewater, storm and surface water, and waste resources

Friends of Deschutes Watershed Center To create plan the environmental learning center at Pioneer Park, developing interpretive exhibits and programs, and hosting events such as an annual watershed/return of the salmon festival

People for Puget Sound To protect and restore the health of our land and waters through education and action. They facilitate community-based shoreline restoration projects and lobby for support of improved stormwater, wastewater processing, and toxics reduction as well as oil spill prevention and cleanup.

Stream Team To train and support citizens interested in protecting and enhancing water resources in Thurston County watersheds by planting native trees, monitoring local streams, removing litter, marking storm drains, and more.