"Futurewise Awards Celebrate Equity-Centered Environmentalism"

March 10, 2017

Doug Trumm of The Urbanist takes a look at Futurewise’s Spring Breakfast and Livable Community Awards, featuring keynote speaker Dwayne Marsh of the Center for Social Inclusion and awardees Kittitas County, the City of Bellevue, Beacon Food Forest, Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, King Conservation District, and Yesler Community Collaborative—six groups that have excelled in community-building to advance equity and environmental causes. Check out the article!

Erin House
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Futurewise spring breakfast features race and equity keynote

March 7, 2017

On March 2, 2017, Futurewise hosted our annual spring fundraising event - which this year was a breakfast hosted at the Westin hotel in downtown Seattle.  We were please to host 350 guests, and honor a number of partners with a Livable Communities Award (see the previous blog post for details on the awardees).

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Announcing Our 2017 Livable Communities Awardees!

February 27, 2017

Each year, Futurewise presents its Livable Communities Awards to programs and projects that are helping to make Washington State a better place for all. This year's awards will be given out at our Spring Breakfast this Thursday, March 2 (register here), but here's a sneak peak of our dedicated and diverse group of awardees!

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Deadline Approaching for Livable Communities Awards Nominations

January 26, 2017

Have you or another person, organization or agency achieved something awesome recently?  Is your project or program a strong example of smart growth principles, protecting natural resource lands, or increasing access to transit, housing, healthy foods and local opportunities?  Has your local government made a great policy stride toward these goals?

Caitlyn Taylor
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Futurewise seeks qualified Executive Director candidates

January 13, 2017

The election of Futurewise's former executive director, Hilary Franz, to the role of Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands was a win for all who live in this region.  Futurewise now seeks a qualified candidate for executive director to continue the crucial work of strengthening cities and protecting our state's precious natural resources.  Read more about the position here.

Caitlyn Taylor
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Senate Bill 5024 - Protecting surface and groundwater for future generations

January 10, 2017

Futurewise is the lead behind SB 5024, a bill that responds with proactive solutions to ground and surface water challenges highlighted by the Hirst decision.  The bill is a priority for the Environmental Priorities Coalition.  Read the 1-pager on the bill here, and the bill language here.

Chris Wierzbicki
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Futurewise in Olympia - 2017 Legislative Agenda

December 22, 2016

Futurewise works closely with legislators and partners every year during the legislative session to protect and enhance Washington State’s growth management laws.  This year, our legislative agenda covers a wide range of urban livability and natural resource protection issues.

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Seattle for Everyone coalition partners and neighbors come together to support affordability

November 17, 2016

Seattle for Everyone's broad coalition of affordable housing developers and advocates, for-profit developers and businesses, labor and social justice advocates, environmentalists and urbanists joined neighbors from across Seattle and U District residents to support a more affordable and inclusive city at the Seattle City Council public hearing on the U District upzone. 

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Sound Transit 3 is a huge win for the region - and climate change

November 9, 2016

The work is just beginning!  Together we can make Sound Transit 3 a successful investment - not just in transit - but for how the region tackles land-use and regional transportation that will combat the impacts of climate change.  In the next few days we'll be posting more about how our region can leverage this incredible opportunity.

Chris Wierzbicki
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Futurewise staff speak at the WA AWRA 2016 Conference

October 27, 2016

Futurewise’s Director of Planning and Law, Tim Trohimovich, was invited to speak at the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association’s Annual State Conference on October 26, 2016. Tim’s presentation documented that the water levels in wells in Washington State are going down, that overdevelopment in rural areas and on farmland is causing the wells of rural residents and farmers to go dry, and that rapidly increasing permit-exempt wells are threatening the water fish need for their survival. Tim explained solutions that address these serious water problems and that comply with the Washington State Supreme Court’s landmark Whatcom County decision that Futurewise and its local partners won on October 6, 2016. The Whatcom County decision was widely discussed at the conference.

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Futurewise "Scenario Planning" with WSDOT

October 27, 2016

Futurewise participated in "scenario planning" with other state-wide transportation partners to determine how the Washington State Transportation Plan (WTP) could be updated to deal with an uncertain future.  In accordance with the graphical image shown here, WSDOT determined that two factors in the future with the highest level of uncertainty and the highest level of importance were "technological change" and "natural disasters and climate change."  The four teams involved in the planning exercise discussed the opportunities and challenges resulting from four scenarios:

Chris Wierzbicki
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Plans for U District rezone released

October 4, 2016

The Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) is a comprehensive strategy for addressing Seattle’s housing affordability crisis. HALA contains 65 recommendations aimed at increasing the city’s supply of both affordable and market-rate housing, increasing protections for vulnerable tenants and homeowners, and creating streamlined processes to reduce the time and cost of housing development.