Puget Sound Sage: Making Our Region Equitable and Sustainable for All

Puget Sound Sage’s mission is to build communities where all families thrive. Using a combination of research, policy, leadership development, and civic engagement, Puget Sound Sage is creating equitable and sustainable solutions for some of the region’s most pressing problems.

A Satterberg Foundation Open Grant recipient, here are just a few examples of the outstanding work Puget Sound Sage has been up to over the past several months…

  • Through an inside-outside strategy with the Growing Together Coalition (of over 70 signatory organizations), Mayor Ed Murray, environmental interests, and some developers now champion Sage’s signature commercial linkage fee/inclusionary housing as central to Seattle’s much heralded “Grand Bargain” for housing affordability. This has put Sage and Seattle on the national stage as a leader in affordable housing policy, and part of a cohort supported by the Ford Foundation.
  • Sage released their community-based participatory research report Our People, Our Power, Our Planet, detailing community concerns about climate adaptation, decreasing carbon pollution and ensuring equitable representation from their base in policy development.
  • Sage has also been active in partnering with the City of Seattle to incorporate economic and racial justice into its environmental work. Sage co-chaired the City of Seattle Equity and Environment Initiative, resulting in the Equity and Environment Agenda and the creation of an Environmental Justice Steering Committee – this committee will ensure deep community partnership and the development of solutions accepted by the community.
  • Sage designed and launched an equitable development Community Leadership Institute with 20 majority Women of Color leaders from South Seattle and South King County to prepare them for appointments to strategic boards and commissions.
  • They Successfully completed an Executive Director Leadership transition by promoting leaders from within the organization, realizing the strategic goal of having an organization led by communities of color most impacted by their campaigns and policies.
  • Achieved funding for a new City-staffed Office of Labor Standards and over $700,000 for community enforcement of Seattle labor standard wins.
  • Led South Communities for Racial Regional Organizing (South-CORE), a Sage-staffed coalition of 20 immigrant, refugee, People of Color and low-wage worker organizations, to help shape the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan community engagement process, build their own analysis, and provided formal comment letters, alongside Sage’s technical comments.

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