We Stand Against Racial Injustice

Sustainable Northwest condemns the racial injustice that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the countless others who lost their lives because of racial oppression. Sustainable Northwest acknowledges the long history of racial inequality that touches every part of America. This is a historic moment that requires us to take a step back from our role as a convener to listen and learn from communities of color. We approach this work knowing it will be challenging. We know that we have and will make mistakes. However, we will remain humble and commit to doing the work individually and as an organization because we know advancing justice is a core part of supporting thriving rural and urban communities.

We have spent the past few weeks reflecting on our work and relationship to broader issues. Sustainable Northwest commits to:

  • Leveraging our relationships with state and federal agencies to support policy and advocacy related to workers rights, especially for farm and forest workers.
  • Creating opportunities for shared learning and communication about Tribal land management priorities, treaty rights and history, between our program partners including place-based organizations, local community leaders, and agency partners with Indian Tribes' Natural Resource Departments.
  • Offering FSC certification free of charge to minority-and-women-owned businesses for their first year of certification. This certification allows small wood products businesses access to larger green building projects.
  • Prioritizing minority-and-women-owned businesses as our primary suppliers of office supplies and for catering and event services.
We will not only articulate our support for organizations whose missions strive for racial and social justice, but we will directly support their capacity to do so. Sustainable Northwest has created a match fund to match staff donations to frontline racial and social justice organizations.

In solidarity,

Sustainable Northwest Staff

Greg Block, President
Shreejita Basu, Water Scientist
Sally Bernstein, Forest Program Coordinator
Bridget Callahan, Energy Program Manager
Ngu Castro, Director of Finance
Ben Dair, Senior Manager of Conservation Finance
Chaney Harter, Donor Engagement Manager
Jenna Knobloch, Forest Program Manager
Dylan Kruse, Director of Government Affairs and Program Strategy
Hannah Meganck, Operations Manager
Lee Lane Rahr, Water and Energy Program Director
Trent Seager, Senior Forest Scientist
Kaola Swanson, Forest Program Director
Paul Vanderford, Director of Green Markets
Jordan Zettle, Green Markets Associate

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