Sustainable Videos

Who Are We Planning For?
Learn about demographic trends. Note: Our population forecast has been revised since this video was created. Current forecast estimates Thurston County population growth will be 120,000 additional people by 2035.
Why Are We Planning?
Our economic downturn has underscored the need for efficiency, in how we spend public and private dollars, and in how we meet WA Growth Management Act requirements. Note: Our population forecast has been revised since this video was created.

Short Course Videos
Watch the Washington State Department of Commerce Short Course videos that include background and information on the Sustainable Thurston Plan and examples of actions being taken in some cities.
Live Life Loud
Watch as Live Life Loud joins Sustainable Thurston at the first of 7 community workshops.
Sustainable Economy
In this video, we explore the health of Thurston County's economy - is it sustainable? What will it take to balance the 3 integral core systems - social, environmental, economic?
How Do We Solve the Problem of the Suburbs?
Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car - which he calls "a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device" - by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.
Architecture 2030 Challenge
Part 1 of Vincent Martinez' keynote presentation on the Architecture 2030 Challenge, an opportunity for Sustainable Thurston to adopt carbon-neutral targets for Thurston County. From the Friday June 7 Vision2Action Symposium, a conversation on sustainability in the built environment.
Sustainability as Strategic Imperative
In this video with GreenBiz Group's Joel Makower, retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Mark "Puck" Mykleby details the opportunities identified in “A National Strategic Narrative,” a document he co-authored to craft a grand strategy for the country.
Retrofitting Suburbia
Ellen Dunham-Jones fires the starting shot for the next 50 years' big sustainable design project: retrofitting suburbia.
America 2050 - What Will We Build?
What will America look like in 2050 when its population is expected to increase by over 100 million people? Joel Kotkin, urban historian and Christopher B. Leinberger, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, covered what the future of the American urban / suburban landscape will hold. What will America look like in 2050 when its population is expected to increase by over 100 million people? Joel Kotkin, urban historian and Christopher B. Leinberger, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, covered what the future of the American urban / suburban landscape will hold.
The Economic Power of Great Places
Making great places is key to turning around our economy. In this passionate talk, Ilana Preuss shows us why we need to do this better and why these places are in high demand.