Sustainable Thurston

The Sustainable Thurston project began in early 2011 with a simple question for the Thurston Region's quarter-million residents: How do you want your community to look, function, and feel in 2035?

Online and in person, thousand of engaged residents helped the Sustainable Thurston Task Force craft a regional vision of sustainable development that encompasses land use, housing, energy, transportation, food, health, and other interconnected issues. This
community conversation identified a vision for a vibrant, healthy, and resilient future, as well as the actions and responsibilities to achieve it.

New in March 2019

An Implementation Status Report for the Sustainable Thurston Plan

Sustainable Thurston Vision

  • In 1 generation - through innovation and leadership - the Thurston Region will become a model for sustainability and livability.
  • We will consume less energy, water, and land, produce less waste, and achieve carbon neutrality.
  • We will lead in doing more while consuming less.
  • Through efficiency, coupled with strategic investments, we will support a robust economy.
  • Our actions will enhance an excellent education system, and foster a healthy, inclusive, and equitable social environment that remains affordable and livable.
  • We will view every decision at the local and regional level through the sustainability lens.
  • We will think in generations, not years.
  • The region will work together toward common goals, putting people in the center of our thinking, and inspire individual responsibility and leadership in our residents.

Learn more about the Sustainable Thurston Project