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Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons

2016 Conference Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons

Be a part of the second biennial conference “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons” at Seattle University on August 7-9, 2016. Confronting the sustainability challenges before us calls for collaboration, exchange of ideas, and exploration of solutions by academics and practitioners across every discipline. “Just Sustainability” will provide that platform!

  • Six workshops will build expertise and provide tools for your organization and communities. Workshop themes range from  “Indigenous Activism,” “Corporate Sustainability” to “Diversity in the Environmental Movement” and “Calculating Your Ecological Footprint.”
  • Our eight featured speakers NCAI President Brian CladoosbyShariff Abdullah,Congressman Adam Smith, City of Seattle's Jessica Finn CovenCynthia FiggeDr. Andrew HoffmanMcKenzie Funkand the Interfaith Amigos will highlight how we can work together to ensure the well-being of all people while caring for our common home.
  • Three sustainability tours will take you around some of the most innovative examples of greening efforts by Seattle community members and businesses. Tours include the greenest commercial building in the world (Bullitt Center), a walk through the Beacon Hill Food Forest, and a visit to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency air sampling station.
  • More than forty academics and practitioners will give presentations that highlight their environmental justice and sustainability projects.


View the full Conference Schedule here

Our Mission

To focus on sustainability, while developing regional biofuel solutions that are economically viable, socially acceptable, and meet the high environmental standards of the Pacific Northwest.

What is NARA?

Scientists from public universities, government laboratories and private industry from throughout the Northwest, and beyond, are joining together to focus on developing ways to turn one of the region's most plentiful commodities—wood and wood waste—into jet fuel.

Led by Washington State University, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will take a holistic approach to building a supply chain for aviation biofuel with the goal of increasing efficiency in everything from forestry operations to conversion processes. Using. . . View More


NARA is primarily supported by an Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68005-30416 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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