Interweave is Sustainable Seattle’s community-led sustainability accelerator.
Weaving together collective impact and capacity building frameworks
for lasting, systems-level sustainability action.
Grounded in the Coast Salish creation story that teaches us that together, we can lift the sky.
Seattle is full of opportunities to support active community organizers dedicated to an equitable and sustainable region.
Facilitated by S2, Interweave is a collaborative and supportive program consisting of a peer-to-peer network of visionaries with unique-but-aligned methods for sustainability. Interweave weaves resources, support, collaboration, and capacity towards regional sustainability.
S2 provides specialized support through project advising, administrative services, and fundraising. Community organizers in Interweave can spend more of their time, efforts, and expertise focused on leading sustainability efforts in Seattle communities, and less time and resources in navigating administrative and technical aspects of the work that are often riddled with bias, unnecessary hurdles, and expensive specializations.
Interweave builds lasting community leadership and power by nurturing natural networks through our Tracks, Communities of Practice (CoP), and enhancing member capacity through cooperative assets and services. We know that the scale of environmental justice and sustainability is far too big for any one of us alone, but, as the Coast Salish creation story teaches us, together we lift the sky.
Interweave brings organizers together towards the greater health and well-being of our region. To support this work, we have co-designed Tracks in which multiple organizations and activists coordinate around a shared objective leading towards greater community health and well-being.
Of nearly two dozen identified track options, the following are examples of current community priorities:
Soil & Water Health and Justice
Assembled to reinforce the efforts of Seattle-based Black researchers, educators, and urban land stewards pushing to address long-standing failures of policy and to establish a lasting infrastructure for remediation and community health.
This Track supports research efforts initiated by Dr. Melanie Malone and partners closely with Basilica Bio and a network of area BIPOC-led urban farms and land stewards.
Just Circular Communities
Intertwines Just Transition principles with Circular Economy design approaches in community envisioned, owned, and managed initiatives to support anti-displacement, green job pathways and infrastructure, and systems-level change rooted in hyper-local settings.
This project supports efforts initiated by Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association, Traversal Design, and intersects with other groups working to implement the Just Transition framework.
Healing with the Environment
Processing, interpersonal support, and community healing methods to treat the symptoms of trauma response and support the long-term wellbeing and sustainability of organizers and new generations of leaders.
This project emerged from community needs articulated by Black and Indigenous communities and is rooted in trainings facilitated by herbalist Shelagh Brown and community health practitioner Jasleena Grewal.
Community Resilience Practitioners
A subset of individuals within Interweave working between entities as consultants, freelancers or contractors, generally with a specific area of expertise. They embody systems-work as they weave throughout government, large and small businesses, and community organizing spaces. This track seeks to make this nature of work more supported and viable for long-term collaboration across sectors and areas of expertise towards a shared vision for a sustainable region.
Community Reclamation Commons
A portable demonstration center, education facility, and organizing hub designed to enhance community-owned sustainable land use, greenscaping, cultural connection, and hyper-local initiatives through multi-year residencies. (In pre-development)
Additional Tracks and Communities of Practice
Community-based Participatory Learning
Youth Leadership & Education
Media & Communications for Climate Action
Art & Artists as Sustainability Leaders
Linking Seattle with International Movements
Civic Leadership & Policy Action
The following represents some (but not all!) of the organizations make up the dynamic and interactive Interweave network, led by and serving Frontline communities in Seattle and working in alignment towards a just, sustainable region for all. Interweave is currently full and not accepting new inquiries – but we love to meet new organizations and individuals aligned in our efforts to explore possible partnerships and collaborations!
Sign up for the waitlist here.
Basilica Bio is a Black-led community organization that breaks down barriers in science to tackle issues that disproportionately impact BIPOC communities.
Black Star Farmers
a coalition of people with diverse identities working towards the radical reclamation of land and food sovereignty for all beings. We achieve this through land stewardship, mutual aid, education, and direct action.
Black Star Food Collective
Providing Black and Indigenous communities with access to opportunities and culturally empowering food grown by us for us.
Blue Daisi Consulting
Guidance and support for businesses who want to find a healthier balance of people, planet, and profit by pursuing zero waste.
a grassroots organization and podcast with a goal is to bridge the gap between activism and science by educating underprivileged communities and everyday people. Topics: environmental racism, health disparities and discrimination in the medical and research fields.
The Giving Room Project
A community project that empowers neighbors in South Seattle to share & repair used clothing and household goods.
Ignited Phoenix Project
We aspire to give back to the community in ways we have not seen done before, using Theatre of the oppressed, trauma recovery, and organizing. We want to reflect real change in the lives of those most affected by injustice.
Kay Tita is a social impact non-profit organization that serves as a conduit providing changemakers in Haiti with a safe space and the resources they need to increase their impact, develop skills, and establish key partnerships.
Piña Soul SPC
An environmental consulting business that supports Afro-Indigenous & Indigenous-led conservation and environmental projects through community mutual aids and sustainability.
Protectors of the Salish Sea
Bringing long-lasting harmony and true peace among all things back to our Salish Sea and beyond through the recognition and understandings of who we all are as human beings, a return to who The Creator intended us to be – Protectors who take care of all life.
A platform dedicated to archiving and sharing the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color across diasporic experiences reconnecting with their “green roots”.
Using energy and presence and experience as Black Women in marine biology to illuminate pathways for BIPOC youth.
Our vision is to be the leading force in advancing Khmer arts worldwide. We advance sustainability with culturally responsive civic engagement, mutual aid, and cultural competency and relationship building
BIPOC Sustainable Tiny Art House Community
The goal is to keep Seattle Artist of Color in Seattle, and to allow them to own their first starter house that can support them later purchasing their dream house.
A small consultancy specializing in participatory transformation for an environmentally and socially just world, where communities thrive together.
Community Resilience Practitioner Network.
Profiles are in development and coming soon!
Learn more about Fiscal Sponsorship here.
The following groups receive Fiscal Sponsorship support from S2, and are part of our larger network and community of supporters working for a just and sustainable region. S2 is currently accepting inquiries for our Fiscal Sponsorship services.
Cambodian Americans Advocating for Peace (CAAP)
Working to address gender-based violence and other issues impacting community members.
The Circular Supply Chain Network connects supply chain practitioners and thought leaders to explore how supply chain can accelerate the transition to a circular economy and transform every supply chain into a circular supply chain.
Diaspora Community Services
Serving, educating, and inspiring disadvantaged communities through the provision of educational and financial wellness services in partnership with our communities.
Diaspora Family Healing Network
Support programs that provide culturally competent mental health services to BIPOC communities across Washington State.
The Equity Consortium
The mission of the Equity Consortium is to institutionalize equity. The primary tools of the Consortium at this time include providing listening circles and an Equity Factors Assessment.
Food Not Bombs Emerald City
Food distribution and mutual aid groups, SODO Free Food Market, on Occupied Duwamish land.
It Takes A Village
One Vibe Media
Tonga Community Food Bank
Sustainability Ambassadors supports teachers to explore, develop and apply a problem-based learning model in service to a more sustainable future.
Ensuring that all multigenerational Black school children track a college-bound trajectory through Primary School.