Sustainability Leadership Awards – Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021

Campfire Stories



5:00pm – Reception

6:00pm – Awards Ceremony

Socially Distant on Pier 62 on the downtown Waterfront

Virtual via private streaming link






Our communities are made ready by the leadership of extraordinary actors. For over a decade, theSustainability Leadership Awardsconnects communities and inspires the leader within by celebrating the work of regional experts, organizers, and multiple industry sectors. Even in challenging times, nature provides abundance. 

This year, the Leadership Awards will be a reception-style event, outdoors on Pier 62 in Downtown Seattle. Join us for an intimate reception with the honorees and nominees, followed by a ceremony and inspirational stories from four outstanding sustainability change agents. Your registration includes a drink ticket, free Frankie & Jo’s ice cream, and a meet-and-greet with the honorees. 

Sustainable Seattle asks that all attendees be vaccinated. Please maintain social distance of six feet from other attendees throughout the event and avoid physical contact. Sanitizing wipes and PPE which will be provided for your use. Thank you!

2021 Award Categories

Nominations are made by the community and honorees are determined by a group of community adjudicators. Award categories align with themes identified by community members in the fall of the previous year.



Ming Ming Tung-Edelman

Ming-Ming is the founder and ED of Refugee Artisan Initiative. As an immigrant from Taiwan, Ming-Ming understands the challenges refugees and immigrants face. She wants to connect these women with the skills they have and opportunities to earn income to provide for their families in America. RAI combines Ming-Ming’s compassion acquired as a pharmacist for 24 years and her love for fashion and sustainability. Her dream has come true to create the RAI circular and equitable economy: keep excess textiles out of the landfills while creating jobs for refugee and immigrant women.


?ál ?al

ʔálʔal will be a place for our urban Native relatives to connect and find stability, a space designed by Native people for Native people. ʔálʔal (“Home” in Lushootseed) is a landmark housing project located across from the Pioneer Square Link Light Rail Station featuring nine floors of housing, health care, and social services for over 2,700 people annually including 88% low-income and 76 % American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN). ʔálʔal will include a primary health clinic with the Seattle Indian Health Board, CSC Day Center expansion, and a cafe and art gallery open to the public.


Hannah Wilson

With Black Farmers Collective, which is a mutual aid network of Black-led, regenerative farms in partnership with other BIPOC farmers, organizers, and leaders creating a food system for healthier communities. We believe the key to a more sustainable, equitable future for communities of color requires addressing food insecurity and fighting for food sovereignty.


Super Familia
A grassroots mutual aid group led by and for unaccompanied and undocumented youth. Super Familia works with connecting undocumented minors with community and resources, alongside protesting immigration detention in all forms, including youth detention. They work on providing undocumented youth the autonomy to share their stories and use their voices for change. They will be joined by Rosario, a legal and human rights advocate, who has helped organize their COVID-19 mutual aid work. 



Jump on this exciting offer! Thanks to Alaska Airlines, when you donate $15 to Sustainable Seattle, (or more)! You will be put in the running for (2) roundtrip Alaska Airline Tickets, a $2500 value! All proceeds benefit Sustainable Seattle! May the odds be in your favor ✈️








About The Theme: Campfire Stories

For millennia around the world, communities have come together around the life-giving warmth of the campfire to share stories for their survival and their resilience. Woven through the stories of our most influential leaders, you are guided to connect with your own story and the leadership within.

This awards ceremony forges intimate, meaningful connections with Seattle’s brightest sustainability thinkers and practitioners, and with one another. Gather around the symbolic campfire to practice one of the most enduring and powerful human practices: sharing our stories.

Get ready to bust out your flannel and cozy up with friends old and new!

Alaska Airline Raffle      Raffle Tickets

Jump on this exciting offer! Thanks to Alaska, when you donate $15 to Sustainable Seattle (or more)! You will be put in the running for (2) Round-trip Alaska Airline Tickets, a $2,500 value!



Silent Auction      Auction Catalog

The awards feature a range of wonderful items to bid on, ranging from sustainable items, experiences, art, and more. 



S2 is committed to making all of our events, including our reception, accessible to the entire community. 

Those who are most impacted by climate change and unsustainable practices, are often left out of the conferences, gatherings, and ceremonies highlighting leadership in the sector. You can help ensure equitable access to this event by registering early and generously. 

We all have the spark of leadership within us, especially as a community. All are welcome! 

Event Sponsorship & Underwriting    Sponsorship Kit

Do you share our vision for a just and abundant region, and value uplifting and amplifying the hard work of local leaders? 

Gala-style events are often inaccessible to Frontline communities most impacted by climate change. Those who are committed to equitable access should inquire about underwriting community tickets. 

To learn more about sponsoring the Leadership Awards, contact em[at]