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Sightline Institute is a not-for-profit research and communication center--a think tank--based in Seattle. Founded in 1993, Sightline's mission is to bring about sustainability--a healthy, lasting prosperity grounded in place. Nonpartisan and wholly independent, Sightline's only ideology is commitment to the shared values of strong communities, fair markets, and responsible stewardship.
Our focus is Cascadia, or the Pacific Northwest, a region that includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and adjoining parts of Alaska, Montana, and California.
We do our work in three ways:
We monitor the Northwest's progress toward a healthy, lasting prosperity with the Cascadia Scorecard, an index of seven key trends shaping the future of the Northwest. Launched in 2004, the Scorecard provides regular progress reports on the region, and--by spotlighting successes inside and outside Cascadia--helps provide a practical vision for a better Northwest. The Scorecard is updated in an annual book, in other reports, and on our blog-- the Daily Score.
We identify the most important systemic solutions for the region: high-leverage changes that could redirect business as usual to more sustainable ends, such as compact urban development, tax shifting, and pay-as-you-drive car insurance that rewards consumers for driving less.
And we make our research, books, maps, and commentary widely available to the Northwest's engaged citizens, media, and leaders, so they can better understand and better advance sustainability in their communities.
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