Puget Sound Sage Programs
Community Benefits and Development
Sage works with community partners to ensure that major transportation and economic development plans benefit low and moderate income families, immigrants and communities of color. Sage advocates for policies that support and expand living wage jobs, affordable housing and transit access.
Sage leads community participation in the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports (CCSP), an effort to make the Port trucking industry more efficient, reduce air pollution in low-income south Seattle communities surrounding the Port of Seattle, and improve the quality of related jobs.
Sage is a founder of Emerald Cities Seattle, a broad consortium of community, business, labor and government working to green metro Seattle and provide training and high quality jobs to disadvantaged workers through energy retrofits.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Sage's 2012 report, Transit Oriented Development that's Healthy, Green and Just, created a blueprint for responsible development to preserve existing ethnic and immigrant communities in southeast Seattle now facing displacement pressures, using equitable housing, transit and economic development policies. The report has also catalyzed new community organizing and partnerships in southeast Seattle and suburban King County.
Sage also released well-researched reports on challenges facing low-wage workers at Sea-Tac Airport and the hospitality industry, and an analysis of the economic impacts of low-wage Big Box retail development.
Needs: Leadership Development
Successful civic participation requires new models of Civic Leadership training for emerging leaders from communities impacted by growth, development and a changing economy. Sage is seeking resources to launch a values-based Civic Leadership training in partnership with community-based organizations in Seattle and South King County. The trainings would cover leadership skills, understanding the regional economy, the role of government, and strengthening democratic institutions.