Emerald Alliance Update

July 2021
Happy Summer from the EA team! You’ll notice an intentional theme to the content of this month’s digest. It harkens to a favorite quote from Edward Abbey about the exigency of nature to the human spirit and well-being: nature not as a luxury or an amenity but as essential as water. The following blog posts and news items highlight this vital connection - particularly the unmistakable, disproportionate health impacts on communities that lack  this essential natural infrastructure. Nature is essential, not a luxury, if communities are to achieve and/or sustain physical, psychological, and economic well-being.

Our work is rooted in driving more investment in the protection and restoration of vital natural systems across the region AND prioritizing investments in the communities with the greatest need for this natural infrastructure. As the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Package winds its way through Congress, by next month we hope to report on progress toward the passage of this vital plan that includes a pathway to prioritizing the communities with the greatest need.
- The EA Team

Next Month's Spotlight

Keep an eye out for our August newsletter featuring Grist, one of the Pacific Northwest's most prominent environmental journals and a leading global source for climate & environmental justice reporting. We will speak with Grist CEO, Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, and others on the Grist team to hear about their rebranding, where the organization is heading in a post-COVID context, their new Entrepreneur in Residence, and more. 

Featured Events

Guided Summer Beach Walks with the Environmental Science Center - July 23-25 at Seahurst Park
Community Farm Days with Pierce Conservation District
weekly on Saturdays at Franklin Pierce Farm
Seattle Equity Summit - July 22nd & 23rd
— Save the Date: Orca Recovery Day - October 16th, 2021

From Our Blog

Rethinking Infrastructure to Include Natural Spaces

When most Americans think of infrastructure, the first thing that usually comes to mind is large-scale transportation and civil engineering projects - highways, bridges, railways, dams and airports. These kinds of projects were...

Seattle and King County Release New Research on Local Urban Heat Islands

We all know the last week of June was the hottest on record across many parts of Puget Sound. In the aftermath of this intense and deadly heat, we learned that some areas of King County can be up to 23 degrees hotter than other areas...

NYT Story Reveals Inequitable FEMA Natural Disaster Funding

A recently released New York Times article, titled Why Does Disaster Aid Often Favor White People?, sheds light on federal funding inequities in natural disaster recovery. While researchers don’t think FEMA is intentionally discriminatory...


— EPA: EPA announces new $50M fund to address environmental justice


Any birders out there? We imagine much of our audience will enjoy this Crosscut article on How birds in the Pacific Northwest experienced the pandemic, featuring the UW Lockdown Birding Study. This research utilized citizen scientists to "understand both how different species of birds in the Pacific Northwest respond to human behavior and environmental changes during the pandemic; and how well we can detect those birds."

[photo credit: Crosscut]
Thank you for your continued interest in our work! Send us your ideas and stories for future newsletters to Tracy Stanton at

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