What is a Livable & Sustainable Community? – A livable and sustainable Tri-City community is one where local governments including municipalities, Counties, Port Authorities, and Special Districts partner with Educational, Community Health, Business and Citizen stakeholders to create a vibrant local community through a long-term policy, planning, and investment strategy that:

  • Promotes community health and wellness
  • Protects and preserves the unique attributes of our natural environment
  • Encourages local enterprise innovation and economic diversity
  • Serves the short term and long term needs of local residents
  • Promotes stable employment and revenues by building competitive advantage in the global marketplace

How does ALSC effect change in the Tri-Cities? – There are a number of ways in which the ALSC engages community leaders, policy developers, citizens, and other stakeholders, as we work towards a Livable and Sustainable Community. Our primary methods of effecting change include: Education, Outreach/Engagement, Local Governance, and the Endorsement of key regional initiatives.

  • Education – Symposiums/conferences related to sustainable design and development, masterplanning, complete streets, etc.
  • Outreach (Engagement) – Marketing and communicating a consistent message across as many regional stakeholder groups as possible; volunteer support for existing programs and efforts (i.e. electrathon, park clean up, trails, food-bank events, etc).
  • Local Governance – ALSC can/should be actively involved in the dialogue among local municipal, county, and Port policy and decision-makers.
  • Endorsements – ALSC will become an influencer by supporting certain local policies, initiatives, and organizational efforts, (as well as information about state and federal legislation).

How is ALSC funded? – The ALSC is a not for profit organization funded entirely by donations and fees associated with regional events.

Is the ALSC a Political Action organization? – No. The ALSC is governed by a volunteer Board of citizens that are interested in working with local and regional policy makers, corporate leaders, citizens, and other stakeholder groups in a collaborative manner, without engaging in political campaigns, or divisive efforts with narrow geographic or special interests.

What affiliations does ALSC have? – Board members and individuals involved in the work groups do not officially represent employers or other organizations that they may be a part of. In 2013 a three-part ‘Huddle’ process established a core group of organizations affiliated through shared values and a commitment to community collaboration. This core group includes:

  • Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance (BFCHA)
  • Benton Franklin E3 (BFE3)
  • Friends of Badger Mountain  (FoBM)
  • Friends of MidColumbia River Wildlife Refuges  (FOMCRWR)
  • GoGreenTriCities  (GGTC)
  • Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society  (LCBAS)
  • Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network  (RROSN)
  • Sustainable Energy & Environmental Network  (SEENet)
  • Sustainable Living Center  (SLC)
  • Tapteal Greenway  (TG)

Areas of agreement include:

  • A robust economy and a good quality of life is dependent upon healthy people living in a healthy environment
  • Environmental stewardship is critical to creating and maintaining a healthy environment for humans and habitat for other animals.
  • Environmental education is a mainstay of good stewardship.
  • Open space contributes to a high quality of life, community health, and economic development.
  • Alternative energy development and deployment will conserve non-renewable resources and reduce harmful emissions and other pollutants.

While not necessarily adopting similar positions on specific issues, ALSC and its Affiliates share a commitment to building an environmentally sustainable community.

What regional efforts has ALSC supported? – The ALSC has provided and/or participated in

  • regional education forums
  • the Health Care Alliance symposium on the connection between human health and our built environment
  • a student Electric Vehicle event
  • formally endorsing the City of Richland’s proposed hillside development ordinance
  • formally endorsing the Ridges to Rivers Open Spaces Network planning concepts