November of 2004 brought a diverse group of Tri-Cities residents together to hold a forum that raised awareness and informed our region about livable and sustainable communities. The forum addressed three different topical areas: Land Use and Economic Development, Human Health, and Transportation. It featured Merilee Utter, a nationally recognized expert and leader in how transportation and land use development work together to improve livability and sustainability in urban environments.
The same group organized another forum in October 2010 that brought several regional and national leaders and experts in the livable sustainable cities movement to present and discuss principles, practices, and nationwide examples of these concepts. The Keynote Speaker was Professor Avi Friedman, an internationally recognized urban architect and development expert from McGill University in Montreal. This forum added Technology Development to the topic areas as a fourth cornerstone of Livable and Sustainable Community development for the Tri-Cities.
Both forums were highly successful with good attendance from Tri-Cities and regional residents. At the conclusion of the October 2010 forum, attendees were asked if they wished to continue efforts to promote and advocate for livable, sustainable practices here in the Tri-Cities region. Since then, a spirited group of diverse and dedicated individuals proceeded to create a community organization with the goal of raising awareness, educating, promoting, and advocating for livable and sustainable principles as the basis of how we develop and redevelop our Tri-Cities communities and neighborhoods.
In April of 2011, the Alliance for a Livable Sustainable Community (ALSC) incorporated as a non-profit with the State of Washington and has received and maintained a tax-exempt status with the IRS. The founding board members of the corporation were Tim Fredrickson (President), Brooke DuBois (Vice-President), Jeff Petersen (Treasurer), Lora Rathbone (Secretary), and Steve Young (Director). The Board subsequently expanded to 16 members, established initial funding and began its work.
The ALSC now invites all interested people and organizations to actively participate in our efforts.