Sustainable Community

Equity & Diversity / Social Sustainability

CAFE - Community for the Advancement of Family Education
IRIS - Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship

CAFÉ is a non-profit organization that advances family and community growth through education. They serve our culturally diverse community providing opportunities in leadership, civic and social engagement, literacy development, and academic advancement. CAFÉ's alliance with regional partners creates a unified community that seeks to empower all of its members.

IRIS fosters sustainable rural communities in North Central Washington by gathering and sharing success stories that enhance a sense of belonging, inspire action, and build community. They believe that thriving communities in a healthy environment create success.

North Central Washington Black Lives Matter Action Council (NCW-BLM-AC) was formed after the first two rallies/protests in 2020 in Wenatchee by three local community members who did not want the movement to stop.

The NCWEDD is responsible for regional economic development strategy and planning and collaborates with various private and public agencies to accomplish this goal. The NCWEDD brings together the private and public sectors in a partnership necessary to provide a coordinated strategy and an ongoing economic development program for the region.

Climate Resiliency & Adaptation 

Along with working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we must build resilience to the impacts of climate change. In 2019, Chelan County began a multi-year effort, bringing together more than 100 people from organization throughout the county. Sustainable Wenatchee is a part of this effort Visit the link above for updates on this plan.

Sustainable Housing

Since October 1965, the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council has been helping people and changing lives. They are a private non-profit organization providing assistance with home heating, energy conservation, housing, education, adult literacy and food distribution.

The Housing Authority, formed in 1981, is governed by an 11 member Board of Commissioners who are appointed into three-year terms by local government representatives.

Megan holds a Master's Degree in Green Design from Carnegie Mellon University and has been working in the construction and utility sector since 2008 implementing energy conservation and efficient building technologies. Megan offers a variety of services to industry professionals. She is a HERS Rater and offers Energy Star and Built Green certifications for new homes. Megan is also a Leadership in Energy And Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) and a former proctor for Building Performance Institute (BPI) in Building Analyst, Envelope and Heating. She holds certifications through Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS), North American Technicians Excellence (NATE) and REM/Rate. 

Tiny House Cribs offers tiny house design and manufacturing in Wenatchee. They are unique in that these homes are on wheels, which makes them portable in the case of wildfire on your property. Check out the interview with Cosme Hernandez in the video to the right. 

Clean Air Methow seeks to create solutions for a sustainably clean airshed and “breathing room” for everybody. Due in part to the Methow Valley’s geophysical landscape and the widespread use of woodstoves, outdoor residential and silviculture burning, the towns of Twisp and Winthrop experience some of the worst PM2.5 air pollution in the Pacific Northwest. This longstanding problem is being exacerbated by increasingly frequent and severe wildfire smoke.