2022 Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea: Turning the Tide

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Earlier this month, the Host Committee for the 2022 Green Infrastructure Summit of the Salish Sea met to begin planning the next installment of this annual regional gathering. Since the last summit, the world has continued to change. Federal funding of environment and infrastructure looks quite different than it did a year ago and environmental justice has started to receive some much-needed attention at the state-level… And yet the pandemic, displacement and homelessness, food insecurity, salmon and orca population declines, and political and cultural divisions all persist or worsen. And polluted runoff is still the biggest source of pollution in the Salish Sea. In short, if we want to look back on this moment and see a pivot or a positive inflection point, we have a little momentum but there’s a lot of work to do! To that end, this year’s summit theme is Turning the Tide: Disrupting status quos in infrastructure investment, climate, and the land we occupy. A geographic spotlight will weave in unique perspectives from our neighbors in the island, peninsula, and shoreline-rich counties of San Juan, Island, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam within a whole Salish Sea context.

There are many details still in the offing, but below is what we know:

  • This summit will be held virtually over the mornings of March 24 and 25, 2022 (mark your calendars!).
  • You are the stars of this event. If you have a topic or story that you would like to share or hear, please fill out this simple online abstract submission form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/99RPTQX. You don’t need details. Many of the best presentations start out as a simple sentence. But the deadline for submissions is Friday, January 14, so don’t delay! If you have any issues with the form or questions about abstracts, please email Lynn Knapp, summit coordinator, at lynn@cascadiaconsulting.com
  • This event will give us all a chance to connect across geographies and sectors, discuss and learn about topics as far reaching as: leadership in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Island and San Juan counties, persistent challenges and lessons learned in green infrastructure, new ways of addressing climate change, tribal sovereignty, indigenous perspectives, rights of nature, the role of shorelines, youth leadership, career pathways, workforce development, infrastructure investments and the green infrastructure economy.
  • Financial sponsors make this event possible. If your organization would like to learn more, please contact me: ac@stewardshippartners.org

Abstract submission deadline: 1/14/22