In 2018, Northwest Earth Institute is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! NWEI was founded in 1993 with a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk about our relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to live, work, create and consume. 25 years later, more than 200,000 participants worldwide have created change for good through our hallmark programs: a series of powerful discussion course books and a dynamic online EcoChallenge platform. This year, we’re honoring our past while also catalyzing an exciting new future.
For 25 years we’ve empowered you with inspiration and tools to create positive action in your homes, your communities, your workplaces, and your schools. From the beginning, the goal was simple: to provide opportunities for individuals to connect, reflect and take action to address the issues that matter most. The backbone of our work has been rooted in addressing patterns of consumerism, connecting people to planet and place, and offering resources that promote sustainable solutions. Our commitment is to offer tools rooted in transformative learning and behavior change theory – inspiring individuals to take action.
Over 165,000 people have engaged in our transformational discussion courses on simple living, adopting more sustainable lifestyles, supporting sustainable food systems, reconnecting with earth, creating more sustainable organizations and businesses, environmental health, climate change and the intersections of peace, justice and sustainability. Over 40,000 people have participated in the EcoChallenge (which is in its 10th year in 2018) – with over 535,000 actions taken across 2,100 cities and 85 countries. Since we began tracking our impact with EcoChallenge just four years ago, we’ve helped over 20,000 community members and saved over a million gallons of water. Each year, we’re amazed at what the Northwest Earth Institute community accomplishes and we can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
This year, we’ve launched a new edition of our most popular course book, Choices for Sustainable Living – and we’ve integrated it with our online EcoChallenge platform. We’ll be offering an online Choices for Sustainable Living course later this spring, along with a new spring EcoChallenge co-hosted with Project Drawdown. We’ll be focusing on serving emerging generations, increasing our digital engagement, and expanding our EcoChallenge events throughout the year. And, most importantly, we will continue to give thanks for you – this amazing community of changemakers – for your role in creating change over the past 25 years.