Past Sponsors

Solar Power Sponsors


South Puget Sound Environmental Education Clearinghouse (SPEECH) publishes South Sound Green Pages, a web-based, one-stop source of information, ideas and dialogue regarding sustainable living in the Pacific Northwest. SPEECH also hosts community events and panel discussions, as well as Envirotalk, an on-line forum for sharing news, promoting events and discussing pressing topics related to preserving, protecting and restoring the South Puget Sound environment.

Wind Power Sponsors

Jim Lazar

Jim Lazar is an economist with more than 40 years of experience examining legislation and also evaluating electric utility resource plans and rates. Jim was a founding member of the Northwest Energy Coalition and has served as a Thurston County Public Utility District Commissioner. Jim is Treasurer of Thurston Environmental Voters.

League of Women Voters of Thurston County

League of Women Voters of Thurston County  is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.  We register voters, provide unbiased information about elections, the voting process and issues.  In addition, after study we use our positions to advocate about policies in the public interest.  The League advocates to promote an environment beneficial to life through protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.

Republic Services is an industry leader in the US non-hazardous solid waste industry.  Our collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers, and landfills focus on providing reliable services and recycling solutions for our customers.  We believe in protecting the planet and applying common sense solutions to customers’ waste and recycling challenges.

South Sound Solar is a local, full service Solar Installer, based in Olympia, Washington. Under the leadership of president and owner Kirk Haffner, South Sound Solar has become the local leader in the sales, engineering, design and installation of solar electric and solar hot water systems, both commercial and residential. As a local business, South Sound Solar take pride in applying its expertise to realize the South Puget Sound’s solar potential.

Hydro Power Sponsors

Black Hills Audubon Society

Black Hills Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and represents Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington. It is an all-volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose 1,300+ members share interests in birds and other wildlife, their habitats, and natural history. Our goals are to promote environmental education and recreation and to maintain and protect our ecosystems for future generations.

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens Climate Lobby, Olympia Chapter, is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to engage elected officials, the media and the public. The Olympia chapter usually meets the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9:30-11:30 am, at the Olympia Center. Contact  for more information.

Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment, and bridging divides. The organization has pioneered the vision and cultivated powerful partnerships for the proposition that by cutting global warming pollution we can accelerate the transition to clean energy and build broadly shared economic prosperity. For close to 20 years, they have been an active catalyst and advocate, building a powerful constituency for local, regional, national, and international action on climate and clean energy.

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) is working to restore the urban estuary in downtown Olympia by reconnecting the river to the Salish Sea. We are an advocacy group representing the interests of the local environment, natural systems with the services that they provide, and a community that values wildlife, water quality, economic opportunities and natural beauty. We serve as a center for a creative community-driven effort for the health of the Deschutes watershed by focusing on the most beneficial restoration project for the river: freeing it’s estuary.

Evergreen Master of Environmental Studies

Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies Program (MES) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree that prepares students for the complex nature of professional environmental work. With a cohort model, structured core curriculum, and a variety of elective courses taught by experts in their fields, students from any undergraduate major gain the skills and experience needed to embark on their own individual research through their MES thesis. Graduates are prepared to be environmental leaders and go on to work in a variety of jobs from planning and policy analysis, to field biologists, non-profit leaders, researchers, and beyond.  Learn more at

Olympia Safe Streets Campaign (OSSC) advocates for active transportation that is safe, accessible and promotes community health.

Nisqually River Education Project

Nisqually River Education Project is housed within the Nisqually River Foundation. Our mission is to connect students in the Nisqually watershed with the environment around them. We work to teach students how they impact the river, the environment, and their community.

Sierra Club South Sound

Sierra Club South Sound serves approximately 1,500 members and supporters in Thurston, Mason, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties. The group holds regular monthly meetings, usually on the first Tuesday of the month at the Mekong Restaurant in downtown Olympia. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. We’re America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Small Planet Supply is a company dedicated to the supply, education, and training in the use of energy-efficient building materials and practices. Small Planet Supply believes that it’s possible to create comfortable Low Energy Buildings with non-toxic, low embodied-energy building materials that are safe to source, and safe to use.

Thurston Environmental Voters

Thurston Environmental Voters works to support and elect environmentally responsible candidates for public office to ensure Thurston County is a healthy and safe place to live.

Washington Environmental Council is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization that has been driving positive change to solve Washington’s most critical environmental challenges since 1967. WEC’s mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Student Scholarship Sponsors

Sierra Club South Sound
League of Women Voters of Thurston County
Thurston Environmental Voters