2010 IslandVision Projects
To provide leadership, marketing, and operational support for weekly Sunday market in town center for 16 weeks.
- Preschool Sustainability - Champions: Nancy Weil (206) 941-4133 Bert Loosmore (206) 979-9210, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli (206) 232-9147
To motivate the preschools on Mercer Island to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum and operations.
- Mercer Island School District - (see individual pages for project Champions)
To advance concepts of sustainability within the public school system on Mercer Island.
To estimate and reduce the GHG emissions of the city, communities and business on MI
To develop a demonstration project of electric vehicle infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest
To provide leadership and organizational support for the Leap for Green sustainability fair, held Saturday, April 24th at the Community Center at Mercer View.
To involve children in gardening from an early age in order that they can become familiar with how food is produced and show that it does not originate at the supermarket or refrigerator.
To certify Mercer Island as a Wildlife Habitat Community.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact the project champion.
We create change in three areas of integrated action:
- support the city in developing sustainability policies and programs,
- support the school district in developing sustainability policies and programs, and
- reach out to citizens, community groups and to local businesses to support sustainable practices.
Together we are moving towards a tipping point of sustainable prosperity on Mercer Island. Currently we have 260 people on our list-serve and a volunteer board of 8 members. We organize our efforts by entrusting participants to become project champions, to take responsibility for actions that best match their skills and interests with the shared goal of sustainable prosperity on Mercer Island.
If you want a project to happen then you are the right person to initiate it. It doesn’t matter the scale of the effort. It matters that you stand up and take responsibility for what you want to see happen.
Types of Project
Individually championed projects formally associated with IslandVision
If your project would benefit from a formal association with IslandVision, you are invited to develop your project plan through regularly scheduled IslandVision Community Forums or by contacting any one of the IslandVision Board Members.
Once your project plan is very clear and written down in a one or two page outline, you are invited to submit it to the Board for review and approval. With approval, your project becomes formally part of the IslandVision Action Agenda 2009. As project champion you are responsible for implementing your plan, evaluating its effectiveness, and communicating results to the IslandVision community and beyond. This is how we can plant many different seeds in the garden and share in the labors of gardening towards sustainable prosperity on Mercer Island.
Partnership projects evolve when IslandVision works in formal collaboration with other organizations or government bodies. Examples include:
- Electric Vehicles Infrastructure
- Sustainable Pre-Schools on Mercer Island
- Carbon Footprint Report with the City and the School District
- Cedar River Watershed Report
Projects aligned with the purpose but not formally associated with IslandVision
If you have a project that serves the purpose and you have the skills and passion to see it through, then we encourage you to make it happen! No project is too small or too big for a group of inspired and committed champions to take on. IslandVision can offer coaching and support for individually initiated projects so long as they take full responsibility for the project and do not use the name of IslandVision as a formal association.
Spin off projects
When projects mature to the point of having their own management and brand visibility they no longer need to be coordinated by IslandVision. This process frees IslandVision to focus on the strategic integration of existing projects, communicating results, and expanding education efforts to more citizens. Examples include:
- Mercer Island Farmer’s Market
How to Develop a Project
- Determine what type of project you want to develop. See above descriptions.
- If you are developing a project formally aligned with IslandVision, contact someone on the board to discuss it.
- Once you have approval, give the project a name and create a page for it. Link to it from the Action Agenda 2009 page.
- Put your name and contact info beside it so other people can learn about it and help out or give advice.
- Write a single short paragraph clearly describing the current situation, the need you perceive, your vision.
- List the first two or three, easiest, most obvious actions that you plan to take.
- Then take them.
- Then tell everybody the next time we meet.
- Continue to make progress and post on it.
Over time, this discipline will have four benefits; (1) establishes a chronicle of our progress (2) excites new comers and helps current member see new connections, (3) entices students, especially those needing to satisfy the senior project graduation requirement with myriad entry points and eager mentors, and (4) seeds a steady flow of potential articles for the Mercer Island Reporter and other local newsletters like the City’s update, Chamber of Commerce communications, school district news and PTA/school newsletters.