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What's New:
  • Steve Marshall and Jason King updated their Oil-Free Transportation plan for Mercer Island related to moving forward with Electric Vehicles.
  • IslandVision is encouraging Mercer Island residents to voluntarily become carbon neutral through a combination of emissions reductions and offsets. Read more about how to get started measuring and reducing your footprint.

IslandVision began with a few people interested in sustainability on Mercer Island. Here's a sample of some of our collective achievements so far.

  • IslandVision worked with the Planing Commission and City Council to establish sustainability as a core community value in the city's comprehensive plan.
  • IslandVision partnered with the Friends of Luther Burbank to convene a City Council Candidate's Forum to advance a sustainability policy platform.
  • IslandVision hosted a series of community forums that served to incubate the Mercer Island Farmers Market
  • IslandVision partnered with the City in creating the annual Leap for Green Sustainability fair.
  • IslandVision joined SCALLOPS as one of 60 grassroots citizen groups in the Puget Sound bioregion organizing for sustainability.
  • IslandVision is partnering with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and leadership students from Mercer Island High School to produce the Watershed Report, an annual video report that tracks sustainability trends in school districts and city governments within the Cedar River / Lake Washington Watershed.

Our mission is to achieve sustainability on Mercer Island. Read more about who we are and our aspirations. Sustainability on Mercer Island and within our bioregion won't happen without you.

What do we mean by sustainability?

Here is a standard world accepted definition of sustainability. "Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Bruntland Commission, 1987).

This concept includes three major elements. First, it links economy, environment, and equity into one comprehensive decision-making process. Second, it emphasizes long-term change and its impact on intergenerational equity. Third, it recognizes natural resource scarcity and the limited carrying capacities of ecosystems.


sign up! Join the learning community

act! Take steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle

volunteer! Help out with current efforts

initiate! Develop a new project

use it! Become a web contributor


Project Action Agenda 2010: IslandVision members are involved in a wide array of projects aimed at implementing sustainable practices and educating people about sustainability. Some current projects include:

To provide leadership, marketing, and operational support for weekly Sunday market in town center for 16 weeks.

To motivate the preschools on Mercer Island to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum and operations.

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.

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Our Sustainable Community

This is the statement in the City Comprehensive Plan approved by our City Council that establishes sustainability as a guiding principle.

Mercer Island strives to be a sustainable community--meeting the needs of the present while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We consider the relationship between the decisions we make as a community and their long-term impacts before committing to them. We understand that our strength is dependent on an open decision-making process that takes into account the economic, environmental and social well-being of our community.

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