Engaging for a Healthier Puget Sound
To restore the water ecosystem in Puget Sound we need to engage private land and private capital, in addition to public resources. The best actions of NGOs and government agencies are insufficient for the challenge at hand. Business leaders can contribute unique experiences, strategies, and leadership to make the difference.
Intentional actions led by the private sector, with participation from NGOs, government agencies like Puget Sound Partnership, and our Washington universities, may be our best and only hope to ensure that Puget Sound continues to be healthy and habitable for both the human and wildlife species.
Join the Water 100 Project
The Water 100 Project aims to create a forum to share best and emerging practices, to collaborate across the Puget Sound region in proactively addressing challenges related to flooding, water supply, water quality, and to promote water security.
In Washington we pride ourselves as being front runners. In addition to showcasing innovation, the Water 100 Project was developed with the intent of helping our hometown companies showcase tangible actions at a global level toward the Water Resilience Pledge from the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate. Whether it is monitoring and improving water use within an organization or applying resources to innovate new clean water solutions, these actions will contribute to a more water resilient future.
Ways to Engage
Water Innovator – Demonstrate global leadership by using the power of your expertise to develop new performance-driven solutions. Embrace the problem-solving nature of your industry and seek to channel company expertise toward water sustainability efforts –be they technology, engineering, innovation, customer engagement, vendor engagement, or influence.
- Apply company resources to innovate new game-changing technologies and approaches that increase the body of solutions and tools for sustainable water management.
- Advance water monitoring intelligence, use of big data, and performance-driven watershed management strategies in collaboration with governments, tribes, businesses, non-profits and other stakeholders.
- Deploy public affairs expertise toward normalizing new approaches in policy at all levels of government in collaboration with governments, tribes, businesses, non-profits and other stakeholders.
Invest & Advocate – Support organizations doing great work, build a water resilient supply chain. Advocate for community-driven, high-impact watershed management approaches that benefit the ecosystem and people most impacted by water risk and health disparities.
- Invest in non-profit organizations that are working on high impact actions that benefit water quality, water resource management, sustainable supply chains, and that make our communities more resilient.
- Invest in existing approaches to achieve watershed stewardship goals. Share learning so others may benefit. Encourage supply chains to adopt similar strategies.
- Advocate for nature-based solutions and water resilience actions in watersheds across Puget Sound.
Net Positive Water – Manage your own water footprint toward a net positive water impact for you and your downstream neighbors.
- Conduct and share a water balance exercise to understand your water impact related to water use, water resource management, water quality, flood risk, water supply and water security.
- Set performance-based targets for your operations related to water efficiency, wastewater treatment, treating runoff from impervious surfaces and increasing flood storage capacity through the use of nature-based solutions.
- Raise awareness of water sustainability within your corporate culture and externally to consumers. Embrace water sustainability considerations in business decision making and report on progress toward meeting goals.