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, we’re still going strong with many new initiatives this year and beyond.
Since NWEI founders Dick and Jeanne Roy created the organization with a $45,000 start up grant and 13 volunteers in 1993, we’ve engaged more than 200,000 participants worldwide in our hallmark programs: a series of powerful discussion course books and a dynamic online EcoChallenge platform.
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. This spring, NWEI and Project Drawdown have come together in a new partnership to bring you the new Drawdown EcoChallenge, a 21-day online challenge focused on reversing global warming. We hope you will register today and join us April 4th as we kick off this event!
Since launching our first discussion course book on climate change in 2008, we’ve since published two new courses focused on climate action: Powering a Bright Future and Change is our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions. Working with Project Drawdown to offer this new Drawdown EcoChallenge is a next step in our committment to taking action to address climate change. The new Drawdown EcoChallenge closely follows solutions highlighted in the New York Times bestseller, Drawdown, a book edited by renouned environmentalist Paul Hawken which is based on meticulous research that maps, measures, models, and describes solutions to global warming that already exist.
Throughout the past 25 years, we’ve maintained our commitment to offering high-quality and impactful resources for you to learn about and take action on the issues you care about. NWEI’s first discussion course, Exploring Deep Ecology (now Reconnecting With Earth), took off throughout Portland businesses over twenty years ago, setting the stage for two foundational courses to follow: Discovering A Sense of Place and Voluntary Simplicity. In 2017, a new course focused on simplicity was also published, A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World.
As we celebrate our 25th year, NWEI’s focus is decidedly looking forward, while also paying homage to our remarkable past.
Drawdown EcoChallenge is free and open to everyone. The event will be held April 4-25th – and registration is now open. Participants can sign up as a team captain and engage their workplace, school, neighborhood or community, or join the Drawdown EcoChallenge Community Team. We invite anyone looking to make an impact or dive deeper into living sustainably to join the movement at drawdown.ecochallenge.org.