Research Projects

Cascadia Scorecard

The Cascadia Scorecard is Sightline's annual state-of-the region report. This series includes the latest updates to the project.

Cascadian Demographics

Race, ethnicity, and the changing face of the Pacific Northwest.

Climate Fairness

Climate change does not affect everyone equally. This Sightline blog series explores ways to help ensure climate change is addressed fairly.

Economic Turnaround

By investing in efficiency and conservation measures, clean energy, smart climate policy, and green-collar jobs, we can find hope in our economic crisis.


Sightline Flashcards are quick reference tools for effective communications strategies. They're messaging memos distilled from experts and savvy communicators—to help you do your job and save you time.

Game Changers

Alan Durning writes about flawed institutions of governance. It's not about inadequate or wrong-headed laws or policies. It's about the rules of the game; the lawmaking procedures.

Green-Collar Jobs

Investments in clean energy and green jobs are 3-in-1 solutions. They turn big challenges---energy, climate change, and the economy---into big opportunities for families and businesses in our communities. This blog series delves into what green-collar jobs are and seeks out programs in the Northwest working to create more.

Making Sustainability Legal

Some of the smartest, most innovative solutions for a sustainable Northwest are, at present, simply illegal. This Sightline series puts the spotlight on cases where we can make sustainability legal by changing existing regulations and developing pragmatic money-saving proposals.

Northwest Coal & Oil Exports

The facts on coal exports, oil trains, and the real costs of these schemes for our region and climate.

Northwest Ocean Acidification

This series explores the local costs of ocean acidification –the process by which water absorbs too much carbon pollution, becoming more corrosive.

Putting a Price on Carbon

How putting a price on carbon pollution could benefit communities across the Northwest.

Seattle's Great Viaduct Debate

Sightline research director Clark Williams-Derry analyzes how to replace (or not) Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Stormwater Solutions: Curbing Toxic Runoff

Toxic stormwater is a daunting challenge. But the good news is we already know the solution.

The Dirt on Coal

Word on the Street

Sightline's communications strategy team looks at the latest polling data and political messaging for best practices, worst practices, and lessons for Northwest policy champions.