• Urban Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure
  • Architecture, Urban Design, and Planning
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Historic Preservation
  • Government, Public Policy, and Legislative Process


Neighborhoods are the building blocks of great cities, providing a connection to people and place most intimately linked to day-to-day life. The concept of urban sustainability has emerged as strategic vision for enhancing quality of life in cities without borrowing limited resources from future generations. The Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Assessment Project (SSNAP) demonstrates the opportunity for cities to be better informed, and plan for the future more effectively. 

The SSNAP study, conducted by Steinbrueck Urban Strategies in the summer, 2014, measures local growth trends, evaluates achievements of the 1994-2014 Comprehensive Plan: Toward a Sustainable Seattle, and assesses the effectiveness of the city’s Urban Village Strategy.  A set of 22 indicators was developed to inform citywide and neighborhood planning, policymaking, goal setting, and public investment. SSNAP’s innovative methodology applies a data driven evaluation system using commonly available information, no specialized software tools, with the benefits of achieving greater participation, awareness and understanding of the urban environment and how we shape it.

Advancing Earth friendly sustainable practices, 
creating healthy communities and livable cities


To have a positive human and environmental impact through thoughtful planning, good design, and retooling of the urban environment.