For 30 years, Communities for a Healthy Bay has brought people together to achieve a clean and healthy Commencement Bay that benefits both our community and the surrounding ecosystem that calls Puget Sound home.

How We Work

As a science-based organization, we understand that nothing beats knowing the facts. We make a point of getting on the ground and out on the water to research the best solutions for Commencement Bay’s most pressing environmental needs.

Our meaningful partnerships with individuals, government, businesses, and tribes enables us to provide pragmatic and inclusive environmental leadership that builds lasting, positive change.

We believe good science serves as the bedrock for effective action. That’s why we use thorough scientific review to drive unbiased policy that combats the impacts of pollution, climate change and unsafe development that threaten the safety of our environment. Today, we have the opportunity to change Commencement Bay for the better.

Our Mission

Communities for a Healthy Bay engages people to clean up, restore and protect Commencement Bay, its surrounding waters and natural habitat.

Our Values

Communities for a Healthy Bay’s work is driven by a passion for the natural environment and our community; by a steadfast commitment to good science, strategic action and organizational excellence; and by a conviction that together we can accomplish more.

Good Science

Communities for a Healthy Bay holds as a central value making science-based decisions. We are committed to empowering members of the public to be effective advocates for a healthy Commencement Bay by sharing clear and scientifically accurate information.

Community and Collaboration

Communities for a Healthy Bay cannot exist in a vacuum – we must collaborate, mobilize and genuinely listen to the community. We all live in this watershed and experience its environmental burdens and benefits. We can only meaningfully achieve our mission through genuine partnership with our communities, our donors and stakeholders. Our fight is one firmly based in community.

Transparency, Integrity and Excellence

Communities for a Healthy Bay is committed to transparency, integrity and excellence, demonstrated through planned and well-executed goals, strategies and actions. We acknowledge our roles in conflicts and actively seek to find and implement solutions.

Our work often necessitates bringing stakeholders together in a tense space that requires integrity, honesty and a keen focus on our mission. But in that same space, community progress is made and real solutions to our biggest problems happen.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values for Communities for a Healthy Bay. Our work is deeply rooted in environmental justice – challenging the systems of privilege and power that degrade the natural environment and disproportionately burden vulnerable communities. We believe that acknowledging our privileges and bringing underrepresented voices into the conversation will allow us to more effectively address the complex issues that threaten Puget Sound.

We welcome and value a diversity of people, experiences and perspectives. We embrace and encourage participation of people with differences in age, race, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, language, national origin, family or marital status, veteran status, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation and any other characteristics that make them who they are.

Through our work, we strive to create solutions that promote environmental sustainability for all.

Social and Environmental Justice

Protecting the civil rights of all our communities is intricately connected to our mission. Both nature and people deserve justice and full protection. As we move forward, we cannot ignore the inequitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits. We are committed to expanding our work and partnerships with communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.

By working to protect civil rights, we seek to expand what it means to be an environmentalist.