Our New Nest

Written by Carrie Krueger, Director of Marketing, The Nature Conservancy in Washington

You would think that staff for The Nature Conservancy spend workdays scaling mountains, paddling rivers and soaking in our iconic Pacific coast. But the reality is that most of us spend a lot of our time in an office.  Together we use science to shape strategies that benefit people and nature.  We fundraise and use innovative financial strategies to figure out how to pay for transformative work. We use social media to share stories about our work as a way of generating support. We form partnerships to do work with the biggest impact possible and to push for action from government leaders.  It’s not as glamourous as a walk in the woods, but it’s critical to our commitment to doing more, faster.

Starting this week, a lot of this work will be done from a new nest. After ten years in a historic building at the market, we’ve moved! Our new space is just a few blocks north in Seattle’s Belltown. Here are just a few reasons we are excited:

Our new space is all open, giving us enhanced opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

The modern, efficient layout allows us to use less space, saving money and stretching precious resources to do more for people and nature.

We’ve “recycled” an older low rise building, keeping the character of the neighborhood, and allowing us to sit right in the heart of a vibrant urban scene.

Keeping our easy access to public transit and bike routes will allow our Seattle office to continue to be nearly 100% car-free.

Our urban setting fosters increased focus on keeping cities connected to nature and employing green infrastructure – work that’s increasing in importance as our state and world become increasingly urban

Our field offices across the state continue to be critical to our work. And the Seattle team will still relish every opportunity to be outside working in nature. But for those days when meetings and computer screens fill our time, our new nest will allow us to do more faster, for people and nature.