Opportunities & Choices

Sustainable Thurston Report Card

The Opportunities & Choices section looks at whether the region is promoting a healthy and resilient community for all residents.

How well is the Thurston Region...

1. StormyEnsuring residents have the resources to meet their daily needs.

Outlook: Stormy, concerns for the future. View the supporting data.
2. StormyFinding shelter for our homeless population.

Outlook: Stormy, concerns for the future. View the supporting data.
3. StormyIncreasing housing affordability.

Outlook: Stormy, concerns for the future. View the supporting data.
4. SunnyDecreasing the mortality rate.

Outlook: Sunny, future looks bright. View the supporting data.
5. Partly SunnyProtecting working farms and agricultural land.

Outlook: Partly sunny, future uncertain. View the supporting data.

Related Goals

Related Sustainable Thurston Priority Goals

  • Priority Goal 1: Create vibrant centers, corridors, and neighborhoods while accommodating growth.
  • Priority Goal 2: Preserve environmentally sensitive lands, farmlands, forest lands, prairies, and rural lands and develop compact urban areas.
  • Priority Goal 6: Ensure that residents have the resources to meet their daily needs.
  • Priority Goal 7: Support local food systems to increase community resilience, health, and economic prosperity.
  • Priority Goal 9: Move toward a carbon-neutral community.
  • Priority Goal 11: Provide opportunities for everyone in the Thurston Region to learn about and practice sustainability.

Related Sustainable Thurston Housing, Health and Human Services, and Local Food Systems Goals

  • Goal H-1: Improve regulatory clarity and predictability to encourage urban infill and redevelopment.
  • Goal H-2: Increase housing amid urban corridors and centers to meet the needs of a changing population.
  • Goal H-3: Provide sufficient housing for low- and moderate-income households within each jurisdiction.
  • Goal H-4: Maximize opportunity to redevelop land in priority areas by investing in infrastructure and environmental remediation.
  • Goal H-5: Provide sufficient service-enriched housing for homeless and high-risk populations.
  • Goal H-6: Encourage housing density and diversity in neighborhoods to add vibrancy and increase equitable access to opportunity.
  • Goal H-6: Encourage the construction, weatherization and operation of homes to boost energy efficiency.
Health and Human Services
  • Goal HHS-1: Provide sufficient health and human services for all county residents.
  • Goal HHS-2: Reduce the incidence of preventable disease.
Local Food Systems
  • Goal F-1: Coordinate local food planning efforts to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable regional system.
  • Goal F-2: Enhance the economic viability of the local food system.
  • Goal F-3: Ensure universal access to secure, nutritious, and affordable food in the Thurston Region.

Contact Us

  1. Is the Thurston Region becoming more sustainable? Do you agree with our assessments? For more information on the Sustainable Thurston Report Card, contact:

    Michael Ambrogi
    Senior GIS Analyst

    Thurston Regional Planning Council
    2424 Heritage Court SW
    Suite A
    Olympia, WA 98502
    Ph: 360-956-7575