Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and communications center—a think tank—founded by Alan Durning in 1993.

Our mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment.

We envision in the Pacific Northwest an economy and way of life that are environmentally sound, economically vibrant, and socially just. We believe that if northwesterners succeed at reconciling themselves with the natural heritage of this place—the greenest part of history’s richest civilization—we can set an example for the world.

Sightline equips the Northwest’s citizens and decision-makers with the policy research and practical tools they need to advance long-term solutions to our region’s most significant challenges. Our work includes in-depth research, commentary, and analysis, delivered online, by email, and in-person to Northwest policy champions. Find out more about our accomplishments, read our latest work, and get our latest research by email and social media.

Our values


We are all in this place together, sharing its burdens and benefits, rising or falling together. Sightline stands for strong communities.


We stand for a well-governed economy that generates widely shared prosperity. We stand for public policies that support citizens equally.


We stand for a society that generates opportunity: where all can thrive and where everyone has a chance to flourish.


Our way of life depends on a healthy natural heritage and strong public institutions. We stand for stewarding our inheritance well.

Join the cause. Donate today to help us create a model of sustainability.