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Projects and Features

Sightline Institute researches the region’s most pressing sustainability challenges. We provide citizens and decision-makers with the policy analysis and practical tools they need to advance an economy and way of life that are environmentally sound, economically vibrant, and socially just. Here are some of the special projects we’re working on—and ways you can get involved and stay updated!

All Sightline Institute research is available to cite, use, and share, per our free use policy.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Alaska Election Map showing where regional election offices are located

ALASKA ELECTIONS 2022

Resources for Alaska voters’ first statewide use of open primaries and ranked choice voting.

Refinery billowing smoke against a pristine mountain backdrop

TRANSITIONING FROM PUGET SOUND OIL REFINERIES

It is indisputable: climate change is here and affecting our lives. Yet we have only barely begun to take the kind of systemic action required to mitigate the worst effects for humanity as a whole, and for all those who call the Pacific Northwest home.

Portland city flag against a blue sky with cloud wisps

FAIRER ELECTIONS IN PORTLAND

Portland’s Charter Commission is currently evaluating the city’s governing charter, looking for possible amendments and reforms. Portlanders will get to vote on any amendments in 2022, but they can get involved now to contribute to the public process.

Checklist itemizing "1st, 2nd, 3rd" options and a person poised with a pen.

INTRODUCTION TO RANKED CHOICE VOTING

Ranked choice voting is gaining in popularity. We have found that ranked choice voting improves the incentive structure of elections for both voters and candidates.

Illustration of a three-story sixplex

HOW OREGONIANS RE-LEGALIZED ‘MISSING MIDDLE’ HOMES

After a seven-year campaign, Portland formally lifted a series of 97-year-old bans on seven different types of homes. House Bill 2001 was the first of its kind in the United States or Canada. This history was developed in partnership with Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

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WELCOME HOME, WASHINGTON

We’re banding together with a network of advocates, policy makers, and neighbors across Washington State to support solutions for housing stability and abundant home choices in all our communities. Join us!