Islander named to Seattle Magazine’s “most influential” list

Sustainable Bainbridge co-founder Neva Welton has been named by Seattle Magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People of the Year.”

The story appears in the November issue under the heading of “Sustainability: Pied Pipers on the Green.”

Welton and Vic Oppenheimer, co-founders of Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound (SCALLOPS), are lauded for their success in orchestrating a network of grassroots community-based groups, like Sustainable Bainbridge, that help Puget Sound towns and neighborhoods develop sustainable practices.

The magazine noted that in a few short years, SCALLOPS has grown to more than 50 neighborhood groups focusing on endeavors, such as Sustainable Ballard’s recent bike-rack design contest. It also issues “Undriver Licenses” for those who pledge to cut down on their driving.

An island resident for 27 years, Welton has devoted much of her time to community work. She serves on the board of Sustainable Bainbridge, where she is at work with Bainbridge Graduate Institute students to design an online community directory and networking forum designed to inventory and make assessable all of the Bainbridge-based organizations, institutions, initiatives, businesses, and community leaders working in the broad field of sustainability.

She co-authored “Global Uprising, Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century,” published in 2001, and has assisted Bainbridge author and activist David Korten with his book tours and other projects.

She works as a freelance communications and organizational consultant.