Throughout the year, Central Co-op takes action to help make our city and our regional food system vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. When our communities thrive, our Co-op and our owners thrive!
- Cooperative Principle 7: Concern for Community
Through action, legislative advocacy, donations, and our Central Community Partners program, we strategically support organizations that share our values of food access and sustainable, equitable communities and economies.
Through our Healthy Community Program and fundraising efforts we work to improve food access in our community.
Through classes and other events, we offer educational and skill-building opportunities to our members and community.
We did it! Seattle is now the biggest Bee City USA!
Just in time for National Pollinator Week (June 15 to 21), the City Council has proclaimed Seattle to be a Bee City USA! Culminating months of effort by the Common Acre and Central Co-op, the City made it offical with a proclamation on Monday June 15. Seattle is now the largest Bee City USA!
Bee City USA status commits Seattle to carry out internal and public education about the importance of pollinators, and to habitat restoration and conservation efforts to support these keystone ecological and agricultural species. Bee City designation is the second recent victory in Seattle for pollinator advocates, following the 2014 municipal ban on neonicotinoids.
Click here for the background on our Bee City efforts!
What happens next?
Citizen groups are partnering with the City of Seattle on this groundbreaking program! For starters, the successful Seattle Bee City initiative was supported by a broad coalition of endorsing organizations, representing tens of thousands of constituents. Now, Seattle's Bee City commitments will be carried forward through a partnership of the City of Seattle interdepartmental team and nonprofit steward The Common Acre. Guidance will be provided by the Seattle Bee City Stakeholders Advisory Committee. Endorsing organizations and Advisory Committee members* from community groups and city departments include: