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Over the past 15 years, we’ve built hundreds of websites for groups focused on everything from climate solutions to wildlife conservation to smart urban growth.

We build hip, powerful websites that are easy for staff to update. Yep, that means non-technical staff can easily create, edit and publish content. No knowledge of HTML is necessary. And we use a web-based system, so overachieving staff can update content anytime, anywhere. (Anywhere that is, with internet access.)

From strategy to launch, our talented website team of graphic designers, website strategists, and web developers carefully consider how your website works with your database, email blasting and social media tools to help you build strong relationships with your community.

 

Featured Projects

Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction

Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction

The Bullitt Foundation needed a beautiful, easy-to-maintain website to showcase this high-profile building as it proceeds through the design and construction process. The site needed to be clean, modern and above all, simple for the project team to update as new information becomes available throughout the project lifecycle. We worked with Taylor Bachrach of Bachrach Communications to create a simple, elegant site that prominently features the building's architectural pre-visualizations and news updates. A simple resource library makes it easy for the project team to share their planning and research documents with the world.

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a community of green building professionals and service providers in the Pacific Northwest. It was essential that the website we built for them was a centralized place people could come and quickly find the resources needed to help them with their sustainable building projects, and that the system could grow over time to meet the increased interest in green building. Visitors to the site can search the Green Pages -- a directory of green contractors, products and services -- as well as getting specific building advice from the Technical Building Flashcards (awesome diagrams!).

The Washington Bus

The Washington Bus

The Washington Bus believes democracy is a hands-on situation, and gets young voters involved in making Washington state a better place. The Bus is so good at creating community offline that we wanted their new site to reflect that online – a community gathering space with the look and feel The Bus is known for. We worked with Franklin Joyce from Electric Baby to create a super fresh design that features The Bus’s engaging blog front and center. The homepage also features a calendar for The Bus’s popular events, an ever-updating trending topics (pulled live from social bookmarking site Delicious), and a row of “Bus Heads” – Bus Facebook fans pulled into the site and lining the bottom of each page.

The Environmental Center

The Environmental Center

The Environmental Center located in Bend, Oregon, has a multifaceted set of programs that include youth and adult education, internships and volunteer programs, a community meeting and event space, and a directory of sustainable living resources and businesses called The Green Spot. We created an attractive, accessible website design that reflects their branding and plays nicely in Plone. Using some experimental technologies pioneered by Groundwire, we rebuilt their Green Spot database from scratch and wrote a custom advertising system that would allow them to push ads placefully on their site.

International Living Building Institute

International Living Building Institute

The mission of the International Living Building Institute is to work with green building leaders in developing a new standard for sustainable building that creates a symbiotic relationship between people, the built environment, and the natural world. We built a website that provides contractors, building owners, and community leaders with a framework for sustainable design and construction. It's designed to be a knowledge repository for its members as well as a collaborative forum for them to shape the ILBI “Standard” certification. Members can log in to the site, register their building project, dialogue in the forum with other members, share design strategies, tools, and research, and upload photos of their project.

Solar Oregon

Solar Oregon

Solar Oregon is a nonprofit membership organization providing public education and community outreach to encourage Oregonians to choose solar energy. Solar Oregon is the Oregon state chapter for the American Solar Energy Society, and a founding member of Earth Share of Oregon, a workplace giving organization. We worked with graphic designer Laurie Kellogg to create a fresh website design to better serve Solar Oregon's target audiences. Information for both residential and commercial building is now easy to find, solar ambassadors are available for questions, and resources for finding and hiring solar professionals, attending workshops, and accessing Solar Oregon's network are easily accessible.

Sustainable Connections

Sustainable Connections

The West Coast leads the nation in sustainable communities, and Bellingham, Washington located in the Northwest corner of the state is no exception. Sustainable Connections is a nonprofit membership organization in Bellingham committed to creating a community where local, sustainable businesses thrive. In 2009, The National Resources Defense Council named Bellingham the number one small sustainable city in the nation, and for the past seven years, Sustainable Connections and their 650 + members have led this progress.

Idaho Conservation League

Idaho Conservation League

The Idaho Conservation League is Idaho’s leading voice for conservation. They work to protect Idaho’s outdoor values—clean air, wilderness, wildlife and open space—and also to protect families and communities. We worked with ICL to build a website with ideal functionality to engage a new generation of Idahoans.

YES! Magazine

YES! Magazine

YES! Magazine had a hard-to-manage website that didn't match their print publication in its visual sophistication and rich information architecture. The staff at YES! was also looking to break down the issue-centric approach of their old website and present articles in the context of ongoing topic areas. We partnered with Web Collective and Taylor Bachrach to create a beautiful website that is easy for staff to manage.

US Climate Action Network

US Climate Action Network

US Climate Action Network is the largest network in the United States focused on climate change. USCAN serves a large network of NGOs with the need to share high quality information and studies across their network. Groundwire worked with USCAN to design and and implement a site that is widely useful to non-members while also serving up member only content to logged-in users.

Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources. Through adult and children’s gardening classes, the garden hotline, a master composter program, demonstration gardens, events and fairs, Seattle is well on its way to be the organic gardening capital of the world.

Washington Trails Association

Washington Trails Association

Washington Trails Association is one of Washington's largest volunteer-driven environmental organizations. We were excited by the challenge of rebuilding a highly successful, decade-old website. We moved WTA's website to a new server, implemented a new design, and replaced all of the static content with a new Plone-powered website. We recently set up a program to import content from six Mountaineers Books to WTA's online Hiking Guide -- a 2500-hike database that is constantly updated by users.

High Country News

High Country News

High Country News is an award-winning independent news organization that reports on the West's natural resources, public lands, and changing communities. We built a powerful new website that fits their publishing model, looks beautiful and can be operated and maintained by HCN's editorial team. HCN is reaching more people and bringing in more ad revenue to support their award-winning journalism.

Oregon Environmental Council

Oregon Environmental Council

As part of the National Eco-Healthy Child Care Initiative, our web developers integrated OEC's website and database so childcare facilities get the information they need to apply for eco-healthy certification. Parents and caretakers can also search the site and locate endorsed Eco-Healthy Child Care anywhere in the nation. The Eco-Healthy Child Care program now certifies 1,100 childcare facilities serving nearly 47,000 children around the country.

Green for All

Green for All

Green For All works to solve the climate crisis by lifting people out of poverty with the creation of a new green economy. This group burst onto the national scene in 2008 and has helped make federal funding for green jobs programs a reality. Their multimedia messaging and inclusive mission has attracted a new generation of environmentalists to the cause.

People for Puget Sound

People for Puget Sound

For the past twenty years, People for Puget Sound has protected one of the countries most beloved waterways, Washington State’s Puget Sound. They work to preserve and restore this waterway through educational programs, advocacy work, and hands-on stewardship.

Ecojustice

Ecojustice

Ecojustice (formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund) defends the right of Canadians to a healthy environment. Ecojustice is Canada's largest and foremost non-profit environmental law organization. Their voice in the courts enables citizens to expose lawbreakers and hold governments accountable, all while setting powerful precedents for clean water, natural spaces, healthy communities and for global warming solutions.

Crater Lake National Park Trust

Crater Lake National Park Trust

The Crater Lake National Park Trust works to help protect, promote, and enhance Crater Lake National Park, its unique water purity, and its value for human inspiration and knowledge. The Trust envisions a future in which Crater Lake National Park is widely recognized as an Oregon icon and a national treasure; in which the Park serves as a thriving laboratory and classroom.

Sightline Institute

Sightline Institute

Sightline Institute, one of the Northwest’s leading sustainability think tanks, works to transform the Pacific Northwest. They provide the community with the research and tools they need to make progress on everything from global warming to banning toxic chemicals to issues of conservation and land-use.

Audubon Society of Portland

Audubon Society of Portland

Audubon Society of Portland promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. They focus on their local community and the Pacific Northwest.

Snow Leopard Trust

Snow Leopard Trust

Researchers estimate that there are between 3,500 and 7,000 snow leopards left in the wild. Snow Leopard Trust is working to increase those numbers. Founded in 1981, the Snow Leopard Trust is the world's leading authority on the study and protection of the endangered snow leopard.

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