Environmental nonprofit Nia Tero ready to put down roots with new Pike/Pine office

A nonprofit dedicated to helping indigenous people efficiently manage the environment is coming to Capitol Hill. The nonprofit Nia Tero looks to move into offices being renovated this summer at 501 E Pine.

The organization will work with indigenous people around the world to help them continue to act as stewards of their land.

“For millennia, indigenous peoples have thrived through connection with their territorial lands and waters. These connections between people and place have shaped societies that sustain some of the most vital natural systems on the planet. Nia Tero exists to support and amplify this guardianship through equitable partnerships with indigenous peoples to sustain and govern large-scale territories,” says the group’s website.

One of the group’s founders is Seattle-based environmental activist Peter Seligmann. Seligmann is the founder and chairman of the board of Conservation International. That organization, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, was created more than 30 years ago with the goal of protecting the environment.

The organization’s planned new Capitol Hill home will be resident in the 501 E Pine building owned by prolific Capitol Hill real estate investor Ron Amundson. The street level retail includes the Raygun Lounge and Homestead. The third floor office project with a base $200,000 construction budget is being handled by Capitol Hill design firm Board and Vellum according to city permits.

Nia Tero’s arrival in Pike/Pine adds to Capitol Hill’s green bonafides. This Earth Day, super green office building The Bullitt Center celebrated five years at 15th and Madison.

According to its website, Nia Tero “will work alongside indigenous peoples and local communities who share a collective territory” and seeks “partners with a vision for the future that maintains living connections to place and culture, and sustains inter-generational anchoring in remarkable ecosystems.”

A Nia Tero representative declined to comment on the project at this time.

You can learn more at niatero.org.

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