After leading the local environmental group Sustainable Redmond for the past three years, Cindy Jayne is resigning her post to move with her husband to Port Townsend and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.
Jayne said she and her husband made the decision after spending time in other, more rural parts of the country.
“Port Townsend has a wonderful combination or being somewhat in the rainshadow, having a slower pace, and being very close to both mountains and the Sound,” she said in an email exchange with Redmond Patch.
Jayne said she joined Sustainable Redmond after being inspired by the group Sustainable Ballard, which also promotes environmental education and outreach.
“My interest was the same, to promote all forms of environmental sustainability throughout Redmond,” she said.
In the last three years, the group's members have used several methods to accomplish that goal. Last year, the organization held three educational events and provided input to the city’s comprehensive plan and transportation master plan.
The organization also helped foster Redmond Wild, a volunteer group that is through the National Wildlife Federation. Sustainable Redmond has served on multiple advisory groups and partnered with organizations such as People for Puget Sound to host events like the recent .
What's likely been Sustainable Redmond's most well-known initiative during Jayne's tenure with the organization is its protest against plans to remove more than 1,000 trees to make way for a 28-acre mixed use development in Overlake. Earlier this year, Sustainable Redmond joined former mayor Rosemarie Ives in against the city over the project, but the two sides recently .
Jayne said she believes Sustainable Redmond has a solid structure in place to continue to grow and develop. This year, what began as a grassroots organization has grown into an incorporated non-profit recognized by the state. The group also recently created a board and elected the current co-chairs, Bob Berg and Kathe Lowe.
Jayne has been serving on the board temporarily given her upcoming move to Port Townsend.
“I leave feeling confident that the organization has the strength and leadership to continue to grow, and take on an even stronger role in educating and advocating for environmental sustainability throughout Redmond,” she said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Jayne's previous role with Sustainable Redmond. Redmond Patch regrets the error.