Check Out Urban Farming Website – urbanfarmhub.org

A collaboration of several individuals with collective urban gardening skills, this website contains a rolling history of what’s happening here in the Puget Sound area and contains links to your favorite urban agriculture sites as well as tips, stories and a generally upbeat and hip approach to raising chickens, goats, fruits and veggies and staying sane while doing it … check out http://www.urbanfarmhub.org/

New South Park Transfer Station Open House

Come Celebrate!

Seattle Public Utilities is building a new transfer station in South Park!  Come to the Open House, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, from  5:00 to 7:00 pm at the South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S.

Join Seattle Public Utilities staff and your neighbors for an evening with information, displays, food, and kids’ activities. Come learn about

  • The design for the new solid waste transfer station in South Park
  • Recycling
  • Project schedule

Materials and information will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

SPU has contracted with the team of Mortenson Construction, URS, Reed Wagoner, The Miller/Hull Partnership, Swift Co. LLC, O’Brien & Co to design and build the new South Transfer Station. The new station will be built on a 9-acre site on South Kenyon Street, which is immediately northwest of the existing South Recycling and Disposal Station. Site preparation work will start in April and construction of the new facility is expected to start in November.

For more information, please visit our website at www.seattle.gov/util or email newstations@seattle.gov or leave comments and questions on our phone message lines and someone will get back to you.

  • English: 206-733-9650
  • Spanish: 206-733-9649
  • Vietnamese: 206-733-9648
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Green Seattle Sets Forest Restoration Training Series

The Green Seattle Partnership education committee has put together a series of trainings on Forest Restoration for current and future Forest Stewards. The 7 trainings will run about monthly at community centers across Seattle. Trainings will involve classroom learning as well as hands-on experiences, and will be taught by experts in the field of ecology, entomology, education, volunteer management, data collection, and plant propagation.

The trainings are based on the needs of our current Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards, but are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about our community forest restoration. Participants can sign up for one or all 7 of the trainings- there is no limit or requirement. Register online at www.greenseattle.org to secure your spot in any of the classes, as well as to learn more about the classes, instructors and date/locations for the trainings.

GoGreen ’10 Seattle – Sustainable Biz Conference

The City of Seattle brings you GoGreen ’10 SEATTLE – cultivating sustainable business, a day-long conference on Wednesday, April 21st, at Olive8, 1635 8th Avenue Seattle, Washington, 98101.  The conference begins at  8:30 am and concludes at 4:30pm with a Networking Cocktail Reception.

GoGreen ’10 SEATTLE, is a one day conference that will inspire, motivate and educate you on how to take your business (established, new or not yet formed) to the next level of sustainability. Spend a value-packed day learning from our amazing speaker line-up, 45 of the top sustainable business leaders who are eco-visionaries, experts and like-minded individuals. Connect, discuss and engage with our speakers and attendees while gathering actionable next steps to sustainability for your business. Prepare to be inspired!

Featured Speakers:

  • KC Golden/Policy Director, Climate Solutions – KC was named one of Seattle Magazine’s Power 25 most influential people, and it’s #1 Eco-Hero. As Policy Director for Climate Solutions, a regional “do-tank” he helps to pioneer practical and profitable solutions to global warming. KC helped launch the program to make Seattle City Light the first large electric utility producing no net carbon. He has also served as Energy Policy Director for the State of Washington, and is a former Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Coalition.
  • Mark Perry/Director, Product Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas – Mark’s teams are responsible for Versa, Sentra, Altima, Altima Coupe, Maxima, Quest and the Electric vehicle programs, PLUS cross carline strategic adoption of emerging technology, powertrain and safety applications for Nissan and Infiniti. Mark leads the product planning teams to take approved vehicle concepts through development to launch and manages the product lifecycle.
  • Sarah Severn Hunt/Director of Sustainable Business and Innovation, Nike Inc. – Sarah relocated in 1995 to Nike’s World Headquarters as Global Director of the Environmental Action Team. From 1995 to 2000 she led the company’s early efforts to integrate sustainability into the business, from operations through to product design and manufacturing. For the past 12 years she has lead Nike’s efforts around climate change and most recently has been working on Nike’s climate change advocacy strategy. She has a new role as a Director of Mobilization, focusing on collaboration and engagement as a core strategy for scaling up the business sustainability agenda.
  • Sherri Flies/General Merchandising Manager, COSTCO Wholesale Corporation – After 15 years as Corporate Counsel, where she was responsible for Costcos legal issues related to merchandising, its vendor code of conduct, intellectual property, pharmacy, export, e-commerce and privacy, Sheri moved from legal into buying in order to learn how to incorporate sustainability practices into everyday buying decisions. Sheri’s teams support the development of Costco private label Kirkland Signature products in numerous categories including dairy, cooler, nuts, snacks, confectionary and chocolate. Sherri is involved with various Costco sustainability projects both domestically and internationally.

Conference Highlights

  • The Most Impactful Sustainability Topics for Business
  • Cutting-Edge Content via Live Case Studies from our Speaker Line-Up
  • Meet Washington State’s Most Sustainable Businesses (Office of Sustainability & Environment 2010 Award Winners)
  • Sustainable northwest cuisine by Olive8 Executive Chef Brent Martin
  • Networking Cocktail Reception featuring complimentary beer and wine
  • 7:30 am Early Morning Tweet-Up | Connect with fellow social media users and get fueled for a day of Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging! (coffee, tea and morning goodies provided)

Early Bird Registration Rates until April 1st. Reserve your spot today! $175 Full Day Admission and $150 Full Day Admission for groups of 2 or more,  Ask about the special Community Partner, Non-Profit and Student Rates to attend.  Sustainable West Seattle members save $25 when registering for GoGreen ’10 Seattle, use the  Discount Code: SWS.  Register online at seattle.gogreenconference.net or via phone at 206-450-4034.

There are two volunteer opportunities that can get you a FREE pass to the conference.

1. GoGreen ’10 Seattle Street Team

  • 15-30 minute training headed by Street Team Leader/Guru Alex Cummings (meet at Olive8 lobby at 8:00 am on Thursday, February 25th)
  • Distribute large stack of postcards (small stack in a prominent location at each place of business) and posters (please tape in front window) to businesses in downtown Seattle, surrounding metro (Ballard, Bainbridge, Greenlake, etc) and suburban areas (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Bothell, etc)
  • 4-6 hours of volunteer time will give you a comp ticket to attend GoGreen ’10 Seattle (full-day admission includes all food/drink + networking reception)
  • More hours can give you more tickets, so please track and submit
  • Please sign up for this option by emailing alex@socialenterprises.net

2.  GoGreen ’10 Seattle Event Team

  • 30 minute training headed by Event Manager Mai Tram-Tran the morning of event (meet at Olive8 3rd Floor registration desk for training/overview at 7:00 am SHARP on April 21st, 2010)
  • 4-6 hour shifts to work registration (check in attendees, hand out lanyards + program) and other event roles, as needed
  • Please sign up for this option by emailing mai@socialenterprises.net

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Help SPU with Combined Sewer Overflow Plans

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking community members who would like to serve on a Sounding Board to help guide the development of a long-term plan (LTCP) to control Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the City of Seattle. The Clean Water Act requires that Seattle reduce CSOs. Seattle Public Utilities is developing a comprehensive Long-term Control Plan (LTCP) to lay out the capital investments necessary to meet that goal.

These actions will include retrofitting the system for greater efficiency, building storage facilities, and green stormwater infrastructure where appropriate. The Sounding Board will provide a diverse set of perspectives from across the City. SPU is seeking individuals who can see the big picture, as well as effectively represent a particular point of view and provide constructive advice about important investment decisions. Further, SPU is hoping to identify people from each quadrant of the city (northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest) to represent interests in those geographic areas.

Sounding Board members will be asked to:

  • Quickly develop an understanding of the data and rationale for projects
  • Assist in developing and applying criteria to make decisions about the best alternatives
  • Review and comment on the elements of the LTCP
  • Provide guidance on public involvement activities and communications designed to engage stakeholders throughout the development of the LTCP

The first series of Sounding Board meetings will be from May to early July, 2010, with a meeting held about every other week. The meetings will resume in the fall with another set of meetings and then again in early 2011.

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the Sounding Board, please send an e-mail to CSO Program Public Involvement Coordinator Susan Stoltzfus (susan.stoltzfus@seattle.gov) by April 2, 2010. Please include “Sounding Board” in the subject line and include your name, address, and phone number. Provide a brief description (2-4 paragraphs) that includes: 1) your background, 2) your current affiliations and how you would represent your quadrant of the city, and 3) why you are interesting in taking part. Please feel free to contact Susan if you have questions or would like to suggest others who may want to be considered.

Hippity Hop Down the Bunny Trail with Seattle Parks & Rec

As sure as the cherry trees and daffodils are blooming, it’s time for spring egg hunts and celebrations.

All events take place on Saturday, April 3, are free and begin at 10 a.m. – unless otherwise noted. Prices for optional pancake breakfasts at select locations and the underwater egg hunt vary from $1 to $5. For more details on any of the spring egg hunts, please contact the facility directly.

Boys and girls ages 3 to 11 will have a great time at the spring hunt searching for chocolate eggs, candy and prizes. The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Please come early to find the hunting area for your child’s age group.

West Seattle Locations

Brownfield Restoration – Managing for Success Course

The EOS Alliance is offering this course which provides a complete overview of the brownfields process, from an introduction to brownfields to redevelopment. Participants will become versed in funding the assessment, cleanup and redevelopment, and other intricacies involved in managing a federal grant.

The course is a 3-day course beginning on March 24 through March 26 with class from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm.

Attendees will be introduced to the Federal Brownfields law and become familiar with such terms as Bonafide Prospective Purchaser, All Appropriate Inquiry, etc. The course will delve into effective assessment techniques, provide conceptual knowledge of current remediation practices, and the different approaches necessary to tackle rural and urban brownfields sites. A visit to two successful brownfield remediation sites and useful online resources will cap the course.

Course Topics:

  • Overview of Brownfields Process
  • What are Brownfields
  • What Laws Apply
  • Who are the Players and their Roles
  • Brownfields and the Environment
  • Basic Contaminant Concepts
  • Contaminant Media (Soil, Water, Air)
  • Persistence and Types of Contaminants
  • Fate and Transport of Contaminants
  • When Contaminants Become a Concern
  • Funding Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Types of EPA Grants
  • Effective Brownfield Grant Writing and Implementation
  • Environmental Insurance
  • Other Funding Partners
  • Hiring an Environmental Professional
  • Use of Exsisting Resources without Grants
  • Community Involvement
  • Overview of the Site Assessment Phase
  • Assessment Techniques
  • What is an Adequate Assessment
  • Review of a Case Study
  • Sampling for Contaminants
  • Interface with Regulators
  • Overview for Cleanup Concepts & Technologies
  • How Clean is Clean (Standards)
  • Institutional Controls, Covenants
  • Business Ready Sites
  • Working with the Developer
  • Types of Cleanup and Advantages (In/Ex Situ)
  • Integrating Cleanup into Redevelopment
  • Interface with Regulators
  • Online Resources
  • Field Trip to Two Brownfield Sites

The intended audience are entry level to practicing envrionmental professionals.  Prerequisites include a basic knowledge of environmental science and policy.  Students should bring a laptop with wireless access.  Those completing the course receive 2 Continuing Education Credits.

Registration ia $750/$650* (*reduced tuition available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members). You can register by clicking here or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976.

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