For Mother’s Day, Help A Mom in Mongolia

This Mother’s Day help keep families warm in Mongolia.

When you purchase a Mother’s Day gift on Yurtcozy, you are helping a mother in Mongolia keep her family warm, reduce dirty energy use and save money, so that they can build a better future.

Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital in the world. Winter temperatures hover around -4 F. Most residents live in round, tent-like structures called Gers. While charming and practical on many levels, Gers are not the warm home you might imagine. Most families heat their Gers with coal, a dirty fuel that is a major cause of air pollution.

During the winter heating season, Ulaanbaatar is one of the most polluted cities in the world. On average, households in the “Ger district” use 5 tons of coal and 1.5 tons or wood per year to heat their homes. Sixty percent of the pollution in the city during the winter heating system come from the Ger Districts. Sadly, many poorer families spend upwards of forty percent of their income on heating.

Yurt insulation drastically lowers coal usage, which saves families money and reduces pollution.

About Yurtcozy – Yurtcozy is a site where people like you and me can help reduce climate change by purchasing a carbon emissions reduction credit from a microentrepreneur. When you purchase a carbon credit on Yurtcozy, you are helping a microentrepreneur receive access to a loan to switch to clean energy, while improving their quality of life.

When you purchase a carbon credit at Yurtcozy.org, all of your donation goes to helping the microentrepreneurs access clean energy loans. We don’t keep any of it. If you would like to help us keep the lights on, please donate to Yurtcozy.org here. Both carbon purchases and donations to Yurtcozy.org are tax deductible donations. Read more at this link http://yurtcozy.org/Mothers_Day

CoolMom Monthly Meeting @ C&P Coffee June 2

The June CoolMom meeting will be held Wednesday, June 2. This month’s summer kickoff meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at C&P Coffee on California Ave.

Our special guest from Seattle City Light will offer advice and answer questions about how to save energy and keep cool this summer.

We’ll also share some low-carbon-footprint vacation ideas. Kids welcome! Those attending can create artwork to be included in our letter-writing project in support of the Clean Energy Bill.

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Seattle Parks Seeks Names for 2 Ballard, 1 West Seattle Park

SEATTLE PARKS SEEKS NAMES FOR THREE PARKS

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the Ballard and West Seattle neighborhoods. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Wednesday, June 2.

The following parks, characterized here by their working names, are undergoing the naming process:

9th Avenue NW: This site was purchased with 2000 Pro Parks Levy funds and now, as a result of the 2008 Parks & Greens Spaces Levy, there is funding to develop this site into a brand new park.  The public process involved three community meetings, which provided valuable design direction. The design most preferred at the final public meeting includes a community garden at the north end, a sitting wall enclosed space to recall an old building foundation, an open lawn, a “sledding hill” and a small play area at the south end. There is a planted buffer along the back edge with a trail for unstructured play.  Construction on the site is scheduled to begin in August 2010, with completion anticipated in spring 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/9_avenue/

Crown Hill School Open Space: This project, located at Holman Rd NW and 13th Ave NW, renovates existing ballfields and adjacent newly acquisitioned land. Pedestrian circulation, celebrated entries, open space, areas for play, a newly renovated field, seating, and plantings are among the many elements being considered.  The project was put on hold in 2006 after Seattle Public Schools declared the property a surplus, and put it up for sale. The City of Seattle purchased the property in March 2009 for $5.4 million. This 1.71-acre acquisition fulfills one of Crown Hill’s longstanding community goals in its neighborhood plan.  Seattle Parks and Recreation has dusted off the conceptual plans that were last presented to the community in 2006, and is moving forward. Parks has re-established the design team with the appropriate sub-consultants, reviewing comments and results from the earlier process, and is defining a preferred schematic plan based on past and current conditions.  Parks and Green Spaces Levy development funding of $1.2 million will contribute to completing the design and construction of the park.  Parks will host the first public meeting on this project since 2006 on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Crown Hill Center. 9250 14th Ave NW.  Fire Station 35 is using a portion of the Holman Road frontage for temporary use while its permanent facility is being upgraded. Construction of the site is projected for spring 2011, with an anticipated completion in the fall of 2011.  For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/crown_hill/

High Point Playfield: The High Point Playfield is located at 6920 34th Ave. SW. The site was acquired in 1977 from the Seattle Housing Authority. It is a little over 11 acres and was developed in 1980 as a playfield. The site consists of two baseball fields and a lighted sand soccer field used primarily by recreational sports groups.

Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by June 2, 2010, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send suggestions to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Park Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to paula.hoff@seattle.gov. In keeping with Seattle’s “Paper Cuts” program, Parks encourages electronic submissions.