Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Seeks 3 New Members for Two-Year Terms

PedPlanHomePageGraphicThe Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members to help make walking in Seattle safer and easier.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan.

The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Currently they are looking for candidates to fill three positions.  Board members are frequent users of the city’s pedestrian network, and represent a variety of ages, levels of mobility, walks of life, and areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry streets. Board members serve a two-year term.

According to David Goldberg, current chair of the Pedestrian Advisory Board, “Seattle has declared an ambition to be the ‘most walkable city in America,’ and is embracing a goal to make our streets among the safest in the world. The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board can play a key role in holding ourselves accountable for these aspirations while meeting the needs of all residents, regardless of age, income or ability.”

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.  Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by January 5, 2015 to:  Howard Wu at howard.wu@seattle.gov.

For more information, call Howard Wu at (206) 684-3902, or send e-mail to the address above.

Native Bareroot Plant Sale: Buy Now, Pick Up in February – Trees, Ground Covers

plant-sale-happy-customerThe 2015 King Conservation District announces their Native Bareroot Plant Sale featuring more than three dozen species of native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. All orders placed by the end of November get an automatic 10% Early Bird Discount!

Pick up orders Saturday, February 28th adjacent to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton. For a link to the full plant list and details on online ordering, go to our website and click on Shop Now!

Below are brief descriptions of the wide variety of plants available in the King Conservation District Native Plant Sale.

Deciduous Trees
Grace the Northwest
     Deciduous trees light up the landscape with beautiful spring flowers and showy fall foliage, and then lose their leaves to provide filtered light in winter. Many of them provide nectar for pollinators and edible fruits for wildlife.
This year we have four species of deciduous trees which are sold in bundles of 10 for $16. For details and online ordering see Deciduous Trees.

Don’t Forget
Ground Covers!

The seven ground covers in this year’s KCD Native Plant Sale range from sunloving native strawberries to shade-tolerant Oregon grape. New this year are Deer Ferns and Fringecup, both of which prefer moist soils.
For photos and details on each species see Ground Covers.

Some Like it Wet

Moisture-loving Deer Ferns are available for the first time in this year’s sale. They’re included in a selection of more than a dozen species that require damp soils. Some of the plants love full sun, while others prefer deep shade. Details are on our online order form for each species that is Wet Loving.

Edible Berries Provide for People and Wildlife

     This year’s Native Plant Sale includes ten species selected for edible berries. Food-producing plants were an important source of nutrition in native diets. They’re tasty right off the bush for people and wildlife. For details see Edible Berries.

Help King County Prioritize Environmental Goals: Use Online Budget Planner

KCparks viewThe King County Department of Natural Resources would like to hear from you about how you would prioritize King County’s environmental goals to help the county continue to plan for a greener future.

How would you prioritize King County’s environmental goals?

Let’s pretend you have a budget of $100 for King County’s environmental work. How would you spend it on three or more of the County’s environmental goals? Find the environmental goals that you would like King County to prioritize, then allocate a portion of your imaginary $100. Total spending should add up to $100. Click here to give your ideas to make King County greener?  The question will be open for comment until December 24.

OneKingCounty.info is an online platform that provides opportunities for government and citizens to work together to improve our communities and environment through digital civic engagement.

GoGreen Seattle 2015 ‘Call for Proposals:’ Submissions Wanted from Business: Transportation, Smart Cities, Social Science

GGSEA15_WebHeaderRequesting your expertise! GoGreen Seattle has announced their 2015 Call for Proposals to the business community, to build the GoGreen Seattle Conference program on April 30. Input from this call will shape the theme, topics covered and speakers showcased at our 6th annual conference.

GoGreen Seattle is looking for business’ cutting edge ideas and best practice examples for Case Studies, Panel Discussions, Industry Showcase, Solutions Labs, How-To Workshops, Unconference, Mini-Charette and Storytelling sessions for the 2015 program. The deadline for program proposal submissions is Friday, December 12, 2014. You can view our Call for Proposal Guidelines here.

Topics of interest for submissions include:

Transportation/Clean Mobility

  • Examples:
    o Trends in Transportation
    o Transportation and Millennials
    o Sharing Economy and Transportation
    o Rethinking Public Transportation
    o Successful Employer Transportation Programs o Commute Trip Reduction
    o Clean Fleets
    o Alternative Fuels
    o Infrastructure/Land Use

Smart Cities

  • Examples:
    o Cities for People
    o Smart and Competitive Cities
    o Moving Beyond Incrementalism

Environmental Science

  • Examples:
    o Future Predictions
    o Climate Change
    o Life Cycle Assessment

Social Science

  • Examples:
    o Tools for shifting values and actions in the workplace o Employee engagement
    o Leadership buy-in
    o The Psychology of Sustainability
    o How to lead radical change with out-of-box innovation o Fast Tracking Change

Practical Tools

  • Examples:
    o Comprehensive benchmarking
    o Contractor improvement projects
    o Energy audits/storage
    o Equity assessment
    o Sustainable purchasing/procurement process o Waste sorts

Equity/Success Stories

  • Examples:
    o Equity Empowerment Training
    o Achieving Equity in the workplace o Collaboration and partnerships
    o Supporting the local community o Connecting communities

Business Innovation

  • Examples:
    o Key Components to Workplace Innovation
    o Future Supply Chain Management
    o New Business Opportunities in Sustainability
    o Impact Investing
    o Shared Economy
    o Upcycling
    o GRI Reporting
    o Innovation Incubation
    o Technology Innovation
    o Carbon Reduction – Moving Beyond Incrementalism

GoGreen Seattle 2015
Thursday, April 30
The Conference Center | Eighth Avenue at Pike Street

Register today at early bird rates!

Saturday, November 8, is Green Seattle Day: Help Here in West Seattle!

Green Seattle Partnership logoWest Seattle is near many wonderful green natural spaces.  Some of these include areas with urban forests.  Did you know that urban forests are an intricate and vital part of Seattle’s natural space?  Urban parks and forests also contribute to the health of communities and neighborhoods as a common space shared by all kinds of people.  But, did you also know that your Local Urban Forests need you?

Join the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, November 8th, as we kick off planting season and celebrate Seattle’s urban forests and all they do for us with a day of volunteerism in 21 parks throughout the City.

The 9th Annual Green Seattle Day is a perfect time to roll up your sleeves and have a lasting impact on your community that you will be able to watch grow. This volunteer opportunity is a great way to see a physical difference in your community.  Seola parkthe Orchard Street Ravine, and Westcrest Park will all have volunteers out to help restore and conserve our urban forested areas.

This event is Green Seattle’s biggest event of the year.  Green Seattle Day is a great chance for first-time and long-time volunteers to help grow the forest in their own city by planting trees and other plants in city parks.

This year our main site will meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center (lunch included after planting), but there are 17 other locations around the city that need volunteers, so check out the full list here, pick your lucky park, and sign sign up now so that we can plan the best event for everyone.

To join us at the main site, sign up to volunteer at the East Duwamish GreenbeltKubota GardensLakeridge Park, or Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, and meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center at 9am.

Green Seattle Day is great for all ages. We’ll bring the gloves, tools, and all of the plants, you bring the helping hands! Coffee and snacks provided at all sites, so register early so that we can have enough for everyone. Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and a little dirty. This is our biggest party of the year and we want you there! More information available at www.greenseattle.org. Please contact Norah Kates at info@greenseattle.org, or call 206-905-6943 with any questions.

 

Whale Trail Presents Discussion On A Protected Zone for Puget Sound Orcas

Protected Orca Zone posterThe Whale Trail will present the ideas behind “A Protected Zone for Puget Sound Orcas,” a presentation by Bruce Stedman, of Orca Relief, on Thursday, October 30, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW.  There is a five dollar ($5) suggested donation, kids free!
Tickets are available from brownpapertickets.com. The event is presented by The Whale Trail and will feature additional speakers on harbor seals and clean-up efforts for the Sound.

The Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered and seriously declining; their 2014 population of 79 is the lowest since 1985.  To aid their recovery, Orca Relief is urging NOAA Fisheries to conduct a public process that will result in a Whale Protection Zone for the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

A well designed and enforced WPZ would provide the Southern Resident Orca a safe-haven in the very core of their critical habitat, and a relief from vessel impacts including noise, disturbance and air pollution. Bruce Stedman, Executive Director of Orca Relief will describe the key aspects of how a protected area for the Orca should be developed and how it could help the SRKWs begin to recover.

Join us to hear the latest about the orcas, and updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org). This is the first in a new series of Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle.

Buy tickets ahead of time and we’ll save you a seat! And hurry – this will likely sell out.
About the Presenter
The Executive Director of Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, Bruce Stedman has more than three decades of experience in marine conservation, ocean health issues, and whale conservation.  He was one of the core team that built the Whale Museum (Friday Harbor, WA) and was its first curator.
He has directed five other conservation and environmental organizations, as well as working as an environmental mediator for 15 years.  He has facilitated or mediated more than 100 decision-making or information-sharing processes on many environmental topics, and designed/conducted more than 55 workshops or study tours for public officials and technical specialists from over 40 countries. Trained at University of Washington and MIT, Mr. Stedman has taught conservation and environmental courses at Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and Western Washington Universities.
About The Whale Trail
The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. The mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails through the Salish Sea and the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. The goals are to increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species; connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat; inspire stewardship and build community; promote land-based whale watching. The Whale Trail’s over-arching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas do not go extinct.

The Whale Trail provides simple, powerful, and long-lasting reminders to visitors and residents alike that orcas and other whales live in our waters.  Through the current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, Whale Trail reaches more than 22 million people each year. They are currently adding sites from BC to California, throughout the southern resident orcas’ range.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

Metropolitan Parks District Now Reality: City Seeks Oversight Committee Members, Applications Due October 20

MPD logoThe Seattle City Council and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking candidates to fill seven positions on the Seattle Park District’s newly created Community Oversight Committee. The Seattle Park District was approved by Seattle voters in August 2014, creating a sustainable and long-term source of funding for the Seattle parks system.

The Community Oversight Committee will provide advice to the Mayor, City Council and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, as well as provide oversight of projects, programs and services undertaken by the City and the Seattle Park District. The committee will meet quarterly to:

  • Make recommendations on the allocation of the Major Projects Challenge Fund;
  • Hold public meetings and make recommendations to update the next spending plan;
  • Review the Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Report; and
  • Provide the Mayor, City Council and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation with annual reports on the progress of expenditures and projects.

The Committee will be composed of 15 members, seven members of the public (one from each Seattle district), four Board or Commission members to be recommended by Seattle City Boards & Commissions and four members from the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners.  Each will serve either a one, two or three year term, to be determined during the selection process.

The City seeks to appoint Community Oversight Committee members with a diversity of expertise and perspectives including, but not limited to parks management, public financing, urban horticulture, landscape architecture, contract management and the interests of low-income and communities of color. The Committee’s first official meeting will be held in April 2015, but members should be available to meet before this date, in early 2015.

The Council and the Mayor are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s Committees. Women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and persons of color are highly encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest indicating which district you represent and resume by October 20, 2014 to Councilmember Jean Godden, jean.godden@seattle.gov. Please title subject line: Oversight Committee Application. Electronic submissions are preferred. To send a paper submittal, please address to:

Councilmember Jean Godden
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124

Weekend Work Scheduled for Lowman Beach Retention Tank Dirt Removal

IMG_1610Contractors for King County Wastewater Division will be working on weekends this month to remove the dirt from the million-gallon retention tank being constructed at Lowman Beach Park as part of the Murray Basin Combined Sewer Overflow project.

To keep the project on schedule and avoid digging during heavy rains, King County’s contractor will work Saturdays in October. Saturday work will begin at 9:00 am and finish at 6:00pm. The County contractor expects to finish digging out the tank area by early November, before the largest winter storms usually arrive. Digging during storms takes longer and increases the chance of mud from the site getting on to streets and storm drains.

What to expect on Saturdays:

  • Upcoming Saturday work days:
    • October 4
    • October 11
    • October 18
    • October 25
  • Work hours from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm  (Weekday work hours continue to be 7:00 am to 6:00 pm)
  • Noise from trucks and excavators, including backup alarms
  • Excavators, pumps, and trucks working on and near the site
  • Up to 55 trucks entering and leaving the site each day (about 7-8 trucks per hour)
  • Flaggers to keep traffic moving as trucks access the site
  • No parking on the eastern side of Beach Drive SW
  • Limited parking on the western side of Beach Drive SW
  • Limited access to the eastern sidewalk on Beach Drive SW
  • Beach Drive S.W. and Lowman Beach Park remain open
  • Primary haul routes remain Lincoln Park Way and 48th Ave SW
  • The sound of running water may also be noticeable. Groundwater is being pumped from the tank area into a holding tank on site to allow for safe digging. The sound you may hear is typical for this kind of work.

The project haul route map is shown below. haul map

For more information:

Call the 24-hour project information hotline: 206-205-9186, or email doug.marsano@kingcounty.gov or search “Murray CSO” at kingcounty.gov

 

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Needs New Member for 2015 Term

SPABThe Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for a new member to help make walking in Seattle safer and easier.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Currently they are looking for a candidate to fill one vacant position and serve out the remaining period of this term, April 1, 2015.  Once completed, this board member will have the option to be reappointed.  Typically, board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. They should be frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at City Hall on 5th Avenue between James and Cherry streets.

According to Devor Barton, recent chair and current board member of the Pedestrian Advisory Board, “A walkable community benefits everyone, and offers more advantages than any other form of transportation.  Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board members work to make our community healthier, our streets safer, and our neighborhoods more livable.”

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.  Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by October 27, 2014 to:  Howard Wu at howard.wu@seattle.gov.

For more information, call Howard Wu at (206) 684-3902, or send e-mail to the address above.

Open House for West Seattle and Burien Solar Homes Saturday

Homes north of West Seattle Elementary School which have solar installed.

Home owners in West Seattle and Burien neighborhoods are preparing to show their solar homes as part of the National American Energy Solar Tour on Saturday, October 4 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.  It is a golden opportunity for curious folks interested in solar energy to view projects first hand, see how they are working, and talk to the owners and installers.  

To find tour sites go to http://www.ases.org/solar-tour/find-a-tour/ or www.solarwa.org.  The web site has addresses, most of the sites are a within 15 min drive between the north part of West Seattle to Burien.  

Pam Burton and Jeremy Smithson, owners of Puget Sound Solar, will be available for answering questions at the home of Cindy Jennings, 2205 41st Ave SW. For more information or questions call 206-402-6926.

Tour map direct linkhttps://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zieH_jH3zMLg.kA1ko0WXVdcI