Tour a Tiny Home at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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Have you heard the BIG news about tiny homes? These low-impact dwellings are all over the media and minds of people looking to live smaller. There is only so much room on this planet and the more space we give to nature, the cleaner our air, water, and soil will remain. With so much development going on around Seattle, it is a breath of fresh air to see companies like Seattle Tiny Homes bringing the reality of low-impact living to our community.

Seattle Tiny Homes is a featured sponsor of this year’s GreenLife area at Summer Fest. They will have a Tiny Home on display all three days of the event (July 8th, 9th, and 10th) and be giving a talk about what it’s like to Live Small:

Living Small Community Presentation:

About Seattle Tiny Homes:

The way you live in a tiny space is different from everyone else. So why settle for a home that’s not designed with you in mind? Since 2010, Seattle Tiny Homes has offered a full range of options to create the perfect tiny house for you. We completely customize your home to meet your specific goals and dreams, and build it to the the highest standards of quality to last a lifetime.

Seattle Tiny Homes specializes in tiny structures on wheels. We believe smaller abodes create serenity and simplicity, and are better for the environment.  Depending on location, you can use a tiny structure as a dwelling, a mother-in-law apartment, a retirement cottage, an extra bedroom for a college student, a home office, or a studio. All our completed structures are licensed as RV travel trailers. Learn more about us at www.seattletinyhomes.com.

West Seattle Habitat Improvement Grants

Sustainable West Seattle has been the recipient of two grants to improve wildlife habitat and water quality, solicited by the Puget Creek Watershed Alliance for ecological restoration in the Puget Ridge neighborhood near South Seattle College.
The first $20,000 grant from King County Wastewater Treatment Division focuses on “Lawn Transformations” to reduce stormwater runoff by improving the soil’s sponge and filtering capabilities. Titled “Clear the Air and Shrink Your Lawn,” this grant intends to reduce lawn mowing that comprises 5% of this nation’s air pollution. By eradicating grass, amending soils, and planting native species, it is hoped these mostly evergreen plants will better intercept winter rains and shade out weeds. Eight properties have had grass removed and plants installed, including a portion of lawn at Sanislo Elementary School. Also, the grant assisted the installation of one backyard rain garden that manages roof and street runoff.
The second $5,500 grant from King County Flood Control District is intended to restore native plant communities on properties with backyard natural areas in the Puget Creek watershed. This grant pays for invasive tree and knotweed removal, and to plant native evergreen trees that will reduce stormwater runoff and create shade conditions for replanting native diversity in the future. Invasive trees include European hawthorn, English laurel, and holly, a plant that is doubling its numbers every six years and is projected to be the dominant species in urban forests within three decades if we do nothing to stop its spread (for information: http://seedrain.org/).
Chosen grant participants will be supported by the restoration contractor, Garden Cycles, to remove invasive plant infestations and assist with planting and plant care.  Garden Cycles’ primary transportation is by bicycle with trailer (http://gardencycles.com/).
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Tour EcoHomes and Get Ideas for Yours!

Forty homes to open their doors for this

weekend’s free Northwest Green Home Tour

 

SEATTLE — Forty homeowners in the greater Seattle area will invite the public into their new, remodeled or energy-retrofitted homes this weekend — April 25 and 26 — during the Fifth Annual Northwest Green Home Tour.

 

From West Seattle to Woodinville and from Edmonds to Auburn, this free, family-friendly tour offers something for everyone — solar panels, advanced insulation and geothermal heat pumps; rainwater collection and stormwater management systems; reclaimed and recycled materials;LEED, Built Green and Passive House standards; and much more.

 

Four homes generate enough clean solar electricity to meet their own household needs and charge their electric cars, and one home collects enough rain on the roof to meet all of that household’s water needs.

 

“Our goal is to educate consumers about all ‘shades’ of green building,” said Wayne Apostolik, president of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild – Seattle. “Tour visitors will see what’s possible in all price ranges, home styles and lifestyles.”

 

Presented by the EcoBuilding Guild with generous support from Greenhome Solutions, the tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, although not all homes are open on both days. In addition to 40 homes, the tour features several “sustainability stops” at regional sustainable businesses that will offer free and healthy refreshments, product discounts and demonstrations.

 

While the tour is free, tickets are required.

 

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“This is a fun, eye-opening tour for any individual or family that’s curious about the latest innovations in healthy, energy- and water-efficient homes,” said Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien. “The professionals in the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild are dedicated to creating homes that have healthy indoor air and also integrate clean and passive energy technologies that release few if any greenhouse gases into our environment. The Northwest Green Home Tour is a great way for our community to stretch the celebration of this week’s 45th Earth Day through the weekend.”

 

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The nonprofit Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a community of construction-related professionals and homeowners who are concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest and who empower and educate others to transform the built environment for long-term sustainability.

 

Katia Blackburn, MBA

President

Blackburn Communications, Inc.

Seattle, WA

206-781-2265

katia@blackburncommunications.com