SB 5882 into law June 30 which extends the Washington state sales tax exemption on small solar energy systems for another five years. The last-minute bill also reinstates the previously expired sales tax exemption for solar hot water systems, and allows photovoltaic systems over 10 kW to continue to qualify for a 75% remittance from the Department of Revenue. Solar Washington’s Policy Committee Chair, Howard Lamb, ..continue reading
The City of Seattle is looking for qualified candidates to fill 10 positions in the City’s new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group. These volunteer positions are expected to be filled by September 2013 so work can begin immediately following. The role of the advisory group will be to provide recommendations to the Department of Planning and Development on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program, which aims ..continue reading
The City of Seattle is providing the public a closer look at the energy use of City-owned buildings in a new report, Seattle Municipal Buildings 2011 – 2012 Energy Use Performance Report. The report released in May describes City efforts to evaluate the energy efficiency of 6.2 million square feet of City-owned and operated building space. The report also details actions the City is taking to improve the energy ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery are sponsoring GreenLife, located in the Chase Bank drive-through area next to Sleepers in Seattle and adjacent to Edmunds Street SW.
The GreenLife area has vendor booths for local businesses which specialize in green and sustainable services, technologies and products, ..continue reading
The Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment is awarding 4 to 6 contracts for community groups and neighborhood organizations for projects that engage the community in reducing climate impacts.
They are interested in supporting efforts that will help people reduce the climate impacts of personal and household choices in one of the categories listed below. Proposals accepted for projects with a budget of $10,000 or less.In Your Home -There are plenty of ways beyond lightbulbs to save energy in ..continue reading
Seattle Board of Park Commissioners opposes coal trains
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Gateway Pacific Terminal regarding its opposition to the passage of coal trains through the Seattle area. The letter is to be included as part of the official public comments in the Environmental Impact Statement.
In the letter, the Board expressed concern about air, water, soil and noise pollution, train accidents, park access delays, derailment and ..continue reading
By Andy Silber
These are the comments I’m sending to the Environmental Impact Statement Scoping process (email@example.com) about the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point. I strongly believe that stopping coal exports through Washington State is our most important environmental struggle.
I believe strongly that the scope of the EIS for the Cherry Point Coal Terminal needs to include all environmental and health impacts that will be the result of building this facility. The ..continue reading
At City Light, we’re ready for storm season! We have been busy trimming trees (six hundred miles in 2012) and working on our infrastructure to prepare for storm season. You can be ready too. Here are some easy ways to prepare:
Start by assembling an emergency preparedness kitInclude at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water Have a working flashlight with batteries – or a hand-crank flashlight Use a battery-powered or hand-crank portable radio Have ..continue reading
If you are interested in the impact of multiple coal trains traveling through Western Washington to access proposed coal rail-to-ship terminals in the Bellingham or Longview areas, consider attending a hearing on the proposed Cherry Point Coal Export Terminal on Thursday, December 13, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the State Convention Center, Ballroom 6F, 800 Convention Place, Seattle. Sign up for the Seattle hearing on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/548385278521523/ or simply arrive early ..continue reading
Did you know that Seattle City Light generates the cleanest, lowest cost energy in the urban U.S?More than 90% of the electricity you receive comes from renewable power sources, most of which is hydropower. While our hydro electricity is renewable and low cost, it is not infinite. Seattle City Light wants to stay ahead of the curve – and would like your input on the next generation of green power and other energy-related programs. City Light wants to know what ..continue reading