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
Are You Ready For Storm Season?
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 kit
Include 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
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/
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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
By Andy Silber
Ecotourism in Tanzania
I’m just back from a 2 week safari in Tanzania with my extended family. My mother, 2 brothers and our families made up half of an armada of Toyota Land Cruisers driving across the national parks of northern Tanzania. Safari is the Swahili word for long journey and anything that starts and ends with a 20-hour plane flight with a seven-year old counts. The first safari was in 1836 led by William Cornwallis ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery once again are pleased to sponsor and present this year’s GreenLife exposition as part of the three-day-long West Seattle Summer Fest, Friday, July 13, Saturday July 14, and Sunday, July 15, in the West Seattle Junction. The GreenLife area is at the south end of Summer Fest’s California Avenue line, near SW Edmunds Street in the Tech Services parking lot.
Come visit us during Summer Fest. ..continue reading
By Andy Silber
The Lorax: I speak for myself
The book that is often cited for awakening the environmental movement was Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring. It’s publication in 1962 (a year before I was born) is given credit for the banning of DDT and the passage of the clean air and clean water acts. But for those of us born in the 1960s, the book that opened our eyes to the need to protect the world around us was a book ..continue reading
Just in time for the spring sunshine! The West Seattle Solar Project (westseattlesolarproject.com) is officially open for registration. The West Seattle Solar Project (WSSP) helps residents and businesses save time and money in the process of going solar through bulk purchasing and educational workshops.
If you live in West Seattle and have been thinking about solar for your home or business, this is the project you have been waiting for! If you live ..continue reading