The Seattle City Light 2013 Environment Report now available.
As a municipal untility, we should be proud of City Light for many reasons, City Light says, including their protection of fish and wildlife habitats, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, resource conservation, and collaboration with stakeholders on environmental issues related to City Light’s electricity generation and distribution.
The 2013 Environment Report, their second report of this kind, is full of examples of the utility’s commitment to ..continue reading
Sales Tax Exemption Extended for Solar Energy Systems in Washington State.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed 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
Seattle Discloses Energy Use of City-Owned Buildings
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
GreenLife will once again be an integral element of the West Seattle Summerfest – West Seattle’s annual three-day super street festival along California Avenue in the West Seattle Junction.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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/
or simply arrive early ..continue reading