Posts for 'Environment'

LIVING BUILDING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS

July 31st, 2012

The Council has unanimously adopted changes to the ‘Living Building Challenge Pilot Program’ that will tighten the qualifications for participation and provide additional incentives for builders to participate in the program.  We expect at least one additional building to be able to proceed into construction as a result of this change. The Living Building ordinance […]

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INDUSTRIAL JOBS COMING BACK TO SEATTLE

June 26th, 2012

Seattle’s long range strategy for encouraging manufacturing is paying off, as Forbes magazine, in a recent article, rated the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metropolitan Area as the top area for manufacturing growth in the nation over the last five years. Manufacturing employment is growing around the country, as industries realize the opportunity for ‘reshoring’ industrial activity.  Much of […]

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CLEAN WATER CONSENT DECREE

May 31st, 2012

Seattle and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) have completed negotiations on a historic consent decree that opens the door for a more thoughtful and effective approach to promoting clean water in Seattle and Puget Sound.  The Council is now reviewing this decree, and will vote on whether to endorse it in the near future. […]

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PEOPLES GREENSTREET PROJECT ON SOUTH ORCAS

April 19th, 2012

On a day of driving rain and snow in March, which perfectly demonstrated the effectiveness of the project, a hardy gathering of neighbors, design professionals, and city and county staff celebrated the official opening of the South Orcas Greenstreet project.  The South Orcas Greenstreet is an innovative, community-driven natural drainage project developed by Cari Simson, […]

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CLIMATE NEUTRAL BLOG POST 16: THE INTERSECTION OF FOOD AND CLIMATE

February 1st, 2012

As I noted in an earlier post in this series, the food system and agriculture generate somewhere between 15% and 20% of America’s carbon emissions (depending on the study and what it counts).  American food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate.  Then there is the processing, storage, marketing, packaging, and shopping […]

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ASTHMA AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY – SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS

December 6th, 2011

The Master Home Environmentalist program of the American Lung Association and the Healthy Homes Program of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health have complementary approaches to addressing the rising problem of childhood asthma and other consequences of indoor air pollution.  The good news is that both approaches are demonstrating significant successes! The Master Home […]

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LET’S MAKE THE DUWAMISH RIVER THE CENTER FOR A SUSTAINABLE CITY

November 7th, 2011

Cities thrive when they integrate the vitality of urban life with their natural surroundings.  That’s why so many of us live here and wouldn’t trade our access to Puget Sound, the Olympics, and Mount Rainier for anything. But at the heart of Seattle is a waterway that we turn our back on:  the Duwamish River […]

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RESTORING THE LAKE WASHINGTON SALMON FISHERY

September 27th, 2011

After twenty years of research, planning, litigation, and finally construction, the new sockeye hatchery on the Cedar River finally opened this month.  Wait, we are celebrating a salmon hatchery?  Aren’t hatcheries one of the villains of the salmon story? Yes, hatcheries have been one of the ‘4H’ identified factors of salmon decline, along with habitat […]

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PRESS CONFERENCE: BULLITT CENTER GROUNDBREAKING

August 29th, 2011

A groundbreaking celebration for the Bullitt Center, which is designed to be the greenest commercial building in the world. With solar panels generating as much energy as it needs in a year (in Seattle!), capturing rainwater for all water needs and treating all wastewater on site, the Bullitt Center goes far beyond a typical green […]

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DECISION TIME COMING ON DUWAMISH SUPERFUND CLEANUP

August 22nd, 2011

The four major parties involved in completing technical studies of the cleanup program for the Duwamish Superfund site (King County, City of Seattle, Port of Seattle, and the Boeing Company) have submitted their comments on cleanup strategies to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), which will now select a final cleanup plan.  The four […]

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