Posts for 'Environment'

MAKING COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING WORK

June 28th, 2011

Seattle residents love planting trees, and Seattle has been helping them to do so for many years.  We have an array of tree planting programs scattered among different Departments, without either central coordination or dedicated oversight to ensure that trees are planted in a coherent fashion and are maintained and retained after planting.  On Monday, […]

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ANTIOCH SEATTLE TRIUMPHS IN RECYCLEMANIA!

May 6th, 2011

In only its second year of participation in the competition, Antioch University Seattle (AUS) surpassed its 2010 record by winning second place nationally in Recyclemania’s Grand Champion category.   AUS competed with 287 other schools in various categories, and also came in third in Waste Minimization. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college […]

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INTEGRATING CITY SNOW MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES

April 1st, 2011

  While 2010-2011 was a cold winter, the City did not have as significant a negative experience with snow removal as Seattle experienced in 2008-2009, when City resources were challenged by almost three weeks of snowfall and cold temperatures.  Now that spring is finally appearing, it would be easy to let the issue lie dormant […]

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BIOCIDADE (“BIOCITY”) CURITIBA: THE URBAN FOREST IN CURITIBA, BRAZIL

March 8th, 2011

Seattle has adopted a goal of restoring and increasing our urban forest.  We have created an Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) that is reviewing current policies and developing new approaches.  I would like to see  developed a new set of policies that will emphasize native vegetation, habitat restoration, and the benefits of trees in natural drainage.  […]

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CITY LIGHT PURCHASES RENEWABLES

January 28th, 2011

Well, sort of.  Actually, City Light has agreed to purchase what are called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from two Idaho projects to help meet our obligations under Initiative 937.  I-937, which was approved by the voters in 2006, requires all electric utilities in the state to serve 3% of their load with ‘eligible resources’ by […]

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COUNCIL SETS PRIORITIES FOR 2011

January 19th, 2011

On Monday, January 10, the Council announced our priorities for 2011, and reported on our accomplishments for 2010.  The Council priorities are the issues that we will put major attention into during the year.  They do not include all of the issues we will work on, but the ones that we jointly see as of […]

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FUNDING WALKING, BIKING, AND TRANSIT — AND THE COMMERCIAL PARKING TAX

November 15th, 2010

The budget approved by the City Council in Committee on November 12 and scheduled for formal adoption on Monday, November 22, funds transportation choices at their highest level ever in 2011.  It continues our commitment to implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans, and does so without adopting the Mayor’s proposal to increase the […]

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ORGANIC HOPS! A MODEST BUT MEANINGFUL VICTORY FOR HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD – AND BUSINESSES

November 9th, 2010

The US Dept of Agriculture has made a decision to require that organic beer be brewed with — organic hops!  Oddly, under the current rules, beer can be called organic even if it is brewed with non-organic hops. That’s because of a little-known procedure that allows some products to be labeled organic even if they […]

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COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON UNWANTED PHONE BOOKS

October 19th, 2010

On Monday, October 11, the Seattle City Council adopted an ordinance regulating the distribution of unwanted yellow pages phone books, the next step towards Zero Waste in Seattle. The new law creates an Opt-Out Registry that Seattle residents and businesses can access on the web, by phone or by mail, which will be operated by […]

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Green Jobs to the Max: “Community Power Works”

September 23rd, 2010

With several pieces of implementing legislation having been adopted, Seattle is poised to launch a dramatic new initiative this fall that will save energy and create up to 2000 green jobs. “Community Power Works” is a $140 million program to retrofit residential, commercial, hospital, and municipal buildings in Central and South Seattle.

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