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Living Up to the Emerald City Name

The environmental benefits of trees are pretty well-known (better air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, support for wildlife), but did you know that research has also shown there are significant social and economic benefits to trees as well? Trees help reduce workplace stress and increase worker productivity, business districts enjoy better sales if they have significant […]


Tips for Greener Summer Travels

Summers in Seattle are awesome – makes Seahawks game withdrawals so much easier! With the nice weather, you can hop on a bike and tour the city with a theme: pie, ice cream, beer, food trucks, ice cream food trucks…oh, sorry, you want to do something besides eat? Right! There are plenty of free things […]


Now Recruiting Urban Forest Educators

Do you have a love of all things green and want to share that passion with others? Seattle Parks & Recreation is looking for you to be part of their Urban Forest Educators team. Urban Forest Educators  - a branch of the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program – work with a team of professional naturalists, school […]


New Tools for Food Services & Restaurants to Reduce Food Waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. And Rethink! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a free new resource to reduce food and packaging waste. Because wasted food means wasted money, along with significant environmental and social impacts, the Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit helps restaurants, grocers, caterers, and other commercial kitchens reduce food waste. Understanding the amount, type […]


Free Trees Available Soon!

Seattle reLeaf will soon be opening the application process for its Trees for Neighborhoods program – Monday, August 4 at 10 a.m. – where households can receive up to four free trees. The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has planted over 4,000 trees in yards and […]


Learn to Conserve: Play Water Busters Online!

(re-posted from Seattle Public Utilities blog) Seattleites of all ages have a fun way to learn how to save water around their homes. Play the Water Busters game and put your knowledge to the test. Don’t let high water bills soak you. When you play Water Busters, you find areas around the house where you can save water, […]


‘Grow Your Park’ grant will help low-income families grow fresh produce

[Reposted from Parkways blog.] Seattle Parks and Recreation has been selected as a “Grow Your Park” grant recipient from the Darden Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Seattle Parks was one of 15 communities awarded this grant in 2014. The grant amount is $10,000. Environmental Stewardship Coordinator Shanyanika Burton said the department […]


Seattle in the Top Tier Cities for Walkable Urbanism

A study released in June by Smart Growth America ranks Seattle “top tier” in its review of the country’s top 30 walkable metropolitan areas. Foot Traffic Ahead measures cities’ “walkable urban places” (WalkUPs) and their role in driving the local economy. For example, the top ranking metros have an average of 38% higher GDP per […]


Five new Parks properties added in 2014!

(re-posted from Seattle Parks & Recreation blog) In the first half of 2014, Seattle Parks and Recreation has purchased five new properties with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. These new acquisitions add to our City’s greenspaces, expand existing parks and provide new neighborhood parks in areas identified in the 2006 Gap […]


Shop at Local Farm Stands, Support Low-Income Gardeners

The High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week offering fresh organic produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens. Grown by low-income gardeners, the produce that is fresh right now is spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes, to name a few. The farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 […]