Renew our urban landscape! Come join the Seattle Tree Ambassadors in renovating the traffic triangle at 15th Ave and Beacon Ave S. Join your neighbors and help us take the first steps towards creating a wonderful landscape that all will enjoy by helping us pick-up trash, weed, and mulch. Meet at the Shell Station on Beacon Ave & 15th at 9 am. Tools, gloves, safety vests, and snacks will be provided. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
(re-posted from SDOT’s blog)
Haven’t heard of PARK(ing) Day? It’s an international event on the third Friday in September that helps to raise awareness about creating a walkable, livable, and healthy city. This marks the eighth year that Seattle has participated. Last year we had more than 40 pop-up parks around the city…let’s go for 100 this year.
PARK(ing) Day is your opportunity to turn an on-street parking space into something different for a few hours. Get your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family together and start planning now. What will you do in your parking space park between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19?
We’ve included a gallery of 2013 PARK(ing) Day installations on our updated website, so take a peek and get inspired. There’s also a new application form—don’t worry, it’s still free to participate—to make it even easier for you to reserve your space.
You can plan your park for either an arterial street (at least two spaces) or a residential street (one space is fine) most anywhere in Seattle. More information about the dos and don’ts for PARK(ing) Day parks is available on our website, and we’re here to help you find a space that works and guide you through the process.
The simple application is due by August 29, but the sooner you apply, the better. Don’t risk someone else reserving your favorite space! Send your completed form to Joshua.Saitelbach@seattle.gov or call 206-733-9970 with questions.
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 greenery, and communities with higher levels of trees and natural landscapes see less violence, less graffiti and vandalism and lower crime rates overall.
It’s no wonder that the City of Seattle has set an ambitious goal of growing Seattle’s tree canopy to 30% by 2037. In fact, the City of Seattle’s recently released citywide environmental progress report highlights several of the City’s goals aimed at fostering and growing our green spaces.
One of the programs that is critical in achieving our urban canopy goals is the Trees for Neighborhoods program – which provides free trees, watering bags and tree care education to residents. Every August, the program opens an application to all Seattle residents to request up to 4 trees from a variety of sizes and types of trees. Trees are distributed at training workshops in the fall when it’s the best time to plant new trees.
The Trees for Neighborhood 2014 application opens Monday, August 4, so now’s your chance! Not ready to plant a tree or don’t have a yard? You can still help – taking care of our urban forest takes many people working together. Volunteer with Seattle Parks, the Green Seattle Partnership, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Earth Corps or others doing great work to build and maintain our forests.
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 to do in and around Seattle, not to mention all the outdoorsy stuff that makes living in the Northwest so great. As with travel anywhere, be respectful of nature, wildlife and your fellow outdoors enthusiasts (even if you can’t always tell them apart).
We’re lucky to live where having a staycation is such a sweet deal, with the added bonus that it can be a great low-impact option. But what if you have plans to leave town and want keep your green cred? Here’s a bunch of ideas to get you started (and you may even save some money in the process):
- Air travel has the most impacts – but there are tips for how to reduce the impact of your air travel, such as packing as lightly as you can and taking direct flights whenever possible. Think about different options (some airlines are more fuel-efficient than others and short flights are less efficient than longer ones, so a train could be a better option).
- Try going carless – it’s possible! You often get more of the local flavor if you go by foot, bike or public transportation. There are also increasing options for short-term car rentals, like Car2Go, as well as bike sharing in many cities.
- If you’re thinking about going on a road trip, be sure to check out EPA’s fuel economy trip calculator and choose the most efficient vehicle you can. There are other great tips on their site for conserving fuel while driving.
- Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle and coffee cups to fill up on your travels. If you forget to bring one with you, buy one somewhere as a souvenir and use it on your trip.
- Support local restaurants and farmers markets, it’s a great way to eat healthier while on vacation (or staycation, for that matter).
- Look for green and sustainable accommodations or stay at a working farm with an inn; eco-friendly lodgings are getting more common. And remember to limit the amount of laundry done on your behalf by using your towels and other linens more than once.
Need more? Independent Traveler has a great list of tips and handy Green Travel Center, as well as a resources page for finding carbon offsets, car rental companies, eco-friendly lodging and tour operators.
Enjoy the summer wherever it takes you!
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 along streets. That’s 4,000 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired.
Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:
- Free trees (up to 4 per household). The program offers a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard. Check out this year’s available trees.
- A watering bag for each tree
- Training on proper planting and care
- Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
- Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning
(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, money, and the environment.
The game is on the Saving Water Partnership website. The partnership, which includes Seattle Public Utilities, is a collaboration of local water utilities that provide water conservation programs in Seattle and King County.
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 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street) open Wednesdays from July 9 to September 24.
- NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from July 11 to September 26.
Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the garden, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.
Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with Seattle Housing Authorityand GROW to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.
Seattle residents that pledge to compost and recycle will receive a pail to help store and carry your leftover food scraps to your food and yard waste cart. Thes containers help keep your kitchen clean and makes composting easy!
Kitchen compost containers are available at the South Transfer Station, open Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m to 8 p.m., or in limited supply at the following events:
SeaFair Milk Carton Derby 7/12/2014
Columbia City Farmers Market 7/16/2014
Bull Moose Festival 7/26/2014
Lake City Pioneer Days 8/2/2014
South Lake Union Block Party 8/8/2014
Lake City Farmers Market 8/14/2014
Delridge Days 8/16/2014
Central Area Community Festival 8/16/2014
Rainier Court Community Festival 8/23/2014
Broadway Farmers Market 8/31/2014
Columbia City Farmers Market 9/10/2014
Fiestas Patrias 9/13/2014
Last year, Seattle diverted more than 125,000 tons of food and yard waste from the landfill by composting.
(re-posted from the Seattle Parks & Recreation blog)
Seattle Public Utilities, BASF and the Seattle Mariners will be giving away free Collector’s Edition Kitchen Compost Caddys to the first 8,000 fans who come see the M’s take on the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, June 28.
Each caddy comes with a pack of EcoSafe compostable bags, making it easy to collect your leftover food scraps and carry them to your food and yard waste cart.
Seattle fans hit a home run for the environment last year by diverting more than 2 million pounds of waste away from local landfills through recycling and composting at Safeco Field.