This annual community event is held around the week of University District Street Fair. University District and neighboring communities and residents meet at University Heights Center to “Spring Clean” their neighborhoods. Cleaner-Uppers meet for breakfast, conversation and assemble teams to go out into designated areas for clean-up. After cleaning their area, cleaner-uppers return to University Heights for a well-deserved rest, lunch and to participate in the amazing TRASH Contest!! Event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reduce your energy use – which reduces your carbon footprint – by upgrading to energy-efficient appliances.
Seattle City light offers rebates to help.
At the Climate Solutions breakfast on May 10. Watch the conversation here.
King County residents will gather as volunteers at farms and gardens throughout the county as part of the Just Garden Project’s second annual Spring into Bed! celebration. Volunteers will build gardens, work on farms and help to build a more robust and secure local food system. The idea behind this day of action and celebration is to activate our food space and celebrate ourselves toward a truly sustainable local food system.
Volunteer from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and attend the celebration at Pratt Park from 3 – 6 p.m. Register by May 10 to participate.
17,500 tons of unwanted paper—100 pounds per household—delivered each year!
The City of Seattle now offers a free and simple online registry system that will allow Seattle residents and businesses to choose whether they receive yellow pages phone books. But you need to act fast if you want to opt out. Your opt out selection must be in effect 30 days before a company starts its Seattle distribution cycle. Choices for DEX yellow pages phone books must be made by May 16, 2011 in order to prevent delivery of books this year.
Two million yellow pages phone books are recycled in Seattle every year at a cost of approximately $350,000 to Seattle Public Utilities ratepayers. While its important to recycle phone books, it’s much better for the environment to reduce their production altogether.
Are you just a “sunny-weekend-days” biker but interested in increasing your miles pedaled per month total? Now is the perfect time to make that change! May is Bike To Work Month and the way to celebrate that is to participate in the 2011 Group Health Commute Challenge!
Even though it felt like it took a long time to get here, it looks like spring is finally here to stay. Anxious to finally get your hands dirty in your garden? As you carefully tend to your veggies, flowers and plants, don’t forget your trees as well! As the weather gets warmer and the rain lessens (we hope) your trees will need even more attention.
Have a question about caring for your trees? Ask a tree expert!
The Office of Sustainability and Environment will be briefing the City Council Regional Development and Sustainability Committee next Tuesday, May 3 between 2-4 pm. Briefings will cover a climate risk assessment tool developed by OSE, as well as the City’s operations greenhouse gas inventory for 2008/2009.
The agenda for this briefing can be found on Council’s website.
Join your central and southeast Seattle neighbors and the City of Seattle at South Shore School on May 3, 2011. The event will feature:
- Food and children’s activities
- Free advice from our Energy Experts
- Sign up for an Energy Assessment
- Meet our certified contractors
- Learn about special rebates and incentives from our partners at Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy
Find out details on the Community Power Works Loan program. Plus, learn how you could earn money for your local neighborhood nonprofit organization by helping spread the word about Community Power Works.
More information about the program and event at www.communitypowerworks.org.
The Community Power Works for Home program launched on Tuesday, April 19 at the home of a Genesee Park couple who are early participants in the program. Mayor Mike McGinn chose Earth Week to launch Community Power Works for Home, a neighborhood program that will create good, green jobs and help Seattle residents make energy-saving improvements to their homes. The full press release on the event can be found here.