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Compost Holiday Greens

Seattle residents can compost trees and greens free of charge between December 26, 2011 and January 9, 2012. At Recycling & Disposal Stations Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration so they can be turned into compost for local parks and gardens. Trunks… [ Keep reading ]

City Council Unanimously Votes to Ban Plastic Carry Out Bags

The plastic bag ban will go into effect on July 1, 2012.  The new ordinance still allows plastic bags for produce, bulk foods and meat. Low-income residents on food assistance would be exempt from the fee. Read the full City Council press release here.

Reminder: Most Holiday Items Can Be Recycled or Composted!

Quick reminder about everything that can and should be recycled this holiday season.  If your bin is full, you can still put out additional recycling materials right next to your bin. There is no charge!

Seattle’s Low-Carbon Future: How Should We Get There?

The Office of Sustainability & Environment is updating the Seattle Climate Action Plan this year. The plan will lay out a roadmap for how Seattle can become a carbon neutral city by the year 2050 and include strategies identifying how we can reduce our greenhouse gases in the transportation, building… [ Keep reading ]

Climate Action Plan Brownbag Series Starts Dec. 14

Futurewise is partnering with the Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment and Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien to host four brownbag discussions to explore the possibilities of a low-carbon future in Seattle.    The first discussion, Building a Strong, Healthy Economy for Real Results, is Wednesday, December, 14, from noon to… [ Keep reading ]

City’s First Rooftop P-Patch Community Garden

Community members are invited to participate in designing a P-Patch community garden on the roof of the Mercer Garage at Seattle Center.  In partnership with neighborhood volunteers and Seattle Center, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is developing a new P-Patch community garden on top of the Mercer Garage at 3rd Avenue N… [ Keep reading ]

10 Tips to Reduce Food Waste During the Holidays

The Climate Progress blog has a great post on how you can reduce food waste during the holidays. In many cases, the tactics you take to reduce food waste are also the same tactics that nutritionists recommend to help you control your diet. It’s a win-win for folks!

2011 Trees for Neighborhoods Program a Huge Success

The 2011 Trees for Neighborhoods program was a great success! The program provided 1,000 trees to Seattle residents for planting in their yards and planting strips. Altogether, 75 fruit trees, 400 small trees, and 525 medium to large trees were given out (see map graphic below for distribution). 135 of… [ Keep reading ]

National League of Cities Follows Seattle’s Lead and Adopts Farm Bill Resolution

SEATTLE – The National League of Cities (NLC) passed a far-reaching resolution, “Supporting Healthy Food, Public Health, and Sustainability Practices in the 2012 Farm Bill,” calling for a new Federal Farm Bill that emphasizes supporting regional food systems, healthy food, sustainable agriculture, and social justice for farmers and farm workers…. [ Keep reading ]

Free Conifers to Plant in Your Yard

Trees for Neighborhoods has re-opened applications for conifers to be planted in yards of Seattle residents. Trees can be picked up on Saturday, November 12th at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands. Available trees include Deodar cedar, Weeping Alaska cedar, Shore pine, and Western red cedar. You can find out… [ Keep reading ]