In this article just out today, Seattle was ranked second in a list of 10 U.S. cities taking action to combat climate change and prepare for its impacts. The ranking is based on a variety of factors, including leadership, transit and green buildings.
Seattle Parks and Recreation and University Heights Center for the Community invite you to meet with the design team, HBB Landscape Architects, for the University Heights Open Space project. Parks will present design options for your new neighborhood park and wants to hear from you about the different designs.
First meeting is today, June 6, from 7-9 pm at University Heights Center for Community. Second meeting is July 11, same time and place. More information available at Parks’ website.
Councilmember Mike O’Brien and Jill Simmons, Director of the Office of Sustainability and Environment, are representing Seattle at the C40 Summit in Sao Paulo. The C40 Large Cities Climate Summit is a conference that brings together every two years mayors from all over the world to discuss actions and practices in combating climate change. It’s main goal is to deliver international cooperation between large cities to reduce greenhouse gas emission and to promote best practices between public and private institutions in tackling global warming.
CM OBrien presented on community engagement around climate change with New York and Tokyo. Jill Simmons is moderating a panel on district energy systems with Berlin, Copenhagen, Sydney and Warsaw.
It’s hard to believe, but the rain is letting up and hopefully our gorgeous summer is around the corner. While this is good news to people, it can be bad news to a young tree. Seattle’s hot, dry summers are hard on young trees. To make sure your young trees thrive through the summer, now is the time to start watering your tree at least once per week.
Your two best options are to use a watering bag or to use a hose on a low trickle for 30 minutes once a week. Both methods allow the water to filtrate deep into the soil where the trees’ roots can soak it up. You can find out more on the Seattle reLeaf site, plus a lot of other helpful information about caring for your trees.
On Monday, the Seattle City Council adopted resolution 31296, supporting the Seattle Farm Bill Principles as policy guidance to the Federal Government in the renewal of the 2012 Farm Bill.
The policies, programs and funding included in the 2012 Farm Bill will affect how successful Seattle can be in achieving its goal of strengthening the local and regional food system, improving the economy, and emergency preparedness.
For more information on Seattle’s Farm Bill Principles, including the regional partners and specific principles, please visit http://seattlefarmbillprinciples.org/.
Come to a party in the street! Imagine the possibilities. Summer Streets show how livable city streets can be when opened to people and bikes. There are two Summer Streets events coming up this weekend – one in Ballard and one on along Alki.
For three hours only on Friday, May 20 we are turning the streets of downtown Ballard into one massive bike party! More info here.
On Sunday, May 22, it’s Alki’s turn. There’s a 5k run/walk, children’s activities, entertainment and food. More info here.
Looks like we’re going to have some great weather this Friday for F5 Bike to Work Day!
F5 Bike to Work Day is a great day to ride for the first time, because no matter where you’re riding from, you won’t be alone. Commuter Stations and experienced riders along major routes will ensure that encouragement, support, and fun are never in short supply. And be sure to check out the rally at City Hall from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Have fun everyone!
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.