Investing in Alternative Energy

Investing in renewable energy directly benefits you and all of us! Check out these opportunities to start making a change:

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Join City Light’s Green Up! Program
City Light customers can support renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest from geothermal, dairy biogas and wind by adding $3, $6, or $12 to their bill each month. Call (206) 684-3800 or visit seattle.gov/greenup 

Northwest eco building guild logoEducation Session: Solar Energy for Those without Solar Access  Join the NW EcoBuilding Guild at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Wednesday May 25 from 7-9pm for a discussion of solar energy and how we can make it accessible for renters. More info.

 

A Drone’s View of SR-99 Tunnel

tunnelThere are lots of pros and cons to the SR-99 Tunnel project. No matter whether you have been for or against it, it’s nice to see an insider’s view of what things look like.

Before Bertha began drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, WSDOT sent a drone inside the tunnel to capture the work that has been going on underneath the city.

Check out the footage here.

Workshop: Salvage Doors 101

Join us for a FREE Salvaged Doors 101 Workshop @ Second Use on Saturday May 14th. Our very own Doug Elfline will be covering all the basics of salvage door projects. Find out whether salvage is an option for your next project, see a demonstration of how to choose the right door, and learn about proper installation and maintenance techniques.

Saturday, May 14
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
11-12:30 PM

 

‘Rollie Pollies’ Protect Our Groundwater

Most of us know Pill Bugs by name because of their shape and ability to roll up into a ball when they feel threatened. But did you know that they are also great for gardening and protecting our ground water?
 
Because they feed on dead organic matter, Pill Bugs speed up the process of decomposition. This can be very helpful in composting to provide nutrients for your garden.
 
What makes them especially unique is that they can crystallize heavy metals like lead and cadmium in their digestive system. This means they can survive in the most contaminated sites and are preventing those harmful toxins from getting into ground water.

Read more here.

 

New Climate Justice Report

CJ_ReportSeeking green solutions isn’t just about solar panels (although that’s a great place to start!). It’s also about ensuring that everyone in our communities has access to a safe, healthy and sustainable home. But, how exactly can we do that? Got Green and Puget Sound Sage recently released a report on the impact of climate change in low-income communities in South Seattle.

Through a survey of individuals and local organizations they found that housing affordability and access to healthy food are top community concerns. Strategies to reduce emissions (such as green jobs, lowering carbon emissions and improving sidewalks) were met with strong support.

The authors also make recommendations for our city’s future, concluding with a discussion of how we can prevent displacement, engage communities in climate change policy and put equity at the center of our decision-making.

Don’t miss the full report!

In Support of the Greenwood Community After the Explosion

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Greenwood Elementary students form a heart on the playground the morning after the explosion. Photo by KOMO News

After the gas leak and explosion on March 9th, the Greenwood community came together to support residents, businesses owners, and employees who were affected by the blast.  Volunteers helped businesses to replace shattered windows and doors with plywood. Then they returned to add cheer to the scene of the explosion by painting and planting flowers.  As of April 1st, close to $244,000 has been raised for the relief fund and more than 40 businesses and community groups have held benefit events. So far $105,000 has been disbursed and the remaining money will continue to support the immediate needs of those who were impacted or displaced.

You can help by donating to the PNA’s Greenwood Explosion Relief Fund. You can also sign up as a volunteer to help out with future needs.

Create an Emergency Food Kit

Emergency_PreparednessPreparing your family for an emergency is a vital part of living in a happy and worry-free home. Many of us know that keeping clean water and food on hand is important, but what kind of food and for how many days? PCC’s April edition of Sound Consumer recommended storing enough food to last your family three days in case of emergency. PCC suggested:
  • Look for protein-rich foods that have a long shelf life like tuna, peanut butter, or protein bars
  • Canned beans and soup can be eaten without heating
  • Avoid salty food that will make you thirsty
  • Canned fruits provide calories and hydration
  • A propane camping stove will give you the option of boiling water and heating food
  • Store food in a cool, dark place and asses your kit for expiration every six months
Learn more and see a sample food kit by reading the full article.

The Future of Green Building

Dunn Lumber asked Mark LaLiberte, a trainer and consultant working to educate the homebuilding industry about sustainability and increased energy efficiency, about future trends and how we can reach a goal of building ‘zero-energy’ houses by the year 2030. In this video, Mark discusses components that will help builders reach this goal such as the ‘perfect wall’ and Passive House certification. See the full video here.

NW Green Home Tour: April 30th

Mighty House + Mighty Energy will be hosting sites on the
NW Eco Building Guild’s Green Home Tour. And it’s right around the corner!

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Our clients were living in a very small home and decided to convert their existing garage into a detached auxiliary dwelling unit (DADU) to be able to house guests,
but
also to simply Get. More. Space. 

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Each aspect of this project was carefully considered to optimize use of the space and sustainability.  Join us on Saturday April 30th to check out some of these special features:

  • Multi-use Space – the DADU can be used for anything from an art studio or expandable party space, to guest quarters or a quiet place to escape to for cat naps. Every design choice was made with an uber flexible space in mind.
  • Energy efficiency – this project is fully powered by electricity and thus can tread more lightly on the planet than homes that use gas or oil. Installing dimmers for 95% of the house and using low-energy CFL and LED lighting makes the DADU even more efficient.
  • Can you say salvagey? Windows, light fixtures, and the heater were all salvaged or reused from other projects. This was a great way to minimize resource consumption and breathe new life into old materials.
  • Daylight Creativity – by including skylights, Solatubes, and a huge entry door, we were able to maximize the natural light entering an otherwise dimly lit room. Taking advantage of daylight also reduced the amount of mechanical illumination needed for the space.

Are you thinking about a backyard cottage or guest house?
Come see this amazing DADU in Columbia City! Located at 4454 South Brandon Street, Seattle, WA 98118

Our site (and other S/SW sites): April 30, 11-5pm

North-end sites: May 1, 11-5pm

Find out more here.

 

 

Safely Disposing of Medicine

Did you know that medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning? When thrown in the trash or flushed down the drain, they pollute city water. You can protect your kids, families, community and environment by safely disposing of expired and unwanted medicines for free at a medicine drop-off location shown here.