This month we’re highlighting Bike Works! Last year, this fantastic nonprofit celebrated 20 years of their work to create more sustainable communities through youth education and promoting bicycling. The shop and warehouse reuse and recycle bikes and parts that would otherwise be unused or sent to a landfill. They also offer a variety of youth education programs and even provide free bicycles to those who otherwise can’t afford them.
See how you can get involved and stop by next time you’re in Columbia City!
One of the keys to sustainability is great design. When things are designed and built well, we hold onto them, use them, pass them down through the generations, and repair them when they need it rather than throwing them away. And when they are designed to be beautiful as well, it makes it so much easier.
Mighty House Construction is getting a chance to flex their design muscles this summer, as consultants and assistants on the building of pop-up furniture designed by LMN Architexts and other design professionals for the Seattle Design Festival’s Festival Block Party, September 6-7 at Occidental Park. The design festival is a program of the AIA Seattle and our project, being utilitarian, is being considered for a more permanent site.
Doug and Laura are no strangers to design. Did you know that Laura has a background in art and Doug studied interior design? They are honored to have been asked to participate and are looking forward to the fun results.
Click here to see more photos of the furniture-building process.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about indoor air quality and help members of your community make their homes more healthy?
If you’d like to get that warm fuzzy feeling for giving back to your community, go to the American Lung Association’s website and fill out the Volunteer Form. Training starts in
March. Tell them Mighty House recommended it!
As chair of the event and a sponsor, Laura promises that it will be filled with fast-paced, mind-blowing talks about remarkable green building projects in the Greater Seattle area. Plus drinks, delicious appetizers and a fun raffle with fabulous prizes!
All that for only $25! It is selling out quickly so buy your tickets today!
Resilience is the ability to bounce back following a disturbance or interruption. Relative to climate change, resilience involves adapting to the wide range of local and regional impacts that are expected with a warming planet: more intense storms, greater precipitation, flooding, longer and more-severe droughts in some areas, wildfires, melting permafrost, warmer temperatures, and power outages.
But what does does that mean for our communities? How can we adapt? What can we do to slow the change? On Tuesday, May 14 at 7pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Alex Wilson will address resilient design in the context of a transition toward sustainability as a guest speaker for the NW EcoBuilding Guild.
Alex will cover a wide range of practical solutions – boosting the energy performance of homes, redesigning communities to function without gasoline, encouraging local food production and maintaining livable conditions during extended power outages. If you buy in advance, tickets are $15 for NWEBG members and students, $20 for the general public. Tickets at the door will be $25.
Thanks for helping make our site a popular one! The Spanish-style bungalow hosted at least 100 people. We spent a lot of time talking about energy conservation, locally-sourced materials, and eco-friendly design. We were very proud that everyone loved the craftsmanship of the remodel and the design choices that were made by the homeowner with the help of Entero Design.
The two cisterns from EarthSystemsNW were a BIG hit and had people thinking about capturing all of that wonderful water to help their gardens grow as well as mitigate storm water overflow (see article below.)
New in 2013: Each month we will have a dedicated featured discussion focused discussions on hot topics for the season, including insulation, edible gardening and rainwater. Join us this month for a conversation on day-lighting your home and how to beat those winter blues.
These events provide an opportunity for homeowners and DIY enthusiasts to get together and share their stories of challenge and success, while drawing on the expertise of local coaches in fields such as solar power, green building and design, sustainable living, and urban gardening. These experts are willing to answer any question you may have on your current projects, future plans or anything else you’d like to discuss.
In October we shared how we are participating in the new version of the Chinook Book. Now, we are helping CoolMom sell the books as a fundraiser.
CoolMom, a Seattle-based organization that unites moms and families to take action on climate change through education, lifestyle change and advocacy, is fundraising through the sale of the book, which happens to be a great solution to buying local AND saving money this holiday season.
Every merchant in Chinook Book meets a special criteria for sustainable business, so you know your money is going towards businesses that deserve it.
Book is available in print for $20 and as an app for iPhone and Android phone apps for $15, the same price as in the stores, but CoolMom gets the proceeds! Laura is selling Chinook Books for CoolMom. Email us us to get your print or app version today!