Over the past month, extreme weather patterns and record breaking storms have devastated countless families, friends, and neighbors in our hemisphere. As the climate changes, we will see these impacts worsening and continuing to hit the most vulnerable communities the hardest. Linked below are organizations that work to reach and support the most vulnerable in these trying times:
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?
The American Lung Association is seeking volunteers for their Master Home Environmentalist (MHE) Program. Laura participated in this about 6 years ago and found it super informative and fun.
The program’s primary focus is indoor air quality-which happens to coincide with good environmental care as well. MHE volunteers receive 35 hours of training and commit to offering 35 or more hours of volunteer time providing home air quality assessments to members of the community. Volunteers learn to spot home environmental pollutants and make recommendations to reduce or eliminate exposure.
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!
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is expecting a full house at this year’s 10x10x10 Green Building Slam at Kane Hall this Saturday, November 16th!
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.
You can learn more about the event or buy tickets NOW!