Win a 2016 Chinook Book + App

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We have a surplus of 2016 Chinook Books and 12 month app subscriptions in our office, and since 2016 will soon be coming to a close, we are raffling them off to you for FREE! The book and app contain hundreds of coupons to local, sustainable businesses. All you have to do is sign-up for our email newsletter before Wednesday, September 28 and your name will be automatically entered to win!

Sign up HERE

*Winners must be available for pick-up at our West Seattle Office.

Streamlining Mighty House

As our business continued to grow over the past year, we began to find it more challenging to keep up with the detail-intensive processes of home remodeling projects. Since client satisfaction and quality are our top priorities, we decided to implement Co-Construct to help us better manage projects.

This software lets us keep track of schedules, budgets, subcontractors, and change orders. And it lets our clients see everything all in one place.

You can watch a full video demo of their software here.

Planning Your Tiny House

Our very own Laura Elfline has a published article in Natural Awakenings!

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“With awareness and advance planning, building your tiny home can be a great experience and can result in enjoyment of your home for years to come.”

Tiny homes have never been more popular. Whether they are built to be mobile or as permanent accessory dwelling units, individuals are increasingly interested in building their own small structures as a way to provide affordable housing, guest quarters, rental income, or simply a lifestyle unencumbered by the caretaking required by a larger home and the objects that fill it. Considering a few key issues before setting out to build a tiny house can help support a successful outcome and increase satisfaction with the finished dwelling. Check out the full article: Planning Your Tiny House pdf

Free Windows 101 Workshop

Join us for a FREE workshop at Second Use Building Materials on Saturday June 25 from 11-12:30pm. Mighty House’s co-founder, Doug will be leading the session and going over the basics of using salvaged windows in home remodeling projects.

Saturday, June 25

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

 

New in Recycling

 The list of items welcome in your recycling bin just got longer! Here are a few of the biggest changes:
     

  • Large plastic items – laundry baskets, lawn chairs, buckets and storage containers can now be put directly in your recycling bin.
  • Plastic caps on empty bottlesif they are attached to the empty bottle, caps can go into the recycling, but if they’re loose they go in the garbage.
  • Cooking Oil – Pour cooled used oil into a plastic jug with a tight fitting, screw-on lid. Then label it with your name and address (so the City can track the 2 gallon per household limit) and set it next to your bin.

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.

‘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!