Just One More Free Light Bulb Recycling Event Left!

Just one more free CFL light bulb recycling events remain – don’t miss this opportunity to bring your burned-out CFL’s and get new, free replacement bulbs!
The event, scheduled for Oct. 26 at Home Depot in Shoreline, is just a part of Seattle City Light’s Twist and Save program.
The program offers discounts on CFL and LED bulbs, helping make the choice to use these efficient alternatives even easier!
Also, while supplies last, Seattle City Light is also offering FREE conservation kits, including 3 ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs and an efficient shower head. Find more information check out the project online.

Seattle’s Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Programs Offer Incentives and Encourage Sustainable Building Practices

The Living Building Challenge is an international green building certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability for buildings and landscapes possible today and acts to close the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

The first urban infill commercial project to meet the Living Building Challenge was Seattle’s own Bullitt Center, home of the Bullitt Foundation. The project was also the first project in Seattle’s pilot program.

To help Seattle developers meet the Living Building challenge, the City allows land developers to request additional departures from the Seattle Land Use Code. To be eligible for this program, projects must:

  • Qualify for full design review
  • Not be in a shoreline zone
  • Reduce total energy usage by 75 percent, not including energy generated on site
  • Reduce total building water usage by 75 percent, not including harvested rainwater, as compared to baselines estimated by Seattle Public Utilities
  • Capture and use at least 50 percent of stormwater on site
The Seattle City Council recently approved the city’s second Living Building Project, Skanska USA’s Stone34 in the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhood.For meeting these challenges, the Stone34 developers are allowed to add 20ft of height to the project and put the ground floor to commercial use.
You can tour the Bullitt Center by appointment or you can check out a video tour on their website.

Be Safe and Warm this Winter!

The cold and wet has [intermittently] arrived! Before temperatures drop too low, take some time to batten down the hatches inside and outside to help keep you and your family safe and cosy this winter.

    • SAFELY help clear your local storm drain of leaves and other debris by raking from the sidewalk and depositing them in your food and yard waste container.
      • If the drain remains clogged, call Seattle Public Utilitiesat 206-386-1800.
      • Keep water from building up and potentially causing damage by removing fall leaves from your gutters.
    • Check for missing or cracked caulking around doorways and windows. Sealing those cracks can save you a bundle on heating costs and help you feel more cozy.
    • Build a family emergency kit and have disaster plan in place. Make sure to have enough food, water and supplies on hand to last for 3 days (including pet food if necessary). Also include a flashlight, candles, crank or battery-operated radio and blankets. NEVER ever use a BBQ or campstove indoors!
    • Create a vehicle emergency kit with tire chains, water, basic tools, blankets, and comfortable shoes and outerwear for each member of the family.
    • Stay safe and avoid actively flooding basements. You can deal with the problem once the flooding subsides.
    • Protect exposed water pipes from freezing by wrapping with insulation, and in severe weather, open cabinets to expose under sink water lines to the heat of the home.
    • If you haven’t turned your heater on for the year, do so now to make sure that it is in good working condition before it gets super cold.
    • If you plan to use a fireplace, make sure it is in clean, good working condition.

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Join us for the 2013 Green Building Slam!

The excitement is already building, and theNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild is expecting a full house at this year’s 10x10x10 Green Building Slam at Kane Hall!

Laura is the chair of this year’s event and promises that it will be filled with fast-paced, mind-blowing talks about remarkable green building projects in the Greater Seattle area.

Roger Faris (best known in Seattle for his popular home repair advice segment on KUOW Public Radio and his home-repair column for the Seattle Press) will emcee – introducing the Seattle area architects and builders as they showcase their deep green projects, including home remodels, nonprofit housing projects and live-work spaces. Cheer them on as they show behind the scenes accounts of their successes, lessons and surprises along the way!

Drinks and delicious appetizers will be provided by Twelve Baskets Catering. The event will feature a fun raffle with some fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a 501(c)(3) community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.

General admission tickets are only $25! Buy yours today!

White Center’s Greenbridge Wins Design Award

Greenbridge, a mixed income community in White Center, won the 10-Minute Neighborhood Award at the 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference.
The idea behind 10-Minute Neighborhoods is that people who live close – within a 10 minute walk – to grocery stores, transit lines, parks, and other essential services, can more easily minimize environmental impacts and maximize a healthy lifestyle.
Greenbridge replaced 1940’s era housing with a mix of housing types and ope
n spaces that include a play area, community garden, picnic tables, open lawn and art pieces as well as town homes and cottages.
The award recognizes King County Housing Authority and their design team, led by GGLO, an integrated design firm that works in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscaping and Planning and Urban Design.