Nonprofit Spotlight: Bike Works

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!

Reduce Water Pollution with a Permeable Driveway

Reduce Water Pollution with a Permeable Driveway

When designing her new garage with LD Arch Design, our client Katherine made a simple decision to make her home greener: using a permeable material for her driveway. While standard concrete pavement is expensive and contributes to issues with runoff and water pollution, installing a permeable surface allows water to be filtered as it seeps back into the ground.

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Katherine chose to “pave” her driveway with open cell concrete blocks. These blocks are designed to support a car while also allowing grass to grow. Water hitting the surface now becomes groundwater instead of contributing to erosion and adding harmful chemicals to our streams. This project also featured a green roof garden on the upper story overhang accessible through the window and creative solutions for storage!

Read more from The Seattle Times.

New in Recycling

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 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 

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.