A Drone’s View of SR-99 Tunnel

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.

Workshop: Salvage Doors 101

Workshop: Salvage Doors 101

Join us for a FREE Salvaged Doors 101 Workshop @ Second Use on Saturday May 14th. Our very own Doug Elfline will be covering all the basics of salvage door projects. Find out whether salvage is an option for your next project, see a demonstration of how to choose the right door, and learn about proper installation and maintenance techniques.

Saturday, May 14
Second Use Building Materials
3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134
11-12:30 PM

 

‘Rollie Pollies’ Protect Our Groundwater

‘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

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!

In Support of the Greenwood Community After the Explosion

In Support of the Greenwood Community After the Explosion

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Greenwood Elementary students form a heart on the playground the morning after the explosion. Photo by KOMO News

After the gas leak and explosion on March 9th, the Greenwood community came together to support residents, businesses owners, and employees who were affected by the blast.  Volunteers helped businesses to replace shattered windows and doors with plywood. Then they returned to add cheer to the scene of the explosion by painting and planting flowers.  As of April 1st, close to $244,000 has been raised for the relief fund and more than 40 businesses and community groups have held benefit events. So far $105,000 has been disbursed and the remaining money will continue to support the immediate needs of those who were impacted or displaced.

You can help by donating to the PNA’s Greenwood Explosion Relief Fund. You can also sign up as a volunteer to help out with future needs.