Members of a new church in SeaTac are holding a street cleanup in their new city this Sunday.

The World Mission Society Church of God, located at 18435 42nd Ave. S. is sponsoring the cleanup. They will begin at noon along South 188th Street, go north on International Boulevard to South 176th Street and back to 42nd Avenue South. The event goes until 4 p.m.

The members are inviting other volunteers to join them.

“Living in a clean environment contributes much to a person’s well being and allows a much more pleasant life,” the church said in a press release.

For more information, contact Amanda Tello at 520-256-3142 or Deborah Kwon at 206-465-0255.


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The Environmental Science Center (ESC), Cascadia Consulting Group, Master Gardeners, and Sustainable Burien with support from the city of Burien, King County, and The Russell Family Foundation are sponsoring a FREE workshop for the public.

Please join us in the Multipurpose Room at the Burien Library (400 SW 152nd Street, Burien) on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

A beautiful garden or yard depends on healthy soil. Learn how to achieve this while also keeping the Puget Sound and our community vital. Master Gardener, Mary Machala, will show you examples and tools to use to build soil health inexpensively.

Gretchen Muller, Senior Associate at Cascadia Consulting Group, will also speak on low-impact development practices and protecting our watershed.


A giant salmon will swim into Burien Town Square next week.

Actually, it’s FIN, a fiberglass salmon that children can walk through and learn about the life cycle of the salmon. It will be at the square next to the Burien Library, 400 S.W. 152nd St., on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18, noon-7 p.m. each day.

The fun educational opportunity is hosted by Sustainable Burien and the Community Salmon Investigation (CSI.)

Burien resident Grace Stiller rented the fiberglass salmon from the North Olympic Salmon Coalition for display at Newcastle’s Earth Day celebration, beginning April 20.

Stiller contacted Sustainable Burien to see if the group wanted to display FIN before it swam over to the east side.

Besides volunteers to help with the educational display, Sustainable Burien is seeking a budding actor to “embody” or, more accurately, “in-body” the costumed Bert the Fish, who also may make a Town Square appearance.


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This spring, more than 2,000 students will hit the beach with the Environmental Science Center's naturalists to explore intertidal Puget Sound. A new component this year includes an expanded field study from one and a half hours to two hours so that students can learn about the harmful effects of marine debris on our oceans and actions they can take to be a Beach Hero.

Taking advantage of ESC's new facility at Seahurst Park, students will be able to explore plastics collected from the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the North Pacific Gyre, view satellite imagery of earth's ocean currents, and learn how to pack a sustainable lunch box by minimizing single use plastics.

When students make the pledge to REFUSE, REDUCE, RE-USE, and RECYCLE plastics in their daily life, they will receive an official Beach Hero identification card.

Most of the more than 90 classes that ESC will serve this spring receive a one-hour classroom session, two-hour field study, and bus transportation free-of-charge.


Unfortunately, the landslide that caused widespread destruction near Coupeville may soon be repeated in Burien if the Westmark Emerald Pointe project continues to move forward.

Westmark recently obtained from the city of Burien a permit to clear ALL but 8 significant trees from 9.62 acres of steeply sloped terrain directly above the Highline School District Puget Sound Skills Center, the Environmental Science Center and its fish hatchery and wetlands at the north end of Seahurst Park.

With hundreds of trees removed and less than 1 significant tree per acre, what will be left is sparse unprotected slopes unable to absorb rainwater and run off. This land in question is clearly marked as landslide area on the City of Burien's own Critical Areas map (http://www.burienwa.gov/?nid=717).

Every year slides occur on or within close proximity of the land in question. In the recent past there has been the Maplewild Avenue Slide, Cove Point Road Slide, Goat Hill Slide, and multiple Three Tree Point Slides. It is the structural and environmental soundness of the Westmark Emerald Pointe project that continues to concern citizens.

Update: New speaker on Yard Care

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The Environmental Science Center (ESC), Sustainable Burien, Permaculture Now! and Sustainable West Seattle (Tox-Ick.org) with support from the city of Burien, King County, and The Russell Family Foundation are sponsoring a free workshop for the public. Please join us in the Multipurpose Room at the Burien Library (400 SW 152nd Street, Burien) on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

The workshop Don’t Feed the Monster will now include a presentation from Jenny Pell from Permaculture Now! She will speak on ways you can improve your yard to become more functional as well as benefit our watershed. Puget Sound diver, Laura James, will still present on the health of Puget Sound and seven easy ways we can all help protect it.

Practicing sustainable yard care can be beneficial not only to the environment, but also to your pocketbook. Simple practices such as using natural pesticides and organic fertilizer from yard waste help protect waterways from being polluted with toxic chemicals.

Meeting is Jan. 22, 2 p.m. at airport conference center

Update: The meeting time has been switched from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The Port of Seattle Commission’s January 22nd regular meeting will include an update on Sea-Tac Airport’s Part 150 Noise Study.

The update will include information on the draft recommended options for reducing aircraft noise in the new proposed noise remedy area around the airport.

The Part 150 Study will be available for public review sometime after the January 22nd Commission meeting.

The dates of the Part 150 public comment period, along with the date of the final public outreach event, will be announced in the near future.

For your convenience, please visit the dedicated Part 150 Study website for all documentation connected to the study.


King County is looking for more Earth Heroes like Sandy Zimmermann, a student at Highline Big Picture High School in Burien, who initiated a trash audit that led to her role in expanding the school’s recycling program.
She also organized a pep rally to motivate students to properly recycle, and coordinated the necessary support from the school district, facility staff and teachers.
For those efforts, Sandy was named an Earth Hero in School last year.

King County wants to honor the very best students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that are contributing to student environmental education and environmental protection, through the County’s Earth Heroes at School awards program.

Nominations for the 2013 Earth Heroes at School are due Feb. 23. Winners will be honored at an event featuring King County Executive Dow Constantine on April 25, during the County’s annual Earth Week celebration.

Recycling, restoring habitat, composting lunchroom waste and growing pesticide-free gardens are among the many types of award-winning projects carried out by students, teachers and staff in King County schools.


Press release:

Boy Scout Troop 375 will host its annual Christmas Tree Recycle this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Southwest 160th Street and 1st Avenue South (the Herr lumber site) in Burien.

We ask for a $5 donation per tree. Funds go to our scout camp and other troop activities so that all our 28 boys can go to summer camp regardless of their family economic situation.

Free hot chocolate will be served. And our polite boys will remove your tree from your car and share a smile.

Free bags of our "Good Karma Christmas Tree Compost" are available for the asking. Bring a bag!

District saves $367,000 in utility costs in 2011-2012

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Highline Public Schools set a goal to save $300,000 on utility costs during the 2011-2012 school year.

Thanks to staff and student efforts, savings, at $367,000, exceeded the goal. The amount saved represents 7 percent of the district’s total 2011-2012 combined utility budget for natural gas, electricity, water, sewer, surface water, irrigation, garbage, and recycling.

An agreement with Puget Sound Energy that supports the district’s Resource Conservation Program also resulted in an additional incentive payment of $28,000 for reduced energy use.

Highline Public Schools’ Resource Conservation Manager, Pandora Touart focuses on better management of more than 300 utility accounts and usage monitoring, as well as supporting an array of action steps taken by staff and students on a day-to-day basis.

Many schools took responsibility to reduce energy use. At Shorewood Elementary School, staff received regular updates about progress towards energy use goals, energy-saving checklists were posted in every classroom, and students monitored outside doors to ensure they were not left open at recess or lunchtime.

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