Environment

SeaTac submits application for distinguished recognition for environmental efforts

Press release:

The City of SeaTac has received the first overall municipality 5-Star EnviroStars Certification rating from the EnviroStars certification program that recognizes businesses on their environmentally friendly practices and policies.

Government facilities usually submit as individual departments and are certified independently as SeaTac’s Parks/Public Works Maintenance Facility did previously in 2011.

The City worked closely with EnviroStars Program Manager Laurel Tomchick and submitted the very first overall city government application earlier this year that included the Parks Maintenance Division, Public Works Maintenance Division, Fire Stations, City Hall, Facilities Division, and Community Center, that also encompassed parks properties (buildings and public land areas), public works properties and right of way practices, along with city staff behaviors and practices.

09/20/2012

Press release:

The community is invited to participate in the Words of Welcome Salmon Homecoming Project taking place in late September and early October at locations throughout Des Moines. The project is made possible with the support of the Des Moines Arts Commission, 4Culture lodging tax, and Arts Crush.

This environmental art project draws attention to the fact that Des Moines is home to salmon-spawning streams. Anyone wishing to participate is provided with a fishtail-shaped banner on which to write a short poem, message or design to welcome the salmon returning from their years spent out in the Pacific Ocean. These will be displayed through the month of October along pedestrian bridges that cross over Des Moines streams.

There is no fee for participating in this project – it is FREE!

Folks wishing to take part in the Salmon Homecoming Project may visit the following locations at the following times.

• Monday, September 24, 11:30am - Des Moines Senior Activity Center, 2045 S 216th Street
• Wednesday, September 26, 6-8pm – Woodmont Library, 26809 Pacific Highway S

09/12/2012

Press release:

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air inflight recycling programs diverted more than 800 tons of inflight waste from landfills last year, including some 230 tons of aluminum and 185 tons of paper.

That’s enough aluminum to build three new airplanes and enough paper to replace 3,100 trees. In addition torecycling more inflight waste, the two airlines have also reduced their carbon emissions by 30 percent per passenger mile since 2004.

These are among several accomplishments highlighted in Alaska Air Group’s newly released 2012 Sustainability Report, which summarizes the company’s progress on environmental, economic and social goals.

09/12/2012

Press release:

SUSTAINABLE BURIEN

Wildlife Habitat –Home & Community

September 9, 2012, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Avenue S, Des Moines*

Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager of the National Wildlife Federation for the Pacific Region, will be our featured speaker in September. She’ll be showing how at home or in our community we can learn to create a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish!

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat.

By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat® with National Wildlife Federation.

If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a Community Wildlife Habitat® -- a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community--in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.

08/29/2012

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Parks Foundation invite the public to attend ShellFest 2012 at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Saltwater State Park, 25205 8th Pl. S. The event features fun activities for the whole family, including low-tide beach walks led by local experts, touch tanks, ice tables, children’s activities, craft booths, face painting, paddle making, videos and more.

Lunch is free and provided by Taylor Shellfish, with a suggested donation of $5 for individuals and $10 for families that will go to the Washington State Parks Foundation. Admission is free. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

Additional event sponsors include the Department of Health, the Puyallup Tribe, Taylor Shellfish, Washington Sea Grant, Flute Quest 2012 and Westport Aquarium.

08/02/2012

Press release:

Beginning August 1st, CleanScapes will begin a curbside Styrofoam collection pilot program. This free program will allow Des Moines CleanScapes residential customers to place Styrofoam on the curb for collection.

Every Wednesday, regardless of your collection day, CleanScapes will collect Styrofoam from your residence. Call or email CleanScapes customer service by 4pm on Tuesday to schedule collection on Wednesday. Call (206) 762-4900 or email desmoines@cleanscapes.com.

“CleanScapes is proud to offer this free service to the City of Des Moines. Styrofoam can be recycled into valuable high density plastic, and we want to keep Styrofoam out of the landfill,” said Chris Martin, CleanScapes President.

For more information about the program including instructions for placing Styrofoam on the curb, please visit CleanScapes website at: http://www.cleanscapes.com/des_moines/community/

07/30/2012

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BURIEN URBAN GARDEN TOUR – Sunday, August 12, 2012, 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Sustainable Burien

We’ll meet at “the Rock” at Burien Town Square at 2:00 (no later than 2:10). We’ll arrange carpooling and hand out the addresses of the two urban gardens below.

More people are growing their own food and finding innovative ways to live more sustainably. Join us as we visit neighbors who are creating urban farms and be inspired to create your own version or get new ideas, or share what you’ve done.

The Feeney property is located in the Hazel Valley Area. It is made up of 1-1/2 acres, with 1 acre being second growth native forest. The forest has been continually worked on to remove invasive holly, ivy and non-native blackberries. The 1/2 acre has a house, a couple of out buildings, gardens and developing gardens. Every year new ideas come into play as how to minimize developing impacts and maximize housing for our population growth. We are enjoying the forest and gardens as we consider what the least impact will be for this property in the future.

07/27/2012

The cleanup of the contaminated Lora Lake Apartments site won’t begin until the spring of 2014, the state Department of Ecology’s site manager told Burien City Council members on July 16.

The site near South 152nd Street and Des Moines Memorial Drive contains ten to 100 times the mandated cleanup level of Dioxin, according to David South.

But although Dioxin lasts a long time, it does not spread as a vapor, South noted. The apartment buildings have been torn down and the site is completely fenced off.

As for particularly dangerous spots that might have to be cleaned up immediately, South noted, “there is nothing screaming hot.”

Lora Lake and a dredge area across Des Moines Drive are also contaminated, South said. However, South added, tests have shown that nearby Miller Creek has not been adversely affected.

Contaminant concentrations in Miller Creek are much less than in the shallow three-acre Lora Lake, South reported.

South said preliminary plans are to excavate parts of the apartment site and cap the contamination. Lora Lake, which is on fenced-off Port property, may be filled.

07/19/2012

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Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday, July 18th, will tour a series of projects underway to restore and improve the health of the Puget Sound. In 2005, when Gregoire created the Puget Sound Partnership, she called for a “swimmable, fishable, diggable” Puget Sound by 2020.

The projects she will be touring are aimed at meeting that goal. Joining Gregoire on the tour will be Chair of the Puget Sound Leadership Council Martha Kongsgard, Bill Ruckelshaus, and the new Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership Colonel Tony Wright.

2:30 p.m. “SWIMMABLE”: Gregoire to visit Burien rain garden cluster, tour Seahurst Park restoration project:

Rain garden cluster (From 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.)
Seahurst Park (From 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

07/17/2012
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Gov. Gregoire to tour Burien rain gardens, Seahurst Park restoration project
Photo credit: 
Photo by Steve Shay

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18, Gov. Chris Gregoire, pictured at a recent Museum of Flight appearance, will tour a series of projects underway to restore and improve the health of the Puget Sound, and will include stops in Burien,

Press release:

Plants are amazing organisms that feed us, clothe us, heal us, shelter us, and protect us. Learn more about the green wonders that can be found in your very own neighborhood this Saturday.

Join us for a FREE program:

Saturday, July 14th, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Bigfoot Backwoods: The Power of Plants
Environmental Science Center at Seahurst Beach