Madrona and Shorewood designated Green Schools

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Madrona Elementary and Shorewood Elementary have achieved designation as Level Two Green Schools through the King County Green Schools program.

The program has three levels, which involve students and staff in learning about and practicing conservation of natural resources.

Level One requires expanding recycling practices and focusing on waste reduction strategies, such as decreasing paper use.

Schools achieve Level Two by engaging in energy conservation actions, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms.

Level Three schools learn about and engage in water conservation practices.

“Staff and students at these schools have embraced recycling, reducing waste and other conservation actions,” said Dale Alekel, Green Schools Program Manager. “Simple steps, such as turning off lights in unoccupied rooms and recycling paper, bottles and cans, add up to big benefits.”

Alekel said most participating schools report cuts in operating expenses after maintaining successful waste reduction and recycling programs and reducing energy and water use.


The city of Des Moines is holding a community open house Wednesday, May 23, on the Des Moines Marina and Beach Park development plan.

The meeting will be held at the Des Moines Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St. from 5-7 p.m.

The open house will include preliminary site development concepts for the marina floor.

Staffers are seeking comments on land use, development options and the economic health of the marina and Beach Park.

More information is available at www.desmoinesmarina.com or by contacting Harbormaster Joe Dusenbury at 206-870-5534 or jdusenbury@desmoineswa.gov.

Agreements also expected soon on SeaTac light rail expansion

SeaTac lawmakers will discuss locally the global issues of climate change and sustainability at their May 22 study session.

The local issue is a $600 dues payment for membership in ICLEI, an international organization concerned with sustainability issues on a local level.

On May 8, six speakers, including three SeaTac residents, urged SeaTac council members to reject a voucher payment to ICLEI that was originally on the council’s consent agenda.

That led to a mini-debate between council members Barry Ladenburg and Rick Forschler on climate change.

Ladenburg said he found it almost laughable that people would still question the existence of global warming or climate change.

“The discussion over the question is over,” Ladenburg declared. “The question now is what do we do about it.”

He added that the problem must be dealt with on an international scale.
Forschler countered, “It is far from a settled issue.”


Press release:

Contaminated groundwater and soil under and near a SeaTac property will undergo cleanup with a combination of below-ground air injection, vapor removal, and natural bacterial action, under a proposed legal agreement submitted for public comment by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the site’s current and former owners.

The proposed agreement, called a consent decree, incorporates a cleanup action plan that underwent public review and comment in 2011.

The parcel – owned by Sea-Tac Investments LLC, ANSCO Properties, LLC, and Scarsella Bros. Inc., -- is located at 16025-16223 International Blvd. The site has no connection with the nearby Sea-Tac Airport.

The property has had various occupants and businesses, including a construction yard and tenants who installed underground fuel tanks.

Sampling studies show that contaminants related to gasoline affect ground water under the property’s north end and a surrounding area. A cleanup of contaminated soil occurred in 2001, and pavement on the site prevents people from coming into contact with soil and vapors from the contaminated underground water and soil.

First Large Consolidated Rental Car Facility to Receive Award

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Port of Seattle Commission on Wednesday, April 25 accepted the LEED® Silver award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of the soon-to-open consolidated Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (The facility is set to open to the public on May 17.)

This is currently the largest consolidated rental car facility in the nation to be certified Silver by the USGBC, the nation’s preeminent program for high performance green buildings. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for green building certification.

”We can build a sustainable future while we create jobs,” Port of Seattle Commission President Gael Tarleton said after learning of the award. “All of our partners can take credit for recycling more than 97 percent of construction waste and sourcing nearly 30 percent of building materials from local and regional suppliers.”


Press release:

Who: Students, parents, and staff of Cedarhurst Elementary School in conjunction with the City of Burien.

What: Students will clean their walk-to-school pathway and improve the walking trail from 12th Ave South to 8th Ave South as part of the city-wide Burien Clean Sweep event. The City of Burien will provide gravel and remove debris collected in the effort.

When: Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Trailhead is located at 12th Ave S & 132nd St. and runs between 12th and 10th Ave S.

Highline Public Schools and the City of Burien have worked together this year to create safer routes for kids to walk to school as part of a grant through Seattle & King County Public Health. The school sponsors a walking school bus every Thursday when students, families, and staff walk to school together.


Press release:

Please join us this weekend as we work together to improve the health of Puget Sound and the salmon in our local streams! Native plants along rivers and streams capture air and water pollution, soak up and slow down stormwater, and provide food and shelter to fish and other wildlife. Hope to see you there!

Walker Preserve Invasive Plant Removal
Date/Time: SUNDAY, April 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Stewardship Purpose: Improve habitat along the stream by removing non-native, invasive plants
• Seek out English ivy and remove it from trees and pull roots out of the ground.
• Seek out Himalayan blackberry plants, cut them back, and then dig out the root balls.
Address: SW. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW., Normandy Park
This is up the road from Normandy Park City Hall, just off 1st Ave SW. If driving, your parking options include:
Three spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W.
On the street along SW. 168th St.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no restrooms at this site.
What to bring:
• Your enthusiasm
• Clothing that will protect you from the rain or sun and blackberry thorns


There’s a couple garden plots left at Burien’s Community Garden.

The garden plots, open to Burien residents, are located just west of the Burien Community Center Annex at Southwest 144th St. and 4th Avenue Southwest.

To sign up for a plot or for more information, contact Burien Parks at 206-988-3700.


Press release:

Team up with friends and neighbors to make a difference by spiffing up Burien during the city’s annual Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New this year, graffiti removal will join tasks such as sweeping sidewalks, trimming shrubs, planting flowers, picking up trash and more. Spearheaded by Daniel Keane of Serenza Salon, Makeover Burien will have a team on graffiti patrol, cleaning up graffiti around Burien. Makeover Burien is a new all-volunteer group whose mission is to help make over Burien, one business at a time.

The 2011 Clean Sweep boasted more than 400 people getting rid of 8.2 tons of garbage from Burien’s streets, parks and commercial areas.

In appreciation of their participation, volunteers will receive breakfast, lunch and a chance to win prizes. Clean Sweep is presented by the city of Burien and the Discover Burien Association. Waste Management is the primary sponsor.


Sustainable Burien press release:

Welcome to the fun and delicious world of urban foraging! Come join us at Seahurst Park on April 15th from 2-4 p.m. to learn how to identify some of the most common edible weeds and wild foods available to us in the city.

Weeds are an abundant source of nutritious food available for the picking. Many of our most common weeds hide huge nutrition in their tasty little leaves!

Master forager, Melany Vorass, will present information on gathering ethics, local rules and regulations, safety, and general information about how to cook with weeds.

Participants will learn about free and abundant superfoods like dandelion, plantain, catsear, nipplewort and shotweed and will receive a handy take-home brochure with field identification information and cooking tips.

After almost 25 years as an environmental policy analyst, Melany retired to pursue a combination of her three greatest loves: plants, food and writing.

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