Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Restoration Horticulture at Edmonds College

Edmonds Community College offers a unique, new two-year degree in Restoration Horticulture that will train students to help restore damaged land, habitat, and ecosystems in a range of rural, suburban, and urban environments.

The Restoration Horticulture program trains students to replant natural areas by designing, establishing, and stewarding native plant communities. It also teaches them to how to create green spaces in urban settings using green roofs and walls, and bioswales (drainage troughs that filter runoff water).

“Helping to restore ecosystems in damaged natural areas is an emerging and critically important field. Restoration work is often dependent upon the successful use of plants. We’re training students to provide that expertise,” said instructor Timothy Hohn, chair of the college’s Horticulture Department.

The degree includes foundation courses within the college’s well-established horticulture program such as plant identification, soils, pest management, and pruning as well as new restoration horticulture classes including Introduction to Restoration Ecology, HORT 250, and Pacific Northwest Land and Water Issues, HORT 249.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Previous Concrete and Permeable Pavers!

Thursday, August 7, 2008
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Bring Your Own Lunch!

Construction Industry Training Council
1930 116th Ave NE, Bellevue, Room 205
PH 425.454.2482

Pervious Concrete and Permeable Pavers: Are They the Right Choice for Your Project?
By Andy Marks, Managing Director of the Concrete Council and
Dave Parisi, Commercial Hardscape Specialist, Mutual Materials Co.

With stormwater regs getting tougher all the time, more and more projects are using hardscape materials that reduce runoff. At our August roundtable we’ll examine two of the most talked-about options, pervious concrete and permeable pavers.

Have your questions answered about using these materials on your projects, such as:
- What pervious materials are available, and how do they compare?
- How are they viewed by local jurisdictions?
- Are there conditions when they shouldn’t be used?
- How do they perform over time and in different applications?
- What does it take to install and maintain them properly?
- What can go wrong?

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  • September Topic: LEED Grocery Stores – tentatively a tour of the new Edmonds PCC

Contact Scott Schreffler at Dykeman or 425/259.3161 to attend!

PUD, 2320 California Street in Everett.


This informal group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon at the PUD in Everett to talk about LEED, the green building rating system operated by US Green Building Council.

LEED for New Construction in Sept...

Snohomish County now is your time to go LEED

Everett LEED for New Construction Technical Review

September 10, 2008 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Snohomish PUD, 2320 California Street, Everett, WA

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Are you ready to enter the rapidly growing green building market?
Attend the LEED® for New Construction and Major Renovations Technical Review Workshop presented by the U.S. Green Building Council. Gain the knowledge needed to maximize commercial building performance, achieve LEED certification and take the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam.

Thanks to our workshop sponsor!

Check-in and breakfast at 8:00am, workshop starts at 8:30am
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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rooftop Garden on the Dog's House

Gretel, emerges from her doghouse with features a green roof

Skip the ordinary doghouse; give your pooch a homemade, garden-topped refuge that is cooler, in every sense of the word, than anything else around.
Bettijane Levine Los Angeles Times

Green roofs are good. They clean the air, cool the house below, provide rest stops for birds and butterflies. If you work well with wood and want to try a green roof, why not start by building one for your dog?

Landscape architect Stephanie Rubin and her partner, sculptor Chris Isner, sell doghouses with rooftop gardens for $1,000 to $4,000. Your homemade version will cost a lot less — and the dog in residence will appreciate a plant-topped refuge that is cooler, in every sense of the word, than anything else around.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Runoff Polutions: State and Local Governments side with Builders

Environmentalists seek 'low impact' mandates Governments side with builders


Gov. Chris Gregoire made restoring Puget Sound a key part of her environmental policy.

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is known as one of the greenest mayors in the country.

And King County Executive Ron Sims has long labored to make sure people know he loves the Earth.

Yet who's standing in the way of requiring building techniques that a growing chorus of scientists says could rein in the largest source of most of Puget Sound's worst pollutants?

Gregoire's Ecology Department. And the city of Seattle. And King County. And Tacoma, and Pierce and Snohomish counties, and other local governments.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008



July 8th from 5:30-7:30pm

Let’s raise a toast to the planet while we figure

out ways to not toast the planet!

Jessica Pavish, a Snohomish County native, has had the good fortune to
visit many places all over the world and really wants to make sure that
our kids (hers and yours and all the people we'll never meet, because
they haven't been born yet) will inherit a planet that is as beautiful and
diverse as the one we've enjoyed. She's an avid recycler and is often
found at our local Goodwill store.

Jessica has been serving client's investment needs since 1984 - ask how
she can "green-up your green". You're sure to enjoy her extensive
collection of work by local artists and refreshments provided by
"The Savory Table". She is excited to share her Edward Jones
office located in Everett's first mixed-use/affordable housing development .

Edward Jones
22511 Colby
Everett 98201