Friday, October 24, 2008

Fully Contained Communities Update and Your help is needed!

Please Express your views, via a phone call, email or testify...

After two hours of public testimony yesterday at the FCC public hearing, Snohomish County Council Members Dave Somers and Mike Cooper said they would vote for a moratorium on rural mini cities (Fully Contained Communities, or FCC's), and Council Members Dave Gossett and John Koster said they would not.

The fourth member, Brian Sullivan, wanted a week to get some more questions answered. Call or email Council Member Brian Sullivan and John Koster and tell them how you feel about this moratorium. You can email them at and, or call them at 425-388-3494.

You can view the entire public hearing and the council members comments at, and click on Council Webcasts at the bottom of the home page, and then go to the hearing and click on the webcast. It was a great hearing and worth listening to in order to provide you the best perspective on what is going on.

The County Council will continue their deliberations and most likely their vote at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th. If there are not 4 Council votes, the possibility that County Executive Aaron Reardon could VETO the moratorium.

Please email Executive Reardon at and express your interest.

Three articles of interest:

There were numerous amendments offered by developers, citizens and council members, so the written comment period and public hearing is also extended to Wednesday, October 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council’s Chambers.

Most likely there will be opportunity for public comment as well. You can view the documents and amendments for Ordinance 08-101 on the county’s website at

Thank you Futurewise for supplying the above information.....

LID Practices for Storm Water in Wester Washington

Thank you to PSA and PPS for moving ahead with LID practices....

Activists want cities' storm water control to go green
By Phuong LeAssociated PressSEATTLE --

Environmental groups are fighting to require more than 85 Western Washington cities and counties to curb storm water runoff using "green" methods such as retention ponds, native vegetation and cisterns.The state Pollution Control Hearings Board was considering challenges to the state's storm water rules Thursday, including an appeal from Puget Soundkeeper Alliance arguing that low-impact designs should be mandated to stem the flow of pollutants into the region's waters.

The rules could affect development in at least 80 municipalities and five counties in Western Washington, including Bellingham, Port Angeles, Everett and Vancouver."What we're asking for here is not for them to do something new, but to shift away from traditional techniques that we know don't work very well to low-impact techniques," said Jan Hasselman, an attorney for Earthjustice representing PSA and People for Puget Sound.

click here to read more in the Herald

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Purchashing for Climate Protection

Monday, October 27 – 9am to 12pm
FREE morning workshop....

Snohomish County Campus
Robert J. Drewel Building
3000 Rockefeller, Everett, WA 98201

Executive Aaron Reardon is hosting a “Purchasing for Climate Protection” workshop. There is no
charge for the workshop and it is open to public and private sector purchasers and others who
are interested in environmentally responsible purchasing. This session will highlight specific actions government agencies and businesses can take to reduce their carbon footprint by changing their purchasing policies and practices.

These actions include, but are not limited to:
• Establishing energy-effi ciency standards for all lighting equipment, appliances and
computers used in their facilities;
• Improving the fuel-effi ciency ratings of their fl eets;
• Installing renewable energy technologies;
• Buying recycled-content and remanufactured products;
• Reducing paper and water consumption;
• Sourcing food and other goods from local producers; and
• Switching to concentrated “green” cleaners for offi ce buildings, schools and other buildings.

The presenter of this workshop is Alicia Culver, Executive Director of the Green Purchasing Institute, a nonprofi t organization that works directly with government agencies, businesses and institutions to develop sustainable purchasing policies as well as contracts for environmentally preferable goods and services. She has taken a leading role in
drafting model specifi cations for high-effi ciency/low-mercury lighting equipment for several states and localities, and helped several local governments develop purchasing chapters for their climate action plans. She has also convened a team of researchers to document the best purchasing practices for achieving and documenting greenhouse gas emissions associated with the procurement of goods and services. She has contributed to several related publications

Buying Smart: Experiences of Green Purchasing Pioneers, Cleaning for Health; Products and Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment; and Responsible Purchasing Guide to Fluorescent Lighting. In addition, she has served as a technical advisor to the Washington State Department of Ecology, the City of Seattle and many other jurisdictions across the United States. Alicia is currently advising Snohomish County.

Please pre-register by sending your contact information and affiliation to
Ginger Metz at or calling 425.388.6483.