Friday, November 28, 2008

Intergrating Sustainability into Your Strategic Plan

Integrating Sustainability into Your Strategic Plan
Thursday, December 04, 08
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Location: MBA Housing Center, 335 116th Ave. SE, Bellevue

Learn how to integrate sustainability into your strategic and business planning, resulting in increased profitability and long term vitality. This breakfast workshop is being sponsored by our association, Sustainable Development Task Force of Snohomish County and Sustainable September.

Instructor(s): Brenda Nunes, MBA and executive officer and certified sustainable building advisor, Sustainability FoundationCarolyn J. Hope, president, Sustainable Development Task Force Cheryl Isen, president, Isen and Company

Contact: MBA University
Phone: (425) 451-7920 Ext 208
Cost: $45/person
Pre-registration is required. Breakfast will be provided.
Printable Registration Form

Sustainability in Business Planning

Professional Workshop-Integrating Sustainability into Your Business Planning

December 4th 2008, 7:30-9:30 am-Master Builders of King and SnohomishCounties $45

For more information contact: Gretchen Stewart, Director of EducationMBA U 425-460-8206.

Learn how to integrate sustainability into your strategic and businessplanning resulting in increased provitability and long term vitality.This breakfast workshop is being sponsored by Master BuildersAssociation of King and Snohomish Counties, Sustainable DevelopmentTask Force of Snohomish County, and Sustainable September.

Brenda Nunes, MBA, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, SustainableSeptember Chair, Sustainability Foundation-Executive Officer

Carolyn Hope, Sustainable Development Task Force of Snohomish County -Past President and professional planner

Cheryl Isen, Isen and Company, a strategic planning and marketingfirm, Principal

Workshop address: 335 116th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Tickets may bepurchased for $45 online at or by calling (425)460-8206.

Green Roof Function, Design & Installation

Associated Builders & Contractors’
Thursday, December 4, 2008
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Free presentation and networking opportunity
Triad Associates *NEW LOCATION!*
12112 115th Avenue NE, Kirkland

How to Grow a Roof:
Green Roof Function, Design & Installation
Vegetated roofs are one of the hottest concepts in green building these days. Join us as Patrick Carey of Hadj Design explains why green roofs are gaining in popularity and what design and installation methods are best suited to our region.

Speaker: Patrick Carey, Hadj Design
Patrick Carey, principal of Hadj Design, has been researching and experimenting with green roofs, living walls, and other forms of biophilic design since 2000. As director of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s Green Roof Project, he designed and installed 20 experimental green roofs in the Puget Sound area. His firm has designed an additional 55 commercial and residential green roofs, featuring a wide range of assembly types and climate zones. His work has won the King County Environmental Hero Award, an A.I.A. Environmental Award, and a Seattle Livability Award.

Moderator: David Hilgers, Triad Associates David Hilgers is a Pacifi c Northwest native and a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelors of Science in Landscape
Architecture. He is a registered Landscape Architect in Washington and Oregon and currently works for Triad Associates, a multidiscipline consulting fi rm in Kirkland. As a LEED®-Accredited Professional, Mr. Hilgers has been involved in many sustainable design projects including the green roofs for the Going Green at the Beach project and the Zero Energy Idea House in Bellevue.

About the ABC Green Council:
The ABC Green Council was launched in February 2008 to provide a forum for education and networking related to the emerging field of green building. Chaired by Pam Worner of Green Dog Enterprises, the council’s roundtables on the fi rst Thursday of each month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm are free and open to ABC members and prospective members alike. In addition to the monthly gatherings, each of which will feature an educational topic, the council’s activities will include site visits to green projects, a series of seminars, and whatever else council members want to do!

Come join us as together we increase our knowledge of this important field that is transforming the way we build. For more information, to RSVP your attendance or to be put on
the email list for notifi cations on ABC Green Council roundtables, seminars and other events, please contact Member Services Coordinator Kim Trautman at, 425.646.8000 or 800.640.7789.

ABC of Western Washington  399 114th Avenue NE  Bellevue, WA 98004  800.640.7789 

Directions to Triad Associates
If you're heading to Triad for a meeting they’re easy to find in Kirkland just a few blocks from I-405.
12112 115th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
I-405 Heading North
Take the NE 116th Street exit, #20A
Turn LEFT at bottom of off-ramp onto NE 116th Street
Turn RIGHT at first stoplight onto 120th Avenue NE
Turn LEFT at first stoplight onto NE 118th Street
Turn RIGHT onto 115th Avenue NE
Triad Associates is located a block up on the RIGHT
I-405 Heading South
Take the NE 124th Street exit, #20
Turn RIGHT at the end of the off-ramp onto NE 124th Street
Turn LEFT at second stoplight onto 113th Avenue NE
Turn LEFT onto NE 122nd Way
122nd Way becomes 115th Ave NE
Triad Associates is located on the LEFT

Friday, November 07, 2008

Book of the Month

The Green City: Sustainable Homes, Sustainable Suburbsby Nicholas Low

Publisher Comments:

What does the global agenda of sustainable development mean for the urban spaces where most people live, work and move? Can we keep what we love about city and suburban life and still save the environment? What new methods of planning and building will be needed in the 21st century?

A genuinely innovative book, "The Green City, considers and answers these three basic questions, and challenges the way we think about our cities, the environment and planning for the future. It presents a new and controversial challenge to ideas about sustainability and rejects both economic and environmental orthodoxy. In a nutshell, its message is that the sustainable city can be built by a thousand well-directed small changes. To illustrate this, "The Green City draws on diverse practical case material from Australia, Europe the USA and Asia, and features a photographic essay of 34 colour photographs.

At this post Nov 7th....Powells Bookstore in Portland has this book on special.
You can order it Online....check it out click here

Plan to Rescue Puget Sound

How did this happen? Pollution running off hard surfaces? Scooping doggie poop?

Draft plan to help rescue Puget Sound unveiled

Rescuing ecologically battered Puget Sound requires a wide-ranging campaign expected to cost -- for starters -- at least an extra $100 million a year, state officials said Thursday as they unveiled their draft plan.

Topping the list of actions needed are buying ecologically critical lands and beefing up efforts to rein in pollution flowing off hard surfaces such as streets and parking lots after heavy rains. The list of steps proposed by the Puget Sound Partnership looks far beyond the shores of the Sound itself and spans the spectrum -- from actions as simple as scooping dogs' poop to undertakings as complicated as overhauling state water law.

click here to read more from the PI

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Rain Gardens and.....

photo is rain garden
at the Evergreen Fair grounds

Rain Gardens and Rain Catchments:

Yes, Snohomish County it is time to pay attention to where the water goes.

When Rain falls from the sky, who owns it?.... These questions and more...

Plan to attend this FREE Brown Bag Lunch at the Snohomish PUD
on Wednesday, Nov. 12th from 11:30-1:00pm

sponsored by the Sustainable Development Task Force of Snhomish County

click here for more info:

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Green Drinks Nov. 11th in Arlington, WA



Tues, November 11th from 5:30-7:30pm

Co-sponsored by

the "Village Store" and "Ronin Northwest" in Arlington

click here for more info...

Carpooling is a Great Idea

Edmonds Community College Blogs About Sustainability


Students engaged in Edmonds Community College’s award-winning service-learning program contribute 30,000 hours of volunteer service to 57 community organizations each year. Now they are sharing their experiences and staying connected to the community on the college’s blog, AfterWords,

Student Yin Yu, who organizes events for the college’s Center for Service-Learning, is the featured blogger on AfterWords. She’s writing about service-learning projects and sustainability issues as she completes her Associate of Science degree. A Foundation scholarship recipient, Yu plans to go on to study environmental science at UW Bothell. Lisa Quirk, a student working on her Associate of Arts degree on her way to the University of Washington to study anthropology, will also be a regular contributor to the blog.

Both bloggers are active members of the college club S.A.V.E. (Students Association for a Viable Environment) and alumnae of the Learn-and-serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) school — a series of three human ecology classes with a service-learning emphasis. Service-learning gives students the opportunity to earn AmeriCorps scholarships, while they make deeper connections between their studies, their community, and the world at large.

Yu and Quirk met this summer while working on ecological projects on Whidbey, Orcas, and Jetty islands in the Puget Sound. Their work included restoration of historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) trails in Moran State Park on Orcas. Both students describe their summer in the LEAF school as a great, life-changing experience.

“I completed 300-hours of AmeriCorps service this summer, and everyday in class, I was introduced to a new environment, studied watersheds around the sound, and met new community partners,” said Yu. “I gained an understanding of the natural habitat in my neighborhood. I tell everyone I meet that they are missing out if they don’t enroll in the LEAF school.”

Blogging is a natural fit for the service-learning students as it provides a way that they can reflect on the impact of their service, a requirement for the AmeriCorps scholarships, as well as remain engaged with the community. Community organizations and members are encouraged help keep the students connected by reading and commenting on AfterWords.

LEAF school students also make use of college’s social network on Ning for group work and reflection. The most recent class posted photo blogs of their service for a final project. See photos of their summer of work as well as pictures from more recent projects at

AfterWords will also be a place where students and the community can discuss sustainability issues and share ideas. Since 2004, the college has initiated several sustainability projects on campus, including the development of classes and degrees that teach environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable practices.

In the past, AfterWords has helped shine a spotlight on arts and culture events at the college, including its lecture series. However, the previous AfterWords blogger, Jenna Nand, often wrote about her volunteer work with EcoEncore, a Seattle non-profit that recycles books and media. While at the college, Nand helped students collect more than $20,000 in re-sellable media for the non-profit. She is now working at EcoEncore while applying for law schoo