Thursday, December 31, 2009

Harvesting Clean Energy


Save money on the Northwest's premier rural clean-energy conference

Register now to take advantage of discounts for early registration for the Harvesting Clean Energy conference – February 7-9, 2010, in Kennewick, WA at the Three Rivers Convention Center.
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, registration for the conference is remarkably affordable. Farmers, ranchers and other private individuals can register early for just $90, professionals for $140. These rates go up after January 4, so register now!
At Harvesting Clean Energy you'll learn from dozens of top experts and vendors: 
  • How can farmers, ranchers, food processors and rural communities prosper as new technologies come to market?

  • Where are your best opportunities in wind power, solar, geothermal, small hydro, biomass or biofuels, and to upgrade to energy-efficient equipment?

  • What financing, technical expertise, and partners are available to help? 
Register on line, or call Dana Colwell at 253-445-4575 for more information.
Hope to see you there!
Pat Gibbon
Harvesting Clean Energy Program Manager

Friday, October 16, 2009

submitted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation "This Place Matters" photo contest

Historic Everett’s Halloween Fundraiser
Start-up for Everett History Week

                Spaghetti Dinner
                        Costume Party 
                            Silent Auction

Friday 10/30/09
5-8 pm
Historic Anchor Tavern
1001 Hewitt Avenue
$15.00 suggested donation

We are accepting items for the auction. Please contact 
Annie Lyman at 425-259-2513 if you have neat old/new 
stuff/services you can donate.

Proceeds of the event go to help pay legal fees to 
Save the Collins Building.

Learn more at

Saturday, August 29, 2009

LEED & Beyond presented by James Jenkins with O'Brien & Company

The ABC Green Council is hosting
a free presentation
on Thursday, September 3rd
from 11:30 - 2:30 pm in Renton

The topic is LEED & Beyond presented by James Jenkins with O'Brien & Company. James will help us explore the relationship of sustainability in the built environment, green building rating systems and code compliance, specifically addressing LEED v 2009 and the Living Building Challenge.

If you plan on attending, please respond back to this email with your RSVP. Don't miss out on this free presentation. We hope to see everyone there! click here to print your flyer

Kim Trautman
Member Services Coordinator
Associated Builders & Contractors of Western Washington
Direct: 425-646-8000
Fax: 425-455-5701

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Everett Renewable Living Fair Oct. 3rd

October 3, 2009 -- Snohomish PUD Auditorium
2320 California Avenue
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sustainable Living Exhibits -- Renewable Energy -- Solar Tour -- Food & Entertainment

click here from more information

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Snohomish County Conservation Awards Luncheon

9/24 - Snohomish County Conservation Awards Luncheon
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Everett Events Center
2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett WA 98201

Snohomish County Councilman
Dave Somers


Henry and Betty Graafstra
Joyce Olson Eleanor and Community Transit
Louise Lindgren and the Friends of Heybrook Ridge
The McKinlay Family and Hidden Valley Camp

Historic Preservation and the City of Everett

The following "http" links to a City of Everett survey regarding historic preservation in the core downtown area. Interest and input is important to the success of this effort. Please encourage your contacts to take a few minutes and complete the survey.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Good Taste of Sustainability

12:30 Invocation-Pastor Ken Collins

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream owner Barry Bettinger

Darigold Vice President of Consumer Products Division Brian Linney

Snohomish County PUD Commissioner District 3 Toni Olson

Puget Sound Partnership Linda Lyshall

Sustainable Development Taskforce of Snohomish County Dena Peel

1:30-2:30 Live Music by "May Palmer Queen of Ivory Soul" click here to see the Queen of Ivory Soul's website

2:00-4:00 Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream Tours ( allow 30-minutes)

1:30-4:00 Networking –Relaxing-Ice Cream Treats

Ongoing Demonstrations: Pervious concrete, worm-bin How-to’s;* mini-dog training show;* solar

Visit exhibit booths

· Sustainable Development Taskforce of Snohomish County-

· Washington State University Extension Rain Garden Coalition

· Tree Frog Enterprises

· Puget Sound Partnership

· Edmonds Community College

· Built Green

· Department of Ecology

· Snohomish County PUD

· Cedar Grove Compost

· Bonneville Environmental Foundation

*See how easy turning your food scraps into the best of all plant foods can be! We’ll bed and feed a worm-bin every half-hour and cover all sorts of fun facts about compost. Kids’ activities too.

* Dogs can be very disruptive to the landscaped yard-learn some tips on how to train Fido to minimize damage.

click here to print a flyer

July 8th GreenDrinks Snohomish County

Lowell Art Works will be our Host for the new Snohomish County GreenDrinks day of the second Wednesday of the month. Everett Shorlines Coalition would like all to celebrate this evening nearly 10 years of appeal, negotiation, endless conversations, fundraisers, tears/laughter, and a tremendous sense of accomplishment with the adoption of the Marshland Sub-Area Plan.

click here for more

Friday, June 12, 2009

Everett Build it LEED for Contractors

What Washington
When July 23, 2009
from 07:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where PUD Electric Building Headquarters,2320 California Street, Everett, WA
Contact Name Angie Morgan
Contact Email
Contact Phone (206) 223-2028

Learn LEED Requirements From The Ground Up

A step-by-step process for managing the construction of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System projects from preconstruction to documentation. Designed for construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, construction companies, and builders, this training will get you and your company ready to implement LEED on your next project, including preparation of the LEED documentation required from contractors. At this training, you will:

  • Understand why LEED is such a big deal in the construction marketplace

  • Learn the 17 points in the LEED system that every contractor should know

  • Understand the complete management process for constructing a LEED project from preconstruction through documentation

  • Practice planning and documenting key LEED Credit items

  • Master "difficult" points that present a challenge on LEED project

Check-in/Breakfast at 8:30am, workshop starts at 9:00am

registration costs:

$150 Cascadia Members

$175 non-members

After July 08, 2009

$200 Cascadia Members

$225 non-members

Click here for flyer!

Thanks to our sponsor! Snohomish PUD logo jpeg

More information about this event…

Friday, May 29, 2009

Mukilteo's Green City Hall

The next session of the Spring series is next Wednesday, June 3rd, 12 noon, at Mukilteo City Hall

Topic: Mukilteo’s Green City Hall

It is not enough for cities to encourage sustainable and green development through its regulations they must also lead the way by example. The City of Mukilteo has done that with the construction of its new city hall, expected to receive a LEED’S Gold level certification. Hear a description of the process behind the decision to build a green city hall and take a tour of the city hall that highlights its green features. Also hear about the Snohomish County Sustainable Development Task Force efforts to facilitate adoption of sustainable development strategies and the construction of green building projects throughout Snohomish County.

Please RSVP to Stan May at RSVPs are not required to attend or to buy a lunch. RSVPs are used to estimate the number of lunches to order.

Please RSVP before 9:00 am Monday morning each week.

APA-subsidized lunches are $5 (still cheap!)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Built Green "Free" Brown Bag Green Remodel

Kobin Calhoun Program Manger for Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties talks about Built Green and the Green Remodel FREE Brown Bag Workshop that will occur on Wed, June 3 at SnoCo PUD from 11:30-1pm sponsored by the Sustainable Development Task Force of Snohomish County.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Green Drinks in Snohomish County May 14th

No the Drinks are not Green, you can drink anything you like. Plan to meet others who understand how important it is to live sustainably. So come and meet like mines who support one another in taking action in the way that we live.

Grilla Bites Organic Cafe one of the Market Sponsor will be hosting Green Drinks on May 14th from 5:30-7:30pm. So come on by...

Here is your invitation:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Green Residential Appraisal WORKSHOP

If you know an appraiser PASS IT ON

First Green Appraisal Course Offered in Puget Sound
State-Approved 7 Clock Hours
Appraiser Continuing Education Class
Friday, April 24, 2009
Snohomish County PUD
2320 California Street
Everett, WA
8:30AM – 5:00PM

Learn how to appraise green homes using the market, cost, and paired sales approaches.

click here to register

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NOAA Seeking "Shovel-Ready" Habitat Restoration Proposals

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking proposals for coastal habitat restoration projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy, create and save several thousand jobs, and restore valuable coastal and marine habitat for fish, birds and other animals.

NOAA is formally seeking proposals for a variety of habitat restoration projects - including wetlands restoration, removal of unsafe, obsolete dams, construction of fish passages, oyster and other shellfish restoration and coral reef restoration. To ensure relevance, readiness and accountability to the American public, the 30-day solicitation requires that projects be "shovel-ready." Proposals are due by April 6, 2009. Typical investments by NOAA are expected to range between $1.5 million to $10 million per project; applications will be accepted for projects ranging from $500,000 up to $20 million.

For more information about this federal funding opportunity, please visit the NOAA habitat recovery website: or contact Jennifer Steger, Northwest and Alaska Regional Supervisor for the Restoration Center 206.526.4363,

Thursday, March 12, 2009

ECO FootPrint

Super Brown Bag Lunch attended by 25 folks from around Snohomish County. If you missed this and want to know how to calculate your footprint, let us know.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

LEED User Group Mtg March 18

You won't want to miss this!

Dave Bennink from Re-Use Consulting will talk about the latest technology in deconstructing buildings. This can get you LEED credits for construction recycling, salvage/re-use and possibly innovation.

Dave will share techniques for deconstructing buildings faster, and cheaper! How this can provide jobs in our tough economy, and how deconstructing buildings can help narrow the gap toward sustainability!

When: Wednesday March 18, 11:45 - 1:15 presentation
Where: PUD in downtown Everett

Scott Schreffler, LEED AP
project designer

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

What"s Your Carbon Foot Print?

Plan to attend the FREE Brown Bag Lunch at the SnoPUD Headquarters in Everett, WA.

Learn more about Carbon Footprints

click the link below

Monday, March 02, 2009

Green Drinks goes to Edmonds in March 2009

Green Drinks of Snohomish County will be Sponsored by Sustainable Edmonds for the month of March. Plan to carpool with friends and co-workers to A Very Taki Tiki Bar and Grill. March 10th from 5:30 - 7:30pm.

Let's talk GREEN and make a difference!

click here for more information and directions

Snohomish County Adopt New Development Regulations

Snohomish County Council Adopt New Development Regulations Urban Residential Design Standards The Snohomish County Council on January 21, 2009 approved Ordinance 08-101 relating to new Urban Residential Design Standards.

The ordinance will go into effect on April 21, 2009. This ordinance adds new architectural standards for all forms of residential development located in unincorporated UGAs. Highlights include:

  • New regulations to improve the exterior appearance of residential dwellings (Single family, duplex, townhouses and multiple family buildings) including garages through a menu of design options

  • New regulations to preserve significant trees in perimeter landscaping and critical areas and buffers

  • New regulations to replace significant trees when they are cut down

  • New regulations to require street trees in residential developments

  • New regulations to address compatibility of new development with existing residences

  • Greater flexibility in using alleys and auto courts in all forms of residential development

  • Changes to the way building height is calculated

  • Increased building height in single family and multiple family residential zones

  • New regulations to allow cottage housing

  • Requirement that all new residential developments provide on-site recreation space

  • Administrative review of architectural design standards through an administrative site plan

  • Flexibility built into the review process to allow a continuation of the on-line building permits

  • Improved pedestrian connections within residential developments

  • Increase in director discretionary authority

  • New “Design Manual” to illustrate architectural, landscaping and street standards (user friendly with pictures and illustrations)

  • A new perimeter landscaping table in SCC 30.25

  • A new SCC 30.24 which consolidates roads standard previously located in (SCC 30.41A and 41B and other code chapters)

  • Changes to the use matrix related to townhouses and cottage housing

  • A new bulk matrix for residential zones including new setbacks for upper stories of residential dwellings

  • New EDDS standards for urban roads (Ordinance 08-101)

Rural Cluster Subdivisions The Snohomish County Council on February 4, 2009 approved Ordinance 08-087 relating to Rural Cluster Subdivision. The ordinance will go into effect on April 5, 2009. Highlights include:

  • New landscaping standards for perimeter buffers and buffers between clusters

  • Reduction in the number of lots in a cluster from 30 to 13

  • Increasing the width of setback buffers along roads from 50 to 100 feet (200 feet if the site is meadow or pasture)

  • Requires a minimum 50 foot buffer on site boundaries not abutting a road

  • Increases the width of buffers between clusters from 50 to 200 feet

  • Increases the setback for dwellings adjacent to farmland from 50 to 100 feet

  • Retention of 50 percent of the tree canopy is preferred

  • Requires use of low impact development techniques

  • Makes lot yield and density bonus calculations for properties designated Rural Residential (1 du/5 ac Basic) in the comprehensive plan the same as those designated Rural Residential-5. (Ordinance 08-087 )

    For more information or to sign up for monthly or quarterly e-mail notices and news about specific issues pertaining to the Update Project, visit the UDC Update web page or call the UDC Planning and Development reception at 425-388-3311 ext. 2203 to be directed to a project team member.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Built Green Conference March 6th


The 2009 Built Green® Conference will be held on Friday, March 6, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center and will feature keynote speaker Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The Built Green Conference is an annual event for building industry professionals: builders, remodelers, architects, designers, vendors, consultants, engineers, realtors, government agencies and students. The primary focus of the conference is to educate the local and regional building industry on quality green building practices, products, and projects, as well as inspiring groups to continue to build more sustainable communities.

Visit to register today.

Green Residental Appraisal Workshop

Green Residental Appraisal Workshop
February 27 from 8:30am - 5:00pm
click for the Event page
click here to print flyer

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Carbon Footprint Analysis

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Management:
How a Carbon Footprint Analysis Can Help Get You Started

by Sharon L. Wright, AICP, HDR ONE COMPANY

Climate change and greenhouse gas management are broad topics receiving a lot of attention. These topics are important because they affect our businesses, communities, and developments. As more legislation is passed and more information is evaluated, it is apparent that all of us need to contribute to greenhouse gas reduction. We can minimize our carbon footprints (the rate or amount of carbon gas emissions we individually contribute to the global phenomenon) through constructing more efficient buildings, creating healthier urban, suburban, and rural communities, and reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through transportation planning and personal travel choices for home and business.

Here are a few great resources, many used as references for this article: (download a carbon calculator)

click here to read the whole article

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Evergreen Fairgrounds - LOW IMPACT WORKSHOP



GREENDRINKS Snohomish County

Richard Sullivan has agreed to host GreenDrinks this coming Tuesday the 10th of February - 2009 (5:30-7:30). Thanks Richard for doing this on such short notice.

Richard has been working on the adaptive re-use of the Collins Building down on the Everett Waterfront (just think of all the embodied energy in BIG RED) so the featured non-profit is "The Everett Museum". He is also currently forming two non-profits geared to affordable housing using green building techniques.

We are having GreenDrinks at:

Caribbean and South American Cuisine
1405 Hewitt Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
They are geared up and ready to go with appetizers, beer and wine

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Eco Village

Check out this small eco village, hopefully the sizes of the homes will be reduced in her next projects.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Green Drinks January at Zippys....................

Yep.. it's time to get out an mingle at Zippy's in Everett, WA this month.

Come to Green Drinks, to start the New Year off right...

click here for more info.............