Thursday, December 09, 2010

Living City Design Competition in Everett - the Group is SUITE-WA

Living City Design Competition – entry deadline: February 1, 2011

SDTF is sponsoring the local design team: SUITE-WA a newly formed collaborative design team in Everett, WA. The group's organizer, Gary Purves, states their goal is to develop a fully landscaped architectural model and competition entry by the Feb. 1 deadline. The urban redesign encompasses a six block area of Everett’s downtown core and will reflect the vision of the International Living Building Institute and partner organization: The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The project design will incorporate a suite of design solutions including:
  • pedestrian aligned mixed-use development
  • captured precipitation for a net-zero water community
  • on-site waste-water treatment and renewable energy systems
  • an integrated urban agricultural element
A regional light rail system and local circulating trolleys will ensure equal access and mobility for all citizens and enable a car-free community.
The competition’s intention is for design teams to imagine a living city as it might appear twenty five years in the future, an urban fabric of living and open space that celebrates nature and our innate attraction to natural elements: our biophilia.
The proposed built environment will reflect this imperative through inclusion of a variety of environmental features, natural patterns and place-based relationships, while beauty and spirit will inspire the team’s human scale design.

SUITE-WA needs to raise sufficient funds to cover the cost of the entry fee, materials and supplies for the project, printing fees, poster development, graphic illustration, and animation expenses. Those interested in assisting with in-kind donations to fulfill some of these needs should contact Gary at without delay.

Interested in assisting with fundraising, or would like to offer financial support, mail your tax-deductible donation to SDTF @ PO Box 844 Everett, WA. 98206. Please forward this article to others who would be interested in supporting SUITE-WA in the Design Competition. Questions or for more information call 425-422-5656.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sustainability Fair September 10th in Matlby, WA.

Plan to take the afternoon off from work to eat ice cream and learn about sustainable projects that are going on in Snohomish County. Tour the factory and visit educational displays. 

click here to print your flyer

Monday, July 19, 2010

Free Brown Bag Event in Everett

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
    12 Noon to 2:00pm


Olivia Park Elementary School
    200  108th St SW
    Everett, WA 98208

    Plan to bring your lunch,drink and note pad. 

 ** Come and learn about the various ways compost and soil mixes can be use to: satisfy BMP requirements and create landscape solutions.
** Plan to tour the site featuring: grain garden, HUGE vegetable garden, compost Garden Soxx and more.
click here to view more information

Monday, July 05, 2010

Tour Nine Canyon Wind Farm in Kennewick, WA

Nine Canyon Wind Farm Tour

On Friday, July 30th, a tour of the Nine Canyon Wind Project located in Kennewick, WA, is being organized. Traveling from Everett to Kennewick will require a little more than four hours of drive time. The tour runs from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and includes a forty-five minute power point presentation and a walk to one of the turbines to see the inner workings and hear an explanation of the controls.

Energy Northwest requires a minimum of ten people to conduct the tour and we are currently looking for those who would be interested in carpooling to visit and learn about renewable energy in Washington State. There is no charge for the tour. Sixty-three turbines, some 200 feet tall, consisting of three 100 foot blades generate 96 MW of clean energy. Phase Three of the project, the latest addition to the farm, includes towers of 260’ and blades with 148 foot spans.

Please contact Gary Purves at
425.422.5656  for more information.
click here for more info

Friday, May 07, 2010

Low Impact Development at Evergreen Fairgrounds May 17th


Plan to Attend:
Evergreen Fairgrounds
14405  179th Ave
4-H Building
SE Monroe, WA

8:30am to 12:40pm Presentations & Discussion
12:40pm to 1:30pm Q & A Forum
1:30pm to 3:00pm Optional Tours of Local LID Projects

Meet with LID retrofit project manager from local counties and cities as well as staff from Department of Ecology, Puget Sound Partnership, WSU Extension and representatives from busineses that support LID BMP construction and implementation.  click for complete schedule of of the day

Questions? Contact Craig Young at 425-388-6464 or

click here to print full information of this event.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

March 10th Brown Bag Lunch Series

March 10th, 2010
Spring Brown Bag
FREE noon-time program

Learn about the PUD’s sustainable energy activities:

* Benefits to residents and businesses

* Participate in furthering green efforts in Snohomish County.

PUD will share its recent successes in receiving Recovery Act funding for new programs and what this means for you.

Bring your lunch or purchase in the PUD Deli. Remember to BYOM (bring your own mug)

Directions to PUD
2320 California St
Everett, WA 98201-3750

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 4-6, 2010 in Seattle, WA

9th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Seattle, WA.  The conference will take place at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. 

This multi-disciplinary event will highlight cutting-edge smart-growth issues and will feature the latest research, implementation tools and strategies, successful case studies, new partners, new projects, and new policies.

Visit the conference Web site for more details on the program, speakers, sponsors and cosponsors, special events, and optional tours:

For additional information contact:
Shani Alford Local Government Commission
(916) 448-1198 x330

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Wind Energy January 13th at the PUD in Everett

"Winter" Brown Bag Series"

January 13th - 12:00 - 2:00pm

Snohomish PUD 2320 California St, Everett
click here for directions
Plan to bring your lunch, or purchase something from the PUD Deli  

The Brown Bag Series is presented by
FREE- Noon-time program

Keith R. Hughes has been involved in the Construction and Remodeling industry for 35 years, with both residential and small commercial projects, and is now the owner of West Seattle Natural Energy, LLC.  

Topics to be discussed:
Wind industry, new technology, what businesses and others in the State have been doing and are planning for 2010.

Plus Answer Your Questions!
About Keith Hughes
He has completed the Solar Energy International courses in:
Solar PV Design and Installation Wind Systems Design Installation courses and workshops with A.R.E. Wind Turbines and Helix Wind.

West Seattle Natural Energy, LLC is an Authorized Dealer & Installer for:
 Urban Green Energy, Four Seasons Wind, A.R.E., Helix Wind, Bergey, Vintera, and Aerostar wind turbines, and is a WA Licensed General Contractor.

WSNE maintains active memberships in the following professional organizations in order to stay abreast of industry trends and practices:American Wind Energy Association, American Solar Energy Society, International Solar Energy Society, Solar Washington (local chapter of ASES) Northwest Eco-Building Guild, Master Builders of King & Snohomish Counties, Sustainable West Seattle, and Northwest Solar Guild in Tacoma.