Apr 16, 2014

2014 Earth Day Events in Seattle

Photo Credit: Sustainable Seattle
Seattle, WA and Earth Day have a long-standing history.  
Forty-five years ago, in this very city, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson introduced the concept of Earth day at a teach-in conference.  A year later, on April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day was founded in order to amplify environmental protection as a national priority.  

Since then, a number of individuals, organizations and businesses in Seattle have committed to the fundamental ideas behind Nelson’s dream-- including us at Sustainable Seattle!

While we like to think everyday is Earth Day, there are a number of local events planned to recognize Earth Day and give back to the planet.  We’re also joining in and creating fun and inspirational ways to celebrate.  

So gather-up your kids, friends, and loved ones and join us or the many other festivities.  Earth Day in Seattle will be more exciting than ever!

Mar 21, 2014

Capitol Hill Transition Home Goes Green

Native plants attract wildlife
There is a new rain garden in the ground in the Capitol Hill neighborhood!  In an installation powered by donations, volunteers and the community, Madison Inn, a transition home for men managed by Pioneer Human Services, gained an environmentally sound solution to rainwater runoff in an urban space.

Feb 13, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Sustainability Leadership Awards

All photos by John Harrison Events
On Friday, January 31, Seattle community members gathered to celebrate all the innovation and commitments to sustainability in our region at the annual Sustainability Leadership Awards.  Over 230 guests attended the ceremony at MOHAI to recognize six businesses and organizations, and one individual that won a Sustainability Leadership Award for their excellent accomplishments in sustainability leadership.

Jan 15, 2014

Get to Know Seattle's Sustainable Heroes!

Every year, the nominees of the Sustainability Leadership Awards inspire the staff at Sustainable Seattle.  These are groups, businesses and individuals go above and beyond when it comes to building a healthy and livable future in the Seattle area. 

This year’s Sustainable Hero nominees are no exception!  They are all working hard in their professional and private lives to incorporate sustainability daily – and the extra steps they take definitely make them inspirational.

We wanted to know more about these motivating individuals, so we asked them a few questions that went beyond their nomination.  We learned something new about each one - one is at a loss when it comes to a Nordstrom's Gift Card, another is inspired by their co-worker's dedication to bikes - and are excited to share more about these community leaders with you.

Here is a look at some fantastic answers from Bill Thorness, Jenny Heins, Guy Lawrence, and Michael Foster: 

Dec 20, 2013

Choosing Greener Airlines: Seattle's Alaska Airlines Pushes For Sustainability

Photo Credit: Flickr user Ken Lund via CC
Traveling for the holidays? It’s wonderful to be able to visit family or escape to a special place. If you are going to travel, and you are sustainability minded, why not take a look at factors other than price to choose your airline ticket?

Seattle’s own Alaska Airlines is an industry leader in overall energy efficiency. They recently took the top spot in the International Council on Clean Transportation’s ranking of US Airline fuel efficiency. The report rated many factors, including ground transport, airplane design, seating occupancy, and logistics. Surprisingly, there is a 26% gap in efficiency between the top-ranked airline (Alaska) and the bottom ranked (Allegiant).

Nov 6, 2013

Business Planning for Climate Change- A 'Climate Change and the Bottom Line' Conference Recap

November 6, 2013
By Katia Blackburn

Climate change is real: It’s happening fast, it’s extremely expensive, and preparing for it requires a collaborative full-court press. Cascadians already getting traction with their preparation, protection and prevention strategies shared their experiences and plans at Climate Change and the Bottom Line conference, held on October 31.

Aug 15, 2013

The Big Green 2013 | Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Greendrinks

Thank you for coming out to the Big Green!  It was a wonderful evening with over 300 people – including kids and families – joining in on the fun.  With over 30 businesses and organizations serving food and fun all night long – there was plenty to do! 
A peek at the beer garden - at the center of it all!

Special thanks to BECU who made the evening possible.  Thanks also to Cleanscapes who provided the waste management for the evening.  And a BIG thanks to Seattle Greendrinks, our co-presenter on the event.  And last, but certainly not least, thank you to all the volunteers who rocked through set-up and clean-up!

A few of the highlights: