Kokanee restoration earns local philanthropist a Green Globe award

April 30, 2013

Wally Pereyra

Wally Pereyra

After donating more than $175,000 of his own money to restore kokanee salmon habitat on his land, the modest Wally Pereyra has begun to receive wide attention.

The week of April 22, King County announced the winners of its Green Globe awards, an annual recognition of dedicated citizens for efforts ranging from environmental conservation to education and sustainable building. Pereyra was on the list and the county honored him with an award.

“Pereyra has been a tireless advocate for habitat conservation and restoration in the watershed, investing his own time and resources to improve access to high quality spawning and rearing habitat for Sammamish kokanee,” a press release from the county read. “Most recently, Wally led an effort to replace an undersized culvert on his land along Ebright Creek that for decades had been a barrier to fish passage.”

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Water conservation is priority at zHome, WaterSense honoree

March 6, 2012

The carbon-neutral zHome townhouses in the Issaquah Highlands receive most attention for steps to reduce energy use.

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Save Lake Sammamish founder Joanna Buehler departs

January 3, 2012

 Joanna Buehler, founder and president of Save Lake Sammamish, has planted and kept runoff-filtering native wetland species on the lakeshore of her longtime South Cove home. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah trailblazer led efforts to protect lake from threats for decades

Joanna Buehler earned top honors for environmental efforts for decades spent on a difficult struggle to shield Lake Sammamish from constant pressures from a population boom occurring along the tree-lined shore.

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Milestones from the year 2011 reflect changes

December 27, 2011

Renewal defined the year, as the community paused after a population boom and economic bust — and positioned Issaquah for the decades ahead.

Milestones from the last 12 months offer contrasts.

Leaders opened showcases for “green” design and concluded a milestone effort to preserve Tiger Mountain forestland. Tragedy left indelible impressions, too, as a gunman menaced downtown pedestrians on a September morning and turned a school campus into a crime scene.

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Issaquah leaders honor zHome builder

July 26, 2011

Akinobu Ohno (left), president of Ichijo USA, receives the framed Ichijo Day proclamation from Mayor Ava Frisinger on July 18, for the zHome project in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

The long-planned zHome project under construction in the Issaquah Highlands — residences designed to produce as much energy as occupants consume — is in line to open in mid-September.

City planners and longtime project backers attributed the milestone to builder Ichijo USA, a subsidiary of Japanese homebuilder Ichijo Co.

In a July 18 ceremony, Mayor Ava Frisinger and Issaquah leaders spotlighted the pan-Pacific partnership responsible for jolting zHome from concept to reality. The mayor proclaimed the day as Ichijo Day in Issaquah.

“During our early discussions about Ichijo, the more we learned about the community, the more excited we became,” she said during the ceremony. “Although we were located thousands of miles away, many of our goals and ambitions were the same.”

Ichijo USA President Akinobu Ohno offered a graceful bow and accepted the framed proclamation from Frisinger.

Construction on zHome is scheduled to conclude in late summer, and then crews plan to prepare the units for public open houses. The opening date is Sept. 14 during the Built Green Conference, a gathering for building industry professionals interested in eco-conscious practices.

Ichijo USA joined the project early last year in a joint venture between the company and developer Matt Howland.

Ichijo Co. builds energy-efficient residences across Japan — a bonus for Issaquah officials.

“They have been a critical part of zHome coming together. With the downturn, we had worked very hard to find alternative financing and hardly any new construction is getting financed these days,” zHome Project Manager Brad Liljequist said. “Ichijo as a partner, they were very critical to getting zHome moving forward.”

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Issaquah’s innovative zHome community to open Sept. 14

May 3, 2011

NEW — 10:30 p.m. May 3, 2011

The opening date is Sept. 14 for zHome, a groundbreaking cluster of carbon-neutral townhouses under construction in the Issaquah Highlands, the project manager announced Tuesday morning.

Construction is scheduled to conclude earlier, but the additional weeks should allow crews enough time to prepare the units for public open houses. The grand opening is scheduled on the same day as the Built Green Conference, a yearly gathering for building industry professionals interested in eco-conscious practices.

Plans call for tours to run from the conference at Pickering Barn to zHome in the highlands. Brad Liljequist, zHome project manager, announced the grand opening date.

The project is designed to produce as much electricity as residents consume — hence the zero-net energy name — and is meant to be a leader in energy and water conservation.

Construction crews also used a high percentage of salvaged, reclaimed and local materials to build zHome.

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County awards Issaquah environmentalists with Green Globe Awards

April 19, 2011

NEW — 1:25 p.m. April 19, 2011

Every two years, King County awards its best environmentalists with the Green Globe Awards at its Earth Day Expo.

Of the 16 awards given to individuals, schools districts, cities and businesses that won the 2011 Green Globe Awards, three award-winners are from Issaquah — the people behind the Issaquah Zero Energy Village and Dr. Jessica Saepoff, a dentist with Natural Dental Health Associates in Issaquah.

County Executive Dow Constantine praised the finalists for their work toward helping “green” their communities.

“Award winners are leaders, innovators and are truly dedicated to making King County and the greater Puget Sound region such a tremendous place to live, work and play,” Constantine said in a news release. “I want to thank all of our winners for proving that commitment and dedication makes a positive difference in the community.”

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Learn easy eco tips at Earth Day celebration

March 26, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 26, 2011

King County is emphasizing easy ways to go “green” during the annual Earth Day Expo scheduled for April 22.

Join King County Executive Dow Constantine, EcoConsumer Tom Watson, environmental mascot Bert the Salmon and area school children to celebrate the spirit of everyday “green” living at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle.

Find tools, resources and discounts to make easy environmental choices. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors to the county’s booth — “It’s Easy Being Green – Let King County Show You How” — can learn simple ways to recycle, “green” up vehicles, volunteer for earth-friendly activities, reduce carbon footprints and make homes and gardens more earth-friendly.

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Issaquah awarded for sustainability efforts

May 5, 2009

Less than a week after city officials pocketed a King County award for environmental leadership, Issaquah received a national honor for its sustainability efforts. City officials announced the award April 27. Read more

Global green citizen

April 30, 2009

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Mayor Ava Frisinger, center, accepted a King County Green Globe award at an April 22 ceremony in downtown Seattle. Joining the mayor were, from left, Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill, Parks Planner Margaret Macleod, King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert and city Senior Planner Debi Kirac. Issaquah received the award for efforts to preserve open space.

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