Seattle Tilth hosts master recycler composter class

August 20, 2013

Seattle Tilth is accepting applications for its Master Recycler Composter Eastside program. Held every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 4-28, the sessions will teach participants how to help make their community more sustainable.

To qualify for the program, participants must be 18 or older and be available to attend all sessions, according to Falaah Jones, the eastside programs coordinator for Seattle Tilth. The time commitment for the program is about 26 hours of instruction, followed by a 20-hour independent community outreach project. After completing the project, Seattle Tilth will refund the $20 program fee.

The first session was held last year, so the program is still new, but the reception was positive.

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Help design bike racks for downtown

July 30, 2013

The city is inviting artists to help design artwork for bicycle racks, which will be installed downtown at a date to be determined. The bicycle racks will be standard inverted “U” racks, and the commissioned artwork will fill the inner space.

The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Arts Commission for the project. The new bicycle racks are part of the bicycle and pedestrian action plan, which aims to make transportation without a car around Issaquah easier.

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City hosts sustainability contest for students

January 15, 2013

Students can capture a vision of sustainability on film for a city-sponsored contest.

In order to participate, respond to a series of questions in a three- to five-minute film. Entrants can create clips on a cellphone, digital camera or other video-equipped device. The questions include: What is sustainability? How do you live sustainably? What makes you happy about a sustainable future?

The contest is open to all Issaquah School District middle and high school students, as well as students in private schools within Issaquah city limits. Films should be in .mov, .mp4, .mpeg or .avi formats. The entry deadline is Feb. 2.

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Nominate environmental advocates for Issaquah sustainability honors

October 16, 2012

City leaders put out a call last month for Sustainable Community Award nominees.

The honor is divided into categories for the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community and the Sustainable Community Award.

The honor named for Kees is the highest environmental award in Issaquah, and the Sustainable Community Award recognizes significant achievements and positive results of individuals.

The nomination form is available on the municipal website, www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. Send forms to City of Issaquah, Office of Sustainability, P.O. Box 1307, 130 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027, or email them to sustainability@ci.issaquah.wa.us. The nomination deadline is Oct. 19.

Kees award recipients receive $500, funded through a donation from the Kees’ estate, his or her name is engraved on a commemorative plaque, and a tree is planted in the Kees Grove of Trees.

Nominate Issaquah environmentalists for honors

October 9, 2012

NEW — 11:50 a.m. Oct. 9, 2012

City leaders put out a call last month for Sustainable Community Award nominees.

The honor is divided into categories for the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community and the Sustainable Community Award.

The honor named for Kees is the highest environmental award in Issaquah, and the Sustainable Community Award recognizes significant achievements and positive results of individuals.

Past Kees honorees include late City Council President Maureen McCarry, late Mountains to Sound Greenway pioneer Ted Thomsen and Issaquah Alps Trails Club President David Kappler, a former councilman.

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Teenagers’ sustainability films garner spotlight

September 11, 2012

In June, city leaders put out a call for students to create films to answer the question, what does sustainability mean to you?

Now, audiences can see the results as organizers screen a pair of films in the inaugural Sustainability Film Shorts contest. Moviegoers can see the films from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N.

Organizers encourage attendees to arrive at noon to talk to local environmental and nonprofit partners in the theater lobby, and enjoy a snack before the event. Everybody attending the event receives a gift, and organizers also plan to award door prizes.

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Japanese students travel 5,700 miles to volunteer in Pickering Garden

August 7, 2012

Falaah Jones (right), garden coordinator from Seattle Tilth, teaches visiting Japanese students about gardening at the city’s Pickering Garden on July 27. Contributed

The Pickering Garden had some unique visitors July 27, more than 20 students from Okinawa, Japan.

The students are part of a summer homestay program through Cultural Homestay International. They will spend one month with host families exploring the Puget Sound area. On their third day, they volunteered at the Pickering Garden with Falaah Jones, garden coordinator from Seattle Tilth. It was the students’ first visit to the United States.

Risa Kamiya and Showei Mori said they like the forest, trees and mountains covered with snow, something they have never seen before. Host families have one or two students in their home at a time.

“Everyone learns,” tour coordinator Cathy Kramer said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

The Japanese students didn’t know each other before the trip but Kramer said they made friends very quickly. Each day, the students have three-hour classes to learn about English and culture.

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City hosts sustainability film contest for students

June 19, 2012

Capture a vision of sustainability on film for a city-sponsored contest, and share ideas about how to make Issaquah a more livable community.

City leaders launched the student film contest in part to gather ideas for fostering a healthy environment, a strong economy and active citizens in the present and the future.

Organizers plan to feature selected films on the municipal website. In addition, a panel of judges plans to select 10 winners to receive a special honor and invitation to the Issy Awards at Village Theatre in September. Read more

City hosts sustainability film contest for students

June 15, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. June 15, 2012

Capture a vision of sustainability on film for a city-sponsored contest, and share ideas about how to make Issaquah a more livable community.

City leaders launched the student film contest in part to gather ideas for fostering a healthy environment, a strong economy and active citizens in the present and the future.

Organizers plan to feature selected films on the municipal website. In addition, a panel of judges plans to select 10 winners to receive a special honor and invitation to the Issy Awards at Village Theatre in September.

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CleanScapes prepares to start Issaquah garbage service

May 29, 2012

Customers can expect to see green-and-orange CleanScapes garbage trucks along Issaquah streets after July 1 and, in the meantime, postcards from the company in mailboxes.

The next hauler for Issaquah garbage launched a community outreach campaign in recent days, as the city prepares to change from Waste Management to CleanScapes. The effort is meant to inform residents about options for curbside recycling and cart sizes and, for about 1,000 customers, a collection day change.

The changeover affects most Issaquah customers. Allied Waste — a local name for national company Republic Services — hauls garbage in South Cove and Greenwood Point neighborhoods along Lake Sammamish.

In October, City Council members selected Seattle-based CleanScapes to haul Issaquah garbage from July 2012 until June 2019.

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