Grand Ridge students take green challenge to next level

May 5, 2015

The message written on the playground in colorful chalk got right to the point: “Aphids are pests. Ladybugs eat aphids.”

By Neil Pierson Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

By Neil Pierson
Joon Chang, a volunteer with the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, helps students Natalie Burch (left) and Mai Murakami release ladybugs into the Grand Ridge Elementary School garden during and Earth Day event April 22.

That was one of the main lessons Grand Ridge Elementary School students took away from their Earth Day activities April 22. With the help of volunteers from the Issaquah Highlands Community Association, the students released about 18,000 ladybugs into the school’s Grizzly Patch Garden and neighboring landscape.

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Nominate a business for Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention

May 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 3, 2015

If your business or organization shows exceptional commitment to reducing the amount of waste it sends to the landfill, apply to be one of King County’s Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.

The entry deadline is June 12.

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Endeavour Elementary School honored for environmental practices

March 31, 2015

Endeavour Elementary School is the first school to attain the title of Level Four Sustaining Green School from the King County Green Schools Program.

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Businesses may apply for Golden Dumpster Award

March 25, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the Golden Dumpster Award 2015, presented by the city of Issaquah and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Recology CleanScapes.

The award recognizes businesses that have made significant achievements in the areas of waste reduction, recycling and tenant education.

Winners will be awarded in the following business categories: Read more

Nominate someone for city environmental awards

March 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 2, 2015

The city is accepting nominations for the Ruth Kees Environmental Award and the Community Environmental Award.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. March 11.

Kees’ namesake award honors the legacy of a grassroots activist who for more than four decades advocated for the preservation of landmarks and natural areas, sustainable development, recycling programs and the protection of the Issaquah Valley Aquifer and Tiger Mountain.

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To the Editor

November 4, 2014

Growth

Maybe we should change the name of our city

I propose that we rename Issaquah “Developerville.”

It seems our city government gives the developers anything they want.

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Recycle with purpose at electronics’ event

September 23, 2014

Windermere Real Estate teams up with 1 Green Planet to host its inaugural electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at its Issaquah office, 1810 15th Place N.W.

“A lot of people aren’t sure where to take their electronics, big appliances, motorcycles, barbecues and a number of others things to properly get rid of them, so we are providing them with the opportunity,” Erin Etchemendy, Windermere sales and listing coordinator, said. “We also really want to give 1 Green Planet the chance to get their name out there so people know where to go in the future.”

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Think green with Eastside gardening program

August 12, 2014

NEW — 9 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014

Dust off the gardening gloves and keep those dinner scraps as you learn how to transform food and yard waste into compost and get tips to safely eliminate garden pests in the Master Recycler Composter-Eastside program.

Applications, available here, are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

Email your completed application to Maren Neldam at marenneldam@seattletilth.org with the subject line MRC Eastside Application.

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Retirement community recognized for waste reduction efforts

July 29, 2014

King County’s Solid Waste Division recently honored Spiritwood at Pine Lake for adopting business practices that reduce waste and increase recycling, naming them one of their Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling for 2014.

Spiritwood implemented recycling and composting throughout its community in which both residents and staff actively participated to reduce their carbon footprint. The program has been successful in reducing their garbage waste by half.

Liberty PTSA hosts recycling drive June 7

June 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 3, 2014

Local residents can donate unwanted items at the Liberty High School PTSA electronics recycling drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7 at Renton Technical College, 3000 N.E. Fourth St., Renton.

Accepted items include working and broken electronics, appliances, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, trucks, batteries, fitness equipment, medical equipment, lawnmowers and barbecues. Computers, laptops, printers, scanners and other computer parts are also accepted.

Recycling is free, but a suggested donation of at least $10 is encouraged. The money raised will go toward senior events for the Liberty class of 2016.

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