May 13, 2014
Liberty High School students are keenly aware their school is undergoing a major modernization project, but they might not know the intricate details about the new building’s environmental friendliness.
Liberty’s renovation was part of a large-scale discussion at the school last month when the school’s Sustainability Ambassadors hosted three assemblies about green-building practices.
The discussions, titled STAR Talks (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) were designed to give the student body a taste for what the new wave of building standards look like, particularly in regard to schools.
April 30, 2014
NEW — Noon April 30, 2014
The Issaquah High School Booster Club will collect donations of used clothes and textiles at a Clothes for the Cause fundraiser April 30 to May 3.
Instead of throwing worn clothes in the trash, where they’ll simply sit in a landfill, bring them to Issaquah High School, where the booster club will ensure the textiles get a second life.
About 98 percent of the textiles collected will be repurposed or recycled.
April 15, 2014
Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.
The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.
Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.
“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.
March 4, 2014
King County wants to honor the very best students, teachers, staff, school volunteers, programs and even entire schools that contribute to student environmental education and environmental protection, through the county’s Earth Heroes at School awards program.
Nominations for the 2014 Earth Heroes at School are due March 10; winners will be honored at an event this spring. Earth Heroes can be nominated by colleagues, classmates and the public. Self-nominations are also encouraged.
February 24, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 24, 2014
Seven King County schools, including four from the Issaquah School District, were recognized this month by the county’s Green Schools Program for having successful conservation practices.
Students and staff at the seven schools embraced waste reduction, recycling and other conservation actions, program manager Dale Alekel said in a news release.
Three Issaquah elementary schools — Cascade Ridge, Challenger and Endeavour — were given Level 2 recognition for energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling practices.
February 18, 2014
Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.
In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.
November 26, 2013
Garbage, recycling and compost collection customers served by Clean-Scapes in Issaquah may experience a change in collection day during the holiday season.
CleanScapes operates regularly on all holidays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
August 27, 2013
Next step: one less garbage bag a month
Issaquah shoppers are already getting the hang of carrying their own bags into grocery and large retail stores. The plastic bag ban has been in effect for nearly six months. Ready for the next step?
King County is getting in on the action of reducing plastic and other materials in the landfill by encouraging residents to use one less plastic garbage bag a month by recycling more of the basics.
August 6, 2013
The thrifty boutique Lost Treasures opened July 1 in Issaquah.
Owner Elizabeth Benzinger moved the store from the Eastgate area to downtown Issaquah at 230 Rainier Blvd. N.
Lost Treasures offers second-hand clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, tools, books, music, DVDs, video games, electronics, antiques, collectables, kid stuff and more.
December 18, 2012
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2012
The statewide recycling rate reached the highest level ever recorded and surpassed 50 percent last year, according data released Tuesday by the state Department of Ecology.
The announcement marked the first time the statewide recycling rate topped the 50 percent goal set in a 1989 state law. The national average recycling rate reached 34 percent in 2010, according to the latest available data.
State officials said Washington residents continue to recycle more and throw away less. The statewide recycling rate for 2011 reached 50.7 percent.
The amount of municipal waste recycled by state residents increased by more than 186,000 tons in 2011 — up 4 percent from 2010 — or 3.64 pounds per person per day collected for recycling. The figure is the highest ever measured in Washington since the Department of Ecology started measuring recycling in 1986.