February 4, 2014
I was proofreading copy and the word came up again: sustainability.
It must be a regional buzz word, as I have never heard it used as much as I have here, but what does it mean? It is often used with stories about building projects but seems to have other contexts as well. I think it has to do with the fact I am now living in a more environmentally sensitive culture.
I believe it was the Mad Hatter who said to Alice, a word means what I say it means. The dictionary defines a word, but personal experience forms the many possible nuances.
When I hear “sustainability,” the follow experiences shape its meaning for me: I was in Switzerland while the U.S. was celebrating its bicentennial. One of the locals, curious about the celebration, asked, “What’s the big deal. The barn over the hill is more than 200 years old?”
November 26, 2013
Seven buildings and an amphitheater are included in a Bellevue College Issaquah campus master plan.
Bellevue College submitted an aspirational plan to the city in August and the Development Services Department is in the process of a land-use review. It makes use of the 20 acres purchased by the college in 2010 and envisions what the area could look like when fully built.
“It’s a nice looking plan,” city Development Services Department Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “We’re in the middle of reviewing it, and it should go straight through the Urban Village Development Commission early next year.”
October 22, 2013
Mayoral candidates City Council President Fred Butler and City Councilman Joe Forkner restated major themes in a largely agreeable forum Oct. 17.
In one-minute answers, both candidates stuck to their agendas, which remain fairly similar.
“When I retired form Seattle City Light as their chief engineer, I decided to devote myself to public service,” Butler said during his opening statements. “I believe in sustainability. All decisions need to take in the three legs of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity.”
Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.
August 20, 2013
New superintendent is ready to hit the ground running
Dear Issaquah School District community,
After more than 12 years here in Issaquah in leadership positions ranging from principal to associate superintendent, I am thrilled to write my first message to you as the new superintendent!
My heart and my passion is for public education, and I want to work together to ensure that every student has a successful and fun experience in their school. As such, one of my top priorities is getting out into the community to hear from you about how we are doing.
August 13, 2013
Goal to reduce carbon footprint experiences setback
Issaquah has shown positive results moving toward sustainability, for the most part.
The city’s Office of Sustainability released its 2013 report July 26, revealing a host of data on a variety of factors. Community heath, business diversity and environmental impact were among the many measured components for the year-old department to assess where the city stands on the many goals outlined to realize a vision of sustainability in the local economy, society and environment. While most of the areas evaluated show positive development, one of the most notable exceptions is the increase in the city’s carbon emissions.
The report is the continuation of an effort began in 2008 by the Mayor Ava Frisinger-led Sustainability Sounding Board, which compiled the vision and indicators to define the future health and quality of life for Issaquah.