Ava Frisinger earns Kees Environmental Award

April 14, 2015

Ava Frisinger is the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Kees Environmental Award — the community’s highest honor for environmental advocates — and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association is the first Community Environmental Award honoree.

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The public is invited to attend a special presentation at the City Council regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 as Mayor Fred Butler and council members recognize the honorees.

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Liberty High School hosts STARtalks March 20

March 19, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 19, 2015

Inspired by TED Talks, Liberty High School will present its second annual STARtalks on March 20.

Each 10-minute STARtalk will speak to concerns and strategies for managing polluted stormwater runoff. The framework is based on the new STAR Community Rating System for ranking the sustainability of cities nationwide.

STARtalks will be offered three times during the day, at 7:30 and 9:05 a.m., and at 12:50 p.m. Each 45-minute assembly features experts from the field as well as student speakers with a new group of three speakers presenting in each time slot.

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Apply for recycler composter course

March 10, 2015

Seattle Tilth is accepting applications for the Master Recycler Composter-Eastside program.

Seattle Tilth is partnering with the cities of Issaquah, Kirkland, Bellevue and Bothell to offer the class.

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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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The Beat — Globalization and sustainability class

February 24, 2015

After wondering what class to fill a hole in my schedule this year, I selected Mr. Jon Whitney’s class “Globalization and Sustainability,” hoping my random choice would not lead to a yawn-filled semester.

Jaimie Waltz Issaquah High School

Jaimie Waltz
Issaquah High School

Whitney, who also teaches history at Issaquah High School, created the curriculum for this semester class.

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Timber Ridge at Talus to expand by 145 homes

February 17, 2015

Resort-style Continuing Care Retirement Community Timber Ridge at Talus is adding 145 independent living apartment homes, expanding its onsite Briarwood Health Center with 26 assisted living/memory care apartments and nine private transitional care suites in addition to new community amenities including an indoor swimming pool and auditorium, to be completed in fall 2016.

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New florist offers sustainable flowers

February 3, 2015

Looking to buy local this Valentine’s Day? Consider giving First and Bloom a look.

The new florist in Issaquah, owned by Tammy Myers, sells only American-grown flowers. She buys locally as part of the growing sustainability movement.

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Help King County officials set environmental goals

December 1, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 1, 2014

How would you prioritize King County’s environmental goals?

King County officials want to hear from you about what you think their environmental priorities should be.

That a survey here to help shape their vision for a greener King County.

Sustainability film series returns Nov. 6

October 28, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 28, 2014

Learn more about urban farming as Issaquah’s Sustainability Film Series presents a free screening of “Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming in America” at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

Free snacks will be provided.

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Drive Electric Week car show on Sunday features fast, rare cars

September 20, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014

More than 60 electric vehicles from the Northwest, including the world’s fastest street-legal all-electric car, will gather Sept. 21 in Issaquah at a car show celebrating National Drive Electric Week.

Among the new, rare and vintage conversion vehicles on display will be the first Fiat 500e in Washington as well as White Zombie, a 1972 Datsun that accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than 2 seconds, which owner/builder John Wayland is bringing from Portland.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

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