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.
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.
August 21, 2014
NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 2014
Fifty student leaders at the middle-school and high-school levels will convene Aug. 22 at Issaquah High School for the first 2050 Workout.
The workout will feature systems thinking, scenario mapping and public speaking practice. Student teams will present their findings at a free public forum from 6-7 p.m. at the school theater.
July 22, 2014
Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.
After a year in which the two cities’ leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met at Issaquah City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011.
“We all have one thing in common,” Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said. “We certainly love our cities and we love representing them. We not only care about our communities, we care about the region as well.”
July 15, 2014
King County has credited a number of local organizations for commitment to sustainability.
Rowley Properties Inc., Outsource Marketing, PCC Natural Markets, Cartridge World, the Issaquah School District and the city of Issaquah were named Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling.
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 1, 2014
Inspired by TED Talks, Liberty High School is introducing its own forum to share ideas about building a culture of sustainability.
Liberty’s STARTalks, set for April 3, will feature three presentations about how sustainability fits in the classroom. STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating, the nation’s first self-reporting system for measuring progress on sustainable community conditions.
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.