Issaquah, Sammamish councils hold first joint meeting in years

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.”

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King County honors local organizations’ sustainability efforts

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.

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Issaquah booster club hosts clothing drive through Saturday

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.

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Liberty High School hosts sustainability workshop

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.

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It means what I say it means

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.

Joe Grove Press reporter

Joe Grove
Press reporter

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?”

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Bellevue College Issaquah campus gets a master plan

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.

Contributed This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

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This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

“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.”

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Friendly setting finds few feuds between mayoral candidates

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.”

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

By Greg Farrar
Fred Butler (left) and Joe Forkner conclude their mayoral candidate forum Oct. 17 with a handshake and some laughter.

Forkner took the insider’s approach, citing his years of work within city government and as a board volunteer.

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Welcome Back

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!

Ron Thiele

Ron Thiele

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.

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Sustainability report shows progress

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.

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