Sustainability and the Environment

Presentation on rooftop solar systems this Saturday in Edmonds

Sunergy, a local solar installation company that uses made in Washington solar panels (and is a My Edmonds News sponsor), is hosting two free presentations on advantages of rooftop solar systems starting this weekend at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave N., Edmonds. The official dates and times are: Saturday, April 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more info on the ... »

Edmonds 2010 Climate Change Action Plan: Where are we, four years later?

Edmonds 2010 Climate Change Action Plan: Where are we, four years later?

Sustainable Edmonds is hosting a presentation, “Climate Change in Edmonds: Reviewing our 2010 Edmonds Climate Action Plan Four Years Later” on Wednesday, April 30, from 6-9 p.m. at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave. Here’s the background: In February 2010, the Edmonds Citizens Committee on the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement issued a 17-page “Climate Action Plan” calling f... »

Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Garden to host two events in April

Mark your calendar for the following April events at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden, located at the Willow Creek Hatchery on Pine Street just west of Highway 104 (Edmonds Way): Saturday, April 26: Edmonds Save the Frogs Day with Frog Lady Thayer Cueter from 1-3 p.m. Families and all people interested in local frogs, their habitat and how to have a frog friendly back... »

Windermere North to host free recycling and shredding event Saturday

Windermere North to host free recycling and shredding event Saturday

Windermere Real Estate North is teaming up with non-profit Friendly Earth to help their neighbors recycle difficult items, including confidential data disposal post tax season. Large appliances, car batteries, cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, televisions, stereos, ink cartridges, medical equipment and scrap metal will be accepted at the free recycling event. Participants can also bring ... »

Meadowdale senior project surfaces truckloads of trash

Meadowdale senior project surfaces truckloads of trash

Saturday morning walkers along the Edmonds Marina could hardly miss the activity as a small army of scuba divers hauled load after load of underwater trash out of the water and onto the dock. Ranging from furniture to boat hardware, tools and even a bowling ball, it was all part of Meadowdale High School student Shane Hayes’ senior project to clean up underwater trash at the marina. When con... »

For fourth straight year, City of Edmonds acknowledged for energy efficiency at City Hall

For fourth straight year, City of Edmonds acknowledged for energy efficiency at City Hall

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the City of Edmonds for its superior energy performance at City Hall, according to Jim Stevens, facilities maintenance manager. According to an announcement from the City of Edmonds, this consistent recognition is unique among Washington state municipalities. Here’s more from the announcement: In 2011, C... »

Updated: Snohomish County PUD awarded license for tidal energy pilot project

Updated Friday with response from Pacific Crossing The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted unanimously Wednesday to issue a license to Snohomish County Public Utility District for a tidal energy pilot project in Admiralty Inlet, west of Whidbey Island. The project – the first grid-connected array of large-scale tidal energy turbines in the world – includes installation, operation and... »

Sustainable Edmonds/Sierra Club to hold planning meeting Wednesday on coal train opposition

The public is invited to Sustainable Edmonds/Sierra Club’s ongoing quarterly planning meetings opposing coal trains passing through Edmonds and other towns in the region to a proposed terminal north of Bellingham.The next meeting is Wednesday, March 5, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at Frances Anderson Center, Room 206, 700 Main Street (east of the Edmonds Library). For more information, email Richard: r_bisbee@m... »

Edmonds CC offering free electronics recycling March 15

Instead of collecting and wondering what to do with that outdated electronic equipment, why not get rid of it? Edmonds Community College will offer free electronics recycling to the public 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the college, 20000 68th Ave. W. Signs will be provided from the entrance at 68th Ave. W and 200th St. S.W. Download the college’s parking lot map at www.edcc.edu/parking.... »

Oil train safety becomes hot new topic in Olympia

The fight over coal trains, billed as the Pacific Northwest’s biggest environment debate in decades (and one that has been passionately discussed in Edmonds due to its proximity to the railroad tracks), has been replaced by a new hot topic — oil transportation, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports. Fueled by statistics showing that more oil spilled in the United States last year... »

Burn ban ends in Snohomish, Pierce counties

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency on Monday morning announced that it has ended the Stage 1 air quality burn bans for Pierce and Snohomish counties. »

Burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Burn ban issued for Snohomish County

Due to stagnant weather conditions and rising pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is issuing a Stage 1 burn ban for Snohomish County. This ban remains in effect until further notice. The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air, usually due to excessive wood smoke. Weather conditions contributing to the ban are cold temperatures, clea... »

Volunteer training for Sustainable Community Stewards Jan. 21; registration deadline Jan. 9

WSU Snohomish County Extension is offering a seven-week training for Sustainable Community Stewards, exploring topics that include energy, food, climate, transportation, water, biodiversity and solid waste. In exchange for receiving 40 hours of professional-level presentations and field trips, WSU Extension Sustainable Community Stewards choose from a variety of interesting projects (or create the... »

Edmonds receives $200,000 grant to studying Willow Creek daylighting

Edmonds receives $200,000 grant to studying Willow Creek daylighting

The City of Edmonds will receive a $200,000 state grant to continue studying the feasibility of opening up — or daylighting — Willow Creek to improve habitat for salmon. The grant is from the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration Fund (PSAR), through the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation office’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board. It’s part of more than $42 mill... »

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency ends burn ban for Snohomish County

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency announced Thursday that it has ended its burn bans for King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, effective at 11 a.m. »

Edmonds charging stations reach energy-saving milestone

Edmonds charging stations reach energy-saving milestone

In late 2011, the City of Edmonds completed the installation of six public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. These stations were obtained at no cost to the city because of a federal grant provided to Coulomb Industries through the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act . As a condition of the grant, Coulomb gave these stations to qualified organizations, which then install... »

Sightline Institute report: Coal and oil trains to cause hours of traffic delays in Snohomish County

Sightline Institute report: Coal and oil trains to cause hours of traffic delays in Snohomish County

A new analysis from Sightline Institute shows that the trains planned to transport coal and oil through the Northwest will cause hours of traffic delays across Snohomish County. Examining several representative rail crossings across Edmonds, Mukilteo, Everett, Marysville, and Stanwood, Sightline estimates that coal and oil trains would close streets by an average of between 49 minutes and 1 hour a... »

Stage 2 burn ban issued for Snohomish County

A Stage 2 burn ban is now in effect for Snohomish County, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. The agency issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises — or is forecast to reach — unhealthy levels. During a Stage 2 burn ban: - No burning is allowed in ANY wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves or fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves. Residents s... »

Sustainability report: Strom Peterson, Cheesemonger’s Table

Sustainability report: Strom Peterson, Cheesemonger’s Table

Earlier this year, Hank Landau and Jim Stevens, members of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee of Edmonds, interviewed Strom Peterson, a resident, local business owner, and current city councilmember, to learn his success story with increasing energy efficiency. This is the first in a series of articles aimed at describing how people and groups are becoming more sustainable both at the indivi... »

Scene in Edmonds: A reminder of where Puget Sound starts — here

Scene in Edmonds: A reminder of where Puget Sound starts — here

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