Join Edmonds groups at Northwest Solarfest Saturday

Who knows if the sun will shine on Saturday but you can learn about the benefits of solar power at the Northwest Solarfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Shoreline Community College. Sustainable Edmonds will be there, in a booth next to the Edmonds Community Solar Co-Op, and both organizations welcome your questions and…

Sustainable Edmonds: Protecting the air we breathe

By Todd Cloutier Sustainable Edmonds Having watched efforts to push climate legislation at the Federal level fizzle, some decided the time just wasn’t right to push for legislation. Oregon-based non-profit Our Children’s Trust decided instead to take a different approach. They re-cast the issue of control of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from being an international…

Look who won the competition to be the biggest energy savers in Edmonds

It started as a friendly competition between two Edmonds families. Who could do the best job of reducing their home energy use — and, in the process, their utility bills — through Sustainable Edmonds’ Save Energy Now program? On one side were April Zepeda and Brian King, living with their two children in a 2,200-square-foot,…

Want to buy a Sun Slice? Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative launches

Starting today, residents and businesses in Edmonds can purchase their own piece of the sun — or at least the energy generated from it. Sustainable Edmonds, in partnership with Seattle-based Tangerine Power, announced the launch of the Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative that will install a 75-kilowatt community solar energy system on the Frances Anderson Center…

A perfect fit: Edmonds Halloween costume swap draws families

When Green Halloween Edmonds organizer Melinda Knight arrived at the Edmonds Coldwell Banker Bain office Saturday morning, she wasn’t sure what to expect: Would families show up to the first-ever Edmonds Green Halloween Costumer Swap event, one of many Costume Swaps sponsored nationally by the Puget Sound-based non-profit Green Halloween? And more important, would there…

Energy savings for business, home topic of Edmonds Chamber lunch

Edmonds business owners and residents who want to save energy on their home energy bills are invited to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 23, to learn more about SustainableWorks. A nonprofit organization, SustainableWorks has partnered with the cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood and Sustainable Edmonds to…

Edmonds’ Save Energy Now program saving homeowners real money

(Todd Cloutier of Sustainable Edmonds gave the following report at the Aug. 24 Edmonds City Council meeting. ) We’ve made it through two quarters of the Save Energy Now program, and the homeowners are well ahead on overall savings. Save Energy Now participants have reduced their annual natural gas usage by over 12 percent, as…

Edmonds Council agenda Tuesday: broadband update, budget adjustments

Recent Edmonds City Council meetings have been streamlined, quick-moving events, but it seems unlikely that this Tuesday night’s meeting will follow that pattern. Among the many items on the agenda: – A second quarter budget report and proposed budget adjustments. – An update of Edmonds’ fiber optic broadband initiative. – Continued discussion about developing “Green…

From Sustainable Edmonds: A wake-up call to pursue alternative energy

At this time in our history, we can view the Gulf oil disaster with great sadness and disgust. Disgust not only at the greed to drill deeper and faster, but drilling beyond adequate safety margins and two working backup systems (only one was operating) to avoid equipment failure in such a sensitive location. It has…

Saturday: Visit Sustainable Edmonds at the Shoreline Solar Fest

It’s not in Edmonds, but it’s worth the trip — and our own local community sustainability group, Sustainable Edmonds, is exhibiting. The annual Shoreline Solar Fest – now called the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair — runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Saturday at Shoreline Community College. The fair features a spectrum of…

Sustainable Edmonds wants to help your business save money

Each year, businesses in Edmonds spend over $11 million on natural gas and electricity. That’s over $9,000 per business, per year! To try to reduce these energy bills, some local businesses have joined forces with Sustainable Edmonds’  pilot energy conservation project, called Save Energy Now. They’re finding that saving energy is not only good for…

Citizens generate Earth Day energy with ideas for greening Edmonds

What better way to mark Earth Day than to develop a plan for making your own community a more eco-friendly place? A group of about 40 citizens did just that Thursday night during the second annual Earth Day event sponsored by the City of Edmonds and Sustainable Edmonds, a non-profit citizen group aimed at informing…

Reminder: City’s Earth Day event tonight

It’s Earth Day, and the city and Sustainable Edmonds are hosting an event tonight at City Hall to celebrate the community’s commitment to environmental initiatives. The event will be in the third-floor Brackett Room of City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N., from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and light refreshments will…

Edmonds Earth Day celebration, other ‘green’ events this week

The City’s official Earth Day event Thursday evening is one of several happenings in Edmonds this week that highlight the community’s commitment to environmental initiatives. Here’s a summary: Thursday: The City of Edmonds, along with Sustainable Edmonds, will host an Earth Day event at Edmonds City Hall (121 5th Ave. N.) in the third-floor Brackett…

How simple conservation changes saved one Edmonds family $150

The following report was submitted by Todd Cloutier, Sustainable Edmonds board member, regarding early results from the Save Energy Now program. Is it really this easy to save over $150? It just might be. Some of our Save Energy Now participants started the program having already taken several measures at home to save energy. Some…

Mark your calendar for Edmonds Earth Day event April 22

The City of Edmonds and Sustainable Edmonds are hosting an Earth Day event on Thursday, April 22 at Edmonds City Hall (121 5th Ave. N.) in the third-floor Brackett Room from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 pm., and light refreshments will be provided. A representative of Local Governments for Sustainability will speak…

Sustainable Edmonds needs additional Save Energy Now participants

Sustainable Edmonds is seeking additional home and business owners who want to save energy and money through its Save Energy Now (SEN) program. SEN is aimed at helping local home and business owners find ways to reduce their annual utility consumption by at least 10 percent in 2010. The City of Edmonds provided funding for…

Today: Communities to share energy-saving ideas

Edmonds residents interested in sustainability issues are invited to learn from citizens who are leading energy conservation efforts in two other communities — Olympia and Bainbridge Island — during a meeting sponsored by Sustainable Edmonds at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10. The meeting will be held in the Cascade Room of the Harbor Square business…

Sustainable Edmonds needs volunteers for pilot conservation program

At every turn, we hear that saving energy also saves money. But how — and where — do we start? Beginning in January, the City of Edmonds has made it easy for Edmonds residents and business owners to do both. The City has funded Save Energy Now, a program developed by Sustainable Edmonds to help…