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Washington Green Schools Summits!

Students and educators from Seattle-area green schools are encouraged to attend the first annual Seattle Green Schools Summit on October 23rd. Clark County green schools will hold their second annual summit on November 6th. Get inspired to grow your school's green program!

Please click the image to view the Green Summit flier!

Washington Sports a New EV Tourism Corridor

Innovators in Central Washington have found a creative way to lure eco-conscious Seattleites across Cascades: Build an electric vehicle tourism corridor.

From PlugInCenter.com

After years of pushing for it, Plug-In North Central Washington is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the world’s first dedicated electric vehicle tourism corridor between Seattle and Wenatchee, Washington. The three DC Fast Charging stations and accompanying Level 2 stations will allow drivers of appropriately equipped electric vehicles (e.g. Nissan Leafs and Mitsubishi i-MiEVs with fast charging capability) to make the trip between the two regions and become EV tourists. Several hotels in North Central Washington—including Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth and Springhill Suites in Wenatchee—are standing ready to accommodate these pioneering EV tourists with free charges for hotel guests at their on-site Level 2 charging stations. In addition, several other Level 2 charging stations in Wenatchee are at the ready including two behind the Convention Center and two at Stevens Pass Ski Area.

Wow! Washington Organics Week

Tilth Producers of Washington hosts weeklong campaign to connect consumers with Washington Organic products & growers

Seattle, WA – It’s official! September 9th-15th is declared Washington Organic Week http://tilthproducers.org/programs/washington-organic-week/) via proclamation from Governor Christine Gregoire.

Throughout the week, Tilth Producers of Washington will partner with Washington State growers, retail outlets, restaurants and likeminded organizations to offer statewide events highlighting the benefits of Organic products grown in Washington. Events will offer consumers unique opportunities to meet organic farmers and connect with the people that make healthful, fresh, and environmentally and socially responsible food available to Washington State consumers.

 “With more than 100,000 acres of organic farm land, Washington is the third largest organic producer in the nation,” said Diane Dempster, president of Tilth Producers of Washington. “Washington Organic Week celebrates the benefits of organic agriculture on local economies and the health of Washingtonians.”

Tilth Producers of Washington is proud to offer a full week of events in partnership with its sponsors: PCC Natural Markets, Whole Foods Market, Bridges Organic Produce, Charlies Produce, Rainier Fruit Company, UNFI, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Central Co-op, Haggen, Metropolitan Market, Uwajimaya, Town and Country Markets, New Roots Organic, Organically Grown Company, Bayview Thriftway, Wilcox Farms, Blossom on Lopez, Skagit Valley Food Coop, and Olympia Food Coop.

Washington Organic Week events include: 

Saturday, September 8

Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair, 10am-5pm

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle WA

 

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Greg Atkinson: Demonstration Class: West Coast Cooking at the Book Larder – Fremont, WA

Cost – $40

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Organic Homebrewing and Cider Making 101 at 21 Acres – Woodinville, WA

Cost – $25

 

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 6:30 – 10:00 PM

Organic Beer, Cider and Chocolate Tasting at Theo Chocolate

Cost – $25 – VIP HOUR 6:30 – 7:30 PM – includes exclusive tastings and guided tasting experience!

$20 – 7:30 PM and beyond ….. general admission.

 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Under the Harvest Moon- First Annual Benefit Auction for Tilth Producers of

Washington

Early Bird Tickets: $25

Regular Tickets (after August 31st): $35

 

About Tilth Producers of Washington:

Tilth Producers of Washington promotes ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable farming practices that improve the health of our communities and natural environment. For more information, please visit: tilthproducers.org/

Bag-Free for One Month

How are consumers behaving now that the plastic bag ban has been in effect for one month? King 5 investigated and found out that it's been a pretty easy transition. CoolMom wants to know how it's going for you!

by LORI MATSUKAWA / KING 5 News

 

http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/Seattles-plastic-bag-ban-one-month-later-164527106.html

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM

SEATTLE -- At the one month mark, Seattle's plastic shopping bag ban appears to be taking hold easier than people expected. At Bert's Red Apple Market in Madison Park, it looked like equal numbers of shoppers brought their reusable bags or paid a nickel for paper bags with handles. A hardy minority (mostly men) just carried their purchases in their hands.

The law prohibits retailers from passing out one-time use plastic bags. Shoppers must provide their own bag or pay a nickel for a paper bag. Thicker, reusable plastic bags like the ones used in department stores are okay. The nickel charge goes back to the retailer to cover costs.

"I think the transition has been a lot smoother than people thought it would be," said Terry Short, a manager at the market. "People are receptive to it. It's taken about a month to figure out how to do it. And if they don't want to pay for a paper bag for their groceries, they bundle them up (in their arms) and carry them home."

There are exceptions. Those using food stamps don't have to pay the nickel fee. Also, one-use plastic bags can still be used for produce, meats, dry cleaning, newspapers and take-out food. City officials say giving people a month to prepare for the change -- and passing out 40,000 reusable bags -- made it more acceptable.

"The stores, in particular, have done a great job promoting reusable bags," said Public Utilities spokesman Dick Lilly. "Both by giving some away, just keeping them on display. People can buy them for not a lot of money."

One young girl shopping with her mother supports reusable bags, even though she often has to trot back to the car to retrieve them when her mom leaves them behind. "I think it's really good for the environment (because) plastic bags are not biodegradable."

The city of Bellingham will start its plastic bag ban on August 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acting Against Coal in the Northwest

Between the negotiated closure of the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia and the current movement to stop the proposed coal export terminal in Bellingham, Washingtonians have been hard at work trying to make their state coal free. Across the country, they are joined by other voices calling for an end to coal mining, burning and export.

From 350.org:

 

The climate movement just had an inspiring weekend - and later this month, we'll be carrying that inspiration with us to Montana. Here's what happened last Saturday:



In Washington, DC thousands of people marched together to call for an end to the dangerous oil and gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking - the largest action against fracking in the US, and the first time anti-fracking activists met as a national movement.

As they marched through DC, a big group of Texans and Oklahomans were meeting to train and prepare for the Tar Sands Blockade, a planned action to stop construction of the Southern Leg of the Keystone XL pipeline when it begins later this summer. (Click here if you'd like to join the blockade, which will start soon)

And then in West Virginia, 50 people walked on to America's largest mountaintop removal coal mine, and shut it down - just like that.  The activists were risking not only arrest, but the backlash of the corrupt West Virginia government, which has let 20 of them languish in jail with bail set at a total of $500,000.

These are all sure signs of a growing, more powerful movement. As Bill McKibben explained in his Rolling Stone article, if we're going to beat the scary math of climate change, we will need an extra dose of courage and creativity. The climate math is grim, but this weekend was a bright spot. We might just be up to the challenge.

There's more to come soon, too.

In just a few weeks, our friends in Montana are preparing for a week of very civil disobedience to call for the Montana State Land Board to reject a permit for a city-sized coal mine in the Powder River Basin. The coal industry poisons everything and everyone it touches, from mine communities sickened by runoff, to rail lines that blow 5 pounds of toxic coal dust per mile, to everyone affected by smog, mercury and carbon when it's burned.

The Coal Export Action, which takes place from August 12th-20th in Helena, is trying to keep Montana coal in the ground where it can't hurt anyone. Montana is a trek for many of us, but it's a worthwhile journey -- few fights in North America are so important, when it comes to overall carbon footprint of the projects we're trying to fight. Can you be there in Helena to take a stand against King Coal's coal export plan?

Click here to join the Coal Export Action in Montana - coalexportaction.org/join/

This is on pace to be one of the hottest (if not THE hottest) summer in American history. Let's keep up our pace as well, and make this a summer the fossil fuel industry won't forget.