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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Eco-Sanctuaries on Whidbey Island


whidbeyIf I may add to the list of reasons to visit Whidbey IslandThe Seattle Times has recently posted an article about some intriguing zen-centered island spots to visit, starting with the yoga lodge, a super-chill Whidbey Island retreat. The lodge sounds like the perfect place to get your enviro-health on, with yoga classes, a hiking trail, and an all-vegetarian menu. Continue reading


The Sustainability of the Printed Page


treesReading a book on a kindle vs. actually having the book in your hands as you read it is a very difficult subject for me. On the one hand, I want to be in support of anything that means less paper being produced and less trees being chopped for that purpose, but the relationship formed between a reader and the tangible book that they hold in front of them has always been a very special thing to me, and the idea of giving it up makes me experience a feeling of resistance to this form of progress, a word that I never want to be against. This article analyzes the green advantage of e-books. How can those of us who wish to be environmental but also cling to the idea of flipping through (non-web) pages deal with this issue? Continue reading


Green Seattle Day


discovery_parkThe 8th annual Green Seattle Day takes place this Saturday from 10-2 p.m! You can combat your anger towards illegal logging by participating in the event, which involves the simple and beautiful act of planting a native tree or shrub in one of 17 parks across the city. Check out a complete list of participating parks and sites here, which includes the nearby Burke Gilman Trail as well as Discovery Park and Golden Gardens.


Trees Bring People Together


Community-treeAnd you thought that trees were just good for oxygen and looking awesome. A study conducted within a Chicago public housing development shows otherwise, finding that residents of buildings with more greenery surrounding them had more frequent interactions with their neighbors and a stronger sense of community than those who lived in more barren areas. Continue reading


Surviving the Heat without AC


heatIf you have issues with hot summer days, then we have something in common. Personally, I’d take the biting chill of winter over the enveloping heat of summer any day. But since humans don’t yet have control over external temperatures (what’s taking you so long, scientists?) we all have to deal with those extra hot days. The fatigue, sweat, and general discomfort caused by heat can make people like me run for the AC, even in a city like Seattle, where temperatures rarely reach high levels. Unfortunately, air conditioning uses up a lot of energy to be so effective. The good news is, there may be other ways to keep your space cool without resorting to the powers of generated indoor breeze. Continue reading


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Getting to Know Our Trees


yaySometimes I forget how lucky I am to be living in a city with trees around every corner, lining sidewalks and providing helpful summertime shade. It’s only when I see a city without the same amount of bark that I realize how remarkable Seattle is. To be able to appreciate so much nature in such an urban setting is truly something to be thankful for, and no city matches Seattle in terms of tree diversity. Since trees are such a frequent and welcome presence to us here, perhaps we should take the time to be neighborly and learn some of their names. First off, let’s take a look at the three most present types of trees in Washington State. Continue reading