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Fresh Off the Press: 2016 – 2018 Green Pages Are Here!

2016_green_pages_coverThe Green Pages are on Newsstands NOW!

Get your copy at all Seattle Natural Awakenings distribution sites, including libraries, Super Supplements, PCCs, Whole Foods, or pick up your copy at a Seattle Chapter education session on the fourth Wednesday of each month. We will also be found at the 2016 Green Building SLAM on November 4th in the University of Washington’s Kane Hall.

We want to extend our thanks to the many members, allies, and sponsors who have supported our 25th Anniversary publication! Please call or visit our providers and suppliers’ websites for more information about your next green building project.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the 2016-2018 Green Pages.

The Great Pacific Garbage Problem

Plastic Waste Is Harmful To The Ocean, Marine Life & Humans:
How You Can Help

Litter is ubiquitous. But is it a problem?

People may not die as a direct result of litter, but scientists suggest that more than a million birds and marine animals die each year from consuming or becoming caught in plastic and other debris. Besides killing wildlife, plastic and other debris damage boat and submarine equipment, litter beaches, and discourage swimming. In addition, litter has an additional human impact: the debris can harm commercial and local fisheries by introducing chemicals and plastics into the food chain that are harmful when consumed by marine life and humans.  All together, when you consider that litter is not the only issue facing our oceans and associated fisheries, humans may be severely putting our food supply at risk.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that plastics make up only 13 percent of the municipal solid waste stream. And yet, plastic constitutes 90 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, is estimated to be twice the size of the state of Texas. And, it’s not the only one—there are at least four other garbage patches in our world’s oceans.

A recent 2015 study, published in Science, reports that nearly nine million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year, and the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans is expected to more than double in the next 10 years.

These giant floating waste piles may represent only a fraction of the discarded plastic. Where is the rest? Scientists believe it is lingering in deep ocean and coastal sediments, buried in Arctic ice, and even more troubling, “it has been ingested with dire consequences by [up to] 700 species of marine wildlife,” according to a recent National Geographic article reporting on the new study. These plastics have been found in the circulatory system of mussels, zooplankton, and lugworms living in sediment. They have been found in the stomachs of sea turtles and ocean birds, like the albatross, entangled in the tentacles of jellyfish, and trapping dolphins and even whales in the tangle of debris.

If we stop adding to the problem, the oceans may be able to recover. It’s essential that innovative products and packaging designed for recycling or reuse replace single-use, throw away options. Here in Seattle, the city is taking the first steps: it is the first U.S. city to require that all single-use food service packaging be either compostable or recyclable.

If we do not reduce the available amount of plastic waste from human activities, the cumulative quantity of plastic waste entering the ocean is predicted to increase by an order of magnitude by 2025, according to the report in Science. Only 20 percent of the ocean plastic comes from marine sources, the rest comes as plastic is swept into the ocean from rivers and coastal activity, according to the study.

It’s not just marine animals and our food supply that suffers—there are other costs associated with plastic waste. According to a report issued by the UN Environment Program, problems resulting from the use of plastic cost businesses $75 billion annually in the form of pollution in the marine environment, air pollution caused by incinerating plastic, or greenhouse gas emissions from raw material extraction and processing.

Innovative agencies like our own Seattle Public Utilities show that reducing, recycling, and redesigning products can bring multiple green economy benefits, including reducing economic damage to marine ecosystems, reducing the impact on tourism and fisheries industries, bringing savings and opportunities for innovation to companies producing consumer goods, and saving tax dollars by reducing plastic waste destined for landfills.

By Cate O’dahl

Do Your Part To Prevent Plastic Waste

Nearly all experts agree: preventing plastic in the ocean comes down to managing waste on land, where most of the trash originates. Follow these simple steps to reduce excess plastic waste and stop it from ending up in landfills or the ocean:

Avoid buying items packaged in plastic

Buy items in cardboard boxes instead of plastic bottles

Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins

Use cloth shopping bags

Skip bottled water. Carry a reusable canteen

Bring a reusable mug when you order coffee

Avoid disposable tableware, or use the compostable kind

Bring your own container for takeout and leftovers

Make your own juice

Make your own cleaning products, using natural ingredients like lemon juice, vinegar, and water

List adapted from suggestions in EcoWatch article, “10 Ways to Use Less Plastic Every Day,” November 15, 2013, Green Education Foundation, “Tips to Use Less Plastic,” and Mother Nature Network, “16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste.”

(Note: this article was originally published in the Sustainable Living Guide 2015, in Seattle Natural Awakenings, April 2015)

Protecting Our Puget Sound Area Wetlands

Wetlands are an important part of urban ecosystems, acting like a powerful natural filter and sponge that helps slow the rush of rainwater sweeping chemicals and debris into waterways, Puget Sound, and ultimately the ocean. Wetlands help regulate the quantity of water moving through a watershed by retaining water during wet periods, letting it get absorbed naturally into the groundwater, and releasing it during dry periods.

However, these critical and ecologically important areas are threatened in the Puget Sound region: freshwater wetlands including swamps, marshes, and bogs have been filled or drained to provide farmland, housing areas, and other urban development. Some urbanized areas in Puget Sound have experienced losses of essential wetlands from as much as seventy percent and more, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology, and in some areas, the wetlands are just gone.

In other areas, wetlands have been significantly degraded; if they haven’t been filled in, they are not functioning the way they should. Many of these wetland areas have been harmed by the impacts of polluted water pouring into them during storm events, carrying excessive amounts of fertilizers, oils, and other toxins we use in our daily lives. The major cause of continuing loss and degradation of wetlands is urban expansion, forestry and agricultural practices, and invasion of exotic plants and animals.

The health of our wetlands affects us directly: years ago, flooding didn’t occur at the levels that it does now, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Generally, our current flooding events are due to the amount of impervious or water-impenetrable surfaces that are everywhere; concrete, hard-packed ground, and even buildings themselves are impervious surfaces.

The solutions are multiple and can be achieved through sustainable building techniques and thoughtful development. Sustainable building is not anti-development; rather, it is about choosing different ways of doing that same development without causing negative or unintended consequences.

In addition to integrating more pervious spaces onsite where we live, allowing water to infiltrate naturally where it falls, we need to leave natural corridors, not only for wildlife, but also for stormwater. Ultimately, we need to have places for rain water to go.

What You Can Do

1. Protect wetland areas from development and allow them to thrive; preserve buffer zones and allow native plants within the wetland to grow and attract wildlife.

2. Maintain the natural hydrology of a wetland. This is the key to protecting them, notes the Washington State Department of Ecology. “Channelizing, dredging, diking, impounding, and draining are the most common activities that disrupt or destroy the hydrologic balance of wetland systems. The result often is increased flooding, filling, and pollutant levels,” the department says on their website. They note that while these activities are often undertaken to reverse the effects from the loss of essential wetlands, ironically they lead to increased flooding.

3. Build using Low Impact Development (LID) strategies, a series of integrated site strategies designed to keep stormwater from leaving the site. LID can be applied to new development, redevelopment, or as retrofits to existing development. There are multiple strategies that can be used, although not all LID strategies need to be incorporated into every project. The idea is to construct a natural way of collecting stormwater and allowing it to infiltrate onsite. Some strategies include rain gardens (see “Rain Gardens – Beautiful & Beneficial for Everybody” on page 20), bioretention areas, green roofs, previous pavement options, amending soil, and rain water harvesting.

4. Preserve and protect all critical areas during construction. Install and maintain erosion control.

For more information:
Washington State Dept. of Ecology:

Low Impact Development:

Washington Stormwater Center:

By Sheldon and Cate O’dahl

(Note: this article was originally published in the Sustainable Living Guide 2015, in Seattle Natural Awakenings, April 2015)

Impact Your Climate Future

The oceans are rising. The weather is changing. The world is ending. The sky is falling. Run away! Run away!

Is that how you feel when someone says, “climate change”? Is it all too much? Do you feel like there is nothing you can do? You are not alone, yet you do have the power to have an impact. Climate change may be changing the world, but acting locally can have a real impact on reducing the damage and long-term costs of changes to our region.

What is Climate Change?

Have you noticed that the summers have been getting warmer and the winters are getting wetter over the last few years? Is this climate change or just normal fluctuations in weather from year to year? Is this different from some years when an El Niño system brings warm and dry winters to the Pacific Northwest, and other times a La Niña system generates above average rainfall in the winter? Yes, weather does change from year to year, and while these variations are normal cycles, a long-term perspective shows a more startling trend that is affecting the entire planet. Extreme weather patterns have been developing in the mid-west and on the East Coast, resulting in an increased number of severe tornados in the summer and record cold periods in the winter.

The crucial aspect of climate change that needs to be understood is that these long-term trends are not simply the natural course of events on our blue planet. After all, we once were covered with ice during the last ice age and the planet does get warmer and colder over long periods of time. Our climate is changing because of human activity. “Most of the warming of the past half century has been caused by … burning fossil fuels for heat and energy, clearing forests, fertilizing crops, storing waste in landfills, raising livestock, and producing some kinds of industrial products,” says the EPA ( These activities have released a tremendous amount of heat-trapping gases into our atmosphere. These greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, fluorinated gases, and methane, capture the sun’s heat and warm the upper atmosphere, impacting jet stream patterns and polar ice fluctuations.

How can it affect us?

It is not simply “global warming” that results from an increase of greenhouse gases, a study by the Washington State Department of Ecology reports that this is “causing wide-ranging impacts, including rising sea levels; melting snow and ice; more extreme heat events, fires and drought; and more extreme storms, rainfall and floods. Scientists project that these trends will continue and in some cases accelerate, posing significant risks to human health, our forests, agriculture, freshwater supplies, coastlines, and other natural resources that are vital to Washington State’s economy, environment, and our quality of life. “

According to the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) from the University of Washington, records show that Pacific Northwest temperatures have increased 1.5°F since 1920. These temperature changes impact the Pacific Northwest in many ways. Warmer winters mean that instead of snow falling in our mountains, we will get more rain, resulting in less snow accumulation, earlier snow melt, and greater flooding downstream.

Warmer summers may initially seem like a good thing, but this also means more wildfires, especially east of the Cascades. Our already threatened salmon populations will also be impacted by higher summer temperatures as warmer streams create poor spawning grounds. CIG states that “one third of the current habitat for either the endangered or threatened Northwest salmon species will no longer be suitable for them by the end of this century.”

Ultimately, one of the greatest impacts of increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is the inevitable sea level rise. Many focus on the impact on the loss of living space in our coastal cities, but truly, the more devastating impact in the northwest may be on our coastal wetlands, which will become inundated by seawater, turning our freshwater wetlands brackish and eventually impacting our groundwater supplies.

What can we do?

All of this may be very daunting. It appears all so much bigger than you and me; this is world-wide and the result of over a hundred years of human industrial activity, but “there are little things you can do in your life that will help, such as conserving energy and taking mass transit,” encourages the Environmental Defense Fund on their website (

Driving a vehicle, the use of electricity to light and heat your house, and throwing away garbage all contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA. You can act now to reduce your contribution to greenhouse gas emissions by conserving the amount of energy you use at home: seal and insulate your home and purchase energy efficient appliances. Also, when you invest in clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power, you reduce the need for increased energy production. Reduce your waste and recycle to minimize the amount of garbage going into landfills and the amount of their methane emissions. Consider driving less or using mass transit to minimize your personal carbon footprint.

“Washington State is addressing this challenge and has adopted policies to reduce energy use, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and build a clean energy economy,” says the Washington State Department of Ecology on their web page addressing climate change ( “By taking action now to respond and adapt to changing climate conditions, Washington can significantly limit the damage and reduce the long-term costs of the climate related impacts that are expected to grow in number and intensity in the decades to come.”

Your voice and participation in the democratic process to guide government policy is your greatest influence. “What is really needed is change at national and global levels,” says the Environmental Defense Fund. “Only by convincing leaders to create laws that improve our energy policy, and pushing companies to adopt sustainable business practices on a global level, can we see real change.” So speak out; talk with your friends, employers, and representatives; tell them to act now to change our future energy course away from burning dirty fossil fuels to a clean energy future by harnessing the sun, wind, and water. The power is yours.

By Sheldon W O’dahl

(Note: this article was originally published in the Sustainable Living Guide 2014, in Seattle Natural Awakenings, February 2014)

What is Nature Worth?

What do you value? A healthy family? A good job that is satisfying and that provides sufficient resources to live comfortably? Time to enjoy a good book or a long walk in the mountains with family? These are all respectable values. What you value guides your decisions and actions, where you invest your money and time, and what you choose to save in an emergency.

Do you value clean air and water or a vibrant ecosystem filled with diverse life? What would you pay to keep that air and water clean, to keep the pollutants from contaminating that ecosystem?

These are difficult questions, yet they are very important for our future. Our livelihood, our industry, our health, and even our recreation are dependant upon the resources of the world in which we live. For many centuries, we have easily placed value on the product of our efforts, our constructs, the built world, and our social organizations. What we have not easily determined value for has been the resources used to build our societies and produce our goods and services, our natural capital.

The Forum for the Future Project defines natural capital as “any stock or flow of energy and material that produces goods and services.” Natural resources, both the renewable materials and living creatures and non-renewable materials we use for manufacture of products and energy, are obvious sources of capital. Other aspects of natural capital that may be less obvious, but no less valuable, are natural processes, environments, or species that “absorb, neutralize, or recycle wastes” such as carbon sequestration from plants, wetlands and watersheds or the multitude of species that are vital to nutrient cycling in forests and waterways.

“The concept of natural capital has the potential to reconcile economic and environmental interests by integrating the value of natural capital in decision-making,” says the International Institute for Sustainable Development. “The Natural Capital Approach (NCA) is a means for identifying, quantifying and valuing ecosystem services leading to better decision-making for managing, preserving and restoring natural environments.”

Earth Economics of Tacoma is actually setting out to put real dollar values to natural capital resources in our region. In their 2010 report, Valuing The Puget Sound Basin, they note “the value of natural systems in the Puget Sound Basin is enormous. Yet this wealth is being lost. As the ecological health of the region deteriorates, benefits once provided for free and potentially in perpetuity are deteriorating or disappearing.” These lost resources include, among others, natural water filtration systems we rely on for clean drinking water, natural retention systems that help stop or slow water intrusion or flooding, and natural habitats for the fish, fowl, and our fellow creatures of the land.

“To reduce damage, new expensive engineered infrastructure is developed to replace nature’s lost and previously free services,” Earth Economics tell us in their report. “Currently natural capital is not recognized as a capital asset that is measurable within standard accounting systems. As a result, these assets are undervalued and investment in the form of capital improvements, maintenance and operations are insufficient. Washington State and the counties of the Puget Sound Basin should lead the way initiating changes in national accounting rules to accommodate the economic value that natural capital provides.”

As a society, we need to acknowledge that culture and our economy would be lost without the robust and abundant environment from which it is created. As Gaylord Nelson said, “The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” As such, when the environment fails, so will our economy.

We threaten our environment at our own peril. Polluting our natural resources, our water and air, the fertile ground upon which we grow our crops, and the very creatures we rely on for food, products, and services, can no longer be a simple by-product of doing business as usual. A healthy economy produces a healthy society, and only by maintaining a healthy Earth can we hope to provide for a healthy future for our children and their children. In addition to investing in the infrastructure of our future society, we must include a robust investment in maintaining and rebuilding a healthy environment with clean water, clear air, stable land, and dynamic life, both plant and animal.

Earth Economics suggests “Shifting investment requires accounting that includes the value of natural capital, improved jobs analysis, better cost/benefit analysis and economic incentives that reward green investment.”

Gaylord Nelson reminds us in his book Beyond Earth Day, Fulfilling the Promise, “All economic activity is dependent upon that environment and its underlying resource base of forests, water, air, soil, and minerals. When the environment is finally forced to file for bankruptcy because its resource base has been polluted, degraded, dissipated, and irretrievably compromised, the economy goes into bankruptcy with it.”

It’s only good business to take care of the environment.

By Sheldon W O’dahl

“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.”
—Gaylord Nelson, former U.S. senator, governor of Wisconsin, and founder of Earth Day

“You show me pollution and I will show you people who are not paying their own way, people who are stealing from the public, people who are getting the public to pay their costs of production. All environmental pollution is a subsidy.”
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

(Note: this article was originally published in the Sustainable Living Guide 2014, in Seattle Natural Awakenings, February 2014)

Sustaining Puget Sound

Our region is defined by water. The Puget Sound Basin consists of all the land, rivers, lakes, and streams that drain into coastal waters. The interactions between people, animals, plants, and multitudes of microorganisms, within a complex hydrologic system (the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface) define the ecology of our region. Natural environments, in order to stay productive and healthy, are limited by their carrying capacity – a maximum limit that any given environment can support without detrimental effects. The Puget Sound Partnership estimates that by 2025 over five million people will be living in the Basin. In addition to carrying capacity, natural systems need to maintain a specific balance. If that balance is impacted or if the carrying capacity is exceeded, natural systems begin to deteriorate.

Pollution caused by human activity or contamination from natural events such as volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, or forest fires can affect the balance of natural systems and their ability to repair or restore themselves to their original healthy states. In the wake of the industrial revolution, we have seen great impacts from human activity: impacts to air quality from burning fossil fuels, impacts to water quality from dumping human-made waste into our waterways, and impacts to our natural forests and grasslands from poorly-planned development.

Many of the original impacts were unintended. As a global society, we simply did not understand the effect of our actions. Many great societies have perished for their ignorance – the Roman Empire, the Easter Island society, among others. In this day and age, however, we understand more about the effect of our actions; specifically, we understand the effects that pollution, population, and poor-planning has on our planet.

One solution to combat these effects is environmental stewardship – the notion of protecting and being responsible for our natural areas and its inhabitants.

In a recent report on Puget Sound Ecosystem Indicators, the Environmental Protection Agency proposes: “We are at the cusp of making historic decisions regarding the nature of how we grow in this region. Will we pave over our field of dreams and let species come to the brink of peril, losing economic opportunity and good human health? Or will we create a positive vision of our future by mapping out growth strategies, learning to be more elegant with design and function so we can save the things worth saving, while providing opportunities to ‘do well by doing good’?”

The answer to that question can and should be answered by each inhabitant of the Puget Sound – that means each of us. We are the answer to those questions. Through our purchases, by voting, by speaking out on issues, by educating ourselves and our community we choose the answers. We choose our future.

Making the Connections

The EPA Indicator Report helps to make the connections between the natural environment, the built environment, and our personal environment by looking at one of our local treasures, the orca, to help us understand how everything we do affects something else, no matter how isolated it seems. In the 1990’s Puget Sound orca populations declined. Most of the resident orcas eat salmon as their primary food source. Puget Sound Chinook salmon have been found to be heavily contaminated with chemicals, including flame retardants and plasticizers called phthalates. Other salmon populations are also dwindling because their habitat has been destroyed or degraded due to development practices (paving our surfaces and fragmenting our forest areas). Many of our resident fish species are also impacted by the use and disposal of specific chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides. This means that the fertilizer you use on your lawn and in the neighborhood you live in, or at the local manufacturing plant, finds its way into the local creeks and streams, flows to larger lakes and eventually into the Puget Sound. It then accumulates in salmon, which passes these chemicals through a process known as bioaccumulation into our resident orca populations. The accumulation of chemicals in the whale’s food supply, coupled with pollution from stormwater running off of our built environment, and noise pollution from commercial and recreational boats, has led to the decline of this iconic species and placed them on the Endangered Species list.

Understanding What to Look For

In order to sustain Puget Sound, there are indicators of the environmental health of the watershed that can help us know how we’re doing managing this vast resource. For one thing, having healthy wildlife populations, including shellfish and other marine species indicates the overall health of our environment (See Bees, Slugs, & Frogs article in the SLG). We can also look at the rate of urbanization and ebb and flow of our forest areas. Water quality determines the health of all our natural systems and greatly affects our own personal health and even our region’s economic health (see Natural Capital article in the SLG). Finally the volume of waste going to landfills affects climate, which in turn can affect weather and air quality (see Climate Change article).

What You Can Do

All is not lost! We still have a great opportunity and a greater responsibility to preserve and protect the natural resources of our region. The articles in the Built Environment and the Personal Environment sections outline strategies, propose actions, and provide resources to let you know what you can do to sustain our Puget Sound.

By Cate O’dahl

From EPS Report:

(Note: this article was originally published in the Sustainable Living Guide 2014, in Seattle Natural Awakenings, February 2014)

Announcing the 2nd Annual Sustainable Living Guide April 2015

Hello Sustainability Leaders,

Sidebar_450px_newyear1We are so happy to invite you to join us in the production of our 2nd Annual Sustainable Living Guide in the April 2015 issue of the Seattle Natural Awakenings.

The SLG is a public education innovation – a guide to help residents understand, value, and nurture the connections between the natural, built, and personal environments. Our premiere edition in February 2014 was a spectacular hit. Click here to check out the 2014 SLG.

For over twenty years, ESP Services has been working with sustainability innovators building the industry and emerging marketplace in Puget Sound. It’s been an amazing journey and my great pleasure to be a part of this growing dynamic community. We have all felt inspired by the magnitude of the transformation at one time or another along the way.

Yet, as sustainability leaders, we know we have farther to go. It may have felt like we working alone before, however, it appears we are not alone; we are just a little out in front. It’s time to widen the circle and empower others with our message, expand our reach, and bring all of our community together to join us on the journey.

Just like Dorothy’s yellow brick road that led her on the way to the Emerald City, we all need a guide. We are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Sustainable Living Guide, Puget Sound edition, a consumer guide connecting the natural, built, and personal environments for all Puget Sound Residents.

2nd Annual Sustainable Living Guide Puget Sound Edition 2015

Sidebar_450px_newyear2The SLG, coming in the April 2015 issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings – the Earth Day issue and SNA’s 4th Anniversary issue – is a comprehensive consumer resource guide that will deepen the conversation and strengthen our connections to sustainability in Puget Sound. This educational resource guide for local consumers will feature fresh, straight-talking content on a variety of local environmental issues. SLG articles are rich in resources that inform, inspire, and call our citizens to act sustainably. Cate’s List, a service provider directory, will offer local connections for consumers to put that inspiration into action.

Seattle Natural Awakenings publisher, Ann Dorn, and I are joining forces once again to produce this opportunity for sustainability leaders, like you, to make greater connections to a wider community. We believe that, with guidance, all Puget Sound consumers can easily make the connections between the natural and built environments to their personal environment, understand the importance of these connections, and make sustainable choices.

The SLG is that guide. Make the first connection by supporting our editorial line-up, share your experience, be a resource for your community, lend your leverage to this public education innovation.

SLG Opportunities


Our team is looking for financial support from local leaders who are ready to position their company as a leader in progressive sustainability. We are looking for your perspective on the editorial line-up, guest author suggestions, contacts, and referrals, and, of course, your display ad in the April 2015 Earth Day edition.

Sponsorship Packages include one 750-word article authored by you or our staff, one graphic display ad, plus pre-release promotion and special SNA advertising opportunities. Find out more in our Sponsorship Invitation pdf.

Guest Editorial
We are also seeking Guest Authors to write some of our 2015 SLG line-up.  Are you interested in sharing your knowledge, experience, and resources with others on the journey? Check out the proposed line-up topic list in our Guest Author Invitation pdf. Then, contact me to reserve your preferred topic and discuss your ideas for the article.

The SLG is your best advertising opportunity in Puget Sound for 2015 – the April Earth Day 45th Anniversary Issue. 16,000 printed copies reaching over 40,000 readers in print and online. Let the growing number of sustainability consumers find you in the SLG with a display ad or a listing in Cate’s List.

  • Graphic Ads with variety of ad sizes
  • Promotional & custom packages available
  • Get your message in from of consumers inspired by Earth Day Events & Activities
  • Directory Listings & Profiles
  • Non-profit & Government discounted listing rates

Check out the details, costs, and guidelines in our Advertising Kit pdf.

A Personal Invitation

Sidebar_450px_newyear4If you believe yourself to be a leader in sustainability and you also dream of a healthy, sustainable future, demonstrate your leadership, share your resources and let Puget Sound consumers know your story of sustainability.

We are inviting you to join me and Ann to create the 2nd Annual Sustainable Living Guide for Puget Sound.  Together, we will create another Puget Sound public education innovation, a truly comprehensive sustainability resource for Puget Sound consumers.

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Editorial and advertising deadlines coming up soon in February,
Act Now!

Jan. 31 – Sponsorships finalized
Jan. 31 – Author assignment approved
Feb. 28 – Advertising and Listing orders finalized
Mar 10 – Final Artwork and Listing info submitted
Mar 15 – SLG goes to the printer

Invitation: Fall & Winter Green Real Estate classes

Hello Friends,

Happy Fall 2014!

I hope you are well and staying warm.  I want to update you on some upcoming classes and educational opportunities that you and your colleagues may be interested in learning more about.

Coming THIS week in Seattle
Green Building Slam TOMORROW NIGHT
Date: Saturday Nov 15 2014, 5 – 10 PM
Kane Hall University of Washington

10 projects.  10 slides.  10 minutes.
5:00-6:30 Networking and hors d’oeuvres then the presentations, followed by dessert and coffee and more networking.  It’s a great event. I’ve planned and hosted a few of these evenings myself.  They are lots of fun, an opportunity to learn great cutting edge information, and a stellar networking opportunity. Very affordable ticket prices. I hope you will join me this year at this grand event. Special Guest Kathleen O’Brien. Tickets and more information click here

Coming next week in Seattle:
Date: Nov 18 2014 4:30 PM  Greenwood Public Library – 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103  Free
Home Performance Washington November Membership Meeting – Working with real estate pros to educate homeowners about the value of home performance

This month’s HPW meeting will include a lively conversation with home performance auditors on how best to work with real estate professionals, appraisers and home inspectors.  Also hear more about the DOE’s Building Science Translator project that aims to improve the language of home performance to convey the value message of high-performance homes based on the consumer experience rather than the engineering function of home systems.

There is no cost to attend, it’s Free and my friends at HPW asked me to invite you to this special meeting featuring Fiona Douglas Hamilton.  Hope to see you there.

Coming Winter Quarter at North Seattle College
Dates: January 12 thru March 9 Online Class

RES 130 Green Real Estate
Join me online for this great introduction to green real estate and how to sell the benefits of green building.  Since 2009, hundreds of students have started their green real estate careers with me in RES 130, the first class in the Green Real Estate Certificate.  In fact, Kim Mulligan, just won the National Association of Realtors Evergreen Award, presented to her last week in New Orleans.  Kim was an impressive green real estate student and part of our first graduating class.  She now works for Cooper Jacobs Real Estate and is selling homes for green innovative builders like Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction.  Congratulations Kim!

Being fully online, you control your schedule. 10 weekly modules give you milestones and instruction to work with at your pace and schedule during the week. Custom-made videos take you on trips to green building suppliers and green building home tours.  Interactive PowerPoints and Web Surfing exercises lay the foundation for understanding the terminology, basic building science, local resources, and industry characteristics that can enable you to sell green in the emerging marketplace.  Position your career where the trend is going.  This introduction course sets you on your way. Class qualifies as preparation for the Built Green Real Estate Professional Designation exam. (Fulfills 30 DOL continuing education clock hours.) Registration Information

Coming Winter Quarter at North Seattle College
Dates: January 10 thru March 21 LIVE Lecture Class

RES 131 Green Building Materials
Live Lecture course on campus at North Seattle College meetings on Saturdays. Field trips, shopping trips, and guest lecturers are just part of the fun for this Saturday morning class. Take a lively, entertaining, and informative look at the components of green building. Learn about the wide variety of “green products” across both single-family and multi-family building platforms. Examine the range of green building materials from high-end residential finishes (counter tops, tiling, water fixtures, etc.) to high-efficiency building systems (HVAC, air sealing, greywater reuse, photovoltaics, etc.). Learn how green real estate professionals speak to clients from an informed position on the environmental features of the products and processes used in green building projects. This is an important course for Real Estate Sales Persons, Appraisers, Home Owners, Investors, Developers and Builders. Strongly Recommend previous work in RES 130 or taken concurrently. (Fulfills 22 DOL continuing education clock hours.)

Please forward this email along to your colleagues and friends who may enjoy the educational opportunities. Or if you have a blog or newsletter, I would love for you to share these classes with your followers.

FYI – I have just launched my brand new website  In the new year, you will be able to visit the site to learn about other classes, education opportunities, seminars, meetings, and other fun opportunities to enhance your green credentials.

Look for future notices at for more opportunities of Random Acts of Education.

Keep in touch.