Wednesday, December 26, 2012

December 26, 2012: Unique Urban Farm Takes Off With Youthful Converts and Seasoned Educators

In a neighborhood that boasts one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation, urban farming is finding an eager crowd. Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in southeast Seattle has all that it takes to draw in the community -- financial support from the city, seasoned educators experienced with working with low income and people of color communities, and even a wetland waiting to be restored. Martha Baskin has the story.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012: Home for the Holidays with Energy Efficiency 365 Days a Year

From federal gas mileage standards to Department of Energy Retrofit Ramp Up grants, the US is seeing a renaissance in energy efficiency. A 20 million grant to the City of Seattle is delivering energy solutions to residential and business communities, one of many programs in the region, leveraging rebates, incentives and funding programs. Whether 20 million is enough to wean the city off of fossil fuels is another story.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012: Urban Creek Gets An Assist with New Street Upgrade, Bio-Swales and Established Rain Gardens

Despite poor publicity after a drainage and rain garden project backfired in Ballard, a cluster rain garden project in Delridge is moving forward with the addition of new bio-swales on city parking strips. Neighbors would have liked more than the few the city and private sector found money for, but for now, one more city block is holding back hundreds of gallons of polluted run-off from the local creek and Puget Sound.

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