| King County
Save the Date:
An afternoon with Sim Van der Ryn
October Roundtable: Save the date for an afternoon of inspiration and reflection with one of this century's most exceptional visionaries in ecological design. Author, architect, educator and public leader, Sim Van der Ryn is a true pioneer in rethinking the intersection of the built, natural and social environments. His latest book, out in October, "Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self" (Island Press), recounts his own journey of discovery and calls for architects and designers to think more holistically about the effects of their work on themselves, the space's inhabitants and the earth. This special event roundtable will blend theory and practice, reflection and call for action, and appreciation for strides made with a vision of what needs to change in order to truly reduce human impact on the environment and improve our quality of life.
Plus, stay tuned for additional details about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in an intimate hands-on, solutions-oriented workshop with Van der Ryn and a panel of local experts, and a tour of the host location, Technology Access Foundation!
Save the Date: November 14th, "Designing Suburban Futures" Island Press Author Event
November Rountable: Since the start of the Great Recession, more suburbs have become the site of distressed neighborhoods, empty strip malls, aging office parks and excess parking lots. Could they instead be centers of innovation and resilience? Yes, says June Williamson, co-author of "Retrofitting Suburbia" and author of the new book "Designing Suburban Futures: New Models from Build a Better Burb" (Island Press, May 2013).
This special roundtable event brings Island Press author and Associate Professor in the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York June Williamson in to explore the potential to refit and reshape suburbs into thriving and vibrant communities, reflecting from the "Build a Better Burb" competition she helped conceive and organize in New York. With June and several local community partners, we will have an engaging discussion about what these ideas could look like in our region and where our needs are greatest, including buildings, infrastructure and the social and environmental landscape.
NWAEP Seattle - First Thursday Mixer at Pike Place Brewing
Sept. 5, Seattle
Please join the Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals for their monthly First Thursday mixer at the Pike Place Brewery in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m.! Founded in 1989, this Seattle staple is nestled in the Pike Place Market and provides finely crafted beverages ranging from European to American style ales and lagers.
Where: The Pike Place Brewing Company, 1415 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101.
Harvest Fair by Seattle Tilth
Participate in this fun, lively hands-on community festival with workshops, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for all ages. Eat tasty food, and enjoy live music with friends and family. Harvest season is a time to celebrate!
Bring your friends and family for a seed swap, cider pressing and DIY herb crowns. Kids can participate in crafts in the children's garden, take part in the parade at noon (arrive by 11 a.m.) and see a puppet show.
Seattle Tilth's Harvest Fair is free and open to the public, with voluntary donations accepted at the entrances.
NWEBG Seattle Chapter Elections
Nominations deadline Sept. 17
Click here for details.
Solarize Seattle: Central/ Southeast
Sept. 18, Seattle
Join Mia Devine, project manager at NW Seed, in learning more about the Solarize Campaign and what it means to go solar, how much it might cost, general concerns for going solar and much more!
Workshops are free and open to the public. If you have not yet done so, please register online.
Sept. 27, Seattle
The first annual gala of Cascadia innovators, rule breakers and change makers.
This is the bioregional event of the year, where Cascadia members celebrate their progressive spirit and aggressive challenge of the status quo.
Groundswell is a celebration to honor the support and achievement across the Cascadia bioregion.
Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops this October in Bellevue!
Oct. 15, Bellevue
This two-day workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to community-based social marketing and how it is being applied throughout the world to foster sustainable behavior. Those who attend the workshop will learn the five steps of community-based social marketing (selecting behaviors, identifying barriers, developing strategies, conducting pilots and broad scale implementation) and be exposed to numerous case studies illustrating its use. As such, this workshop provides an in-depth exposure to community-based social marketing and provides participants with the knowledge they need to design and evaluate their own community-based social marketing programs. At the end of the workshop participants will have acquired sufficient knowledge to use community-based social marketing to develop successful programs and foster sustainable behavior. Registration includes the workshop and great lunch and morning beverages for $645, plus the "Fostering Sustainable Behavior" book, a very handy resource to help you implement change post-workshop.
EcoBuilding 2013: Building Bridges, Pushing Boundaries
Oct. 18-20, Port Orchard
EcoBuilding, the Guild's annual retreat, is an unmatched opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers and connect with sustainable building professionals from all corners of the Pacific Northwest. Join The Guild this October where you'll learn from one another, share best practices and work together to drive the green building movement forward!
Built Green Conference 2013
Nov. 6, Brightwater Center in Woodinville
We are so excited to be able to host this year's event at The Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center. It is Brightwater's mission to be a "clean water interpretive facility... to educate and motivate the public to environmental stewardship and build community." Since it shares so many of the green building industry's core values, we believe Brightwater is a perfect location for the 2013 Built Green Conference. Get your tickets now!
10x10x10 Green Building Slam
Nov. 16, Seattle
The 10x10x10 Green Building Slam showcases 10 fast-paced, mind-blowing talks about remarkable green building projects in the Greater Seattle area. It is a fabulous opportunity to inform building-industry, government and university officials; homeowners (current and future); and students about the exciting things that push the green building envelope.
| New Certifications
Cascade Built for certifying their 8-unit multifamily apartments at 13th Ave. E. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
Batt + Lear for certifying their single-family home at 508 Randolph Ave. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.
PHC Construction for certifying their single-family home at 460 Grow Ave. NW in the Grow Community on Bainbridge Island as 5-Star Built Green.
Dwell Development for certifying the 6 single-family homes 2117, 2119, 2123 A,B,C, D 10th Ave. W in Seattle as 5-Star Built Green.
Richmond American Homes ffor certifying their single-family home at 11261 4th Pl. SW of Seola Gardens in Seattle as 3-Star Built Green.
Pluma Homes for certifying the 4 single-family townhomes at 3227 21st Ave. in Seattle as 4-Star Built Green.