Author Archives: Tracy Durnell

About Tracy Durnell

Tracy Durnell is the Education and Outreach Specialist for Kirkland's Solid Waste Division. Translation: she teaches Kirkland residents and businesses how to get rid of their waste properly and sustainably. Previously she provided marketing and graphic design at a private environmental consulting firm, and she holds a degree in environmental science from WWU. In her free time, she writes science fiction. She is happy to both live and work in Kirkland.

Junk mail begone! Declutter your mailbox

Junk mail fills our mailboxes — 2 pieces a day on average in 2012 — and it can feel nigh impossible to staunch the flow. Sightline published an expose on junk mail in 2016, after a staff member spent years…

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Lessons from a Month of Meal Planning

I used to diligently plan my meals each week, but I fell out of the habit about five years ago. I felt like I’d developed a good repertoire of recipes I could prepare from the pantry and fridge — but…

Switch to Green Cleaning Products

My kitten was making a funny sound with his tongue. Knowing his habit of eating things with no resemblance to food, I hunted the apartment for something he might have eaten. A can of oven cleaner on the top shelf…

Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Safely

Did you know that four of five heroin addicts started out with abuse of prescription opiates? Or that home medicines are a leading cause of preventable poisoning for children under age six? Make sure your children don’t get in to…

Choose Your Shopping “Rules” to Make Purchases Simpler

What you bring into your house determines what waste your home will produce and contributes to your household’s environmental footprint. Many of us try to shop conscientiously, considering environmental impacts like climate emissions, water use, pollution, and waste in our…

Do a Home Energy Inventory to Get Rid of Energy Sucks

Your house might be wasting energy without you knowing it. Complete a quick home energy inventory to hunt down the easy fixes. 1. Complete a Home Energy Inventory Look for Energy Wasters Walk through each room of your house to…

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Become a Steward for Our Watershed

Are you feeling inspired to take action to protect our environment? You can make a difference to our Kirkland watershed by becoming a Soil and Water Steward with Tilth Alliance or a Green Kirkland Steward with Green Kirkland Partnership. Both…