Category: Conserve

Don’t Stress Out about Your Lawn this Summer

Lawns in western Washington don’t require irrigation to survive. If you don’t mind a brown lawn during the summer, your lawn will green up again when the rains return in the fall. Watering deeply once a month in summer helps…

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…

Sheet Mulch to Smother Weeds and Build Soil

When I first moved into my house, sheet mulching quickly became my new best friend in the quest to turn my front garden bed – a sea of weeds – back into something resembling a garden. Sheet mulching is a…

Green Kirkland Partnership volunteer restoration event

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…

two charging stations at Marina Park parking lot

Greener Power for Kirkland’s Fleet and Buildings

You might not know about some of the ways the City of Kirkland is working to reduce climate emissions both at the City and in the Kirkland community. As a founding member city of the King County – Cities Climate…

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Make Halloween a Treat for the Planet

The Halloween industry brings in around $6 billion each year. With that amount of decorations, costumes, and candy consumption comes a hefty environmental impact. Americans have created a demand for about 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin per year (our composter…

Trees help fish keep their cool

Back when I graduated from college, I led tree-planting projects throughout the Cascade Foothills. Rain or shine, volunteers joined me every weekend to trudge through the woods, sometimes sinking up to their knees in mud or tripping over the roots…

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The Cure for Wasted Food

Last year I helped organize a campus-wide barbeque at my school, Washington State University. We hired vendors to bring food, but overestimated how much food to order. Even with thousands of students cycling through the food line, we still had…

soap suds washing into Lake Washington

Storm Drains are for Stormwater Only

The number one cause of pollution in Washington waters is stormwater runoff. As rainwater flows into the nearest grated storm drain, it picks up pollutants such as fertilizers, dirt and leaves, pet waste, soaps, vehicle fluids, and litter. This now…