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Waste Reduction At Work: Office Pranks

When you spend most of your waking hours at work, I hope that at least some of those hours consist of genuine joy, laughter, and fun with your coworkers. While some may find enough satisfaction in passing around a funny…

Soak Up the Rain: Build a Rain Garden at Home

Ah, springtime in the Pacific Northwest! The pitter-patter of raindrops falling steadily on your roof! Rain lasting for hours, if not days! Where does all that rain water go? Do your gutters send water down and away from your home?…

Change Your Habits for Puget Sound Starts Here Month

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month, a time for us to celebrate our connection to Puget Sound and our local bodies of water. Volunteer projects, workshops, special events and many other activities will be happening all around the Sound…

Home Energy Efficiency Made Easy!

Our homes use a lot of energy and a lot of it is used inefficiently.  You can conserve energy in your home by starting with some quick changes around the house or go even greener and make some larger and…

A Secure Medicine Return Program in King County?

With ever-changing recycling guidelines, it’s difficult for our residents to keep up with what can and cannot be recycled. As my fellow professionals in the solid waste and recycling field will attest, we receive tons of great questions from the…

Residents taking photos at Cascade Recycling Center tour

De-Bunking Recycling Myths

Kirkland residents work hard to recycle right. But, just where do these recyclables go after you’ve placed them in your recycling cart? Every spring and fall, as a part of Kirkland’s Sustainability Education Series, thirty Kirkland residents see for themselves…

On the Road Again: What Holds Us Back

Welcome to the first On the Road Again, my blog commentary where I let you in on some of my observations spawned by the sheer boredom of enduring several hours each week of I-405 gridlock.  My basic premise for this…

Are You Addicted to Plastic?

Have you seen the documentary Addicted to Plastic? (You can find the trailer on YouTube.) In the film, a young man takes us on his journey to travel the world studying plastics: how they are made, how we dispose of them,…

Don’t Drip and Drive

Ah, parking lot rainbows – those shining arcs and swirls of purples, greens and blues that appear in our parking spaces after a rain storm. They are so colorful, so beautiful, so… toxic! These rainbows form from drips and leaks…