Staying Safe with Car Chemicals

Are you a DIY car mechanic? Take precautions to keep both yourself and the environment safe when changing your own motor oil and other automotive fluids. Prevent Spills & Leaks Check your vehicle for leaks regularly and fix them as…

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…

Schools can be teaching kids the 3 R’s

Juanita High School students have recently learned that with minimal effort, they have reduced their lunchroom waste by half! The school initiated their lunchroom sorting system in spring of 2015. With ongoing education, the students have learned that food, paper…

Safe Spring Cleaning

Does your list of spring cleaning projects include clearing out your garage or under your sink? If so, you will probably find leftover or unused containers of hazardous products – things like oil-based paints and thinners, solvents, pesticides, vehicle fluids…

lawn and natural landscape by home

Guide to Choosing a Green Landscaper

Are you looking to hire a landscaper for your yard? To help you choose a green landscaper, it’s worth asking possible companies a few questions first to be sure they’ll use sustainable landscaping practices to protect the environment and save…

solar panels

Solarize Spotlight: Stan

Stan Hungerford’s household is one of forty-one that installed solar in 2015 through the Solarize Kirkland program. Here’s his solar story, in his own words (edited for brevity): A Long Interest in Efficiency Having worked as a Chemical/Industrial Engineer and…

large solar array installed through Solarize Kirkland

Solarize Spotlight: Bob & Kathy

Bob and Kathy Forgrave are just one of forty-one Kirkland households who installed solar at home in 2015 through the Solarize Kirkland program. Here’s their solar story, in Bob’s words: From Interest to Imperative Our interest in solar built slowly….

Cotton Hill Park Steward directing volunteers

Park Stewards: Rockstars of Restoration

This guest post is by Katie Cava, who leads the Green Kirkland Partnership’s Steward Program. As the staff person leading the Green Kirkland Partnership’s Steward Program, I have the opportunity to support and train community members who dedicate their free…

On the Road Again: Über Mom, Mother Nature

We men love our mothers. We do. Maybe our life-long adoration is nothing more than a genetically-ingrained “thank you!” for growing us in their bodies and bringing us to life after nine long months. Maybe it’s the unconditional love and…