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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…

What’s Under the Storm Drain Grate?

With all our winter rainstorms, you can’t help but notice water running everywhere – off roofs, across lawns and sidewalks, down driveways and the edges roads. All that rain flows into stormwater drains and ditches that carry it away from…

Multifamily Recycling: Case Studies in Success!

In the northwest, and here in Kirkland, we’re pretty into recycling. The City consistently has one of the highest single family recycling rates in King County. We have higher recycling rates than many parts of the country, and work hard…

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Tech in Trash: Experimenting with Enevo

For good or for bad, technology has inexorably crept into all the nooks and crannies of our lives. Take cell phones. The technological advancements of these devilishly addictive devices have made them a fundamental part of our lives. We keep…

Paint Green (Even When Your Paint is White)

Is painting a room in your house or maybe your whole house on your “to do” list? A fresh coat of “Jungle Vine Green” or “Morning Hush White” can be a great pick-me-up for tired-looking walls, but did you know…

Adventures of a Summer Intern: The Notion of Less

Last weekend, sitting in my favorite spot, up against the bulkhead in front of the cabin on Hood Canal, I was reflecting on my summer as the Kirkland Solid Waste Intern. Trying again and again to skip rocks (a skill…