I Heart Kirkland Trees

Back when I first graduated from college, I led tree-planting projects throughout the Cascade Foothills. Rain or shine, volunteers would bundle up in their rain gear and join me every weekend to trudge through the woods, sometimes sinking up to…

Waste Reduction at Work: Break Room Bliss

When the phone doesn’t stop ringing or work just keeps piling on your desk, the office’s break room is a place that employees can go to “get away from it all,” even if it’s only for 15 minutes to an…

On the Road Again: Learning to Practice

So a couple of months ago I decided to buy a birthday present for myself.  It’s one of those things that I had subconsciously coveted for literally decades but for some reason had never bought for myself or even considered…

Waste Reduction at Work: Being PENtastic

When was the last time you broke into tears at work because the office ran out of pens? Exactly. Pens seem to be in unlimited supply in offices even though most of us have lost our penmanship eons ago. Unfortunately,…

Recycle Smoke Alarms at City Hall

You know that smoke detectors save lives, but did you know that you can save them from ending their life in a landfill?  “A modern home reaches flashover (not survivable) in 3 1/2 minutes. The only warning you may have…

StyroFest: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I never shy away from an opportunity to make a gratuitous allusion to one of my favorite epic westerns of all time, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, starring a youthful Clint Eastwood, a theatrically limber Eli Wallach, and…

Gifts: What Really Matters

The holidays bring cheer, cookies and glowing lights, but can also bring anxiety and stress when thinking about gift giving. What are you going to do for your co-workers? What about your neighbor? You can’t forget about Aunt Janie… You…

Waste Reduction At Work: Compostable Partyware

The holiday season is here! It seems like office parties double around this time of the year. While they are a great way to get to know your colleagues and enjoy great food, they also generate a lot of garbage…

Bagged styrofoam for recycling collected in June 2015

No, That’s Not Snow…

You thought you were just getting a new TV did you…you didn’t read the fine print about getting huge pieces of difficult to recycle white foam blocks too? According to King County Solid Waste, each year, residents and businesses in…