Tag: Environment

Category: Interesting jobs I’m glad someone else has

December 3rd, 2009

Things are hectic as the year winds down, so I've not been good about posting to the blog. There's plenty going on -- 520 bridge details, text amendments in South Lake Union, wrapping up mid-rise and high-rise zoning code changes -- and I'll try to do better. In that vein, I wanted [More]


Duwamish River? Waterway?

July 22nd, 2009

Whatever it is, it's great to see it from a kayak on a July afternoon. Greg Whittaker from Alki Kayak Tours took us (the Clark staff minus Karen, the intern, who we left in charge of the office) on a tour of the upper Duwamish this afternoon for a water-level view of [More]


School lessons

August 22nd, 2008

I understand that the Seattle Public Schools have a tough job when it comes to expanding, renovating or building new schools. We live in fairly built-out city. There aren't a lot of big lots waiting to have schools plunked down on them. Likewise, when it's time to renovate or expand a school [More]


Bonfired up!

June 6th, 2008

Let me just say that if there's one thing I believe it is that we have a God-given right to have bonfires on the beach. Yes, I care about global warming and I believe that we all must make changes small and large in our lives to keep the planet alive. However, [More]


Market forces save salmon?

May 16th, 2008

Here's a cool thing I learned about yesterday. You know how we talk about market incentives for curing ills now? We'll create incentives to save historic buildings, create affordable housing, and preserve art spaces. Incentives and credits are a huge part of our moves to cool global warming. Drive your car while [More]


Bags and boxes…

April 3rd, 2008

Yesterday was bookended by what I thought were two great policy events. Bags and boxes... First, I joined Council President Richard Conlin, Councilmember Tim Burgess and Mayor Greg Nickels for the announcement of Seattle's new tax on plastic grocery bags and ban on styrofoam food containers. These are ideas we've been developing [More]


Regional Water Quality Committee highlight

October 3rd, 2007

One of my external committee responsibilities is service on the Regional Water Quality Committee. This is one of those not-so-sexy, but really important committees that oversees a policy area most of us take for granted - wastewater. One of the hallmarks of living in a First World country is that we have [More]


Zero Waste

July 16th, 2007

The vegetarians are weighing in on Zero Waste and it isn't pretty. We approved the Zero Waste concept for city waste and recycling. The major goals are to stop the increase in waste being hauled to landfill and reach the target of recycling 72 percent of our waste by 2025. One strategy [More]