Sustainable Hiking Tips

It’s a great time to explore many of the exciting trails in our beautiful state. But it’s important to hike responsibly so we are respectful to the environment and the trails. A great framework to look at are the Leave No Trace Principles. Some of these principles include disposing of waste properly (pack in and pack out all your trash like food waste), staying on the trails to protect the landscape, not feeding wildlife, and always make sure to plan ahead for the specific area you’ll be visiting. Also remember to respect social distancing rules and bring masks during this time. Visit these links to learn more about proper trail etiquette and Leave No Trace: https://www.wta.org/go-outside/trail-smarts https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

Vesper Lake

How to Calculate Your Carbon footprint

We all use energy everyday from everday actions like turnng on lights, driving, washing clothes, etc. Most of the energy we useally use is dervied from the burning of fossil fuels which produce greenhouse gas emissions(GHGs) like carbon dioxide which are released into the atmosphere. We need GHGs in our atmosphere to survive as they trap heat and absorb energy, but too much of them can lead to devestating impacts on our health, economy and the environment.

A carbon footprint is the total amount of GHG emissions produced directly or indirectly by an individual, household, organization, etc and the size of it depends on many factors like home size and types of vehicles used. You can calculate your carbon footprint and see what actions you can take to reduce it by using a carbon footprint calculator like this one: https://coolclimate.org/calculator

Possession Sound Student Showcase Studies

At the 8th annual Possession Sound Student Showcase and Talks (PSSST), EvCC ORCA (Ocean Research College Academy) students presented many interesting oceanic research studies. The keynote presentation from Dr. Christopher Krembs of the Washington Department of Ecology as well as posters of these studies can be viewed at the following link: https://sites.google.com/view/possessionsoundstudentshowcase

Volunteer Habitat Restoration Event

The Adopt a Stream Foundation (AASF) needs your (and up to five volunteers) help removing blackberry roots at one of their stream restoration sites on a tributary of Quilceda Creek. Invasive blackberries have taken over this site which has caused the native vegetation to become displaced. This work will help restore over one acre of native riparian vegetation and lead to improved water quality and enhanced fish habitat.

This event will be happening on July 16-17th and will take place in Arlington. Park at the shoulder 162nd St NE near 16207 67th Ave NE Arlington, WA 98223(this is the address closest to the worksite). Email  walterr@streamkeeper.org for more information, or call at 425-316-8592

Sustainability Competitions

Cleantech Alliance and the NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) are teaming up with 8 cities in Northwest Washington to sponsor Amazon Catalyst competitions themed around creating innovative new ideas and plans to tackle specific issues. There are lots of very interesting ones such as Arlington’s Cleantech Competition with an emphasis on sustainability. Visit https://competition.nwirc.com/ to learn more about this, how to participate, and learn about upcoming webinars related to the competition themes and entrepreneurship!

Here is a link to a webinar related to the competition hosted by Eric Berman about recent innovations and progress seen in the clean tech sector and clean tech’s relationship with sustainability. More webinars are coming up this month! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGeE1qU0zKs&feature=youtu.be

New Internship Opportunities

The Washington Conservation Council (WEC) and Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) are looking for applicants for the Community Engagement and Campaign intern positions. This internship will consist of doing online campaign work to help elect candidates passionate about the environment and support WEC and WCV’s other efforts. To find out more about this internship opportunity and see how to apply for it, visit this link https://wecprotects.org/jobs/paid-community-engagement-and-campaign-internship/    

The Northwest Stream Center and Adopt a Stream Foundation are looking for internship applicants interested in wetland, forest, and stream ecology research. Visit https://www.streamkeeper.org/internship-opportunities for more information and to learn how to apply. Often there are other volunteer opportunities available beyond just these internship positions, so make sure to check out https://www.streamkeeper.org/ for more information about AASF.

A Look at the Sno-Lisle Food Co-op

The Sno-Lisle Food Co-op is a local Everett grocery store collectively owned and managed by over 8,000+ families that strives to operate in an eco-friendly manner. They have lots of organic, non gmo, fair trade, and sustainably sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy, cleaning products and more.

Sno-Lisle Food Co-op works with local farmers and also donates to nonprofits and organizations focusing on food and nutrition, environmental conservation/preservation, sustainable and community building issues. If you would like to learn more or become a member visit https://www.snoislefoods.coop/

How To Do A Home Energy Audit

As people are staying inside at home more often these days, it’s the perfect time to do a home energy audit to help save money and conserve energy. The first step is to find areas and appliances in your house that may be causing energy loss. Good parts to check include house insulation, sealing, sources of ventilation, heating, cooling, electrical equipment, lighting, and checking for air leaks which can be found along baseboards, edge of flooring, junctures on walls/ceilings, windows, and more and then sealing them.

Knowing where a home is losing energy can aid in making changes to fix these issues and save energy and money. It may also be a good idea to get a professional energy audit done in the future. For more information on issues like air leaks, insulation, and other tips on how to do a home energy audit visit https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/home-energy-audits/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits