The Northwest Stream Center and the Importance of Preserving our Watersheds

The Northwest Stream Center is an important area that helps to protect the North Creek watershed and the riparian zone. They are partnered with the Adopt a Stream Foundation. What is a watershed and a riparian zone? A watershed is the large area of land that drains/”sheds” water into a stream, river, lake, wetland, etc. The riparian zone is the vegetation area next to a river or stream that affects that aquatic system’s ecology. It is very important to protect these valuable ecosystems because many animals and plants live there and improves water quality. In the 1970’s the area here used to be a parking lot; now it’s a lovely restored watershed ecosystem that you can explore! Thanks to the hard work that still continues here, the ecosystem has changed completely. If you would like to learn more about the Northwest Stream Center, check out their website via the following link: https://www.streamkeeper.org/visit/discover_the_nw_center/

This 1/2 mile boardwalk guides you through the surrounding woods, streams, and wetlands. This boardwalk was made from 100% recycled plastic lumber, which is equivalent to 1.97 million one-gallon plastic milk jugs.
A sculpture of an ancient ice age saber-tooth salmon known as Oncorhynchus rastrosus
A trout seen from the stream viewing exhibit at the Northwest Stream Center.
Freshwater mussels seen from the viewing area.

WOHESC Conference: Tackling Climate Change

For the last 5 years, the Juliana vs United States lawsuit has been making its way through the court system, asking for a climate emissions reduction plan from the state and to protect the atmosphere under the public trust doctrine. Kelsey Juliana, who was 15 years old when she co-filed the lawsuit, will take the stage at the 2020 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) at the University of Oregon in Eugene on March 2-4. She will give an update on the status and the next steps of the landmark lawsuit. Immediately preceding her talk will be a plenary session on Understanding the Crisis of Our Time: Writing About Climate Change, featuring a diverse panel of prominent writers. There are staff, student, and faculty discounts available. Register today to join!

SEA Club Writing Letter Writing to Legislature Event

The Students for Environmental Action (SEA) Club is sponsoring a letter-writing event to email Washington State legislators about important environmental issues. Topics legislators are voting on this year include a state-wide plastic bag ban, clean fuel standards, climate pollution limits, and protecting and restoring habitat for endangered orca whales. Club adviser Nancy Vandenberg will explain the issues and walk you through the process of writing short but powerful emails. SEA Club will be meeting on Wednesday January 29th from 1:30-2:30 in MC 111. Snacks provided, and also environmentally-friendly prizes for participation!

SEA Club Advisers Nancy Vandenberg and Laura Wild with SEA Club Students

Christmas Tree Recycling

Everett Community College is recycling Christmas trees for free Jan. 2-31. 

Trees can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.  Trees must be free of decorations, tinsel and other non-biodegradable materials. No flocked trees will be accepted. 

EvCC is located at 2000 Tower St. in Everett. Drop off trees in the marked area in parking lot F. To see the location of parking lot F, visit EverettCC.edu/Maps and click Campus Map. 

EvCC has been recycling holiday trees since 2009. Last year, EvCC collected more than 250 trees that were turned into woodchips on site and used for campus flower beds and mulch. 

For more information, call 425-388-9512

EvCC Community Kitchen Club

One of the most interesting clubs on campus is the Community Kitchen club. The interesting premise of Community Kitchen is anyone can come to work together with others to prepare a wide variety of dishes in themed cooking and baking events. Very often several of the ingredients used in community kitchen events are grown right here at the college. These include red onions, garlic, herbs, and much more! The next event will be held on January 30th 5:00 pm in Monte Cristo 111. The theme is Italian comfort food! Cost of attendance is $5 at the door. For more information contact Laura Wild at lwild@everettcc.edu

EvCC Bird Garden Update

A crow looking down at his kingdom.

Have you seen the dead tree by where Index Hall used to be, and wondered why something like that has been put there? Birds of prey, woodpeckers, and other kinds of birds love dead trees (called snags) and you will often see them making use of it for perching. This is where the EvCC Bird Garden is located! This garden has been carefully designed to appeal to birds and their needs with native Washington state plants and water features for them to cool off in! Take a peek the next time your walking to class, you may just spot a cool avian friend!

SEA Club visits the Beacon Hill Food Forest!

Last Saturday, EvCC’s SEA club took a trip to the Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle to see what kinds of environmental action other people are taking in the community! This was a really fun place to visit and they had a great variety of plants, fruits, and vegetables. From fig trees, to squashes, native blackberries, gooseberries, blueberries, tomatoes, flowers, peas, nuts, and much more. There are places for people to rent private garden space as well and they are working on expanding the size of the food forest at Beacon Hill. But what is a food forest? A food forest is a gardening technique/land management system that features creating a more natural forest-like environment with different types of plants including fruit and nut trees, edible perennials, berry shrubs, and other edible plants. This is opposed to industrial agriculture which focuses more on harvesting a single kind of crop repeatedly on a plot of land. Beacon Hill Food Forest is driven by volunteer action to create change at the grassroots level. If you would like to find out more about the Beacon Hill Food Forest visit their website at: https://beaconfoodforest.org/.

Tree Planting Event in Silver Lake

The future rests on your shoulders, young one…

Did you know that last Saturday was Green Everett Day? Over the weekend the Students for Environmental Action Club participated in a tree planting event hosted in Silver Lake, Everett. Volunteers from all over Everett and beyond came out to plant over a hundred trees and shrubs to promote clean air and to provide shelter for some of the local fauna. A greener future starts with a seed and a dream!