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Is it time for Seattle to embrace graffiti?

Posted on March 18, 2013

The following post is by DJC staff:

There are ways to add some fun to city streets. What if you could play a pickup game of ping-pong or chess on the way home from work?

A colorful view from New York's High Line.

CEOs for Cities’ blog has a post by Tara Sturm called “Ten Creative Ideas for Energizing Our Streets” that offers lots of ideas and examples: Colored crosswalks, whimsical bus stops, gardens in unexpected places and even graffiti-style art in public places. Here’s a three-story example taken on a recent stroll along the High Line in New York.
Check out Sturm’s post and add your ideas for things Seattle can do to make our streets more lively, energized and entertaining.

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Northwest-based Green Sports Alliance gets lots of new members, grows

Posted on July 13, 2011

In March, I wrote a DJC article here on the Green Spots Alliance, a coalition of teams that aim to identify and adopt environmental initiatives while sharing best practices and experiences. It's a really nifty concept with all  all-Northwest founding teams and venues including the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Safeco Field, Qwest Field and Qwest Event Center, KeyArena at Seattle Center, Portland Trail Blazers, Vancouver Canucks, the Rose Garden in Portland and Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The solar photovoltaic system on the roof of Qwest Event Center. Image by Katie Zemtseff.
The group recently announced the six founding member teams have been joined by more than 20 professional sports teams and 19 venues, three professional leagues and two universities. All the new members are listed below.

At the March event, Scott Jenkins, vice president of ballpark operations with the Seattle Mariners, said the rest of the sports industry is not yet convinced. So having this many teams sign on and agree to participate could end up spurring change.

Jenkins said green initiatives are better for both the bottom line and the environment. Jenkins said then the Mariners have the lowest energy intensive footprint in baseball and still cut $500,000 from their water and energy budget in 2010. One thing the Mariners did is replace all old urinals with efficient ones that use 16 ounces per flush. But Jenkins said new sports construction projects still install urinals that use 128 ounces per flush, when it would cost the same to install efficient ones, saving operating expenses.

Here are the newest members of the alliance:

  • Minnesota Twins, Target Field
  • San Diego Padres, PETCO Park,
  • Washington Stealth, Everett Silvertips, Comcast Arena
  • Detroit Lions, Ford Field
  • Seattle Thunderbirds, ShoWare Center
  • St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium
  • Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic Courts and Lake Erie Monsters, Quicken Loans Arena
  • Florida Marlins
  • Kansas City Chiefs, Kauffman Stadium
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Washington
  • Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum
  • Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field
  • Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field
  • Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center
  • Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park

In early August, the group will hold a three day summit in Portland. For more information on the event or the alliance, go here.

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Want to laugh? Watch this video on stormwater in the Puget Sound

Posted on July 5, 2011

Feel like laughing this gorgeous afternoon? Check out this viral video called "Dog Doogity," about the importance of cleaning up after your pup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDh12w-jcfs&feature=youtu.be.

Despite the laughs  you'll likely have by watching it, the video has a serious purpose: it

Jasper Dog

This is my fashionable dog, Jasper. I clean up after him. You should clean up after your dog too! Image by Katie Zemtseff

is meant as an educational spot to convince people to clean up their dog doo. Puget Sound Starts Here, a coalition of state and local agencies dedicated to the protection of Puget Sound, launched the video. The press release reminds us that pet waste is no joke. It's raw sewage containing disease-causing organisms like fecal coliform, roundworm and salmonella that flow into Puget Sound in stormwater when it rains. Stormwater is one of the biggest pollutants of the Sound, which is in need of a serious cleanup.

The video is a parody of the 1996 BlackStreet hit "No Diggity" and was produced by Seedwell, a digital creative studio (and viral video creator) based in San Francisco whose founders are from the Seattle area.  It starts musician and actor Martin Luther McCoy. It was shot on locaion in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett.

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Please vote for this blog!

Posted on March 7, 2011

Lovely readers! This blog has been nominated as best green building blog of the web as part of Jackson Design and Remodeling's 2011 Industry Blogger Awards. I would very much appreciate your vote.

To vote, go to http://www.jacksondesignandremodeling.com/blogger-awards. We are under the 'Best Blogger Green Category,' and are the second entry, titled 'Green Building.' If you click on the blog link, you'll come right back here.

Thank you! Your vote is very appreciated!

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Going to Bumbershoot? Check out the “Prius Playground”

Posted on September 3, 2010

Images courtesy Global Inheritance.

This weekend, crowds at Bumbershoot will have a new novelty to enjoy: the “Prius Playground” where they will learn about innovative possibilities for energy production and storage.

The playground is a program created by Los Angeles-based Global Inheritance, a nonprofit, and Toyota Prius.

Crowds sea-saw in the playground at Lollapallooza. Images courtesy Global Inheritance.
The goal is to help inspire people to make small changes that can have a big impact on the world. At the playground, music fans are invited to bike or see-saw. Power created from this activity is used to power a micro-utility in the playground, which is stored in an energy well. After pedaling or see-sawing for five minutes, participants get a snow cone that was made by the power they created.

People can also watch how the pedal power adds up on a display that shows the real time energy production and consumption at the playground. The playground will be up and running all day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It is touring music festivals across the country including Mile High in Denver, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Bumbershoot and Voodoo Fest in New Orleans.

If you go and spend time in the playground, let me know what it's like!

People biking in the Prius Playground.
Maybe if you go to the playground, you too can enjoy... a snow cone made by your see-sawing! These guys certainly are enjoying their time....
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Twitter,Facebook. Social media everywhere!

Posted on April 9, 2010

Hello all,

Just wanted to let you know I've set up a Twitter feed: @KatieZemtseff and a Facebook fan page here. The Facebook page features more information on the stories I report about, for example there's a recent photo portfolio of my tour of Urban Waters in Tacoma. The Twitter feed will feature all the handy tiny news items I get throughout the day but just don't have time to put anywhere else. Fan me, follow me or just stay here. I appreciate you, dear reader, wherever you are!

The DJC also has a Twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/SeattleDJC and the DJC's Facebook page is here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seattle-Daily-Journal-of-Commerce/314794254084

Also, stay tuned for a complete blog re-design. It's a coming soon.....

Katie

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Fan us on Facebook!

Posted on March 4, 2010

Hi all! The Seattle DJC has a new fan page on Facebook... which means you should fan us right now. What better way to keep up with all the Seattle DJC's great news, in addition to related news from other media outlets?

You should do it. Now. Just sayin' is all.....

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Kevin Daniels blogging from Cuba….

Posted on February 19, 2010

Kevin Daniels of Daniels Development and Nitze-Stagen is at it again: he's blogging about a professional trip to Cuba. He's on the trip with International Sustainable Solutions and Global Exchange. To follow his journey, visit his blog here.

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Mission: Sustainable’s premier a huge hit

Posted on February 12, 2010

On Thursday evening, I attended Mission: Sustainable's premier at Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center. IT WAS A HUGE HIT! And I mean huge.

First, the room was absolutely packed. I would say there were about 600 people there but introductory speaker Gabriel Scheer said attendance was around 1,000. Either way, it was really impressive for a grassroots Seattle event.

For those of you that have not been following this story, a little less than a year ago Producer Rose Thornton decided to make a television show called Mission: Sustainable. The reality show aims to makeover a subject's life, eating habits, living environment and transportation choices in a sustainable way while educating viewers on the value of green choices.

For those of you that couldn't come, here are pictures of the event. I was really impressed by how well dressed most everyone was... for Seattle, this was a really stylin' crowd!

For those of you that did come, what did you think? Would this kind of show be interesting for a national audience or is it too Seattle? If you saw it, what did you like about it? What would you change?

As for what happens next, now that the show is complete and has had its coming out party, there's more work to be done! Thornton and the crew are looking to find distribution for the show... and you can help! If you know someone influential in the TV business, or just have a tip for the team, visit Mission: Sustainable.

P.S. Congrats to the show and for doing this all on a $1,000 budget. It's a great example of how something big can get done with enough willpower behind it. Also, kudos to our own DJC Green Building Blog. Without which, co-host Megan Hilfer might not ever have seen the advertisement for a host! Good job guys!

The green carpet leading the way into the premier
The giant crowd
The crowd, half seated
Rose Thornton, show creator and producer
The whole cast and crew of the show, after the premier
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Green Seattle TV show looking for partners

Posted on December 2, 2009

Remember the post we ran last summer about a new, local green reality TV series called Mission: Sustainable? You remember: during show episodes expert consultants provide ordinary people with the tools to make more sustainable choices around transportation, home furnishings, landscaping, food, personal care and products....?

Well, it turns out the show has shot its first episode and is seeking to shop the concept to networks in

Mission? She\'s searching out sustainability!
2010. But before it gets there (and maybe gets really, really big) it is hosting a premier in Seattle in the middle of January... and is looking for partners.

Most importantly, the crew behind the TV show wants to host the premier on Thursday, Jan. 14 but it needs a place to do it. However, it needs the space for free, at a discounted price or via a sponsorship (remember, this whole TV idea is basically a grassroots effort created by Rose Thornton of ReGeneration Productions). The team is looking for a place that can hold 1,000 people and preferably has audio visual capabilities. It needs to confirm a space by Dec. 10. Dream locations include Town Hall, Fremont Studios, Olive 8 and Benaroya Hall.

It also is looking for a celebrity emcee to introduce the pilot episode, musical entertainment, local and organic food and beer and wine.

Want to help "the little TV show that could," as co-host Megan Hilfer says? Contact Megan@parsonspr.com to do your holiday good deed! And if you're looking for more information on what the show is all about, check out ReGeneration Production's blog here.

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