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  • January 9 at 9:49 PM
    Okay, now the bad news. From Singapore to D.C. to Lagos: Global Thinkers on Ideas That Died in 2018 (CityLab)  Obituary for sustainability (1987 - 2018) Why has sustainability proven insufficient, at least as currently practiced by the majority of us who claim to subscribe to it? Perhaps in part because... sustainability has largely been...
  • January 9 at 9:40 PM
    Hey Sustainable Ballard group, we missed this story by one day!  Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force (BBC News)  It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost. You can’t repair it and can’t find anyone else to at a decent price, so it joins the global mountain of...
  • December 17 at 4:00 PM
    Today the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) posted an article about walkability in cities from walking advocate and urbanist, Jeff Speck. His new book is entitled Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places shows how to make communities walkable—and better places to live. Obviously, I am not going to list all 101 steps in this post....
  • December 5 at 10:57 PM
    Thanks, Hugh.  I always appreciate your perspective and insight.  I think I've 'been around' the earth a tad longer than you, but you've been 'consciously green' for longer than this Chicago-bred "girl."  Way, way too many quotation makrs for a short post, but you know what i mean.  
  • December 4 at 11:00 PM
    Hi team.  I didn't mention in our meeting tonight that the SDOT group I work with is focused on Public Space.  It's messy as it involves permitting (you put this in shared space, now you need a permit) and programming (block parties, festival streets, parklets, streateries, weddings, marketing, food trucks, lots of activation (think...
  • December 3 at 11:03 PM
    The Seattle Planning Commission *just today* released a report called "Neighborhoods For All." It can be found at this link:  It features an interactive story-board providing the most up-to-date data and information about housing...
  • November 20 at 9:35 PM
    Hi Team -- an organization I mentioned briefly at tonight's meeting:   Also, Jenny was right -- the water to our taps all comes from the watersheds rather than any of it being returned from the treatment plant:  It does pass through a...
  • November 20 at 6:48 PM
    While flying home from vacation yesterday, I became conscious of the extraordinary amount of plastic cups and utensils 'consumed' on one 5-hour flight.  It's pretty astounding -- why haven't I noticed this before?  Sadly, I was drinking from one such plastic cup when enlightenment arrived. (One step at a time....)
  • November 17 at 1:26 PM
    Today I calculated my water footprint.  (You may notice under "Suggested Group Activity" on p 68 that the web address is missing ... I went to  My footprint is 1,601 gallons / day.  Not bad, I guess -- the U.S. average is 2,220.  Note that this calculator takes into account your direct water use PLUS your...
  • November 9 at 11:08 PM
    Oh, sorry fellow team members. I'm going on vacation tomorrow and hate flying in big metal objects so I had extra coffee today and am now out of hand.  Nonetheless -- third post in a row: I hope we can speak in a future meeting (that I can attend), about choices.  I'm staying at a 'school/camp' for a week which I'm not  conflicted about, but...

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