Kent’s ShoWare Center honored for environmental practices

The ShoWare Center in Kent was recently selected by Seattle Business Magazine as the winner of the Green Washington award in the sports arena category.  The magazine selected the ShoWare Center for the “comprehensiveness of its measures,” noting that “the arena is the first sports and entertainment facility in North America to receive a LEED Gold certification.”

Congratulations!  The full article can be found here.


National Public Lands Day is tomorrow!

Celebrate your public lands by volunteering to help them stay healthier and better cared-for. Check out these opportunities in the Green Cities:

Tacoma: GREEN TACOMA DAY! Events in 13 locations throughout the city. don’t miss it!

Kent: Planting rain gardens in Turnkey Park

Redmond: Last Saturday at Hartman Park

Kirkland: Juanita Bay Park

Seattle: Schmitz Park Preserve, West Duwamish Greenbelt, Madrona Woods, Colman Park, Longfellow-Thistle Street Greenspace, take your pick!

Parks for a day

Park(ing) Day 2010 is tomorrow, September 17th!

Cascade Land Conservancy and the Green Seattle Partnership will be hosting two spots downtown for the third year in a row, helping people connect with local conservation and restoration initiatives and publicizing Green Seattle Day (November 6th!). Come down to 2nd Avenue between University and Union Streets where we’ll be joined again by Feet First, Transportation Choices, and Streets for All Seattle. Zipcar, Cascade Bicycle Club, SAM, and the Trust for Public Land will all be within a block or so of our spot, so there will be plenty going on! Check out the map of all of the cool spots all over the city. Last year we were in the KOMO coverage when the newscasters stopped to play corn hole with us.

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

Green Tacoma Day 9/25

Green Tacoma Day 2010

Discover Tacoma’s Natural Treasures at the 3nd annual Green Tacoma Day to be held on September 25th in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.

  • Join thousands of other Americans across the country celebrating National Public Lands Day.
  • Help protect and restore your favorite local park, gulch, and shoreline.
  • Learn more about your favorite recreation destination from experienced Habitat Stewards.
  • Family friendly activities will be held at the Tacoma Nature Center throughout the day.

Visit to learn more and to find an event location near you!