Thursday, December 9, 2010

Living City Design Competition in Everett - the Group is SUITE-WA

Living City Design Competition – entry deadline: February 1, 2011

SDTF is sponsoring the local design team: SUITE-WA a newly formed collaborative design team in Everett, WA. The group's organizer, Gary Purves, states their goal is to develop a fully landscaped architectural model and competition entry by the Feb. 1 deadline. The urban redesign encompasses a six block area of Everett’s downtown core and will reflect the vision of the International Living Building Institute and partner organization: The National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The project design will incorporate a suite of design solutions including:
  • pedestrian aligned mixed-use development
  • captured precipitation for a net-zero water community
  • on-site waste-water treatment and renewable energy systems
  • an integrated urban agricultural element
A regional light rail system and local circulating trolleys will ensure equal access and mobility for all citizens and enable a car-free community.
The competition’s intention is for design teams to imagine a living city as it might appear twenty five years in the future, an urban fabric of living and open space that celebrates nature and our innate attraction to natural elements: our biophilia.
The proposed built environment will reflect this imperative through inclusion of a variety of environmental features, natural patterns and place-based relationships, while beauty and spirit will inspire the team’s human scale design.

SUITE-WA needs to raise sufficient funds to cover the cost of the entry fee, materials and supplies for the project, printing fees, poster development, graphic illustration, and animation expenses. Those interested in assisting with in-kind donations to fulfill some of these needs should contact Gary at without delay.
Interested in assisting with fundraising, or would like to offer financial support, mail your tax-deductible donation to SDTF @ PO Box 844 Everett, WA. 98206. Please forward this article to others who would be interested in supporting SUITE-WA in the Design Competition. Questions or for more information call 425-422-5656

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

December - Green Drinks at Angel Arms Studio in Snohomish

Please join the staff and friends of the Cascade Land Conservancy as they celebrate the season and say thank you to all. Bring a friend, peer or colleague!  This is a great opportunity to introduce new faces to Cascade Land Conservancy. Come meet members of their staff, Trustees, Board of Directors and current volunteers.

~Refreshments and appetizers served~

Karen Guzak + Warner Blake welcome all to Angel Arms Works (Art Studio and Home).

In 2000, Karen and Warner began renovation of the church for their studios and moved in that summer (from Seattle). Both the home and the renovated church interior were open for the fall home tour that year.

230 Avenue B Snohomish, WA   360-568-1000

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Green Drinks November 10th Snohomish County at the Red Door Gallery

Cheri O'Brien and the Red Door Gallery will be hosting Green Drinks in November,  featuring artist Lisa J. Spreacker.  Wine provided by Covington Crest Winery.

Cheri O'Brien Cheri O’Brien is a Pacific Northwest native currently residing and painting in the Historic SoLo district of Everett. She is a self-taught professional artist of twenty one years continually inspired by her many muses, both real and imagined.


Lisa J. Spreackeris well known for her assemblage and collage work, creating enigmatic icons of personal stories that viewers can relate to with their own experiences. She uses her original poetry, photography, bead work, found objects and her framing skills to create one of a kind intimate works of art.

Red Door Gallery
2829 Wetmore
Everett, WA.

 click the link to the invite

Monday, September 27, 2010

October 13, 2010 Green Drinks Snohomish County

Carbon Masters and Sustainable Works invites you and that friend that you plan to bring, to the October Green Drinks in Snohomish County at the Charter Club at Point Edwards.

Carbon Masters is a new program of WSU Snohomish Extension which trains concerned citizens in all matters related to Climate Change, Energy Conservation and Community Outreach. Participants exchange 50 hours of professional training for a 70 hour minimum volunteer service commitment over the course of one year. Carbon Masters program is beginning October 6th and there is still time to register

Sustainable Works is a community-based non-profit created solely to help home and small commercial building owners  with home retrofits to reduce energy use while also creating quality jobs, and they are embarking in a big Fall Campaign in Edmonds and Lynnwood to offer subsidized home energy audits and weatherization.

click the link to print your invitation to Green Drinks

Saturday, August 28, 2010

September 8th Green Drinks at Java Inn in Snohomish

Make a plan to meet other like minded sustainability thinkers at Green Drinkers from 5 to 7pm, Wed. September 8th.

Alina Bartell of Natural Clothing Company invites you to connect with others while you explore organic clothing for the whole family made with natural fibers: hemp, certified organic cotton, bamboo.

Learn more about the fibers "you should" be wearing next to your skin. Feel free to request specific samples to be brought, email Alina

Java Inn owned by Karen Everest is an award winning specialty coffee roaster with many organic, shade grown coffees. Come and sample how good organic coffee can be in her new location in the Todo Mexico building in Snohomish.

Java Inn 1101 First St.,Snohomish,WA

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

August 11th from 5-7pm Green Drinks Snohomish County

Green Roof

Innovative Landscape Technologies  is our host for the August 11th, Green Drinks offering a wide range of services for site management and design. Using the ever-evolving 'Low Impact Development' (LID) technologies in new ways. They combine solutions to optimize performance and reduce negative impacts on sites.

Zsofia picked her favorite restaurant in town to host Green Drinks,

Budapest Bistro an authentic Hungarian cuisine.  Meet, greet and discuss sustainability in this quaint relaxed environment, plus enjoy Elizabeth's fresh, traditional cooking, soups, sausages, other dishes, homemade pastries and cakes.

Budapest Bistro at 12926 Mukilteo in Lynnwood, WA. 98037

click here for directions.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NW Natural Lighting Host Green Drinks Snohomish County July 14th

A family owned business since 1994, Northwest Natural Lighting features products that are energy efficient and designed to work well in our northwest weather.

We invite you and your friends to join us on July 14th for Green Drinks.

19019 36th Ave W Ste E, Lynnwood, WA 98036

"Come see the Solatube Daylighting System showroom and Solar Star the solar powered attic fan in action," Torre Dahl

click here to print your invitation to Green Drinks Snohomish County.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

June 9th - Green Drinks

Please join hosts Kristin Kelly with Futurewise and Pilchuck Audubon Society, and June Robinson with the Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County for Green Drinks.

This is a free, fun event for drinks and snacks, to network with other people who care about sustainability and the environment. 

click here to see venue location

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May Green Drinks Wed the 12th 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
5pm to 7pm
Anchor Tavern
1001 Hewitt Everett, WA. 98201

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In celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of GreenDrinks Snohomish County, Greening Properties of Everett will host at the Historic Anchor Tavern. Greening Properties was the first host of GreenDrinks and the first real estate company in our county devoted to fostering and promoting the concept of sustainable development.

Join us as we look back at some of the success stories in our region and forward to some exciting prospects for the future. print your invitation

Valerie Steel, Broker & Certified Built Green
Real Estate Professional


Monday, April 5, 2010

April 14th Green Drinks is at Grilla Bites

Come join Anne Dottai and the folks at Grilla Bites for their 
2nd Anniversary where people have discovered a haven for locally grown, sustainably produced food and beverages - especially appealing for those with food sensitivities.

From 5-7pm
1020 1st St., Snohomish, WA. 98290
Directions                 360-568-7333
Environmentally stimulating surroundings the benches are salvaged church pews and the beautiful fir bead board you see lining the organic salad bar are also a Second Use find. Anne has taken the “green” concept beyond what even the most environmentally friendly business has. She uses an energy- efficient water heater, biodegradable utensils, and all locally grown produce.

click here for more

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bottled Beverage Company Looking to Open up Facility in Everett

At Wednesday evening’s Everett City Council meeting, Steve Winter of Tethys Enterprises unveiled before the public his company’s proposal to start up a bottled beverage company in North Everett. Winter described the proposed facility as “environmentally responsible” which would utilize fully compostable bio-degradable plastic bottles.

“This plant will position Everett as the global leader in environmentally responsible beverage manufacturing and distribution,” Winter said.

The proposed 1 million square foot facility could create up to 1,000 jobs with a projected payroll of over $61 million.

“We have a great opportunity to have a very clean industry,” commented Mayor Ray Stephanson on Wednesday.

The resources and infrastructure in Everett make it an attractive location for the Tethys business model. Everett possesses two assets that Tethys needs in particular; water and a railway. As an alternative to the traditional beverage model of truck transport for distribution, Tethys plans on utilizing the railway to move their product.

The presentation at City Council on Wednesday was a workshop format, for informational purposes, without a council vote, which could eventually come as soon as the end of March.

One topic that sparked discussion was the city’s water resources. The Tethys operation would require 5 million gallons of untreated water a day. Tim Benedict of the City Attorney’s office explained at the City Council meeting that there are four water transmission lines flowing into Everett. The #4 line runs parallel to the US 2 Trestle and follows Pacific Avenue, carrying untreated water for industrial use to Kimberly-Clark. The maximum flow of the #4 water line is 50 million gallons a day. Kimberly-Clark uses an average of 27 million gallons of water a day or 40 million on peak days. Tethys would pay the City of Everett “the going rate” for water usage, according to Benedict. Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher raised concerns about the City’s water obligations to Tethys during times of draught. Benedict explained that the agreement would allow the City to reduce its supply of water to Tethys in such an event.

Another topic of discussion was the location of the proposed beverage plant. Although no site has been publicly announced yet, “North Everett” is the target. During Benedict’s presentation to the council, he pointed to a map and outlined the north eastern edge of Everett along the Snohomish River as possible area of location. The more desirable locations would be closer to the #4 water transmission line.

So, what kind of drinks will be produced with 5 million gallons a day of Cascade Mountain water?

“It will be anything from brewed teas and coffees, to sodas and bottled water,” Winter said. Tethys Enterprises is a new private venture, but Steve Winter is a life long resident of Snohomish County, having served as the COO of Intermec.

Everett City Council will announce at what future meeting this proposal will be discussed, read, and voted upon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Library Place is the Place for the March 10th Green Drinks

Library Place - Everett's Next Chapter Begins Here
2720 Hoyt Ave Everett, WA.  425-252-5400 
Located next to the Everett Public Library, Skotdal Real Estate's newest mixed-use residential/retail project  represents an “urban living” model that  puts people within walking distance of places to work, shop and play. 

Additionally, it is transit oriented, has outlets for electric cars and plenty of bike storage - the units are highly energy efficient and many of the building materials were made from recyclable substances.
We are excited that Sean Staub of  Skotdal Real Estate has agreed to be our host.
click here to view the website

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Zippy's Java is Our Host in February the 10th

Zippys Java Lounge will be our Host
in February for Green Drinks.

Time 5:30-7pm at 1804 Hewitt Ave in Everett
Call 425-258-4941 

Click here for your invitation to Green Drinks.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Green Remodel Book Now Available

Jacqueline Powers of Powers Design Company who has 20 years experience in interior design has recently released a self published book about "green remodeling".  The book is designed to be used as a workbook for individuals to use when doing their own "green remodel".

Jacqueline will be at Elliot Bay Books in Seattle at 7pm on Jan. 20th.  Speaking about sustainable remodeling and my book. The book is available for $19.95 in Everett at
Apothecary in Thyme
or at the Edmonds Book Store in Edmonds. To get your copy or to find out more call 425-771-7715 or e-mail

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 13 in Lynnwood 5:30-7:30pm

We are going to be in Lynnwood in January for Green Drinks Snohomish County.  Plan to stop by and meet the folks in Lynnwood.  Looking forward to it!

RICE Group, Inc. welcomes all to Lynnwood to kick off the 2010 New Year!

Founded nearly 25 years ago, Rice Group has been providing support and design services for architects and contractors in many regions of the country. Specializing in mechanical consulting services including HVAC, plumbing, medical gas and process piping design as well as energy conservation including Energy Code Compliance and training, LEED® and Built Green® evaluation and participation, construction administration, value engineering, feasibility and constructability review and life cycle cost analysis.

1st time GreenDrinks has been in Lynnwood.