April 12, 2012
King County Earth Week events offer chances to learn more, do more about environment
From landfill and treatment plant tours, to hazardous waste disposal events, to tips for smart purchasing, King County can show you how ‘It’s Easy Being Green’
King County is making it easy this Earth Week to take part in an environmental activity or pick up a new, simple green lifestyle habit.
“Small choices can add up to big changes,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “The future is in our hands – please join me in keeping King County green. With these steps, it’s easy.”
Click on the County’s “It’s Easy Being Green” website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/beinggreen to discover a long list of green activities happening around the County and learn easy tips for saving money, conserving natural resources or improving our environment.
Whether it’s participating in a habitat restoration event, safely disposing of household hazardous waste, or even taking a tour of one of several King County facilities that help keep our region healthy, the latest information and participation opportunities can be found at the County’s “It’s Easy Being Green” website.
Residents can help with the County’s efforts through individual actions, such as:
- Making smart transportation choices for trips to work, home or school by taking transit, carpooling, walking or biking;
- Continuing to reduce, reuse, and recycle;
- Conserving energy at home and at work; and
- Considering the environmental impacts of purchases and choosing sustainably manufactured, efficient alternatives.
Here are some upcoming opportunities:
Household hazardous waste disposal
One of the easiest green steps all King County residents can take is proper disposal of household hazardous waste through the Wastemobile. The first program of its kind in the nation, the Wastemobile offers a safe and convenient way to safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint and other items that need special handling.
The roving Wastemobile is in Redmond April 13-15, at the Home Depot, 17777 NE 76th St. Next up is a visit to Vashon, April 27-29, when the Wastemobile sets up at the Tjomsland gravel pit, 17001 107th Ave. SW. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at each location. For more information, including upcoming stops, at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/facilities/schedule.asp?PID=26
Volunteer habitat restoration projects
Whether it’s planting native vegetation as part of a wetland restoration project, doing battle with invasive blackberries along a trail, or even rebuilding a portion of its extensive backcountry trail network, King County could use your help. Visit our calendar of hands-on volunteer opportunities for all the details.
King County EcoConsumer
Tom Watson, King County’s EcoConsumer, is committed to showing everyone how to balance consuming with conserving. This Earth Week, the EcoConsumer will help grocery store shoppers how they can make smarter decisions at the store that will reduce waste and bring healthier, safer products back to their home. Learn more about the EcoConsumer at http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/ecoconsumer/index.asp.
April 19 – Lake Sammamish Kokanee salmon recovery
King County has been a partner in a multi-agency effort to bring this native population of fish back from the brink of extinction. Part of this work, in addition to habitat protection and restoration, and water quality improvement efforts, is a supplemental breeding project. King County and its partners on the Sammamish kokanee work group, will be releasing juvenile kokanee salmon that were born in a hatchery from wild parents. The event takes place April 19, from 1-3 p.m. at Hans Jensen Youth Camp at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. Learn more about kokanee at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/salmon-and-trout/kokanee.aspx.
April 20 – Earth Day Fair at Saltwater State Park
The Fourth Annual Earth Day Fair returns to Saltwater State Park. The theme is "Let Nature Inspire You," featuring watershed education, salmon lifecycle exhibit, touch tanks, water safety information, recycling basics, guided walks through the park and arts and craft activities. The park is on South 252nd Street, just south of Des Moines.
April 21 – Brightwater Education Center Open House
See the new education center during an open house from 10 a.m. – 2p.m., and take part in a volunteer wetland restoration event from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Brightwater, King County’s greatest investment in clean water in half a century. Learn more at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/brightwater-center.aspx
April 21 – Duwamish Alive clean-up event
Help clean and restore Seattle’s home river. There are numerous volunteer clean-up events scheduled. Learn more at www.duwamishalive.org/.
April 22 – Celebrate Earth Day at the Seattle Center
Visit King County’s booth at the activity tent to learn green lifestyle tips, at the Seattle Center’s “Next 50 Celebration.” Learn more at http://www.seattlecenter.com/news/detail.aspx?id=1719.
It's Easy Being Green
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks