Seattle’s March for Science will start on Capitol Hill

A message from January's Womxn's March (Image: CHS)

A message from January’s Womxn’s March (Image: CHS)

Cal Anderson’s role as a center of protest against the Trump administration will continue and Earth Day 2017 will take on even greater meaning as the Seattle component of the nationwide March for Science will start in the Capitol Hill park:

March For Science – Seattle

The march will gather in Cal Anderson on Earth Day morning April 22nd before stepping off for a journey to the Seattle Center’s International Fountain.

“Science is the best method we have for understanding the world. It should be an open process, used to serve all people,” organizers write. “If you wish to support those aims, please join us and march to support it.”

Seattle has been an enthusiastic participant in a series of marches and protests coordinated to demonstrate resistance to the social and economic policies pursued by President Trump. In January, the massive Womxn’s March stretched from the Central District to the Seattle Center and included more than 120,000 people in its ranks. Also that month, an immigration rights protest marched across Capitol Hill. In February, Cal Anderson hosted an LGBTQ solidarity rally. More spontaneous protests in the wake of the election have also crossed the Hill. In March, Black Lives Matter marchers crossed the Central District. In the midst of it all, victories — here and there — have been struck in the courts and some have been inspired to step forward into new roles to help build resistance.

Now, for Earth Day and in response to Trump policies seeking to erode progress on slowing climate change, Seattle will take a scientific approach to speaking up for the environment.


Seattle Central culinary student launches gardening program in the middle of Pike/Pine

IMG_0951Trey Philpot is wearing overalls. He is also merging the gap between biology and culinary students and inviting anybody else who wants to learn about urban gardening to join him at the Seattle Central’s Plant Sciences Lab on Boylston Ave.

Philpot, who grew up gardening in his hometown of Greenville, Alabama, began culinary school at Seattle Central in January. Shortly after starting, he launched Green Thumbs Up as a way to bridge the gap between growing food and cooking it.

“I found out that a lot of culinary students have no gardening experience at all,” Philpot said. “They’re from the city, from a place where that wasn’t something that they did.” Continue reading

Sawant’s push to divest from Wells Fargo a fight for the environment — and against Trump

Sawant at a Seattle Central rally on Inauguration Day

Sawant at a Seattle Central rally on Inauguration Day

Monday — if the snow doesn’t postpone the session — the Seattle City Council will vote on an ordinance to divest from Wells Fargo because of its financial backing of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

“The goal obviously is to not only put a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline but to use that victory to build further momentum against climate change,” District 3 representative Kshama Sawant told CHS.

UPDATE: Final vote moved to Tuesday.

Last week, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee unanimously voted to send the ordinance to the full council for consideration, but not without some “quibbling” from a few members, Sawant said. Continue reading

‘We will fight’ — Seattle leaders respond to Trump’s immigration order


Facebook emoji were flying as González, Chief O’Toole, Mayor Murray, and others spoke in an address from City Hall’s steps broadcast to an audience of around 1,000 on Facebook

screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-1-58-16-pm screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-1-50-54-pmNobody punched a Nazi but Seattle City Council member and the daughter of a family of immigrants Lorena González vowed Wednesday to help lead her city to push back on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“We will fight,” González said Wednesday afternoon on the steps of Seattle’s City Hall.

Earlier in the day, Trump unleashed the new executive order setting the groundwork for his pet Mexican border wall project and for cutting federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities, his latest blast in a first week in office marked by preliminary attacks on undocumented immigrants, civil rights, women’s health, the Affordable Care Act, and the environment.

Mayor Ed Murray Wednesday called the order the “darkest day of immigration history in America” since the Japanese internment during World War II.

“The executive orders are counter to our constitution and a threat to this city’s values,” Murray said. Continue reading

Get on the battery bus: King County leads way with $90M+ plan for new electric buses

(Image: King County)

(Image: King County)

You likely won’t see one regularly crossing Capitol Hill until 2020 but King County Metro is accelerating its efforts to reduce emissions and become a carbon neutral system with a $90 million-plus plan to add more than 100 battery-only electric buses to its fleet.

“This puts us in on the forefront of innovation and technology,” King County Council member Rod Dembowski said. “We were innovators in wheelchair lifts. We were innovators in hybrid electric. Transit agencies look to us for what they’re going to adopt.”

“We are signaling that is is proven technology,” the county District 1 rep tells CHS. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill — and its living building — soak up chilly January sun

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

With highs in the 30s, Seattle’s La Nina January has started the year off with a chill. But the sharpest cold has also coincided with sunny, clear days. That’s good news for Capitol Hill living building the Bullitt Center where the solar arrays have been collecting about 43% of the office building’s energy needs from the sky.

The solar powered start to 2017 continues a trend. In 2016, the building generated more power than it used:

The Bullitt Center opened at 15th and Madison in 2013 and is still considered one of the greenest office buildings in the world. In October, CHS reported on efforts to kickstart the city’s Living Building incentive program to encourage more projects like the Bullitt. Capitol Hill is also home to 10th Ave E’s Bertschi School and its Living Science Building. Meanwhile, the next big green project on the horizon on Capitol Hill is slated to rise at 13th and Pike where plans are moving forward for Seattle’s first Passive House-certified mixed-use project.

Design review: What could be Capitol Hill’s (and Seattle’s) first Passive House-certified mixed-use project

screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-4-43-51-pmWednesday night’s session of the East Design Review Board includes what could be the final session before construction can begin on the Liberty Bank Building, a project that many hope can be a model for inclusive development in the Central District. Another trailblazing project — this one at 13th and Pike — could also pass through its final review Wednesday night.

Design review: 1300 E Pike

The project hoped to become Seattle’s first Passive House-certified mixed-use project will come to the board with developers Maria Barrientos and Cascade Built teaming up with architects Weber Thompson to take another crack at approval after falling just short in September. Continue reading

Three Days at Standing Rock fundraiser opens during Capitol Hill Art Walk

(Image: Alex Garland)

(Image: Alex Garland)

Two photographers who have captured images of life around Capitol Hill have collaborated on a project to capture scenes of protest from the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and in defense of the Lakota Nation. Three Days at Standing Rock opens at 11th Ave’s Vermillion Thursday night as part of the monthly Capitol Hill Arts Walk.

Three Days at Standing Rock opening

Frequent CHS contributor Alex Garland and freelance photographer Kelly O were drawn to the cause and teamed up for a North Dakota road trip:

On September 19th, with a rented mini-van and some donated food and clothing, we set out with our cameras. While nothing as violent as the incidents on September 3rd took place, we were grateful for this opportunity to stand, even for a short time, with Standing Rock—to see and hear what the water protectors were saying and what they were doing to fight for their rights. And the fight isn’t over. Winter is coming, and water protectors are being arrested, daily, at an alarming rate.

All proceeds from sales Thursday night will be donated to the Red Warrior Camp at Standing Rock, the artists said. The show runs at Vermillion through December 3rd.


State says good news after Capitol Hill gypsy moth spray

Washington State Department of Agriculture officials aren’t declaring victory but the latest trap counts indicate its spring eradication strategy in the war against the invasive gypsy moth was a deadly one for the pest.

“While it is too early to declare the spring treatments a success, this year’s trapping results are very encouraging,” said Jim Marra, WSDA’s Pest Program Manager who oversaw the spraying program. “Two to three years of trapping after treatment are necessary before WSDA determines whether a treatment has been successful,” the announcement on the latest counts reads. Continue reading

As Hill’s Bullitt Center continues to stand alone, Seattle looks to open up Living Building program

We’re in the middle of a construction boom and the city is as green as they come but Seattle’s program designed to foster showcases of environmental best practices only has one true Living Building to show for it. But a new package of changes to city codes could result in more buildings like Capitol Hill’s Bullitt Center finally sprouting up around Seattle.

“The large amount of construction we’re seeing in the city right now and strong commitment from not only builders and architects in the community… it’s surprising we haven’t seen more Living Buildings in the program,” City Council Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee chair Rob Johnson said last week as the group passed legislation hoped to kickstart the program.

Many of the proposed changes are technical adjustments to better align city laws with recent changes in state laws or to streamline city buildings codes. A few are also designed to make buildings more energy efficient generally, such as requiring high-efficiency heaters, or making buildings ready for solar panels.

But a number of them are designed to make Living Buildings like the Bullitt Center more feasible. Continue reading