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In The News | July 28, 2011

Tapping the Potential of Our Alleyways

Check out this article about how Seattle's alley use compares to other cities...

Seattle’s alleys could take inspiration from those found in Australia, Japan and other U.S. cities.

After living in Portland most of my life with a couple stints in Manhattan and Paris, I realized a very valuable asset upon moving to downtown Seattle: the untapped potential of our alleyways.
Continue reading at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

tags: alleys 

Community News | July 07, 2011

Portland: Alberta Street installs first ‘functional art’ trash cans

Check out this article on the newly installed functional art trash cans we'll be servicing in Portland...

Artist Ivan McLean bolted into the sidewalk on the corner of Northeast 31st Avenue and Alberta Street on Thursday morning a trash can he designed and made from recycled signs.

The idea for the recycling-and-garbage receptacle, one of 19 to be installed along the busy commercial strip, came from a friend who was recycling commercial signs in Cannon Beach, McLean said.

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tags: reuse  portland  litter cans 

In The News | May 06, 2011

Graffiti on Northwest 23rd Ave will be focus of neighborhood cleanup

Here's a great article about a community cleanup we're helping in Portland...

The Northwest District Association is adding graffiti removal to this month's litter cleanup in Northwest Portland.

The neighborhood association is partnering with CleanScapes, a street maintenance company in Northwest Portland, to remove the graffiti during the NWDA's monthly litter cleanup on Saturday, May 14.

The graffiti cleanup will take place rain or shine from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and volunteers will meet at Umpqua Bank, 467 N.W. 23rd Ave. Anyone can join the effort to remove the graffiti and also pick up litter along Northwest 23rd Avenue.

Supplies and training will be provided, and volunteers will also be given pastries and coffee. To RSVP for the cleanup, email NWDA spokeswoman Mary Ann Pastene, and for more information visit the Northwest District Association website.


Continue reading at Oregon Live


tags: portland  clean up  graffiti removal  neighborhood partnership 

In The News | March 14, 2011

Einstein Teamwork Reduces School Waste

Check out this article about how we've helped get a school involved in composting and waste reduction...

Albert Einstein Middle School, through a program they call "Use Less at Lunch" increased their recycling, created new compost for the school garden, and decreased the amount of garbage produced at the school from eight cans a day to one. In the process, they saved the school money.

Perhaps it wasn't a village, but it was definitely a team of focused and supportive members.

Marcia Garrett, a teacher already instrumental in the Edible Schoolyard project, had a suspicion that a lot of recycling was going in the garbage during school lunches and that it would be a good thing to do something about it.

Continue reading at Shorline Area News

tags: shoreline  composting  education 

In The News | February 14, 2011

Show your love for Queen Anne and win a $50,000 community improvement reward

Check out this article about our community improvement in the Queen Anne neighborhood...


"Show your love for Queen Anne and win a $50,000 community improvement reward from CleanScapesAccording to the CleanScapes (the folks who pick up the trash), in 2009 Seattle created 352,000 tons of garbage, which eventually found a final resting place in an Oregon landfill. So in an effort to keep all that…stuff…from even getting into the waste stream, CleanScapes is dangling a $50,000 carrot. From the fall of 2010 through fall of 2011 CleanScapes is tracking yard, recycling and trash volumes picked up in service areas. The neighborhood demonstrating the greatest percentage decrease in waste volumes over the course of the year will win a $50,000 community improvement project from the company."


Continue reading at the Seattle PI Blog

tags: seattle  community improvement award  queen anne 

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