Salmon-Safe Gelato Time!

Summer means hot days, getting outside and for the second year in a row it means Salmon-Safe Gelatiamo gelato! There are cherry varieties – cherry compote, cherries and cream and a cherry sorbet swirled with sweet creamPeach sorbet is here and there will be more, once those recipes are perfected.

Gelatiamo owner, Maria Coassin has been crafting her recipes with Salmon-Safe certified Fresh Breeze Dairy of Lynden, WA for many years. Last year the commitment to high-quality products that improve water-quality was expanded by making these varieties with fruit from Salmon-Safe Tonnemaker Farms of Royal City, WA. Look for Gelatimo’s Salmon-Safe featured flavors in its downtown Seattle store and at select retail locations. So good!

Join our Rain Garden Assessment Team!

We are looking for volunteers to help develop and test a Rapid Assessment Protocol for rain gardens.

 

If you are in or near Thurston, Pierce, Snohomish or Jefferson counties and available to spend 30-60 minutes observing and recording specific elements of your assigned rain garden then we’d love to hear from you.

We will most likely team you up with at least one other volunteer and assign you to assess between 1 and 3 rain gardens in August or September.

Contact Emma by August 11th to learn more or sign up!

Background: Rain gardens are an important tool to clean up polluted runoff throughout Puget Sound. These gardens keep stormwater out of the streets, allow time for water to infiltrate into soils and filter out pollutants through plants, organisms and fungi in the soils.

 

New Perspectives: Community Outreach

Hi! My name is Claire and I am the new summer Outreach Intern for Stewardship Partners. I grew up here in Seattle, but am now attending Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, studying Spanish and Communication. Growing up in Seattle, I have always been around people who are dedicated to protecting the environment. During my time in Texas is has become clear that not every city, or state, are as environmentally conscious as we are here in Seattle and in Washington in general. My school barely recycles, nonetheless composts. It is because of this that I realized that I had a passion for sustainability and working to protect the environment. I am happy to be working with an organization like Stewardship Partners for the summer so I can get involved in the community of environmental organizations in Seattle.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to my first farmers market in West Seattle, to talk to people about our programs. It was a nice sunny day, and we were able to talk to a lot of people. I must have forgotten that we were in Seattle and not in Texas, because I was surprised that many people were actually very interested in the work we were doing. Thinking about it now, it makes sense that people from Seattle wanted to learn about our programs and how they could help.

When I was talking to people about our 12,000 Rain Gardens Campaign, it also surprised me how many people knew what a rain garden was, and how many people already had them or were in the process of getting one. Even the kids I talked to knew what one was. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know what a rain garden was before I started this internship. Once again, looking back, I shouldn’t have been surprised. These are Seattlites; this is a city that understands the connections between health, environment and personal choices. It made me understand how important it is for us to continue to demonstrate creative, cutting-edge solutions to issues that we all face.  This market really made me proud to be a part of the community that is this city, and I can’t wait to get out there again this weekend and talk to more people.

Salmon-Safe Standards for Shoreline

We are happy to announce that Salmon-Safe Urban Standards have been imbedded in the City of Shoreline’s Deep Green Building Standards. Shoreline defines “deep green” as the most stringent standards for green building certification available through the International Living Future Institute, Built Green, US Green Building Council, and Salmon Safe. Even though these are the highest levels of certification available through each agency, the program still articulates a hierarchy, with most difficult certifications to achieve listed in Tier 1 and stepping down to Tier 3. Tier 1 projects would be eligible for a greater level of incentives than Tier 3, such as a 100% waiver of application fees as opposed to 50%.

This is an important first step in our region where jurisdictions have typically only provided incentives for individual buildings and have not prioritized site ecology and stormwater management as factors for expedited permitting or floor area ratio to maximize investment. Salmon-Safe continues to fill a gap left wide open by other certification programs that do not require the same level of rigor in terms of clean water for salmon and ecological function in the built environment.

We’d like to thank Miranda Redinger, Senior Planner with the City of Shoreline, their Planning Commission along with our colleagues at King County Green Tools, Built Green and the Living Future Institute for their collective efforts in moving the dial with us towards a healthier Puget Sound.

See link to learn more about the Deep Green policy. http://cityofshoreline.com/Home/ShowDocument?id=31411

Featured Feast on the Farm 2017 Auction Items

Below is a small selection of live auction items that will be featured at this year’s Feast. We will have many more live and silent auctions available on Thursday!

Annual Fish of the Feast
Cliff Goodman is a glass artist with over 30 years experience in creating fine glass sculptures that reflect the beauty of the natural world. He founded Seattle Glassblowing Studio in 1991, in the tradition of the studio glass movement. After beginning his career in glass in 1976, Cliff studied alongside glass master, Fritz Driesbach, and attended the famous Pilchuck School. Currently, his artwork is featured in collections around the world. Up for auction this evening is, the annual Fish of the Feast, a one-of-a -kind glass salmon sculpture. This stunning centerpiece combines the beauty of salmon with the meticulous craftmanship of Cliff and his team.

Blue Peter Yacht Party
The Blue Peter is a 96ft. fantail yacht designed by Ted Geary and built by Lake Union Dry Dock in 1928. The yacht has three double staterooms, two single staterooms and a very welcoming aft deck that comfortably handles a large group of people for an early evening cruise. She has been owned by the Barbo family for 16 years and by the McCurdy family for 54 years before that. Blue Peter got its name from the blue flag with a white square in the middle that was used by the British Navy to signal everyone to return to the ship prior to sailing.

 

Operate the Scoreboard at Safeco Field
Join the Safeco Field staff in operating the manual scoreboard. You will have a great view of the field that gets you close to the action and the visiting bullpen! A must for any baseball fan! Complete with a bobblehead of Felix Hernandez. Go Mariners!