The following post is by DJC staff:
There are ways to add some fun to city streets. What if you could play a pickup game of ping-pong or chess on the way home from work?
A colorful view from New York's High Line.
CEOs for Cities’ blog has a post by Tara Sturm called “Ten Creative Ideas for Energizing Our Streets” that offers lots of ideas and examples: Colored crosswalks, whimsical bus stops, gardens in unexpected places and even graffiti-style art in public places. Here’s a three-story example taken on a recent stroll along the High Line in New York.
Check out Sturm’s post and add your ideas for things Seattle can do to make our streets more lively, energized and entertaining.
In March, I wrote a DJC article here on the Green Spots Alliance, a coalition of teams that aim to identify and adopt environmental initiatives while sharing best practices and experiences. It’s a really nifty concept with all all-Northwest founding teams and venues including the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Storm, Safeco Field, Qwest Field and Qwest Event Center, KeyArena at Seattle Center, Portland Trail Blazers, Vancouver Canucks, the Rose Garden in Portland and Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The group recently announced the six founding member teams have been joined by more than 20 professional sports teams and 19 venues, three professional leagues and two universities. All the new members are listed below.
At the March event, Scott Jenkins, vice president of ballpark operations with the Seattle Mariners, said the rest of the sports industry is not yet convinced. So having this many teams sign on and agree to participate could end up spurring change.
Jenkins said green initiatives are better for both the bottom line and the environment. Jenkins said then the Mariners have the lowest energy intensive footprint in baseball and still cut $500,000 from their water and energy budget in 2010. One thing the Mariners did is replace all old urinals with efficient ones that use 16 ounces per flush. But Jenkins said new sports construction projects still install urinals that use 128 ounces per flush, when it would cost the same to install efficient ones, saving operating expenses.
Here are the newest members of the alliance:
- Minnesota Twins, Target Field
- San Diego Padres, PETCO Park,
- Washington Stealth, Everett Silvertips, Comcast Arena
- Detroit Lions, Ford Field
- Seattle Thunderbirds, ShoWare Center
- St. Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium
- Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic Courts and Lake Erie Monsters, Quicken Loans Arena
- Florida Marlins
- Kansas City Chiefs, Kauffman Stadium
- Arizona State University
- University of Washington
- Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum
- Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field
- Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field
- Philadelphia Flyers, Wells Fargo Center
- Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park
In early August, the group will hold a three day summit in Portland. For more information on the event or the alliance, go here.
Feel like laughing this gorgeous afternoon? Check out this viral video called “Dog Doogity,” about the importance of cleaning up after your pup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDh12w-jcfs&feature=youtu.be.
Despite the laughs you’ll likely have by watching it, the video has a serious purpose: it
This is my fashionable dog, Jasper. I clean up after him. You should clean up after your dog too! Image by Katie Zemtseff
is meant as an educational spot to convince people to clean up their dog doo. Puget Sound Starts Here, a coalition of state and local agencies dedicated to the protection of Puget Sound, launched the video. The press release reminds us that pet waste is no joke. It’s raw sewage containing disease-causing organisms like fecal coliform, roundworm and salmonella that flow into Puget Sound in stormwater when it rains. Stormwater is one of the biggest pollutants of the Sound, which is in need of a serious cleanup.
The video is a parody of the 1996 BlackStreet hit “No Diggity” and was produced by Seedwell, a digital creative studio (and viral video creator) based in San Francisco whose founders are from the Seattle area. It starts musician and actor Martin Luther McCoy. It was shot on locaion in Seattle, Tacoma and Everett.
Lovely readers! This blog has been nominated as best green building blog of the web as part of Jackson Design and Remodeling’s 2011 Industry Blogger Awards. I would very much appreciate your vote.
To vote, go to http://www.jacksondesignandremodeling.com/blogger-awards. We are under the ‘Best Blogger Green Category,’ and are the second entry, titled ‘Green Building.’ If you click on the blog link, you’ll come right back here.
Thank you! Your vote is very appreciated!
Images courtesy Global Inheritance.
This weekend, crowds at Bumbershoot will have a new novelty to enjoy: the “Prius Playground” where they will learn about innovative possibilities for energy production and storage.
The playground is a program created by Los Angeles-based Global Inheritance, a nonprofit, and Toyota Prius. The goal is to help inspire people to make small changes that can have a big impact on the world. At the playground, music fans are invited to bike or see-saw. Power created from this activity is used to power a micro-utility in the playground, which is stored in an energy well. After pedaling or see-sawing for five minutes, participants get a snow cone that was made by the power they created.
People can also watch how the pedal power adds up on a display that shows the real time energy production and consumption at the playground. The playground will be up and running all day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It is touring music festivals across the country including Mile High in Denver, Outside Lands in San Francisco, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Bumbershoot and Voodoo Fest in New Orleans.
If you go and spend time in the playground, let me know what it’s like!