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Headlines from Worldchanging Seattle (10/3/08)
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Thanks to everyone who attended our 5th Anniversary bash on Wednesday night at the Sole Repair Shop! We were thrilled to celebrate with so many old and new friends.

We'd also like to share our enthusiasm for the standing-room-only crowd at Cafe Presse both last night and last Friday evening, where we gathered to watch the first of the debates leading up to the November election (photo above). We were truly impressed by the turnout, but even more impressed by the way everyone stood in (mostly) silent attention listening to our presidential and VP candidates discuss and disagree. It's exciting to see the public so engaged, informed and involved.

This week on the local blog, we've been excited to discuss two very specific plans for new sustainable developments – a rural methane digester for Skagit County, and plans for the country's largest urban swale in South Lake Union. We've also posted some notes on designing cities for car-free living, and followed up with a few more profiles from our Seattle to the World series of best local innovations. Check out the details:

Lecture Notes: What to Do About the Automobile?
The classic ideal of personal car ownership is tumbling from its pedestal. Last Friday, Worldchanging editor Julia Levitt heard Seattle policymakers, designers and developers discuss solutions for building communities that are less auto-centric.

Manure-to-Energy in Skagit County
Renewable energy startup Farm Power Northwest was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the USDA to help fund a methane digester that will turn dairy farm refuse into power for the local grid.

Seattle to the World: Green Factor
Raising the standard for landscaping in Seattle's neighborhood business districts has motivated developers to incorporate green roofs, pervious pavement and other smart details in their new designs.

Seattle to the World: A Better Plan for the Viaduct
Sometimes when we live with a problem for too long, we forget that it is a problem. Such seems to be the case with the Alaskan Way Viaduct…

Vulcan Announces the "Swale on Yale"
Seattle will see a new advance in low impact development (LID) with a two-block biofiltration swale in the heart of the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Are you here in Seattle? We'd like to hear from you! Check out the local blog and leave comments, or contact editor[at]Worldchanging[dot]com if you have ideas or would like to write.

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Looks like a great event, I hope to make it next year! What was organizations/industries were represented in attendance?

Posted by: Melanie Bender on 6 Oct 08



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