Cold weather seems to have officially settled on Seattle, and there has been a lot of hot cocoa brewing on the Worldchanging office stove to combat the chill. But along with it, a few impressive deadlines are approaching: Elections both at home and in the national capitol, along with impending decisions on major Seattle developments like the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Sound Transit's Link Light Rail.
It's an exciting time to contemplate change. This past week, we've been reporting on Emerald City innovations, from local entrepreneurs to a new fuel for heating downtown. See what we've been up to:
Wokai.org: New launch partners with MFIs
This growing organization, with a chapter in Seattle, is trying to bring money to Chinese entrepreneurs who want to set up their own small businesses, like dumpling shops, fruit and veggie stands and animal husbandry operations.
Turning Waste to Energy in Downtown Seattle
Seattle Steam Co. began construction Tuesday on a hybrid heating plant, with a boiler that is able to burn waste wood as well as Seattle Steam's current primary energy source, natural gas.
Greening the Textile Industry: Seattle's O Ecotextiles
One Seattle-based textile producer is hoping to set an example that will raise standards across the giant global industry.
Mark Your Calendar: October Events
Seattle is welcoming the chilly season with a terrific lineup of fantastic fall events including inspirational speakers, community action meetings for better transportation and job fairs for idealists.
Lecture Notes: Global Ideas for Local Growth
Worldchanging's Morgan Greenseth reports on the international ideas she got from Arup's Natasha Connolly at the Design for Livability conference.
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.
Image courtesy of Seattle Steam Co.