Environment

Beyond Landscaping: Marine and Riparian Revegetation

Event: 
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:15pm

A free workshop for those who live along a stream, lake or Puget Sound is set for Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 9:15 p.m. at the City of Lacey's Jacob Smith House located at 4500 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA.

Participants in the "Beyond Landscaping" workshop will learn landscaping ideas to enhance the beauty of their property while also protecting shorelines from erosion, how to get rid of weeds and replant with beneficial plants, tree-care tips to protect both trees and shoreline views, and how to make an affordable action plan for shoreline landscaping activities.  Participants can also enroll in an optional follow-up class on March 15 to receive expert review of their plans and learn specialized field planting techniques.

The class is sponsored by Stream Team and WSU Extension's Native Plant Salvage Project. Advanced registration can be done online at streamteam.info or by contacting nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or calling (360) 867-2167. 

 

"Objectives and Issues in Forest Sustainability, a Land Manager’s Perspective"

Event: 
Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

From today's inbox:

Objectives and Issues in Forest Sustainability, a Land Manager’s Perspective
Rich Wininger, Vice President, Western and Canadian Timberlands
Weyerhaeuser Corporation

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - State Capitol Museum Coach House
The 12:30 PM program will be preceded by a complimentary lunch buffet
hosted by Weyerhaeuser Corporation in the State Capital Museum at 11:30 AM.


The lunch gathering allows time to view the museum exhibits, particularly David Douglas’ London Workroom. David Douglas returned to London in the fall of 1827 after spending two years in the Pacific Northwest collecting flora and fauna specimens for the London Horticultural Society. Douglas spent nearly two years in London arranging his collections, naming new plants and publishing over a half dozen papers while he collaborated with scientists and artists to produce botanical drawings of his collections.

Although we do not know what Douglas’ workroom looked like, museum curators were inspired by an etching of Charles Darwin’s study to recreate in the exhibit elements of what might have made up Douglas’ workroom.  The display includes an 1838 edition of botanical drawings based on Douglas’ collection, and a vasculum, an early plant preservation container.

Free and open to the public. Please join us for an informal lunch at 11:30 AM and the special presentation beginning at 12:30 PM in the museum Coach House.

Science Café - "Changing Fire Regimes in a Warmer Climate"

Event: 
Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Changing fire regimes in a warmer climate: What can we expect and what can we do about it?
Jessica Halofsky, Research Ecologist at the University of Washington
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - Orca Books
509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia     360.352.0123


Twentieth century fire suppression policies have led to fuel accumulations and greater risk of high severity fire in many dry forest types of western North America, forest types that were historically characterized by relatively high frequency and low to moderate severity fire regimes. Fire area burned has increased in the western U.S. over the past few decades, and this trend is expected to continue with climate change, as the frequency, severity, and extent of wildfire are strongly related to climate. Climate change will alter the effectiveness of fire and fuel management, and therefore necessitates that we adapt how we manage fire and fuels. There are well established scientific principles of fuels management upon which we can rely to inform future strategies. This talk will explore how these strategies can be applied and how adapting to changing fire regimes can help reduce potentially undesirable effects on human and natural systems.

Seed Swap and Potluck

Event: 
Sat, 01/25/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From today's inbox:

The Olympia Seed Exchange is celebrating National Seed Swap Day by hosting a seed swap and potluck! All are welcome to come, whether you have seeds to share or not!

Here are the details:

January 25th from 7-9pm at GRUB (Garden Raised Bounty); 2016 Elliott Ave NW; Olympia, WA 98502

Please bring a dish to share, including a piece of paper listing your ingredients for people with allergies or vegetarian/vegan/localvores. Also please bring a plate, glass, and silverware from home for you to enjoy your food on!

For questions about this event, please email olympiaseeds@yahoo.com or find us on Facebook!

vision2action sustainability symposium - Healthy Energy Improvements for Rental Housing

Event: 
Thu, 02/13/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm
From today's inbox:

Healthy Energy Improvements for Rental Housing
a vision2action sustainability symposium


Thursday February 13, 2014
12:00pm - 4:30pm
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services
412 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA


More people than ever are renting rather than owning their homes, and too often rented homes are poorly insulated or maintained, leading to higher energy bills and poor indoor air quality.  This hits low- and moderate-income renters particularly hard, such as the elderly and families with children.  A local team of stakeholders has collaborated on a market-based solution to provide incentives to both landlords and tenants so they’ll make improvements in energy efficiency and healthful housing environments.

Join in a strategic conversation with landlords and renters, construction and energy companies, local utilities as well as housing advocates and public health officials.

Please join us to create a Collaborative Action Plan...

Highest Predicted Tides of the Year

Event: 
Sat, 01/04/2014 - 7:30am - 9:00am

From today's inbox:

Saturday and Sunday, January 4/5 will be our high tides for the winter, based on lunar conditions. 17 feet 1 inch, at 8 AM on Saturday and 8:49 AM on Sunday.

Tides are also influenced by barometric pressure, wind, and rainfall, and the actual tide can be 1 foot greater or smaller than the forecast tide. At 18 feet, we'd have fairly extensive flooding in downtown.

If you like to watch sea level rise flirt with our downtown streets, this is your opportunity of the year...

 

Science Café at Orca Books: Dr. Brian Polagye on current research in harnessing tidal energy

Event: 
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 7:00pm

Tidal energy shows promise as a resource for sustainable, renewable power generation. Research is underway on the technical, environmental and social challenges to its deployment, such as designing and engineering tidal turbines for power production on a utility scale; identification and mitigation of underwater sound and direct interactions between marine animals and marine energy converters; and the development of hydrokinetic turbines at the micro-scale to provide power for autonomous oceanographic instrumentation.

Dr. Brian Polagye, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, will present an overview of the current status of marine renewable energy research.

January 2014 sneak preview:

Dr. Terri Gilbert, Ph.D
Application Scientist, Allen Institute For Brain Research

Topic area is brain research at the Allen Institute and the NIH Brain Initiative.

The Science Café meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm right here at Orca Books. It is FREE and open to the public. This is a very popular event - be sure to get here early if you would like a good seat. You can always browse the books to pass the time!

Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia.

Science Café - Tidal Energy Research

Event: 
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Tidal Energy Research
Dr. Brian Polagye, Ph.D

Olympia Science Café
7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Orca Books (509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia)
360.352.0123


Tidal energy shows promise as a resource for sustainable, renewable power generation. Research is underway on the technical, environmental and social challenges to its deployment, such as designing and engineering tidal turbines for power production on a utility scale; identification and mitigation of underwater sound and direct interactions between marine animals and marine energy converters; and the development of hydrokinetic turbines at the micro-scale to provide power for autonomous oceanographic instrumentation.

Dr. Brian Polagye, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington, will present an overview of the current status of marine renewable energy research.

Special Presentation on Urban Greenspace

Event: 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

The City of Olympia Planning Commission is hosting a series of informational panel discussions on issues related to how our community will grow and develop over the next 20 years. Community members are invited to attend the third in this series, “Urban Greenspace,” on December 9, 2013, at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th AVE E in the City Council Chambers.
 
Olympia is expected to welcome over 20,000 new residents over the next two decades, and with that awareness comes a need to understand how we can create a denser community while maintaining and enhancing livability. Vital to livability are opportunities to experience the natural environment, so will denser development lead to fewer opportunities for residents to come into daily contact with nature?
 
A panel of four regional experts will discuss this question and the wide range of health and community benefits that result from integrating nature into the urban environment. With extensive professional experience in researching, designing, and managing greenspaces, the panel will also provide valuable insight in the following discussion areas:

·         the environmental and psychological benefits of greenspace;
·         the community stewardship benefits of greenspace;
·         techniques for incorporating greenspace into urban environments; and
·         how to be good stewards of greenspace for long-term benefits.

The panel discussion will be part of a regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting, which are always open to the public. No RSVP is required.  For more information on this event, please contact Associate Planner Stacey Ray at 360.753.8046 or sray@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Interior Storm Window Insert Workshops

Event: 
Sat, 11/16/2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Interior Storm Window Insert Workshops
Sat Nov 16th and on multiple Saturdays over the next few moths


Start thinking about this as a way to reduce heat/energy use, get together with good folks and empower your self/others.

The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation is once again sponsoring this series of workshops to help householders construct simple interior storm window inserts that save money on your heating bills and keep you warmer. Custom-built for your windows for $1/sq.ft. or whatever you can afford. Windows fit tightly inside the room by compression of weatherstripping - no hardware needed.

During the Saturday workshops, volunteer staff can help you build several window inserts and reduce heat loss and drafts in your home. There will be consistent  opportunities, so contact us to participate.

The workshop will take place at the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation commons area at 2300 East End Street NW on the westside of Olympia. Call or email Joe Joy to register or get on the list for future workshops. (joejoy2@comcast.net)   786-8092

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