Seth Ballhorn to speak about Coal-Free PSE next Tuesday

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Many people have been unaware that PSE is major polluter. That's because PSE has made great effort to brand itself as a green company. The reality, however, is that 55% of their salable electricity is derived from fossil fuels, with a full 33% coming from coal, much of it from one of the dirtiest coal burning power plants in the West, the Colstrip burner of Montana. We are fortunate to have people working hard on this issue, to get PSE off of coal. Learn more about the campaign to get PSE off of coal, next Tuesday. More information:

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is the dirtiest electric utility in the region because it produces about one-third of its electricity by burning coal. Coal is destroying our climate. The Sierra Club has been organizing a campaign to pressure PSE to stop using coal to produce electricity.

Seth Ballhorn, who is very knowledgeable about this, will speak in Olympia on TUESDAY JANUARY 22. This will be part of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” organizing meeting at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown. Seth will speak during part of the time. The rest of the time will be the regular meeting of this climate organizing meeting.

See the report below from last August 7, 2012:
Thousands Demand a Coal-Free Future for Washington State

Officials at Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) corporate headquarters in Washington had a lot to think about last week when clean-energy and public health advocates delivered 8,000 signatures to PSE's CEO demanding that the utility move beyond coal.

"Washingtonians know that dirty coal is not who we are, and it's certainly not where we want to go," said Seth Ballhorn, a Sierra Club organizer.

Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Interested in sustainable landscaping practices that can result in reduced maintenance chores, including watering and mowing, while also attracting birds and butterflies? Join Stream Team and WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project for their popular "Naturescaping" workshop on Tuesday, February 5th  from 6-9 p.m. at the LOTT WET Center, Olympia. In part 1, you'll get the overview you need to put together a draft landscape plan. If you participate in the optional part 2, you'll return on March 14 from 6-9 p.m. to have your personal draft plan reviewed by experts.


To register go to www.streamteam.info and click on “calendar.” For more information contact WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or 360-867-2166.


Charles Komanoff Calls for a Carbon Tax

Wed, 02/13/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Charles Komanoff, Director of the Carbon Tax Center in Washington, DC, will explain the need for a nationwide carbon tax at Traditions Fair Trade Café, 300 5th Avenue SW, on Wednesday, February 13, at 6 PM.  Mr. Komanoff will be more than life-size as he will appear, and answer audience questions, via Skype.  Free event; all are welcome.

The Carbon Tax Center is the pre-eminent source of information on this tax, which has reportedly moved from preposterous to essential with no steps in between.  

Mr. Komanoff will answer vital questions such as whether such a tax would be a hardship to ordinary Americans; and whether people would actually cut emissions in response, or simply decide to pay the extra.  He can tell us whether any other scheme is likely to bring about the changes we want.  

As we confront hurricanes, droughts and floods – tangible evidence of climate chaos, happening right now – we need the answers to these questions.  

The event is sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound, an organization with a long record of concern for environmental and economic health.  

Contact: Janet Jordan, 360-232-6165

Science Café - "Puget Sound Prairies and the Endangered Species Act"

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Science Café will meet in January at ORCA BOOKS.

"Puget Sound Prairies and the Endangered Species Act"
Jodi Bush and Theodore B. Thomas
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Lacey, Washington).
7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia (Phone 360.352.0123)

The grasslands and prairies of Puget Sound stretch from coastal southern British Columbia through Washington south into the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This presentation will focus on two species recently proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that are native residents of the prairie-oak ecosystem of South Puget Sound, specifically in Pierce and Thurston Counties.

Although the prairie-oak ecosystem covers a small amount of land area (approximately 4 percent), more than three-quarters of the human population reside in the same area of the states and province where the prairies are found. The challenge of conserving species in areas of dense human settlement is compounded by the need for commercial and residential development, the threats of invasion onto prairies by woody vegetation, the spread of invasive, nonnative organisms (plants and animals), and changes in the climate.

Winter Twig Field Identification

Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Add a new dimension to your winter outings when you join local plant experts to learn the secrets to identifying local shrubs and trees without their leaves. The Native Plant Salvage Foundation is offering “Winter Twig Identification,” a 2.5-hour field class held on Sunday, January 27. Choose either a morning class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

These "walking workshops" will take place on a West Olympia-area nature trail. Small groups of learners will be matched with knowledgeable instructors to learn the keys to identify over 25 native plants. The skill is useful for gardeners and anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors throughout the year.

The workshop fee is $5 per person,  which can be paid upon arrival. Participants will be given a free handout and an opportunity to purchase a detailed winter twig identification book. The nature trail requires that vehicles display the Discover Pass, or participants can offer volunteer service at the trail in exchange for parking during the class.

Advanced registration is required  at www.nativeplantsalvage.org so that participants can receive full details and directions.


Renewables = Jobs

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Climate Crisis Rally

on the State Capitol Steps in Olympia

MONDAY JANUARY 14, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The public is invited to participate in a rally supporting the climate and urging the Washington State Legislature and Governor Inslee to take bold action.  The rally will occur on the first day of the 2013 legislative session, Monday January 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the steps of the Washington State Capitol Building.

“Extreme weather patterns throughout the world, historic rates of polar ice melt, and other realities confirm scientists’ increasingly strong findings that the climate crisis is already upon us,” said Bourtai Hargrove, one of the event’s organizers.  “Every person, local community, state and nation must take bold actions to reduce climate disruption.”

The rally will include brief speakers, music, and dozens of persons in a human tableau spelling out “NO COAL” and “350.ORG.”  The organizers oppose exporting coal through Washington and Oregon ports to Asia, where it will be burned and return to us in air pollution and climate damage.  A nonprofit organization at www.350.org has done excellent work.

More information about speakers and musicians will be released when confirmed.

When the climate crisis rally ends at 1:30 p.m., brief speakers will address several other issues needing bold legislative action.

The rally is one of many activities organized by “Confronting the Climate Crisis,” the active project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), which works on a variety of issues related to peace, social justice, and nonviolence. 

Mushroom to Mushroom Cultivation Course

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 6:00pm - Sun, 11/18/2012 - 6:00pm

In this 2.5-day course we will cover the essentials of small scale mushroom production. This class is tailored to the person seeking to grow edible and medicinal mushrooms for personal use or as a means to develop a small income stream. Friday evening will be an introduction to the ins and outs of cultivation and related logistics. Saturday will cover the full spectrum of sterile mushroom production from spores or cloned mushroom tissue, through working with agar, grains, and wood based substrates, all the way to fruiting bodies. Sunday we will break the rules of the foundation we built on Saturday to learn the cutting edge techniques of low-tech cultivation, much of it unpublished at this time. We will also explore the aspects of cultivation for food sovereignty, medicine, and remediation (aka pollution reduction & mitigation). At the end of the course, participants will get 4 pure mushroom cultures and a workbook of all techniques covered.

Dates: November 16-18 (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)
Location: Westside Olympia
Instructor: Peter McCoy

Cost: $150-200 (sliding scale, pay what you can)

To register or for more info, please email radmycology (at) gmail (dot) com with your name and contact info.

Teacher Peter McCoy has been cultivating fungi for several years, learning the tricks and tips (along with the mistakes) that come with the trade. He has presented on fungi and taught cultivation at the Olympia Food Co-Op, The Radical Mycology Convergence, The Olympia Transitions Fair, and the Olympia Village Building Convergence.


Science Café - Sarah Morley: "Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future:"

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, Present, and Future
7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey, Washington

Sarah Morley, Research Ecologist at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Watershed Program, Fish Ecology Division) will present an overview of the Elwha restoration project, and highlight changes observed in this first year of dam removal.

Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Stream Team and WSU Extension’s Native Plant Salvage Project will offer a free “Naturescaping for Water and Wildlife” class on Thursday,  November 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tumwater Fire Hall on Israel Rd.


The class will feature detailed, hands-on information about how to incorporate beautiful native and other drought-tolerant plants into your landscape to attract amphibians, birds and butterflies while protecting water resources. Participants will learn how to transform their landscape while also saving time, money and resources!


Advanced registration is required as space is limited. For details and registration call 360-867-2166 or email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com.


Secondhand Safari & Winter Coat and Clothing Drive

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

The fair's annual Secondhand Safari will be on Saturday, October 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., where people can buy, sell and trade their secondhand treasures. There will be plenty of treasure seekers and bargain hunters, with over 1,500 visitors and about 100 vendors on average in recent years. 

Community Youth Services booth will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Secondhand Safari, and winter clothing donations will still be accepted from 1-3 p.m. in a collection box at the Community Youth Services booth. 

Representatives from community groups, non-profits, businesses, agencies and individuals working on sustainability issues are invited to sign up for an educational booth or display. Contact the Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 for details. 

Representatives from Goodwill Industries will be on hand throughout the day to accept donations (at their discretion), giving sellers the chance to donate any of their unsold items at the end of the day. 



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