Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pre-Earth Day Event in Seattle

Hi Waste Free Folks,
You are invited to join us in Seattle for a pre-Earth Day Event - an interesting, informative evening. Environmental education partners, important information, a viewing of the Nighline documentary Poisoned Waters, all followed by a fascinating Q&A discussion with experts! The Friday evening, April 16 event starts at 6pm. We expect a packed house so arrive early for best seats and time to visit with our partners and experts!Event details below.

“Earth Appreciation Evening,
a pre-Earth Day Event”

Kim Ducoté Arnie Marcus Center for Spiritual Living
206-551-4850 (206) 527-8801 x205

The Center for Spiritual Living Presents:

“Earth Appreciation Evening,
a pre-Earth Day Event”

Seattle, WA (March 1, 2010) – In honor of Earth Day 2010, the Center for Spiritual Living will be holding a free environmental education event and showing of the movie “Poisoned Waters” on Friday evening, April 16, 2010.

The educational portion of the event begins at 6pm and attendees can visit our environmental education partner tables to learn about simple ways they can help protect the environment and preserve Puget Sound. From 7:00-8:00 pm we will be showing the movie “Poisoned Waters.” At 8pm a panel of experts will lead a Q&A discussion about the movie.

In “Poisoned Waters” we learn that more than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways such as Puget Sound and the Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination.

The goal of “Poisoned Waters” is to educate the community about polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture, and massive suburban development. Scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health. Scientists say the legacy pollutant PCB now threatens the orca whale population that makes its regular home in Puget Sound.

After the movie, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on toxics reduction, storm water runoff, and related environmental topics. Attendees can also speak with a variety of environmental education partners and visit environmental informational tables. Free door prizes will be given away after the movie, and pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

“Poisoned Waters” movie & event details:
• 6:00* – 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2010
• The Center for Spiritual Living
5801 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105-2147, (206) 527-8801
*The movie starts at 7:00 pm, but arrive early to visit the environmental education partners and tabletop displays.

This event is free and everyone is welcome! Bring a friend and learn practical, simple ways to help protect the environment and preserve Puget Sound.

Update: Mercury Lighting Bill passes out of house!

Hi All,
Another step forward in the Waste Free World! Thanks to Lisa Sepanski, King County Solid Waste Division for providing this information.
Enjoy! Kim

Mercury Lighting Product Stewardship Bill Update

ESSB 5543 as amended by House Environmental Health Committee passed the House on March 2 with a 71-27 vote!

Now it goes back to the Senate for a concurrence vote. That's because of the changes made to ESSB 5543 in House ENVH Committee. The deadline for the vote is the end of the session, March 11th. And then of course Governor Gregoire will need to put pen to paper to sign it into law.

A link to bill summary page on Legislature's web site is at:

An overview of the bill as amended by the House ENVH Committee is attached for your review.


Thanks to all who continue to support the passage of this bill.

Lisa Sepanski
King County Solid Waste Division
201 S. Jackson St, Room 701
Seattle, Wa 98104
Ph. 206 296-4489
Fax 206 296-4475