Thursday, May 20, 2010

'Dirt! The Movie' - Issaquah Sustainability Film Series, Tuesday, June 8

Save the Date! On Tuesday, June 8, The Issaquah Sustainability Film Series will present 'Dirt! The Movie' details below. Great movie for all to see!

Now Showing: Issaquah’s

Sustainability Film Series Presents ‘Dirt! The Movie’

ISSAQUAH (May 17, 2010) – Continuing the City of Issaquah’s series of free film nights on sustainability, the documentary “Dirt! The Movie” will be shown June 8th.

The event aims to educate the community about the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

DIRT! the Movie, brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact of the soil. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

Locally, the Puget Sound Partnership, tasked with cleaning up pollution in the Sound, notes that surface water runoff is a primary transporter of toxic pollutants to Puget Sound. How we care for our soil in our yards, and what runs off of them has a direct effect on the health of our local creeks and lakes as well as Puget Sound.

After the movie, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on dirt, and what we can do in our own yards to keep the soil healthy and toxin free. Informational tables, as well as refreshments will be available to attendees. In addition, door prizes will be given away after the movie.
Event details:

• 6:30-9 p.m. June 8th (come early at 6 p.m. to talk with exhibitors and get a good seat)
• King County Library Service Center Community Room
• 960 Newport Way N.W., Issaquah (This is not the downtown library!)

The free movie nights are presented by the City of Issaquah’s Resource Conservation Office (RCO) and funded through a grant from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. For more information, go to or call the RCO at 425-837-3400.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

K-12 Art & Video Contest - Puget Sound Starts Here Campaign

Hi Everyone!

Below are details on a great contest for K-12 students to raise awareness about the Puget Sound Starts Here Campaign. Deadline is May 22. For more information contact:
Ginny Ballard at

Happy Creating!

2010 Puget Sound Starts Here Art & Video Contest Rules

THEME: Why should we care about the Puget Sound?

ELIGIBILITY: Open to King County students. Contest is only open in Art for grades K-4. Grades 5-12 may compete in Art and Video. Entries must be the original work of the student.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by May 22, 2010.

A. Grades K-2(Art only) B. Grades 3-4 (Art only) C. Grades 5-6 D. Junior High E. High School

JUDGING CATEGORIES (may do more than one submission):

Art: Photographs, drawings, paintings, textiles, or mixed media. Submissions may not exceed 20” x 25” x 1”. For grades 5-12, a short paragraph explaining the piece is appreciated, but not required.

Video: Public service announcements, commercials, theatrical, music, dance, poetry, spoken word, or any other creative expression. Submissions are not to exceed 5 minutes in length. Entries must be in digital format on a DVD (no VHS). These entries will later be posted on YouTube by contest staff for public viewing.

HOW TO SUBMIT: All entries may be mailed to:
Nature Vision
Attn. PSSH Art & Video Contest
5900 232 Ave NE, Bldg. A
Redmond, WA 98053

DISPLAYS: Entries submitted by the deadline may be displayed at the opening gala on June 5, 2010.

JUDGING: Entries will be judged by a panel of four to six community members, and representatives of the art and environmental communities.

AWARDS AND CEREMONY: Winners from each judging category and age group will be notified one week prior to the opening gala. Families and friends are invited to the awards ceremony.

PROTECTION/RETURN OF ARTWORK: Artwork will become part of a traveling gallery through the summer and fall of 2010. Contest staff will notify participant artists of dates and times artwork can be picked up from a local partner site. Artwork will not be returned via mail, it will be the parent/student’s responsibility to pick up work at designated times.

Questions may be addressed to: Ginny Ballard at

LABELING OF ENTRIES: Please attach this label to the back of your entry, or as a note enclosed with your video submission. All parts of label must be completed.

Student Name ____________________________________

Grade Level ___________

Name of your school_______________________________

How did you find out about the art contest? ____________________________

Artwork Title_______________________________________________________

Name of Parent or Guardian _________________________________

Full Home Address _______________________________________________

Phone (home and/or cell) _________________________________________

E-mail of Parent or Guardian (personal info will not be shared) ______________________________________________

Your age category as listed above (Circle one) A B C D E

Explanation of artwork (optional short paragraph)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Closed-Loop Scoop Dept of Ecology May newsletter

The May 2010 Closed-Loop Scoop from the WA State Department of Ecology is available at:

This issue includes:
• E-Mail Vehicle Renewal Notices
• DOC Repairs Used Equipment, Saves Money
• Apply for Tire Removal Funding
• Sea-Tac Grows Recycling Rate
• Adopt-a-Highway Program Looking for Volunteers
• Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
• Green Legislation Signed into Law

This information provided by:
Christine Haun,
Department of Ecology
Waste 2 Resources Program
(360) 407-6107