Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Winter 2014

City Climate Committee Shows Progress

CPCThis committee (the “Climate Committee”) was assembled in 2006 by Mayor Haakenson, in support of a national U.S. Conference of Mayors’ initiative to address the problem of climate change. The Committee’s first order of business was to develop a local Climate Action Plan, which was researched and finalized in 2010 to outline actions that could be taken to address various components that affect greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, including transportation, lifestyle, buildings, environment, and economy. Action items were drawn up along with baseline data and implementation measures to guide progress towards climate protection in Edmonds. Information on the Committee and the Climate Action Plan can be accessed on the City’s website:  http://www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/government/boards-and-commissions/climate-protection-committee/climate-action-plan.html

Accomplishments by the Edmonds community, including city government, businesses, non-profits, and many Edmonds citizens and organizations who strive to live sustainably, are far reaching. Please join us in furthering our mission by taking action. We each have a responsibility to pass on a better planet to our children. On Earth Day – which occurs on April 22nd this year – there will be further recognition and education opportunities. Thank you for making a difference!

Climate Committee Mission:

  • Encourage citizens to be a part of the solution.
  • Encourage City staff and citizens to conserve current resources.
  • Work with the City Council to implement ideas.
  • Effectively address the future impacts of climate change.

Sample of Committee & Community Accomplishments:

  • Games and Contests: Edmonds in Bloom vegetable garden award category; Plastic Bag Ban poster contest.
  • Energy Challenge: City Hall Energy Star label three years in a row; “Portfolio Manager” to track energy use for City Buildings; Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory periodic updates; Main Street project incorporates green infrastructure; City of Edmonds greens up its vehicle fleet to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Green Business Recognition: Groundwork for green business recognition program.
  • Fast-Track Permits: City fast-track permit program and code amendments for solar installations.
  • Display: City rain garden workshop recruits volunteers for demonstration project; City Hall Green Resource room, display, and training approved for 2014.
  • Tool Kit/Education: Educational sessions with PUD, PSE, Master Builders Association Built Green; Westgate Elementary becomes an Eco-School.
  • Success Stories: Edmonds won Association of Washington Cities “Going Green Award”; PUD gives City an energy lighting rebate of $45,000; 2013 Greenhouse Gas savings from Electric Vehicle stations passes half metric ton mark; Interviews and postings of Sustainability Heroes underway; Francis Anderson Center Community Solar Project.
  • Web Content: City website includes information related to various topics on sustainability.
  • Community Health: Urban farming regulations; Public Markets enabled year round through code changes.

Music Concert

February 13, 2014 @ 7 PM

Plaza Room, 650 Main Street, Edmonds

Early Music from the Silk Road

Performed by:

august denhard

Tomoko Sutomoko sugawaragawara, Asian Kugo Harp

August Denhard, Lute


Tomoko Sugawara, kugo harp and August Denhard, lute, will travel the Silk Road from east to west, blending musical colors to create new sound portraits from the varied cultures along the ancient trade route. The artists each bring perspectives from different musical worlds as they create seamless connections of song, rhythm, and improvisation.  

 The kugo (often called the angular harp) arose in Mesopotamia around 1900 BC and soon spread to other regions of the Near East, eventually becoming a favorite instrument in local Islamic cultures where it survived until 1700 AD. Ms. Sugawara was born in Tokyo, Japan, and began playing the Irish harp at age twelve.  
August Denhard, a performer on lute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar has appeared with Baroque Northwest, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and many other ensembles specializing in early music. He performs regularly in a lute song duo with tenor Eric Mentzel, with whom he is currently recording a CD of songs by the English Cavalier poets.

Presented by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission and the Edmonds Library, the concert is free and open to the public

Spill Kit Program for Businesses

soap drain compAs part of the City of Edmonds’ stormwater education and outreach efforts, the City initiated a pollutant source control program for businesses. The City has partnered with ECOSS (Environmental Coalition of South Seattle - www.ecoss.org), to increase awareness within the business community of the impacts of stormwater pollution and hazardous material spills to our local water bodies. ECOSS, a non-profit environmental outreach organization, developed a successful spill prevention and response program to help minimize the release of pollutants from local businesses. ECOSS recently received funding from the Puget Sound Partnership to expand this program into Snohomish County at very little cost to the City. 

As you may know, stormwater is a significant source of pollution to our local water bodies. One of the areas the City is focusing on to reduce stormwater pollution is in the business sector. Many businesses, including restaurants, automobile related companies, and landscaping shops, use or generate hazardous materials as a normal part of their work. If there’s a spill, and the spill enters a nearby storm drain, there could be serious impacts to the local water body. As part of the program, ECOSS goes on-site to deliver a spill kit, train owners/employees on the proper way to respond to a spill, and discuss the implementation of best management practices (business policies and behaviors) that could minimize the occurrence of spills. Staff from ECOSS are multilingual and are able to speak Korean and other foreign languages to ensure the message is received by all business owners. ECOSS also discusses stormwater issues, including any on-site drainage concerns and where (to what water body) the businesses’ stormwater flows to.The services are free to the business, and include:

spill kit comp»  a ready-to-use spill kit

»  a spill response plan and spill
    response training

»  a drainage map for the site

»  best management practices
    tailored to on-site needs

In addition to preventing pollution from entering our local streams, these actions can help businesses avoid considerable clean-up costs, fines, and liability.

If you have any questions about spill kits or ways that you can minimize spills at your business or home, contact Mike Cawrse at 425.771.0220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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