Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stimulus money + local action = Sustainable Works

Chad Lupkes and I met with representatives from Sustainable Works today to discuss an initiative of possible interest to members of the 46th District Dems, particularly those in the pilot area described below.

Sustainable Works is a non-profit organization that facilitates energy efficiency retrofits for homes and small commercial buildings. Their goal is to perform 4,800 energy retro-fits in moderate income homes around the state -- starting here in a portion of the 46th District (and the 43rd).

Their pilot area is defined by these boundaries:

NE 65th Street to NE 80th
20th Avenue NE to 35th NE

Here is a map of the area:

View this map full screen.

Senate Bill 5649, passed during the last legislative session and signed by Gov. Gregoire, allocates federal stimulus money to the project. We were told that the Sustainable Works program, now in its "launch phase", is designed to cost the homeowners nothing, create green jobs, and reduce carbon emissions.

Representatives from Sustainable Works will be making a presentation during Good of the Order at our next monthly meeting this Thursday, August 20, at Olympic View Church. They will also be describing the program in more detail at a community briefing on August 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE.

Further information is currently available at these postings:




If you are interested, please contact Richard Wells, 206-930-6377.

The lawyer in me adds: this is not a program of the 46th Dems. We are just facilitating the flow of information that is of possible interest.

J Peter Shapiro
Outreach Committee Chair

Update: They let us know on Wednesday that they have adjusted the boundaries from 30th Ave NE to 35th Ave NE and from 85th to 80th.

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