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ORTHODONTICS IMPROVES NOSE BREATHING AND TONGUE POSITION Children who struggle with behavior, or difficulty in school despite average or above average intelligence are often MISDIAGNOSED as having ADHD or ADD. Kids are treated for ADHD before sleep apnea is ever even considered as a possible cause. Unfortunately, parents are often accused of having poor or inadequate parenting skills, or are encouraged to discipline their children more strictly. Questionnaires get filled out, prescriptions for stimulants are often written. Children are checked for enlarged tonsils and adenoids and referrals are made to surgeons. Many children are sent to have tonsils and adenoids removed by surgery because practitioners believe this is necessary.

EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT CAN IMPROVE THE AIRWAY IN YOUNG CHILDREN Research has shown that children DO behave better when sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea are treated early and ORTHODONTIC ARCH EXPANSION can help. Narrow arches and airflow restriction during sleep leads to OXYGEN DEPRIVATION for the growing brain! Good nutrition is essential, because sugar and wheat, as well as many food additives have been shown to contribute to many behavior and mood disorders. Nutrition improvement cannot fix narrow arches and crowded teeth that may have been caused by generations of refined food!

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WE ALL NEED SLEEP STAGES 1, 2, AND 3, AND REM SLEEP Sleep apnea can prevent you from spending time in stage 3 sleep and interrupt your dreams during REM stage. If you snore or have apnea you will be yanked repeatedly out of your deep restorative and REM sleep all the way back up to stage 1 or 2 so that you can breath…gasp…snore…clench... You won’t usually wake up, but you might feel pretty sleepy the next day. Stage three is when you have your own supply of growth hormone circulating for your body to restore and repair. If you don’t spend enough time in stage 3 you will not get cellular repair! REM stage is where you have your dream time. Some people suffer psychological problems if they are deprived of REM sleep. Dreaming might be important for progress toward spiritual awakening. Some medications and sleeping pills can prevent or shorten your time in stage 3 and REM. If you are seeking spiritual progress, optimal health and personal growth, then you’ve probably tried many varieties of RELAXATION, MEDITATION, YOGA, DIETING AND NUTRITION, GROWTH HORMONE, OTHER HORMONES, SPIRITUAL RETREATS, AND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION! Consider the possibility that you might just need a good night’s sleep. Come see us for a consult and find out about simple comfortable solutions for quiet and restful health restoring sleep.

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10 Connections to the Natural Environment


14 Climate Change

Impacts Our Oceans

Ocean Acidification & the Planet

by Sheldon W O’dahl


Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

Connections to the Built Environment

20 Rain Gardens: Beautiful

& Beneficial For Everybody by Jo Sullivan


22 Pushing The Envelope The NW EcoBuilding Guild

17 Protecting Our Puget

Sound Area Wetlands by Sheldon and Cate O’dahl

by Cate O’dahl

24 Reconstructing the Future – Deconstructing the Past by Kinley Deller


18 The Great Pacific Garbage Problem

Plastic Waste is Harmful to the Ocean, Marine Life & Humans by Cate O’dahl

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Yoga Behind Bars Hosts Fundraising Brunch


oga Behind Bars invites the community to their annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, May 3 at FareStart in Seattle. “The brunch will feature delicious food and drinks created by the wonderful chefs at FareStart, honored speaker Nova Guthrie, live music with Lori Goldston, dreamy auction packages and great company,” development director Patricia Vogel says. Yoga Behind Bars is Washington State’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing yoga and meditation to prisons, jails and detention centers. The organization started with one yoga teacher teaching one weekly class in one facility. Today, a team of over 40 volunteer yoga instructors teach 23 yoga and meditation classes a week in 11 facilities around Puget Sound. “Your attendance means more teens and adults will experience the healing benefits of yoga and meditation in 2015,” Vogel continues. “Since 2008, Yoga Behind Bars has helped thousands of incarcerated women, youth, and men transform their lives through our programs.” Yoga Behind Bars’ fundraising brunch takes place Sunday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at FareStart, 700 Virginia St., Seattle. $185. Registration required: YogaBehindBars.org. For more information: 917-515-4020.

Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie Celebrates One Year Anniversary


“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ~Jane Goodall

ocal radio program founder and host Dena Marie of Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie is celebrating her one year anniversary of the founding of the radio show, which is sponsored by Natural Awakenings. “It’s been a privilege to meet and interview such wonderful people in the community,” Dena Marie says. “I love introducing our listeners to people, places and things that will lift their spirits, and I’m hearing back from our listeners that they love it too,” she continues. Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie airs weekly on Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. on KKNW-AM 1150. and focuses on local activities, events, and people doing positive and uplifting work in the community, ranging from gardening to life coaching, building wooden boats, promoting wellness and green living, and more. Recent guests on the show have included Stephen Bonnel of East West Bookshop, Ciscoe Morris, Neale Donald Walsh, and others. “All of our guests on the program experience an increase in interest in their work, phone calls and more business after they come on air with me, and that’s a wonderful feeling to know you’ve been able to spread their message by telling their story. It is very rewarding to know that good people are doing great things in our community,” Dena Marie says. Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie airs Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. on KKNW-AM 1150. For more information: LiftYourSpiritsWithDenaMarie.com.




New Healing Crystal Bed Offerings


ealing arts practitioner Noel Shepard has announced a new schedule for crystal bed sessions, which will now be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. “This unique crystal bed is from the Casa de Dom Inacio in Brazil where John of God does his miraculous healing work,” Shepard explains. “I have been traveling to Brazil since 2009 and am an authorized guide for the Casa. I was given special permission to offer these crystal bed sessions here in Seattle, and it is with great humility that I share this healing modality with you,” she says. Shepard, who donates 5 percent of all payments to local charities, says clients’ experiences range from subtle to profound. “You will lie fully clothed, faced up, on a comfortable massage table with the suspended highly polished quartz crystals above you,” she explains. “This process involves colored light with varying frequencies being pulsed through crystal into your seven major chakra centers,” Shepard continues. “Each session is different and unique,” Shepard says, noting clients may fall into a deep or light sleep, feel tingling, sadness, joy, or peace. “Some people feel the presence of passed family members, or think I re-entered the room when I have not. Some feel physical, emotional, or spiritual healing taking place,” Shepard says.

Seattle’s first “EMF Reduced” Home Design Launching During Green Home Tour


sola Home’s “Vida” project is introducing a new “EMF reduced” community of 15 row homes located in the Central District. In addition to sustainability features, the Vida project addresses the growing public concern about health effects from an increasingly wired world. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are produced from electricity, including power lines, wiring, hand-held devices, wireless technologies such as cell phones and towers, WI-FI, wireless routers, baby monitors, and appliances. Health effects often cited in a limited amount of research include damage to DNA and genes, memory loss, learning, behavior, attention disorders, sleep disruption, cancer and neurological diseases. With Vida, Seattle-based home builder Isola Home partnered with Dana Stream, CEO of Lifestream Solutions, to look at EMF levels at various times of the project’s development. “People are powering down and reducing their exposure,” Steam says. “We took a similar approach–we started with the foundation, shielded the wiring, and designed an ‘EMF Quiet Zone’ in the sleeping area, and that’s just the beginning.” Vida Rowhomes are located at 120 20th Ave, Seattle and will be open from 11 a.m.¬to 5 p.m. on Saturday only on the Green Home Tour, which takes place April 25 and 26. For more information: IsolaHomes.com.

East West Bookshop to Move Next Month


ast West Bookshop is moving across the street from their current location to Roosevelt Square, above Whole Foods in the Roosevelt neighborhood. Celebrations in honor of the relocation are scheduled for May 1-3, with evening events, guest speakers, food, commemorative gifts, and live music throughout the weekend. For a full schedule of opening weekend festivities as well as celebratory events planned for the remainder of the weekends in May, visit EastWestBookshop.com. “We’re excited to be making the transition to this new location, and also glad that we will now be able to offer free parking to our current and future patrons,” Steve Bonnell of East West Bookshop says. “After 15 years in its current location and 26 years in the Roosevelt neighborhood, East West looks forward to a bright future, offering Seattle the very best in body mind spirit books, events and gifts.” East West Bookshop continues to be open throughout the month of April at 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Starting May 1, East West Bookshop will reopen at their new location at 6407 12th Ave NE (above Whole Foods at Roosevelt Square). For more information: EastWestBookshop.com.

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Mighty Energy Solutions Celebrates Anniversary with Green Home Tour Project


ighty Energy Solutions has turned one year old. Owners Laura and Doug Elfline are celebrating the milestone by hosting a conversion, a home whose owners formerly used forced air heating but switched to radiant heating panels, on the Green Home Tour on April 25 (the tour takes place April 25 and 26, with various sites open either Saturday or Sunday). “It feels spectacular to be able to help homeowners make changes that is not only energy efficient, but makes people feel more comfortable in their homes,” Laura Elfline says. Mighty Energy Solutions is a sister company to Mighty House Construction, the construction business she and husband Doug Elfline have owned for over six years. According to Laura, the Elflines started Mighty Energy Solutions to offer heating options that weren’t well represented on the market, such as radiant heat ceiling panels and ductless heat pumps. This year’s Green Home Tour features over 25 homes in the Seattle area, highlighting sustainable building efforts such as solar panels, permaculture, building with reclaimed materials, and more. Half the Green Home Tour sites will be open and available to view Saturday, April 25, and the other half will be open on Sunday, April 26. For a complete list of home tour sites, visit GreenHomeTour.org. The house is located at 3443 SW 49th Ave, Seattle and will be open from 11 a.m.¬to 5 p.m. on Saturday only on the Green Home Tour, which takes place April 25 and 26. For more information: MightyEnergySolutions.com or GreenHomeTour.org.

Dr. Tel-Oren to Give Talk About Colon Cancer


oted medical doctor Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren, also known as “Dr. T,” returns to the Seattle area to give a talk entitled “Colon Cancer and the Inflammatory Bowel Epidemic” at Bastyr University’s Kenmore campus, room 186, on April 21 at 7 p.m. The event is not sponsored or produced by Bastyr University. Dr. Tel-Oren will discuss the primary and poorly understood causes of colon cancer, why inflammation is so common in the West, why colonoscopies may be part of the problem, how to prevent and accurately diagnose colorectal cancers, and how to easily reverse inflammatory conditions in their early stages. The next day, on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Dr. Tel-Oren will see patients for skin blemish 8



removal utilizing his innovatory non-surgical and painless method. The skin clinic will take place at the European Rejuvenation Clinic in Factoria, Bellevue. Dr. Tel-Oren’s talk takes place April 21 at 7 p.m. at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, room 186, Kenmore. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Students free. Purchase tickets and register for skin clinic appointments at DoctorTEvents.com. For more information: 425-753-0634.

Sansori Announces Summer Adult “Bridge Year” Program


ansori, a people-centric organization that offers creative, compassionate and socially conscious learning experiences, announces the start of its Sansori’s Bridge Year summer program for adults. The intensive two and one-half month social entrepreneurial plan gives participants the freedom to experience ways of manifesting their talent and passion to generate a living while solving the most pressing issues in their community. The application deadline is May 15, and the registration deadline is May 29. The opening session begins June 13 and runs through June 20. Practicum interviews and placements will be held June 22 through 30; practicum at Social Enterprise July 6 through August 7, and the closing session will be August 8 through 12. Through social enterprise career development, leadership training and creative problem solving, the Sansori Bridge Year summer program facilitates the self-awareness needed to embrace latent talents that can be used for the greater good. Participants dive into social enterprise job training, storytelling, leadership, problem solving, cultural emersion, and mind body connection. “Given the opportunity, adults and students will push themselves to grow personally and professionally while giving back to the community,” said Kristin Kim, founder of Sansori. “We’ve seen our participants blossom in their leadership and communication skills, but more importantly in their self-knowledge of how they want to apply those skills in the world to make a significant impact on social issues.” Tuition: $5,500; travel cost estimate: $1,200. For more information, email Open@Sansori.org or visit Sansori.org/ bridge-year.

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Strawberries Reduce Blood Pressure


study published in the World Journal of Diabetes concluded that the regular consumption of a flavonoid-rich strawberry beverage reduces blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes. The study divided 36 subjects, all with moderately high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, into two groups—the first drank the equivalent of one serving of fresh strawberries per day made from freeze-dried berries, and the other group drank the same amount of an imitation strawberry-flavored drink over a six-week period. Blood pressure was tested at the beginning and end of the study for all participants. At the end, the group drinking the real strawberry beverage registered significantly lower diastolic blood pressure than at the outset; it was also lower than the imitation strawberry group. The average diastolic blood pressure of the group drinking real strawberries went down by 6.5 percent and the systolic dropped by 12 percent. The strawberry-flavored group’s systolic blood pressure was also reduced, but only by 3.7 percent.

Acupuncture Increases Quality of Life for Allergy Sufferers


esearch from Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center suggests that acupuncture is an effective treatment for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in 2013, the study analyzed data on the costs and quality of life of 364 allergy patients that had been randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: rescue medication alone (taken when symptoms are greatest); acupuncture treatment plus rescue medication; or sham (non-therapeutic) acupuncture plus rescue medication. Patients receiving acupuncture incurred higher total treatment costs, but also gained significantly more quality of life compared with the rescue medication-only groups.

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nlike their Eastern counterparts, North American and some European herbalists seek to directly mitigate health issues or facilitate specific bodily functions using particular plants, roots and barks. Native Americans embraced the belief that Mother Nature provides, contending that the herbs of a local environment provide for all of the needs of the people dwelling there. For example, snake weed is prevalent in the Southwest, where encounters with rattlesnakes are frequent. Herbs such as comfrey, arnica and sage, which are found from coast to coast, are used to heal wounds, relieve pain and get rid of parasites, maladies common to people everywhere, according to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Every culture in the world has developed and maintained a system of healing based on their indigenous plants, relying on these natural pharmaceutical entities for thousands of years. A human that lived 5,000 years ago found preserved in ice in 1991 was carrying herbs and mushrooms to mitigate health conditions that scientists confirmed were present in his body. Despite their effective use for millennia, many modern-day people still question the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs. Instead of looking to pharmaceutical companies—born of an industry with less than 200 years of experience—to handle our healthcare needs, perhaps the real affordable care act can be found in the plants, roots and barks provided by Mother Nature. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit NaturesRiteRemedies. com. See ad, page 45.

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Local Toxins Increase Risk of Autism


onfirming previous findings, a large study from the University of Chicago has found that autism is linked to toxic environmental exposure. The research examined data from nearly a

third of the U.S. population, which showed that both autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities increased as exposure increased in region-by-region testing. The research measured clusters of autism incidence together with exposure rates in different counties and states across

the country. The areas with greater environmental toxin exposures had significantly increased autism rates. The correlation was significant among both boys and girls, but stronger among girls. Proximity to urban areas also increased autism incidence. For every 1 percent increase in urbanization, there was about a 3 percent rise in autism and intellectual disabilities. Influential toxins include pesticides, plasticizers, lead and pharmaceuticals.

Olive Oil Boosts Healthy Cholesterol


n an effort to understand what makes olive oil so good for heart health, a study from Europe’s Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group and the U.S. National Institutes of Health has found that olive oil’s polyphenols significantly increase the size of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL) in the blood and enhance the HDL’s ability to inhibit formation of the abnormal fatty deposits, known as plaque, within the walls of arteries. Polyphenols are natural compounds from plants known to help prevent cancer and heart disease. In the three-week study, researchers isolated the effect of polyphenols by dividing 47 healthy European men into two groups: one ate a diet containing polyphenol-poor olive oil and the other consumed polyphenol-rich olive oil. The enriched diet resulted in increased size, fluidity and stability (resistance to oxidation) of the HDL molecules by reducing their triglyceride core. The researchers note that the oxidation of cholesterol lipids such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is linked with arteriosclerosis. natural awakenings

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Climate Change Impacts Our Oceans Ocean Acidification, The Planet, & Puget Sound by Sheldon W. O’dahl


s research continues to illuminate the mechanisms of how greenhouse gasses affect our planet and cause climate change, new conversations are emerging about how carbon dioxide also affects our oceans through a process known as ocean acidification. Ocean acidification causes changes in the chemistry of the ocean that can harm marine life. The problem is occurring world-wide and is affecting our local environments in Puget Sound. Dr. Jan Newton, of the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory and co-director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center, explained the science behind ocean acidification at the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s symposium in October 2014. “Climate change refers to the increase in global temperature due to the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” Dr. Newton said. “Ocean acidification is the other carbon dioxide emission problem. Some people might call it climate change, but climate really means how warm it is, how rainy it is. Those are climate conditions. 14


But ocean acidification is a long-term change in seawater chemistry; and so, even though it is caused by the increase in carbon dioxide, it is a very different process from climate change.” Dr. Newton notes that the average pH of the oceans has been relatively stable for millions of years, and that marine life has evolved to prefer these conditions. The long-term health of the oceans, and the planet, is jeopardized by the change that is occurring now as a result of ocean acidification. The chemistry of ocean acidification and its effects on marine life isn’t hard to understand, as explained by Dr. Newton. “Sea water is basic,” Dr. Newton emphasizes, referring to the pH scale that measures the concentration of hydrogen ions dissolved into any solution, and represented as a spectrum spanning basic, or alkaline, to acidic. While acidification nudges seawater down the scale, it’s not going to turn into an acidic solution anytime soon. “With all of our additions of carbon dioxide, and the decline in pH, seawater is still basic. Some people say, ‘the oceans are turning into acid.’


No, they’re not turning into acid, and probably we won’t ever see that on the planet, but ocean acidification is pushing the pH in the acidic direction,” Dr. Newton says. “That’s why we call it acidification.” However, even small shifts can have a very large impact, Dr. Newton explains. About 27 percent of the carbon emitted by fossil fuel combustion and resulting from deforestation is absorbed by the ocean,” she says. “That creates a chemical reaction that lowers the pH and reduces carbonate ion concentrations in the ocean.” Calcium and carbonate ions are used by a lot of marine organisms, such as oysters, other shellfish and many planktonic organisms, as the building blocks for their shells or skeletons, Dr. Newton notes. However, small changes in the pH of seawater can reduce the availability of these ions to animals that need them. Thus, small changes can have large impacts. Scientists from Oregon State University have shown through experimentation that oyster larvae grow well in water with higher pH,

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Reversing the effects of ocean acidification and restoring the Puget Sound is possible, according to experts, but action must be taken to reduce carbon emissions.

but when the pH declines, the larvae grow poorly or die. It isn’t merely a case of corrosive water dissolving their shells, according to a study by George Waldbusser from Oregon State University. Rather, it is a case of water high in carbon dioxide altering shell formation rates, energy usage, and ultimately the growth and survival of the young oysters. “The oyster begins life as a small planktonic larva,” Dr. Newton explains. “That small oyster larva must form a shell to survive and grow. To do that, the oyster grabs calcium ions and carbonate ions and combines them to make its shell of aragonite,” she continues, explaining that larvae thrive when calcium carbonate levels are high, but struggle and may even die when levels are low. This effect is not limited to oysters. Other marine life that relies on calcium carbonate to build shells and skeletons, including corals, scallops, and crabs, can also be affected. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, global ocean pH has dropped from about 8.2 to 8.1, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. While this may not sound significant, Dr. Newton says it’s important to remember the pH scale is a logarithmic scale, similar to the Richter scale for earthquakes. “A one unit of change in pH is a ten-fold change in the acidity, so small

changes reflect a much larger change in the acidity,” Dr. Newton notes. “After the start of the industrial revolution, we see that the pH has gone down by about 0.1 units, but that translates to a 26 percent increase in acidity. The availability of carbonate ions has declined by 16 percent over that time period.” Dr. Newton warns that the drop in carbonate ions and increase in acidity is continuing, with potentially harmful consequences for the oceans and the planet.

“When will people start to ask how we can improve the health of the ocean that we rely on?” “This is the worrisome part,” she continues. “The model projections indicate that by the year 2100, the acidity may increase by as much as 100-150 percent. That’s sobering. The availability of carbonate ions would decline by as much as 50 percent by 2100. And that is with business-as-usual carbon emissions,” she finishes. Dr. Newton wonders when concern will start to grow over potential harm to marine life. “When will people start to ask how we can improve the health of the ocean that we rely on?” she asks.

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Beyond oysters, repercussions of ocean acidification include the stresses put on other types of marine life. Plankton, including the shelled pteropods, or “sea butterflies,” that are an important source of food for fish, show signs of vulnerability. In tropical areas, current ocean acidification conditions have been shown to significantly reduce the ability of some reef-building corals to produce their skeletons, potentially limiting the diversity of coral reef systems. Everyone can take steps to help our oceans. Understanding the changes that the ocean is facing is an important first step. Scientists can help with this by continuing to investigate and communicate these changes. Ultimately, reducing carbon footprints and reliance on fossil fuels is important–for instance, by minimizing single-occupancy driving and choosing alternative transportation options like the bus, biking, or sharing the ride; improving the efficiency of furnaces and moving away from fossil fuel sources (see “Prepare for Winter Today with Efficient Heating Solutions” on page 32); and purchasing or promoting alternative energy sources like solar and wind. The next step is to keep the conversation going. Talk with your friends, colleagues, and consider contacting state and federal representatives to let them know that helping protect Washington’s marine waters is important for our state’s environment and economy. For more information on ocean acidification and its effects in the Pacific Northwest and what local scientists are doing to study these, visit the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at coenv.uw.edu/oacenter. Sheldon O’dahl, a document production specialist, is owner of Dirty Dog Productions. O’dahl has a BA in molecular and cellular biology and has been actively supporting non-profits performing environmentally sustainable projects. Representatives from the Washington Ocean Acidification Center at the University of Washington and Washington Sea Grant contributed to the content of this article.

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websites offer great tips and videos about how to protect our marine waters from stormwater. The Washington Sea Grant website, at wsg.washington.edu, offers a complete list and links to these resources. Share your ride. Buses, bikes, and feet can take you only so far; most people need a car sometimes. But nowadays, that doesn’t mean you have to own one. Carshare programs like Car2Go, ZipCar, and Scoot are available in many cities and on college campuses. Carpooling is an effective way to minimize your “car-print.” Just sharing your ride with two other passengers saves more fuel than driving a Prius. Reduce the fuel in your food. Our modern food system is heavily dependent on fossil fuels—there may be a lot more carbon dioxide on your plate than you realize. Animal protein requires roughly 10 times as much fossil energy to produce than grain, which means you can take a big bite out of your carbon footprint by simply eating less meat, and when you do eat meat, make sure it’s locally raised. Collective action over personal change. Seek ways to amplify your impact, by engaging your community in collective actions to reduce carbon dioxide. Invest in Community Solar, volunteer with groups that are engaged on this issue, plant a shellfish garden!

What Can You Do About Ocean Acidification?

Help Puget Sound help itself. Almost anything that’s good for Puget Sound—like restoring habitat, replacing bulkheads with ‘soft’ shorelines, and removing invasive species—can help it withstand ocean acidification. The more we do to minimize other forms of stress on the marine environment, the more resilient it will be to ocean acidification.

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hat can you do? More than you think! While it’s true that ocean acidification is a global problem caused primarily by industrialized nations’ use of fossil fuels, it is particularly severe in our region. Because local problems, like nutrient pollution, urban runoff, and dense traffic are exacerbating ocean acidification in Puget Sound, these issues are something Washington residents can address. Below are some actions that each of us can take to slow acidification in Washington’s marine waters, and while these won’t solve ocean acidification on their own, they can buy us (and our marine environment) some extra time while we work on the big issue: reducing global carbon dioxide emissions. Keep poop out of Puget Sound. Excess nutrients from human and animal waste and fertilizers make ocean acidification in Puget Sound worse than it has to be. Keep these nutrients (OK…’poop’) out of the water by testing and maintaining your septic system; scooping pet waste; and if you’re a boater, using Washington Sea Grant’s free Clean Vessel Pumpout Kit (PumpoutWashington.org). Stormwater is another way nutrients and other types of pollution enter Puget Sound. Seattle and King County 16



Speak up! You can make changes in your own life and your community, but what really makes a difference is when our policy and industry leaders hear from you. If you care about what ocean acidification is doing to Puget Sound, let your elected officials know. Show up at public meetings where decisions that affect local water and ecosystem quality are made. If nothing else, write to your politicians—it’s easy, and surprisingly effective. For more information: Puget Sound Restoration Fund Shellfish Gardening: RestorationFund.org Earthcorps.org/PugetSoundSteward.php Seattle Aquarium Evergreen Carbon Capture: SeattleAquarium.org For more ideas and links to the resources mentioned above, visit Washington Sea Grant’s Ocean Acidification webpage: wsg.washington.edu.

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1. Protect wetland areas from development and allow them to thrive; preserve buffer zones and allow native plants within the wetland to grow and attract wildlife.

Protecting Our Puget Sound Area Wetlands By Sheldon & Cate O’dahl


etlands are an important part of urban ecosystems, acting like a powerful natural filter and sponge that helps slow the rush of rainwater sweeping chemicals and debris into waterways, Puget Sound, and ultimately the ocean. Wetlands help regulate the quantity of water moving through a watershed by retaining water during wet periods, letting it get absorbed naturally into the groundwater, and releasing it during dry periods. However, these critical and ecologically important areas are threatened in the Puget Sound region: freshwater wetlands including swamps, marshes, and bogs have been filled or drained to provide farmland, housing areas, and other urban development. Some urbanized areas in Puget Sound have experienced losses of essential wetlands from as much as seventy percent and more, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology, and in some areas, the wetlands are just gone. In other areas, wetlands have been significantly degraded; if they haven’t been filled in, they are not functioning the way they should. Many of these wetland areas have been harmed by the impacts of polluted water pouring into them during storm events, carrying excessive amounts of fertilizers, oils, and other toxins we use in our daily lives. The major cause of continuing

loss and degradation of wetlands is urban expansion, forestry and agricultural practices, and invasion of exotic plants and animals. The health of our wetlands affects us directly: years ago, flooding didn’t occur at the levels that it does now, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Generally, our current flooding events are due to the amount of impervious or water-impenetrable surfaces that are everywhere; concrete, hard-packed ground, and even buildings themselves are impervious surfaces. The solutions are multiple and can be achieved through sustainable building techniques and thoughtful development. Sustainable building is not anti-development; rather, it is about choosing different ways of doing that same development without causing negative or unintended consequences. In addition to integrating more pervious spaces onsite where we live, allowing water to infiltrate naturally where it falls, we need to leave natural corridors, not only for wildlife, but also for stormwater. Ultimately, we need to have places for rain water to go. Sheldon and Cate O’dahl, are committed to education and outreach that supports sustainable development. For more information: 1123esp.com.

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2. Maintain the natural hydrology of a wetland. This is the key to protecting them, notes the Washington State Department of Ecology. “Channelizing, dredging, diking, impounding, and draining are the most common activities that disrupt or destroy the hydrologic balance of wetland systems. The result often is increased flooding, filling, and pollutant levels,” the department says on their website. They note that while these activities are often undertaken to reverse the effects from the loss of essential wetlands, ironically they lead to increased flooding. 3. Build using Low Impact Development (LID) strategies, a series of integrated site strategies designed to keep stormwater from leaving the site. LID can be applied to new development, redevelopment, or as retrofits to existing development. There are multiple strategies that can be used, although not all LID strategies need to be incorporated into every project. The idea is to construct a natural way of collecting stormwater and allowing it to infiltrate onsite. Some strategies include rain gardens (see “Rain Gardens – Beautiful & Beneficial for Everybody” on page 20), bioretention areas, green roofs, pervious pavement options, amending soil, and rain water harvesting. 4. Preserve and protect all critical areas during construction. Install and maintain erosion control.

For more information: Washington State Dept. of Ecology: ECY.wa.gov/programs/sea/wetlands Low Impact Development: ECY.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/ municipal/LID/Resources Washington Stormwater Center: WAStormwaterCenter.org

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The Great Pacific Garbage Problem Plastic Waste Is Harmful to the Ocean, Marine Life & Humans: How You Can Help By Cate O’dahl


itter is ubiquitous. But is it a problem? People may not die as a direct result of litter, but scientists suggest that more than a million birds and marine animals die each year from consuming or becoming caught in plastic and other debris. Besides killing wildlife, plastic and other debris damage boat and submarine equipment, litter beaches, and discourage swimming. In addition, litter has an additional human impact: the debris can harm commercial and local fisheries by introducing chemicals and plastics into the food chain that are harmful when consumed by marine life and humans. All together, when you consider that litter is not the only issue facing our oceans and associated fisheries, humans may be severely putting our food supply at risk. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that plastics make up only 13 percent of the municipal solid waste stream. And yet, plastic constitutes 90 percent of all trash floating in the world’s oceans. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, is estimated to be twice the size of the state 18


of Texas. And, it’s not the only one— there are at least four other garbage patches in our world’s oceans. A recent 2015 study, published in Science, reports that nearly nine million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year, and the amount of plastic ending up in our oceans is expected to more than double in the next 10 years. These giant floating waste piles may represent only a fraction of the discarded plastic. Where is the rest? Scientists believe it is lingering in deep ocean and coastal sediments, buried in Arctic ice, and even more troubling, “it has been ingested with dire consequences by [up to] 700 species of marine wildlife,” according to a recent National Geographic article reporting on the new study. These plastics have been found in the circulatory system of mussels, zooplankton, and lugworms living in sediment. They have been found in the stomachs of sea turtles and ocean birds, like the albatross, entangled in the tentacles of jellyfish, and trapping dolphins and even whales in the tangle of debris.


If we stop adding to the problem, the oceans may be able to recover. It’s essential that innovative products and packaging designed for recycling or reuse replace single-use, throw away options. Here in Seattle, the city is taking the first steps: it is the first U.S. city to require that all single-use food service packaging be either compostable or recyclable. If we do not reduce the available amount of plastic waste from human activities, the cumulative quantity of plastic waste entering the ocean is predicted to increase by an order of magnitude by 2025, according to the report in Science. Only 20 percent of the ocean plastic comes from marine sources; the rest comes as plastic is swept into the ocean from rivers and coastal activity, according to the study. It’s not just marine animals and our food supply that suffer—there are other costs associated with plastic waste. According to a report issued by the UN Environment Program, problems resulting from the use of plastic cost businesses $75 billion annually in the form of pollution in the marine environment, air pollution caused by incinerating plastic, or greenhouse gas emissions from raw material extraction and processing. Innovative agencies like our own Seattle Public Utilities show that reducing, recycling, and redesigning products can bring multiple green economy benefits, including reducing economic damage to marine ecosystems, reducing the impact on tourism and fisheries industries, bringing savings and opportunities for innovation to companies producing consumer goods, and saving tax dollars by reducing plastic waste destined for landfills. Cate O’dahl, ESP Services, 1123esp.com. O’dahl began her career helping the City of Seattle usher in the era of curbside recycling. Since then her focus has shifted toward sustainable building education; however, her enthusiasm for good solid waste management has never wavered. Cate teaches green building at North Seattle College, teaching her students about the Great Pacific Garbage Problem. Read more about this issue in the original Science report by Dr. JR Jambeck, published February 13, 2015, ScienceMag.org.

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eople of the Pacific Northwest are helping the ecosystem one rain garden at a time: rain gardens allow rain to slowly soak into the ground, the way it did when our landscape was covered by forests and meadows. A rain garden is a garden shaped like a shallow bowl and filled with spongy soil and specific plants designed to capture polluted runoff from roofs and paved surfaces. There is a wonderful effort underway to get 12,000 rain gardens put in throughout the Puget Sound (more information: 12000RainGardens.org) because of their many benefits. Rain gardens: • Allow rain to soak in and replenish groundwater supplies • Slow down and divert runoff to prevent erosion and flooding • Are full of plants and healthy spongy soil that filters out pollution • Make beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes • Provide habitat for birds and pollinators (certain butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, wasps, bats, and flies).

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12,000 Rain Gardens in Puget Sound Campaign. If there is enough room, the soil is right, and there isn’t a steep slope, a rain garden is a great solution. A chicken cooperative at Marra Farm in the South Park neighborhood of south Seattle installed a cistern and rain garden last fall and now the volunteers stay mud-free when doing chicken chores on rainy days. Homes with Rain Gardens In Seattle, over 600 rain gardens and cisterns have gone in as a result of The RainWise Program. The City of Seattle and King County are working together to prevent polluted runoff from entering our waterways and the RainWise Program is one of the many tools being used to reduce this polluted runoff. This program provides rebates that cover most or all of the cost of installing cisterns (giant rain barrels) or rain gardens in combined sewer overflow basins where excess rain can fill up sewer pipes and cause overflows in local waterways. Over 55,000 properties can get these rebates—find out more at Rainwise.Seattle.gov. Some other municipalities also have incentives for rain gardens. Homeowners often express their enjoyment and pride in their rain


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are most deeply committed to green building and the values that it represents. “With a willingness to collaborate, share, and exchange, their diverse members have learned from each other and regularly share their knowledge with a much wider audience than its membership roster,” says Cate O’dahl, another founding member. Current Seattle Chapter President Wayne Apostolik agrees. “It has functioned as a crucible for pioneering many of the important steps in green building that the Pacific Northwest has taken in leading the nation forward with green building,” he says. As an incubator for sustainable building in the Pacific Northwest, the Guild’s influence is sometimes hard to quantify, yet its impact is undeniable. They continue the quiet, but all-important work of transforming an entire industry, working primarily through volunteers and on a grassroots budget. Using outreach programs that reach a multitude of people, primarily through direct one-on-one contact, such as the NW Green Home Tours and the Green Building Slam (formally the 10x10x10), members demonstrate innovation in action and have spearheaded the growth of a movement that has become known as green building. “Collaboration and community are the hallmarks of this organization,” says Jason Lear, current regional board president, explaining that many project teams and program models have emerged from its membership. “Collaboration of Guild members has created pioneering and innovative

home styles, including cottage communities and net zero energy homes,” Lear continues. Brian Cloward, current Seattle Chapter Education Committee member, agrees. “Their leading edge design and design concepts have become models for this emerging field, producing healthy and sustainable communities,” Cloward says, pointing out the Breathe Easy Project at High Point as a great example of implementing a long-range program designed to improve indoor air quality and ultimately reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks in children from low-income families. “During the course of nearly two decades, the Guild has influenced and altered how builders, architects, designers, real estate professionals, and then real estate appraisers and financiers thought about new construction, remodeling, and the selling of real estate,” says Fiona Douglas-Hamilton, former regional board president. At times, it was difficult to convince industry professionals to try a new approach when they felt nothing was broken, but, decades after the vision was created, members feel that history confirms this organization has changed the world. Join the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Seattle Chapter on the fourth Wednesday of almost every month for their regular educational chapter meetings. Attend the 2015 NW Green Home Tour this month on April 25 and 26, and the Green Building Slam this fall. For more information: EcoBuilding.org/Seattle.

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Deconstructing the Past By Kinley Deller


very year, thousands of homeowners about to embark on construction projects wonder where the wood for their project will come from and think, wouldn’t it be great if no new trees had to be cut? Using wood salvaged from the removal of old buildings is a great way to accomplish this goal. Various salvage stores around the region are good places to find this material, but finding enough usable salvaged wood in the right dimensions can be time consuming. Fortunately, within the coming year, and with assistance from King County, the Salvaged Lumber Warehouse will begin regularly supplying salvage stores with processed and graded salvaged lumber. Most salvaged lumber comes from old buildings that are being torn down.



Unfortunately, typical demolition damages the lumber, making it unfit for reuse. A much higher amount of lumber can be reused if the building is systematically disassembled–a process usually called deconstruction, says Patti Southard, project manager for the recycling and environmental services program at King County. Deconstruction can be done in many ways, ranging from full hand deconstruction to hybrid deconstruction, where heavy equipment brings the building down in segments for safe disassembly on the ground. Got lumber? Most materials have value, though that value is not always easy to unlock. Old houses, garages, and other remodeling and new construction projects usu-


ally generate a great deal of material, much of which would either go to the dump or be saved for reuse. While most people removing a structure are inclined to stockpile the materials for their own reuse later, the reality is that proper storage of that material is rarely accomplished and the materials end up not being worth using. It’s ideal if homeowners can reuse the wood right away as a component of the new project they are working on, but if they can pass the wood on to others who are ready to use it, that can also promote reuse of materials. Craigslist, Buy Nothing groups and friends are good for this. Salvage stores may be interested in accepting reusable lumber too. Homeowners who choose to store lumber should make sure they place spacers between the boards for air to flow around the pile. If they use a tarp, they should be sure to elevate it above the stack so that moisture that condenses on the underside of the tarp will roll down the sides and onto the ground and not soak into the wood. Is deconstruction feasible? How much deconstruction can homeowners actually do? Generally speaking, removal of anything that doesn’t have something else resting on it is fairly safe, such as trim, doors, siding and light fixtures. But once the conversation includes wall systems, beams and chimneys, it’s best to at least consult with a deconstruction expert. Deconstruction specialists, and more information on deconstruction, can be found online at Your.KingCounty.gov/ solidwaste/greenbuilding/demolitionalternatives.asp. The cost of hiring a deconstruction specialist or contractor varies greatly based on the project. For small remodel projects the cost is almost always the same or less than demolition. The main difference is that materials are removed a little more carefully and can often be reused on-site or taken by a salvage company, rather than paying for the materials to be disposed of as garbage. For large deconstruction projects the net cost varies from below the cost of demolition to nearly double the cost of demolition–depending on the tax write-

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offs available and how detailed the deconstruction effort is. No matter who ends up doing the deconstruction, homeowners should make sure they have checked for hazardous materials before any work is done. If hazardous materials are present, it is best to hire a professional for safe removal. Common uses of hazardous materials in homes include asbestos in popcorn ceilings, vinyl tiles and pipe wrap, and lead in old painted surfaces. Can’t convince your contractor that deconstruction is the right thing to do? Depending on where a project is located, contractors might be required to at least consider deconstruction. Currently, the cities of Seattle and Shoreline require deconstruction and salvage assessments for building removal or remodeling projects of certain sizes, and other municipalities are planning to adopt similar requirements within the year.

to become easier soon when the new salvaged lumber warehouse opens. Thanks to this new facility, homeowners will be able to find salvaged lumber at your favorite salvage store, while contractors can purchase framing packages. The salvaged lumber warehouse can supply small wood pieces to engineered wood products manufacturers. Salvaged or leftover wood from home projects will be able to be dropped off at collection points around the region, and deconstruction contractors will be able to send loads of clean wood directly to the salvaged lumber warehouse for processing and redistribution back into the construction world.

Kinley Deller provides construction related waste reduction and recycling assistance to project managers, contractors, architects, and developers for the King County GreenTools program. Building on over 15 years experience in the waste reduction field, Deller is an expert in deconstruction techniques and practices and has been instrumental in promoting the concept of design for disassembly to maximize the potential for future building reuse. Deller is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and holds a B.A. in environmental studies and sociology, and was awarded the Building Material Reuse Association’s Walnut Mallet Award in 2013. Moving forward For more information: 206-477-5272, Kinley.Deller@King2015County.gov, or GreenTools.us. While harvesting salvaged wood and finding salvaged wood Pages Ad — 7.5” x 4.5” for a project takes some extra time and effort, itGreen is expected

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Holistic Home Remodeling: Enjoying the Experience By Robert Burns


major remodel can be an even bigger commitment than buying a new home. For homeowners who have already invested in their home and community, a remodel may undoubtedly disrupt their family’s lives and interfere with routines for the sake of creating a space that better fits their lifestyle. While many homeowners report the end results are worth it, there may be unexpected delays, potential decisions that need to be made, and the financial impact of the remodel to be considered. Because of all of this, choosing a remodel contractor is one of the most important decisions a homeowner will ever make. How does one choose? And, most importantly, how does one find a contractor who will put the client’s experience first? Everyone wants to get the best deal and the most for their money, leading to healthy and beautiful results they will love to live in. This is a process requiring trust, faith, and patience to be placed in a contractor who will tear down and rebuild a physical space. However, according to a 2014 consumer satisfaction survey, the industry score for home improvement and remodeling services received a mere 36 percent customer satisfaction. That means not even 50 percent of homeowners report a favorable experience (Remod-

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elOrMove.com). Few have considered that a home remodeling experience can be a holistic experience, something that intimately connects financial and construction goals and serves spiritual and personal goals. There are contractors who believe in another kind of remodeling experience: one that puts the client first, understanding not only the structural and economic goals required to meet remodeling plans, but who also offer an energetic connection that brings the entire remodeling experience to a new level. Part of this dramatically different contractor experience starts with mindfulness. For example, consider a contractor arriving to meet a potential client who is already invested in the sustainable outcome of the project. The objective is to listen first to what the homeowner wants to achieve, and then to realistically consider the physical space, the desires of the clients, and a practical budget. Sharing knowledge of the pros and cons of the remodel based on actual cost considerations empowers the client to make good decisions that produce results while staying within budget. Contractors that share this information freely, without attachment to the outcome, but simply because of the commitment to the project goals will help homeowners produce their desired results. A contractor should be supportive of a homeowner’s desire to move beyond selecting a builder or remodeler based solely on price, and should be ready to discuss how to create a sustainable client and contractor relationship. When it comes to sustainable relationships, clients should be looking for the best fit for their project. Whether it’s someone listed in Cate’s List or a contractor referred by a friend, make sure to take the time to find the best fit.

Contractors who return to visit former clients are truly invested in the families they serve. The key to a great experience going through a holistic home remodel is being aware of the dynamic nature of the relationship between the homeowner and the contractor and the role that the contractor will play during the life of the remodel. A contractor needs great clients, and a client needs a trustworthy, reliable, fair, honest, and skilled contractor. Contractors who return to visit former clients and are witness to the everyday experiences of the kids playing in their new bedrooms, families cooking in their updated, functional kitchens, and outdoor parties with friends on a new deck are truly invested in the families they serve. Find those contractors, and rest easy knowing important home improvement projects will be in the best of hands. Robert Burns began his career in the retail business before discovering his passion for the green building industry. Burns has owned and successfully operated Envision, Residential and Light Commercial Remodeling for over 20 years. Envision strives to build quality remodels and long-lasting relationships. He currently resides in West Seattle with his two daughters. For more information: EnvisionRemodels.com.

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Finding The Right Contractor 1. Get recommendations or referrals from friends and colleagues, or reliable referral services. 2. Conduct phone interviews with past clients. 3. Meet the contractor face-to-face to gauge compatibility. 4. Investigate the contactor’s claims about projects, vendors, and personnel. 5. Make plans, get bids, and consider at least three contractors. 6. Have the candidates talk to your team–architect, designer, etc. 7. Don’t let price be your only guide. 8. Set a payment schedule upfront to ensure no miscommunications. 9. Put it in writing–make sure you read and review all contracts.

10. Enjoy the Experience! Adapted from This Old House article by general contractor Tom Silva, October 13, 2014.

Resources Cate’s List: Sustainable Living Guide, pages 34–37. Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Green Pages: Local organization pushing the envelope for sustainable construction. Visit the Green Pages online to find members in your area. EcoBuilding.org/gp. HomeAdvisor.com: Referrals to local and pre-screened professionals. The website lists pre-screened and customer-rated service professionals. Angie’s List: A list of contractor reviews. AngiesList.com.

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A Breath of Fresh Air Easy Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

By Ken Nelson


hat is the best way to improve indoor air quality in an existing home? Indoor air quality can affect health in important and often unseen ways, but fortunately, even when indoor air quality is poor, there are many ways to improve it. Before spending a significant amount of money on filtration systems, it helps to start with an understanding of the three primary causes of bad air and solutions for them: allergens, chemicals and mold. Indoor air quality experts generally recommend homeowners manage these three potential problems at the source, before spending money on any device that claims to improve air quality in a home. However, sometimes this can be more complicated than it initially seems, which means it’s time for some detective work. What’s Outside the Door? Most of the air that enters a home will come through whatever door is used most. What’s just outside that door? Every time the door between the garage and house opens, the house is essentially drawing in a huge breath of air, bringing in those airborne chemicals and allergens. Flowers or trees that produce pollen just outside the door 30


will contribute to higher amounts of indoor biological particulates, some of which can irritate allergies. Occupants that enter their house through a garage should consider what’s in the garage: cars, mowers, fuels, pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers? Whatever is in the air outside the house will be inside in just seconds after the door opens. Chemicals in the house, such as formaldehyde, which outgases from some furniture, paints and varnishes, and burning tobacco, are also problematic for indoor air quality. Formaldehyde has been proven to cause cancer in humans. We also have cupboards full of cleaners, polishes, and aerosols, all having the potential to create problems for those with sensitive respiratory systems. Airborne Allergens & Chemicals Sometimes, the source of household allergy problems could be as simple as a pet causing an asthmatic reaction in occupants. In a similarly common scenario, a home occupant may be allergic to cigarette smoke, but then burns candles containing many of the same chemicals as cigarettes causing a similar allergic reaction. While not all indoor air quality


issues are this simple, it saves time and money to consider the source of the problem first, before expensive options. For instance, if re-homing a pet or otherwise removing the source of the poor indoor air quality is not an option, then it’s possible to start increasing ventilation and air changes inside the home, adding air filtration, or changing carpets to hardwood or tile flooring to remove a common “sink” for allergens. Another source of poor indoor air quality involves a good intention gone wrong. Many parents want to do the right thing for the environment and for their child and decide to use cloth diapers, a wonderful way to be healthy and protect a child from the myriad of chemicals found in disposable diapers. However, if parents decide to wash their own diapers rather than use a diaper service, they need to be aware of how this could compromise their indoor air quality. Washing a dirty cloth diaper in hot water with chlorine bleach produces moisture containing ammonia chloride that is vaporized into the laundry room. If this were an industrial facility, one would be required to wear a breathing apparatus to enter the laundry room, yet often a caregiver and young children are present in the house

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without any filtration or breathing apparatuses all day long. Fortunately, managing this indoor air quality issue at the source is relatively easy and simply requires adding ventilation. Opportunistic Invaders Sometimes the most common yet overlooked indoor air quality issues results from mold, a life form that has been around for millions of years. While molds are all around and are very difficult to completely eliminate from indoor living spaces, it’s important to prevent mold, as well as locate and remove it, when necessary. This is a more common problem in older homes, although it can be present anywhere the ingredients for mold growth are present: warm temperatures, organic food sources (wood, starches, paper on sheetrock), and moisture, a normal byproduct of respiration and cooking. Mold does not require light for growth, which means it can be present under floor boards, in attics, closets, or other dark spaces. Mold can enter the house many ways, including on the soles of our shoes. Once inside and established, mold breaks down organic material at the molecular level. Mold grows best on warm, moist surfaces with plenty of food to consume; the human lung is also a wonderful place for mold to grow being a warm, moist surface with plenty of food available. While our bodies have learned to adapt and can protect us from this natural invasion and generally do so very well, when humans become immune deficient from any number of other causes, mold can adversely affect health, and sometimes in dramatic and rapid ways. Homeowners sometimes believe that when mold dries up, it dies and goes away; however, this is not true. While mold will dry and may become less obvious, the mold colony does not die as a result of drying out. In fact, as mold dries, it throws mold spores out into the air as a defense mechanism to find new, more hospitable environments. Residual mold may stay forever, waiting to be refreshed with new moisture. To fully eradicate mold, it needs to be washed with a soap and water mixture. Alternatively, for extreme mold invasions it may be necessary to remove all the material where the mold has grown. While some homeowners may be inclined to test to see if it’s the famed “black mold,” no matter what kind of mold it is, it needs to be removed immediately. Professional mold remediation services exist that can help if necessary. The key strategy for mold prevention is ventilation: removing moisture and humidity from the house, necessary ingredients of life for mold. Sometimes filtration systems are the answer, but other times it pays to examine the source of poor indoor air quality—if it’s caused by the presence of allergens, chemicals, or moisture, the solution could be as easy as removing the source of those issues or increasing ventilation. Ken Nelson works for Panasonic’s Ventilation division. Nelson travels the Northwest teaching indoor air quality and ventilation strategies to builders and property managers. Ken.Nelson@US.Panasonic.com. For more information: the American Lung Association (Alaw.org) or Panasonic.com. Sustainable Living Guide in Seattle Natural Awakenings

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Prepare for Winter Today Now Is the Time to Consider Efficient Heating Solutions Radiant ceiling panels (pictured) are easy to install and help cut energy costs.

By Laura Elfline


on’t wait till those cold drafts in the fall remind you that you planned to do something this year about reducing your energy costs and conserving energy. Start right now by looking into your options. Beyond gas and electric heaters, there are many choices from which to choose in today’s marketplace. Traditional heating sources, including forced

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air furnaces, electric baseboard, and cadet heaters are not the most efficient ways to heat your home. Depending on the furnace and heating system, they can heat the home unevenly, inefficiently, and most importantly, once they are turned off, the space begins to cool down immediately. The three most energy- and costefficient options for heating your home are passive solar, radiant heating, and ductless heat pump systems. Passive solar allows the home to heat itself–no moving parts, no electricity or fuel needed. Passive solar may not be a viable option as a retrofit in most homes in the Seattle area since some of its “heating parts” are really about good solar orientation to take full advantage of the sun’s free heat and a great thermal mass (materials that can absorb and retain heat like concrete, tile, or stone). It also requires the right window selection and placement, along with the right overhangs, that allow for effective heating and cooling and a distribution system to move the heat through the home. Whether you are designing from the ground up on a proper site or if you are working in an existing home, consult a passive solar


designer to ensure you don’t wind up with too much heat in the summer or not enough in the winter. “Passive solar is an ideal sustainable fuel source,” says Chris Herman, a certified professional building designer. “We have had four and a half billion years without an outage or a rate increase.” Radiant heat is another excellent option. What type of radiant heat you choose, from the many electric and hydronic options, really depends on your situation, your budget, and your goals. Radiant heat provides comfortable, even heat. Not only does it heat the molecules in the air, it also heats objects within a space, such as the furniture, the walls, and floor (some more or less effectively than others). What that means is that when the radiant heating source is turned down or off, the objects in the room that have also been heated in the process are still radiating heat–and it isn’t costing you anything more. Additionally, many radiant systems allow you to set temperatures in each room. The biggest benefit: overall operating costs are significantly less compared to baseboard or furnace options.

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major remodel or new construction. Whether an in-floor system or wall-mounted panels, hydronic radiant heating requires a boiler and water distribution lines, which can be expensive for a retrofit.

Some of the most popular radiant solutions include: • Electric radiant in-floor systems are great for small rooms, particularly bathrooms, where new tile or concrete is being installed. • Electric radiant wall options are significantly easier to install in a remodel than in-floor and immensely more efficient and safer than traditional cadet or baseboard heaters. • Electric radiant ceiling panels are also very convenient choices for a retrofit. Installed on the ceiling, they are great for all room sizes, but particularly small rooms where wall space is precious. They efficiently use electricity, are easy to operate, and they allow for zoned heating, so you only heat the space you occupy. • Hydronic (water-based) radiant heating systems are best for a

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are extremely efficient heating units that can provide whole house or zoned heating. The two-part system uses an outdoor compressor connected to an indoor unit that blows heated air directly into the living space. Heat pumps capture heat from the outside ambient air and transfer it indoors by using a heat exchange compressor similar to how your refrigerator moves heat out of the icebox. Also known as air source heat pumps, the ductless mini-splits are very energy efficient. And unlike their big brother, forced-air furnaces, three to four indoor units working independently off a single outdoor compressor. Installation of mini-split heat

pumps are relatively simple, whether new construction or as a retrofit. The initial installation can be expensive, depending on many variables; however, the reduced energy consumption provided by the efficiency of the units will be reflected in your energy bill for years to come. Regardless of the solution you select for your heating needs–passive solar, radiant heat, or heat pumps–the enjoyment your receive from your lower energy costs and energy conservation will be matched only by your comfort. Laura Elfline is the co-owner of Mighty Energy Solutions. For more information: MightyEnergySolutions.com.

Save Energy Now Get Started with These Simple Steps 1.

Request an energy audit from your local utility or home performance specialist, and receive an analysis of how your home uses energy and valuable energy improvement options to consider. HomePerformanceWashington.org, CommunityPowerWorks.org, PSE.com, SnoPUD.com.

2. Talk with lenders who offer Home Improvement loans and Energy Efficiency Mortgages, such as PSCCU (PSCCU.org) and Umpqua Bank (UmpquaBank.com). Look for further financial incentives at dsireusa.org, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®.


Install a programmable thermostat that makes sure your heater or air conditioning is used efficiently and isn’t heating or cooling an empty home.

4. Consider investing in solar. It is a great way to make a difference, and you’ll be amazed at how fast you could recover your initial investment. 5.

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At PSCCU, members are not only part owners of a financial cooperative, they also help play a role in environmental sustainability, financial security for others, and job creation. The credit union offers all the financial products and management tools as other financial institutions, and they stand apart by combining environmental support with the best money-saving options for their members.

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Construction & Demolition Materials Diversion Program 206-477-5272 kinley.deller@kingcounty.gov www.greentools.us

Free technical assistance on jobsite waste reduction, construction recycling, building removal, and designing for disassembly. Projects receiving assistance should be in King County, outside Seattle.


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Michael Vacirca | 206-550-0326 m.vacirca@comcast.net www.lastingnest.biz

LastingNest specializes in additions, kitchens, and bathrooms in older Seattle homes. We combine the timeless beauty of fine craftsmanship and quality materials with thoughtful design and creative problem solving applied to each and every project.

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Sheldon W O’dahl 425-670-1342 shel@1123esp.com www.1123esp.com

Dirty Dog Productions specializes in document production, supporting publications and projects promoting environmentally sustainable actions. In collaboration with ESP Services, DDP has produced the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s Green Pages directory from 2007-2014 and the 2014 & 2015 Sustainable Living Guides.


Cate O’dahl 425-670-1342 cate@1123esp.com www.1123esp.com

Specializing in Green Building Education and Outreach since 1990, ESP Services designs, supports, and promotes Green Building initiatives and project promotions throughout the Northwest, including this Sustainable Living Guide. Cate is an associate faculty member at North Seattle College.


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Collaborating with homeowners since 2001 to create homes that are beautiful, comfortable, and durable. Specializing in Healthy Homes, Aging-in-Place/universal design, and Built Green® certification.


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Pathway Design & Construction is a remodeling company with a focus on creating a healthier living space while adding value and longevity to your home.

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LastingNest specializes in additions, kitchens, and bathrooms in older Seattle homes. We combine the timeless beauty of fine craftsmanship and quality materials with thoughtful design and creative problem solving applied to each and every project.


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Food Labeling What Is Your Family Eating? By Laura Elfline


an you imagine a time when store-bought jelly was not required to list fruit content or that it might just contain glucose, water, grass seed, and artificial flavoring? Can you believe there was a time when lead was used to color cheese? Shockingly, it wasn’t all that long ago. With the multitude of news reports recently about childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as many other dietary diseases, it has become apparent that a poor diet can put you at risk. Because of these dangers, accurate information is very important for consumers to make informed choices about their diet; before you can ensure you and your family are eating a healthful diet, you must first be certain you know what is in the food you are consuming.

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Food labeling gave us the ability to choose between products based upon potential health benefits or risks. The belief that companies should not be allowed to deceive consumers is not a new concept; it dates back to 1906 when the original Food and Drug Act was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt. However, is was not until 1990 that the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act required all packaged foods to display nutrition labeling and all health claims for foods to be accurate. While the FDA does respond to mislabeling complaints, to which most food manufacturers voluntarily comply, loopholes allow food manufacturers to legally not list certain ingredients, dyes, or chemicals. While this may be legal, it violates the spirit of food labeling regulations, if not the law, making it harder for consumers to make decisions. For example, a label claiming to be 100 percent juice can also contain additives, flavorings, and preservatives. Companies are not required to disclose what ingredients make up “artificial flavoring” or if their products are made with genetically modified ingredients, according to the FDA “Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Title 21 - Food and Drugs - Part 101-Food Labeling.” Finding out the truth behind what’s in your food can be tricky, but seeking out sources of well-researched information, staying apprised of the legal definitions of food labeling (organic, genetically engineered, “natural,” etc.), will help you to make informed decisions. In addition, patronize companies that are truly committed to health and well-being in order to send a message to companies that are not transparent in labeling efforts. Laura Elfline is the co-owner of Mighty Energy Solutions, a health advocate, and sustainable home builder. For more information: MightyEnergySolutions.com.

Eating Well: Healthy Choices at Home & Beyond That’s why the wrong vitamin is a waste of time and money. The right one can change your life. My goal is to find the root cause of your health problem and solve it using nutritional healing and the high-quality, carefully selected supplements that your body needs - that way you get well and stay well. Then, we work with you to develop a customized supplement plan for helping your body run like a well-tuned engine, so you can keep feeling your best.

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nature as the model and elements that intentionally support each other. Key permaculture garden principles include a commitment to growing edible food; producing no waste, or at least as little as possible, and compost and reusing everything else; integrating rather than segregating: design so that elements of the garden support each other; using and valuing diversity: design using a wide variety of plants; and designing and planting in zones: from greater attention to less attention as one moves away from the house. Evaluate the site and needs Permaculturists strive to grow food without overwhelming their lives, leaving time to play and enjoy life. Shade, sun, and soil can vary on a property. Map it out, and pick plants that suit the micro conditions. It all begins with the soil. Adding organic matter can help sandy soils retain moisture and clay soils drain better, while providing nutrients for the plants. Plants grown in good soil can more easily defend themselves against pests and disease.

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ature is the best model for gardening, according to permaculture enthusiasts who design landscapes using

Plants Permaculture plant selection is important and involves choosing mostly edible and medicinal plants. Look for perennial, productive, disease resistant varieties of plants, shrubs, and trees well suited to the local climate. The “Triple Crown� thornless blackberry is an example. Does the plant prefer sun or shade, wet or dry soil, loamy or clay soil? Grouping plants with similar habitat and water needs saves time and water. Follow the permaculture principle of integrating instead of segregating by including plants that attract beneficial insects in the food garden. Some varieties include angelica, calendu-

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la, chervil, cilantro, dill, erigeron, fennel, goldenrod, lovage, parsley, sunflower, thyme, valerian, and yarrow. These also have the added benefit of being edible or medicinal. Mulch For many plants, a deep mulch (four to six inches) over the root system of plants ensures they have enough moisture to minimize watering. Anything that breaks down over time is fair game: aged compost, straw, leaves, grass clippings, newspaper, wood chips, pine needles, even 100 percent cotton or wool clothing from the rag bag. Irrigation In most cases, some supplemental irrigation will be needed. Rainwater can be captured in barrels or cisterns and used for irrigation, or captured in swales; shallow troughs on slopes designed to capture and slow rainwater. Plants are placed on the sides of the swale, sourcing water from the swale directly. The most efficient way to apply irrigation water is with drip systems. The water goes to the plants the gardener wants to grow, rather than the weeds, or worse yet on the concrete or paved areas around the garden. Drip lines with emitters directly built into the drip lines work well with rows of vegetables. Another drip system uses adjustable microsprays; this type works well with perennial plants, shrubs, and some trees. It’s best to use a timer on the irrigation system. Simple twist timers are reliable but some programmable timers work well also. Use the timer to adjust the watering times to match the changing weather, and start out watering for 30 minutes two to three times a week, increasing the time if the plants need more. Michael Laurie and Diane Emerson live on Vashon Island. Laurie consults and teaches worldwide on sustainability issues. Emerson has been an organic gardener for 46 years, obtained her permaculture design certificate in 2012 from Starhawk, and organized a two-week permaculture certificate course on Vashon in 2014. For more information: 206-567-5492 or WatershedLLC.net.

Permaculture Resources Permaculture groups Meetup.com/Seattle-Permaculture-Guild-Meetup Permaculturenow.com/Seattle Meetup.com/Tacoma-Permaculture-Meetup Permaculture forums Permies.com Permaculture farms and forests BeaconFoodForest.org Beacon Food Forest in Seattle: the largest public food forest in the US PermaculturePortal.com The Bullock brothers’ permaculture homestead on Orcas Island features over 30 years of established permaculture food forest systems, with a permaculture plant nursery InspirationFarm.com Inspiration Farm in Bellingham features biodynamic and permaculture systems Plants SavingWater.org/LawnGarden/Plants/index Wnps.org/plant_lists/exploring_native_plants Watershedllc.net Drip Irrigation Dripworks.com

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Earth Day Every Day The One Bus Away mobile app (pictured) makes riding the bus easier than ever.

By Mary Anne Carter The birth of a movement orn in a time where factory pollution was the mark of a thriving economy, toxic dumping celebrated for its efficiency, and loss of wilderness regarded as an opportunity, Earth Day marks the genesis of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson conceived the idea after witnessing the devastating effects of a massive oil spill


in Santa Barbara in 1969. Channeling the energy of student anti-war demonstrations, Nelson called for a national “teach-in on the environment.” The concept spread rapidly, culminating in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Twenty million Americans put politics aside and joined forces to demonstrate for a sustainable environment. The results were substantial—the EPA was formed, the Clean Air, Clean

Water, and Endangered Species Acts were passed, and an increased consciousness of environmental protection emerged. Despite these successes, many issues that propelled the first Earth Day—dependence on fossil fuels, depletion of natural resources, and use of pesticides—continue to endanger our environment today. New risks, including climate change, have also emerged. In an effort to build a sustainable future, we must expand Earth Day to everyday. Living Earth Day every day sounds like a tall order. Luckily, Seattle is home to a vast number of resources that make green living intuitive for even a novice. One Bus Away mobile app Available in the App Store for iPhone, Android, and Windows phones. Public transit is an obvious way to reduce your dependence on gas guzzling cars, but gets a bad reputation for being unpredictable and inconvenient. The One Bus Away app, which originated as a research project at the University of Washington, puts these notions to rest by “serving up fresh, real-time transit information for the Puget Sound region.” Live updates on bus schedules, delays, and routes are served to your smart phone or computer for free. Routes are currently available for nine major transit providers in the Puget Sound region including City of Seattle, Sound Transit, and Metro Transit; but the open source software makes it easy for any community to adopt the program.

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On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans put politics aside and joined forces to demonstrate for a sustainable environment. Second Use online inventory Second Use has reinvented the salvage shopping experience with an online inventory that is updated daily, allowing website visitors to browse through thousands of reclaimed fixtures and finishes or furnishings online. Their selection of reclaimed doors, windows, cabinets, lighting, furniture, flooring, and finishings is searchable by dimension, condition, and price. Items can be placed on hold until the following day by calling the store. Learn more at SecondUse.com. Buy Nothing Facebook groups The Buy Nothing Project is a network of hyper-local “gift-economies” where neighbors can swap just about anything they are no longer using. No bartering or cash is allowed, cultivating the spirit of reuse as well as community. Since its conception on Bainbridge Island in 2013, the project has spread

to a total of twelve countries. In Seattle alone, there are fifteen Buy Nothing Facebook groups, each full of eager residents offering up or requesting just about anything imaginable. Learn more at BuyNothingProject.org. The Recology Store Recycler’s guilt halts here. The Recology Store doubles as a one-stop collection point for items that cannot be recycled at curbside, as well as a sustainable shop that sells sustainable alternatives. Stock up on reusable housewares, travel essentials, and gifts while disposing of Styrofoam, batteries, fluorescent lights, textiles, appliances, and other troublesome waste. There are currently two Recology Store locations in Issaquah at 317 NW Gilman Blvd., #22 and Burien at 1585 First Avenue South, #A100. A third location in Bothell is set to open in 2015. Visit their website for store hours and acceptance policies. Learn more at Cleanscapes.com/about_us/store. Mary Anne Carter is an active participant in Seattle’s green community and currently serves as outreach coordinator for Second Use Building Materials. She holds a B.A. in mass communications. Reach her at MaryAnne@SecondUse.com.

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Saint Germain and the Violet Flame – 1-2:30pm. Hands-on workshop: how to balance karma the easy way through the violet flame. Seattle Summit Lighthouse, 479 Kirkland Ave NE, Renton. 425687-7612. TSLSeattle.org.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Green Cleaning & Pet Care with Essential Oils – 6:30-8pm. Learn to make fizzing, bathroom cleansing powders and antibacterial cleaning sprays with essential oils. We will blend naturally-disinfecting essential oils and natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and citric acid to make two effective great smelling cleaners. $20. Skagit Community Coop, 202 S First St, Mt. Vernon. Registration required. 425-210-2532. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com. The Art of Spiritual Counseling – Wednesdays through April 15. 7:30-9pm. Spiritual counseling is not a process of “giving advice.” It has its roots in intuition, the art of listening. $30. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. Registration required 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5 Easter Sunday Service – 10-11am. Easter Service integrates vocal and instrumental music from the acclaimed oratorio, Christ Lives, into the Festival of Light and into the musical segment. Special activities are provided for the children. The Ananda Easter service honors all traditions and all are welcome to experience the eternal promise of resur-


rection in spirit. Free. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700. AnandaWashington.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Aromatherapy & Essential Oils – Protect from Sun Damage with Foods, Essential Oils & Extracts – 6-9pm. What does tomato paste, frankincense essential oil, and astaxanthin extract have in common? Scientific research has shown they all can prevent and reverse UV induced skin damage, skin cancers and photo-aging. Discover natural alternatives to commercial sunscreens and anti-aging skin products. $65. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Superconscious Living – Saturdays through May 16. 9:30am-12pm. Superconscious Living is designed for people who seek spiritual growth and fulfillment in the midst of their daily responsibilities. This class shows that challenges such as marriage, relationships, child-raising, money, and career actually provide priceless opportunities for spiritual realization. $95. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell . Registration required.

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Bird Watching Hike – 8am-10am. Join Nature Consortium and explore the birds and habitat of the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Free. Soundway Park, 14th Ave SW & SW Holly St, Seattle. 206-923-0853. NatureC.org/earth-month.

MONDAY, APRIL 13 Fully Fertile Book Group – Mondays through July 6. 7-8:30pm. A discussion group on "Fully Fertile: A 12-Week Holistic Program for Fertility." Yoga sessions will be hosted by Satya Yoga Edmonds. Chapters include nutrition, yoga, meditation, oriental medicine, and prayer. Free. Quan Yin Acupuncture, 115 4th Ave S, Ste C, Edmonds. Registration required. 206-930-2345. FullyFertileSea@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – Tuesdays through June 2. 6:30-8:30pm. Mindful meditation can help one feel, sleep and cope better while improving self-esteem and renewing enthusiasm for life and work. Learn to cultivate non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life and develop the potential to experience each moment - no matter how difficult - with greater serenity and clarity. $325. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education.

Rebalance & Energize With Organic Essential Oil Therapy Free 15 minute organic essential oil consultations Continuing education certificate programs available Classes and products at Skagit and Snohomish county locations Practitioner Michelle Mahler, Circle of Healing

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 Aromatherapy for Energy, Immunity & Pain Relief – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to use simple essential oil combinations for wellness. Fir needle, cinnamon, rosemary can boost spirits & immunity. Try calming lavender, fresh geranium, inspirational orange to energize and bring joy. Free. Skagit Community Coop, 202 S First St, Mt. Vernon. Registration required. 425-210-2532. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com. Indigenous Wisdom & Healing - Walking the Inner Landscape – Wednesdays through April 29. 6:30-9pm. Now is the time to shift your orientation to life by developing trust in intuition and living in a way that authentically nourishes one's self. Discover how to source from within to achieve the connection and comfort you crave, enjoy selfdiscovery and experience body-mind-soul healing benefits through spiritually fulfilling explorations. $155. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152. Bastyr.edu/Continuing-Education.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Earth Day Volunteer Event – 10am-2pm. The Duwamish River needs volunteers. Nature Consortium is teaming up with Earthcorps for a special volunteer event called Duwamish Alive. Join us at Pigeon Point Park to help restore important forest habitat, remove invasive weeds, and enjoy live music while working. Pigeon Point Park, 1901 SW Genesee St, Seattle. Registration required:Yes. NatureC.org/duwamish-alive. Everett Holistic Fair – 10am-5pm. Come out to the annual Everett Holistic Healing Fair for the day to see Michelle Mahler and have an aromatherapy consultation (including personal

blend) that can bring health & balance. Shop for an amazing variety of handmade jewelry, crafts, organic and natural healing products and an amazing variety of crystals. Free. Xfinity Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave Ste 200, Everett. 425-210-2532. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 Discussion with Dr. T – 7pm. Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren will discuss colon cancer and the inflammatory bowel epidemic including the real cause for colon cancer. On Wednesday, April 22 between 9am-1pm, Dr. T will see patients for skin blemish removal using his innovatory non-surgical and painless method. The skin clinic will take place at the European Rejuvenation Clinic in Factoria, Bellevue. $12 online, $15 at door, students are free. Bastyr University, Rm 186, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. Info and registration: 425-753-0634. DoctorTEvents.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 Camano Conservation Celebration – 3-7pm. The first annual Camano Conservation Celebration will be filled with presentations each hour, hands-on demonstrations for kids, and lots of local experts to answer to questions. Free. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island. 360-387-0222. CamanoCenter.org.


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QIGONG Five Mountains Institute of Qigong and Taijiquan – Live Healthier. Sustain Vitality. Classes in Embracing the Taoist Tradition. Dennis Sharp, Certified Instructor. 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. 206-605-8907. FMI-Qigong.com.

WORKSHOPS The Foundation for Shamanic Studies presents Shamanic Extraction Healing Training – Explore shamanic healing, drumming, shamanic journeying and personal empowerment. Learn to bring shamanic healing to others. With Beth Beurkens, M.A. in Seattle. Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015. Information and Registration: 541-708-0473,. Beth@ShamanicUniverse.com.

Northwest Green Home Tour – 11am-5pm. Free and fun for the whole family, this self-guided tour features more than 30 new homes and remodels in the Seattle area. Free tickets and tour map at NWGreenHomeTour.org. Tour sites are split between Saturday and Sunday. Saturday includes Mighty Energy Solutions and architect, Adam Young

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showcasing a sweet and simple addition with a heat system conversion. This heat conversion includes SolaRay Infrared Heat Panels located at 3443 SW 49th Ave, Seattle. Heart's Dreams Must Come True - Secrets to Abundant Living – Saturday & Sunday. 2-8pm. Savitri will teach Heartfull Meditation techniques to help one access their heart’s dreams. Learn natural laws of how energy flows in and around the body and use the power of thoughts, feelings, imagination and light to free one's dreams. Savitri has taught meditation over 30 years and works with the guidance of your Soul to bring energetic healing. $625. Alive and Shine Center, 2255 140th Ave NE, Ste F, Bellevue. Registration required. 425-746-7476. AliveAndShineCenter.com.



Northwest Green Home Tour – 11am-5pm. Free and fun for the whole family, this self-guided tour features more than 30 new homes and remodels in the Seattle area. Free tickets and tour map at NWGreenHomeTour.org. Tour sites are split between Saturday and Sunday. Sunday includes Mighty House Construction and Green Home Solutions presenting a simple and elegant sustainable kitchen remodel at 5708 26th Ave NE, Seattle.

Women's Expo – 10am-4pm. Join us for the 7th Annual Women’s Expo at the Camano Center. This event is an excellent opportunity for women to learn about products, programs and services. Featuring beauty, food, and fitness demos, free chair massages, complimentary salon services, lunch, prizes, and more. Free. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island. 360-387-0222. CamanoCenter.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28 Green Cleaning & Pet Care with Essential Oils – 6-7:30pm. See April 1 description. $25. Island Hospital, Anacortes. Registration required. 360-2994204. CircleOfHealingEssentialOils.com.

May 1, East West Bookshop Moves Across the Street with Free Parking!

New Location: 6407 12th ave NE Above Whole Foods Roosevelt

SUNDAY, MAY 3 Eat Drink Give – 11am-1:30pm. Join us for our annual fundraising brunch to benefit Yoga Behind Bars. Featuring delicious food and drinks created by the wonderful chefs at FareStart, honored speaker Nova Guthrie, live music with Lori Goldston, dreamy auction packages and great company. Your attendance means more teens and adults will experience the healing benefits of yoga and meditation in 2015 and beyond. Free. FareStart, 700 Virginia St, Seattle. Registration required. 917-515-4020. Patricia@YogaBehindBars.org.

save the date FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Bothell Farmers Market - Garden Extravaganza – 12-6pm. Featuring additional garden and plant booths to help jump start a summer garden. There will be everything from herb and vegetable starts to perennials to garden art. Our talented gardener will be giving tours throughout the beautifully manicured Village grounds while providing pointers, tips and fun facts about the gardens, flowers, plants and trees around the Village. Free. Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell. 425-4832250. Carmen@CountryVillageBothell.com.


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Sansori Bridge Year Summer Program – This intensive 2.5 month social entrepreneurial program provides career and leadership development through socially conscious experiential programs. Transformation comes from cultural immersion and online course experiences, and participation in a practicum. Application deadline is 5/15. Open@Sansori.org. Sansori.org/bridge-year.

ongoing FRIDAYS Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie – 8-9am. Discover fascinating people, inspiring activities and places that will lift one's spirits in this radio show. Tune in to 1150 AM KKNW Alternative Talk Radio every Friday at 8am. 425-350-5448. Dena-Marie.com.

SATURDAYS SewUpSeattle Free Sewing Session – 4th Saturday. 11am-1pm. On the 4th Saturday of the month, bring your own project and machine or create with our donated fabrics and machines. Men, women and children of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Free. Sewing Room in Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St, Seattle. Registration required. 206-784-7117. SewUpSeattle@yahoo.com.

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BEAUTY BAMBU ORGANIC SALON 3919 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103 206-781-6501 BambuOrganicSalon.com

Organic hair salon specializing in Organic Color Systems Ammonia-Free hair color and highlights. We use and sell John Masters Organics hair and skin care products and also offer facials, waxing, haircuts, massage therapy and craniosacral therapy. We care about your health!

BEDDING SEATTLE NATURAL MATTRESS 206-419-9550 SeattleNaturalMattress.com

Manufacturer and retailer of natural, chemical-free latex mattresses designed to provide a comfortable and supportive alternative to traditional spring mattresses.


10623 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 98004 425-454-8727 TheSleepStoreUSA.com The Eastside’s largest selection of nontoxic and organic mattresses. Find the one that fits your lifestyle and budget! Featuring adult and child natural and organic mattresses, adjustable beds, organic and natural pillows, comforters, toppers and more.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES BABY DIAPER SERVICE 206-634-2229 BabyDiaperService.net

Committed to providing 100% pure cotton diapers for your baby. Convenient weekly pickup and delivery of cloth diapers and accessories. Better for baby’s skin, more sustainable than washing at home.



ECOLOGIC DENTISTRY 8412 Myers Rd E, Ste 301 Bonney Lake, WA 98391 253-863-7005 EcologicDentistry.com

Our dental practice integrates ancient wisdom with leading edge science. We use advanced technology and materials that are least toxic to your body and to the environment. Dr. Yamashiro values patient connection and trust and strives to make you feel comfortable with your dental care options.

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Providing the very best in energy efficient heating solutions to complement the sustainable goals in your home or for your business. Contact us to learn more about our innovative systems.

Dena Marie is an author, Reiki master and teacher, focusing on personal development and spiritual growth using the Chakra system. She has a passion for teaching Reiki to both adults and teens. She enjoys giving Reiki treatments, Chakra readings, Feng Shui consultations and workshops that will Lift Your Spirits! Individual sessions by appointment 425-350-5448.



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ARTISAN ELECTRIC Tom Looms 206-557-4215 ArtisanElectricInc.com

Intelligent energy solutions for the way you live. Artisan Electric is a full-service electrical contractor helping shape a clean energy future.

Kanjin Yoga is a path to abundant health and wellness helping people live better inside their bodies. Specializing in Yoga Nidra, Gentle Hatha Yoga, we offer classes and workshops for groups and organizations.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval

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DR. DICK SHEPARD “not your ordinary chiropractor”

Dr. Dick Shepard

In a world where people often leave health care offices feeling unseen & unheard, our office offers a uniquely holistic perspective on physical & emotional health. Instead of looking at what’s wrong with your body, we focus on what is already working well, and expanding on that, amazing results take place.

We can help you: • Eliminate pain, increase flexibility • Reduce stress in your life • Release tension permanently • Clear your mind, relax your body, and feel better! Network Care was praised in the December issue of:


body + soul Come find out why John Holland, renowned author, lecturer, and medium, calls us “Seattle’s Hidden Healing Gem”!

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