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Go Green Tri-Cities highlights green businesses, organizations, resources, and events in the Tri-Cities, WA. It was created using funds raised for environmentally related activities and events in the Mid-Columbia under the direction of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Network. The purpose is to promote eco-friendly living by presenting options available in the area, including information on a variety of businesses that offer green products and services. Sponsors this year include City of Richland, Energy Northwest, Tri-City Herald, Bechtel, Benton County Solid Waste, City of Pasco, Green Built/ Home Builders Assoc., TiLite, US Linen, and KURION, Inc. Read More...
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Up-Coming Events (for more, go to the Calendar)
Franklin PUD Community Solar Project
Community solar gives customers the opportunity to share in the cost of building a solar electric project. Participants are eligible to receive production credits ($1.08 per kilowatt hour through June 30, 2020) with a payback in approximately 3 - 4 years. Participants will also receive bill credits which will help offset retail energy costs ( 6.35 cents per kilowatt hour) through the expected life of the project, about 20 years
DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS OCTOBER 16, 2015.
Franklin PUD customers should submit an online form or stop by our office at 1411 W. Clark St, Pasco.http://www.franklinpud.com/index.php/communitysolar
WA Green Schools Tri-Cities Teacher Training
A FREE training for educators, school staff and volunteers seeking to engage their students and green their school will be held on October 5 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Richland Public Library. If you missed the training, learn about becoming a WA Green School at www.wagreenschools.org
Pumpkin patches, Corn Mazes, etc. at http://blog.tri-citiesguide.org/2015/09/corn-mazes-pumpkin-patches-fall.html
WA Dept. of Ecology begins rulemaking to reduce carbon pollution
We're asking Washingtonians for their opinions as we work to develop a rule that will limit carbon pollution in our state. This is a new process that will involve multiple state agencies, and it’s crucial that we know what the people of Washington think. Please join the conversation.
We will host day and evening educational webinars and outreach meetings for your voice to be heard on the rule.
Educational webinars: Monday, 2 pm September 28, Tuesday, 6 pm September 29, 9 am Thursday, October 1
Read the webinar slides at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/docs/CARwebinar.pdf
Outreach meetings: Thursday, October 8, Monday, October 26
Check out the event calendars for these outdoor activities groups:
- More on our Community page/ outdoors recreation
- Columbia Kayak Adventures: www.columbiakayakadventures.com
- Desert Ski and outdoors sports club http://thedesertskiclub.weebly.com/
- Friends of Badger Mountain: www.friendsofbadger.org/events
- Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges http://friendsofmcrwr.org/
- Fun, Fit and Over Fifty: www.ffofc.org
- InterMountain Alpine Club: www.imacnw.org
- Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society: www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org
- REACH Museum tours http://visitthereach.org/2015-tours/
- Tapteal Greenway http://tapteal.org/calendar/
Public Comments Wanted:
Comments do not need to be technical in nature, just voice your concerns.
See the requests below from the EPA, Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Ecology, and TPA
Proposed Amendment to the ERDF Record of Decision submit comments by October 28
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy want your feedback on the Proposed Plan for an Amendment to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) Record of Decision (ROD).
The plan presents a proposed change to the ERDF ROD that would waive a portion of a regulatory requirement in order to allow treatment of long, large, and/or heavy hazardous waste items to be conducted within the ERDF landfill after implementing controls to prevent releases to the environment.
You can provide your input on the proposed amendment to the ERDF ROD from September 28 – October 28, 2015. By submitting your input, you can let the agencies know whether or not you support the proposed change and provide any other input you feel is important. The agencies will consider all comments before finalizing the decision in the ROD amendment.
The agencies are not planning to hold a public meeting at this time. If you would like to request a public meeting, please do so by October 14, 2015. The proposed plan is available at the Hanford Public Information Repositories and online at: http://pdw.hanford.gov/arpir/index.cfm/viewDoc?accession=0080164H.
Kristen Skopeck, U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations Office, P.O. Box 550, MSIN A7-75, Richland, Washington 99352
Hanford Public Involvement Survey results available online
- How people want to receive information about Hanford
- How far in advance people would like to be notified of activities
- The quality of public involvement activities (meetings, workshops, events, etc.)
- The quality of Tri-Party agency notices and presentations
- The effectiveness of meeting times and locations
- Interest in specific Hanford topics