Issaquah Kiwanis Environmental Committee What do we do?
By: Kiwanis Team ~ 1/18/2021

We are a committee of the Issaquah Kiwanis club focused on environmental projects within the greater Issaquah community that provide opportunities for Kiwanis and affiliated clubs to restore and enhance the environment in alignment with the club mission.  We also hold ourselves accountable to demonstrate efficiency by guiding the club to be more efficient in all operations.

We start at home – in our Building and Operations

Our Building:

We are working toward increasing efficiency of the Gibson hall to retire fossil fuel at every opportunity and to prepare to participate in the use of renewable energy.  This transformation is being kicked off with the replacement of a 32-year-old water heater.  We will be performing a PSE energy assessment to help prioritize future projects.  The committee is also researching options for purchasing renewable energy for the building.  A few of the options are the PSE Green Power Program or Arcadia Renewable Energy.

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Our Operations:

Demonstrate environmental considerations in all our meetings and events.  Focus on reduce/reuse/recycle/less plastic. 

And we work in our Community: 

We support environmental restoration and beautification projects.  A sampling of recent involvement:

    • Raised Money and Awareness to support the Kokanee restoration effort in Lake Sammamish:

Kokanee Project Web Page

Spawning Grounds Documentary Trailer

    • Participation in the Green Issaquah Partnership

https://www.issaquahwa.gov/3041/Green-Issaquah

We participate in many community cleanup events alongside partner organizations in the city:

    • Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA)
    • Chamber of Commerce (CoC)
    • Key Clubs
    • Green Teams (High Schools) – DECA Students/Working w/City
    • Rotary
    • Issaquah Alps Trails Club
    • Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP)
    • Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH)
    • Issaquah People for Climate Change
    • Issaquah Parks & Community Services Department
    • Issaquah Public Works Department

And best of all, we have FUN!

Meetings are currently virtual, and the committee is busy where we are, using what we have and doing what we can within the safety guidelines of a roaring pandemic.  I’m looking forward to enjoying the comradery outside of zoom meetings soon!

My Challenge to readers - is to find one new thing that you can do to support a more sustainable lifestyle, and here’s a great place to find ideas:

City of Issaquah Office of Sustainability

 

Gratefully,

Sherry Dietz – Issaquah Kiwanis Environmental Committee Chair