More than 100 teachers are signed up to attend the
Green Industrial Business and Career Expo at the Puget Sound Industrial
Excellence Center in Georgetown next Friday, October 10.
is open to the general public, but a special effort was made to attract
educators and help them sort through what's real and what's not in the
"The teacher response is really gratifying," said
Expo spokesman Dave Gering. "The kids in school today will spend their
lifetimes working in a much greener economy than the one that exists today
and we need to help educators understand what that world is going to look
Expo exhibitors and sponsors include The Boeing Company,
Kenworth Truck, Nucor Steel, United Technologies, AltaRock Energy, the
Chena Hot Springs Resort, MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, MulvannyG2
Architecture, Puget Sound Solar, Wind Balance, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle
City Light, Washington Manufacturing Services and dozens of
Host sponsors include the City of Seattle Office of
Economic Development, the Seattle Community College District, the National
Wildlife Federation and the Manufacturing Industrial Council of
The Expo runs all day and will include a keynote
presentation about the dramatic innovations that are taking place in
geothermal electricity generation featuring Susan Petty, founder of
AltaRock Energy, Bernie Karl, of the Chena Hot Springs Resort, and David
Paul of UTC Power, a subsidiary of United Technologies that is a world
leader in manufacturing new geothermal power plants that can generate
electricity from water the temperature of a cup of coffee while creating
no carbon emissions.
The Expo also includes workshops where
industrial firms can learn about energy efficiency and how to reduce
emissions, and special forums about the "green collar" jobs of the future
that will look a whole lot like the blue collar jobs and professions of
The Expo is open to the public. Registration is still open.
For a complete program schedule and roster of exhibitors go to
Neighborhood Plan Updates Passes
Sally Clark's recent newsletter extols, "Finally! After more than a year
of thoughtful discussion with people all over Seattle, my colleagues
joined me yesterday in passing legislation opening the doors to updating
our Neighborhood Plans. Now the fun begins.... In the weeks ahead, a
Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC) will be created to provide
input and advice to shape the update process. We're hoping for a great
array of voices with a good mix of institutional knowledge and new
To the best of our knowledge the two M&I Centers
have been excluded from this Neighborhood Plan Update process . This is
based on the time and money being expended by DPD, OED & SDOT in 2008
for the Industrial Jobs Resolution required by the City Council at the end
of 2007. If things change, we'll let you know.
Licata Sponsors Forum on Mercer
Councilmember Nick Licata will sponsor a forum on the Mercer Street
project on Monday October 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm, in Seattle City Hall at 600
4th Ave in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the first floor. Doors open at
6:00 with refreshments. This forum is free and open to the public. No RSVP
The question to be discussed will be: "Should the City
spend $43 million on citywide transportation improvements or on a two-way
Mercer Street Boulevard?" Councilmember Licata will propose that the $43
million currently allocated to the Mercer Project be redirected to
building new sidewalks in Seattle, funding the recommendation of the
Bicycle Master Plan, Pedestrian Master Plan, and providing a long-term
capital program for meeting our freight mobility needs.
Members will be polled on what is the best approach for achieving more
transportation choices, lowering carbon emissions, encouraging greater
transit ridership, and promoting economic development.
American Heart Walk is this Saturday morning, Oct
4: Streets surrounding Qwest Field will close from approximately 6:30 a.m.
-11 a.m. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will close from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Starts by exiting Qwest Field onto Occidental
Ave S; heads south on Occidental to S Royal Brougham Way; west on Royal
Brougham to 1st Ave S; north on 1st onto the HWY 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct;
north on viaduct; exit at Western Ave off-ramp to Bell St; west on Bell to
Elliott Ave; south on Elliott to HWY 99/ Viaduct on-ramp; south on viaduct
to 1st Ave S off-ramp; south on 1st to Royal Brougham; east on Royal
Brougham to Occidental Ave S; north on Occidental back to Qwest
1st Ave S:
Hwy 99 (SB) off-ramp to
1st Ave S Closure - Starting Monday Sept 29 the 1st Ave S off ramp
from Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) / Hwy 99 southbound will be closed at night
from, 9pm - 6am, while they grind and lay pavement at the bottom of the
ramp on to the 1st Ave S roadway.
S Atlantic St to S Dearborn St
- Pavement grinding, repairing and paving will take place over the
next 3-4 weeks at night; 6pm to 6am.
Work will be weather dependent.
One lane will remain open for traffic in each direction on 1st Ave
S Mead St to S Findlay St - day time work; 7am to 4pm, to
correct 600 ft section of single lane.
*lane closures, pedestrian detours, parking
restrictions & moderate construction noise and dust
*There will be
no traffic disruptions during major sports events
Work has begun on the replacement of an old water
main on the lower S Spokane St roadway. The road way closure will continue
through 2010 as the utilities project evolves into the S Spokane St
widening/4th Ave off-ramp project. - Expect delays during the next few
weeks as the signal timing is being adjusted. Only local traffic will be
allowed onto S Spokane St from 1st – 2nd Ave S, parking will be
See the detour map
for through traffic from East Marginal Way to I5.
14th Ave S
(South Park) Street Improvements:
The contractor continues to
work on 14th Avenue South, from South Director Street to South Cloverdale
Street. They have finished with the center lane and southbound lanes and
are now working on the northbound lanes (eastern side of the street). One
lane of traffic will remain open in each direction, with possible
occasional detours for traffic. During this time there will be no
on-street parking, and there will be some limitations on left