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Homestead Community Land Trust Celebrates $10M Donation From MacKenzie Scott

by Lauryn Bray


Homestead Community Land Trust (HCLT) just received a $10 million grant from novelist and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. The donation was made without restrictions, meaning the organization can use the money for whatever it wants.

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Conserving Washington’s Bumblebees: A Collaborative Strategy Blossoms to Safeguard Pollinators

by Alex Garland


Amid the stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, a silent crisis looms — a steep decline in bumblebee populations that casts a far-reaching shadow. These unassuming yet crucial pollinators, with their fuzzy charm and industrious buzz, play an indispensable role in maintaining the delicate balance of countless ecosystems.

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Rainier Avenue South Billboard Calls Attention to Nuclear Weapons at Puget Sound Submarine Base

The largest concentration of deployed nuclear warheads in the world is less than 25 miles away from this billboard.

by Glen Milner


Four billboards in Seattle and Tacoma recently displayed the following paid advertisement: “THE USE… AND POSSESSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS IMMORAL. – Pope Francis Get them out of Puget Sound!” The billboards serve as a public service announcement reminding these cities of the proximity of nuclear weapons and the grave threat they pose to humanity.

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Blue Angels: ‘Adrenaline-Pumping’ for Some, Health Issues for Others

by Glen Milner


The Blue Angels’ F/A-18E/F Super Hornets are returning to Seattle for a second year in this weekend’s Seafair air show over Lake Washington. Air show promoters are touting the newer jets as “heart-stopping,” “adrenaline-pumping,” and “the ultimate thrill-seeker’s dream come true.”

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From City Hall to Clean Energy: Mike O’Brien’s Journey From Climate Legislator to Clean Energy Installer

by Alex Garland


It wasn’t an extremely hot day, but Mike O’Brien was sweating as he climbed up a ladder at a home in Georgetown, carrying hoses for heat pump installation. Trading bow ties and button-ups for faded flannel and Blundstones.

O’Brien is still the affable, friendly, and chatty guy from City Hall. At 55, and four years retired from politics, O’Brien’s youthful enthusiasm carries him through a job requiring more manual labor than his role on the Seattle City Council. “Yeah, it’s hard work. It’s exhausting, but good exhausting.”

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Plans Develop for High-Speed Rail in the PNW

New research shows how community engagement is integral in its success.

by Sarah Goh


With a growing population in the Pacific Northwest, the call for better public transportation heightens. This March, Washington’s State Legislature signed off on a transportation milestone, allocating $150 million to a high-speed connection between Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Though this funding could reduce congestion, cut carbon emissions, and better connect these coastal cities, a high-speed rail that travels above 200 miles per hour between major cities has never been done before in the United States. How will Washington get started? How will the State ensure a successful project?

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Capacity Building Grant Applications Now Open to Support Food Equity

by Lauryn Bray


Applications for the City of Seattle’s Food Equity Fund (FEF) Capacity Building Grant opened on May 1. The Department of Neighborhoods will accept applications until Oct. 31 and will review them on a rolling basis. The City encourages BIPOC-led community organizations, tribal organizations, and nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status working within Seattle to create equitable and sustainable local food systems to apply.

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Students Chain Selves to UW Power Plant, Calling for Decarbonization by 2035

by Marian Mohamed and Kenneth Tran, GZR Newsroom

(This article is jointly published between Ground Zero Radio, an initiative of the Vera Project, and the South Seattle Emerald.)


On Friday, May 19, a coalition of climate justice student activists, local community organizations, and student groups gathered at the University of Washington (UW) campus to call on the university — specifically UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Provost Mark Richards — to make a written commitment to a “95% by 2035” decarbonization goal in the campus’s direct energy portfolio and to use construction as an opportunity to increase campus accessibility. The protest included a march and speeches. According to UW Sustainability and UW Facilities articles, 93% of campus emissions derive from the methane gas plant, which produces steam to heat and cool the university’s buildings.

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Youth Activists Deliver Climate Demands to Amazon HQ

by Alex Garland


In 2019, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made a slew of promises regarding the company’s Climate Pledge, which, according to its website, aims “to build a cross-sector community of companies, organizations, individuals, and partners working together to address the climate crisis and solve the challenges of decarbonizing our economy.” 

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NEWS GLEAMS | DOH Tracks Harmful PFAS Content in Drinking Water; PACE Seeks Cohort Members

A roundup of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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