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Another Green Monday: Sustainable September kick-off luncheon on Thursday

Sustainable September Spokane opens with the kick-off luncheon to celebrate and launch the events of the month-long festival. This third annual celebration will highlight several different members of the Spokane business community as they talk about the different ways they have worked to make their organization not only survive but thrive in the current economy while still being sustainable. The luncheon will also feature entertainment, an address by Mayor Mary Verner and an amazing lunch that will include many organic and locally sourced foods.

The event will take place at the Spokane Convention Center which has its LEED Silver Certification, located at 334 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Sustainable September is an annual month-long series of events dedicated to promoting sustainability in the Spokane community. It includes discussions, activities, presentations, and tours designed to build community and increase awareness so that Spokane can become more environmentallyand economically resilient in their everyday lives and business.


What does energy security mean to you?

Ever since Seinfeld, I’ve been addicted to contests. No, not that kind. But when the contest involves writing about clean energy and possible winning a sweet new bike, I’m in it to win it. (Example: “Clean coal is a bigger oxymoron than jumbo shrimp.” Yeah.)

You may know Brad Hash from his Beyond Coal campaign with the Sierra Club and a Down To Earth KYRS interview in June. Although based in Missoula, he has been a fixture in Spokane lately, working hard for eastern Washington so we can phase out coal use - no easy task today since coal is the workhorse of the nation’s electric power industry, supplying more than half the electricity consumed by Americans.

His organization is sponsoring a competition called ”Shifting Energy Habits: A contest of words to transport us.” In one typed page or less, tell them what energy security means to you. Any literary style you choose. Grand Prize: a brand new commuter bicycle from Spoke’N Sport retailing at $550! Entries are due September 28th and you can submit to acontestofwords@gmail.com.

The winners will be announced at Shift to Green: Spokane’s Transition To Clean Energy on Sept. 30th from 5 to 7pm on Isabella’s rooftop (35 W. Main Ave), which is a wrap-up of the Sustainable September events. There will be live music, food, speakers including County Commissioner Bonnie Mager, Mayor Mary Verner, and invited speaker Sen. Lisa Brown.

After the jump, check out the remainder of Brad’s events for Sustainable September.



Feast With Friends

In their twentieth year, Futurewise remains one of the most important organizations in the country, working hard for a higher quality of life in Spokane and Washington state.

 In case you’re unaware, Futurewise is “a statewide public interest group working to promote healthy communities and cities while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines today and for future generations.”

(Update: Photo by Paul K. Haeder. Apologies for the error.)

Founded in 1990 (the same year the Growth Management Act was passed in Washington State), they’re the only statewide group in Washington working to ensure that local governments manage growth responsibly - essentially the state’s primary advocate for smart growth policies as well as responsible land use, conservation, neighborhood walkability and alternative transportation…all the good things.

Tonight is your chance to support Futurewise with the 4th annual Feast For Friends at the Beacon Hill Center, 4848 E. Wellesley from 6:00-9:00pm.

This open style reception features progressive culinary tastings. Each station will have a winery, brewery, distillery with a selection for tasting and chef serving special dishes made from ingredients provided by local farms and food providers. So fill up your plate and hold up your glass in support of Futurewise’s work to protect farm land and promote healthy communities.

Details after the jump and I hope to see you there.


Spokane Riverkeeper and Sustainable September

The fun continues this month with more awesome events for Sustainable September. This Thursday evening, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the Spokane Riverkeeper program and check out the Sustainable September Stormwater/ Non-point Management Speaker Series conceived by Stan Miller.

From the Center For Justice: The Spokane Riverkeeper program will present background information about the program and the work being done to protect and sustain the health of the Spokane River this Thursday as part of a month-long speaker series for Sustainable September Spokane.

Sustainable September is a month-long series of events that raises awareness about sustainability efforts in the Inland Northwest and beyond, and that brings people together who work in different arenas or on different parts of the sustainable movement.  This Thursday, the Spokane Riverkeeper Bart Mihailovich, program director and attorney Rick Eichstaedt, and Mike Chappell, the director of Gonzaga’s environmental law clinic will present as part of a month-long speaker series focusing on the Spokane River, work being done to protect and sustain the health of it, and threats against it.

Green Drinks with DTE and Sustainable September

Do you have any plans tonight? Feel like having drinks and conversation with green minds in Spokane? Well, you are invited to join Green Drinks at the Swamp Tavern (1904 West 5th Avenue) at 5:30pm tonight with DTE and Sustainable September Spokane.


This is another part of the annual month-long series of events dedicated to promoting sustainability in the Spokane community. If you haven’t checked out Green Drinks before, this is a can’t miss opportunity. The group is now active in 728 cities worldwide and you can check out greendrinks.com to learn more. Mark your calendars: Spokane Green Drinks is on the second Tuesday of every month at roving locations with nonprofit and local business partners.

Also, when you’re at The Swamp, check out the new DTE magazine on stands now.


Clark: Bike Bandits Help Environment

It’s Sustainable September, folks, which makes it the perfect time to give a little credit to those who are going the extra mile for the planet. In that regard, I can’t think of anyone who deserves to be singled out more than the serial bank robber known for fleeing the scene on a bicycle. Authorities believe our Bike Banking Bandit may have nailed at least six local banks since December. Far be it from me to extol anyone’s aberrant behavior, but that’s what I call a roll model. Oh, sure, a lot of people flap their gums about “going green.” But how many smug “environmentalists” are committed enough to incorporate their eco-concerns into their criminal misdeeds? Didn’t think so/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think thieves who rob banks and pharmacies on bikes are going the extra mile for the environment?

Sustainable September Local Food Track: The Ethics Of Eating And More

Are you looking for a guide to great local food events during Sustainable September? Local Food Track coordinators Kristi Fountain and Jennifer Hall have you covered. Read below on an important event The Ethics Of Eating and more to come.

The Ethics of Eating

Local Food Events – Sustainable September Spokane

Contact: Kristi Fountain or Jennifer M. Hall, Local Food Track coordinators for Sustainable September Spokane (509) 209-2851 or (509) 209-2395 or at wholeplateinfo@gmail.com.

‘The Ethics of Eating: A dinnertime discussion’

Feature Local Food Event of the Second Annual Sustainable September Spokane

On September 9, from 5:30-7:30 pm, we partner with Trezzi Barn on Green Bluff to host a delicious local dinner and conversation on ‘The Ethics of Eating.’ The event will feature two speakers, Ellen Maccarone & Sarah Hackney, offering an introductory discussion about the impacts of our everyday eating choices. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/122812

Ellen Maccarone is a Philosophy professor at Gonzaga University. She teaches an annual Ethics of Eating course, and is increasingly involved with local sustainable food activities. Sarah Hackney is Executive Director of the Gorge Grown Food Network in Hood River, OR. Gorge Grown is a citizen-driven non-profit, working in Gorge counties of Oregon and Washington, with a mission “to build an economically and environmentally sound regional food system that engages, educates, and improves the health and well-being of our community.”

Sustainable September kick off luncheon

Who’s ready for Sustainable September? In its second year, the month of all things sustainability related in Spokane gets the party started right with a luncheon on September 1st at the Masonic Temple featuring Global Exhange founder Kevin Danaher. Check their calendar for events HERE. Remember there are two DTE events this month - a showing of “Gulf Coast Blues - Oil In Our Veins” on September 7th at the Garland Theater and Green Drinks on September 14th at The Swamp.

Check the press release below about the kick off and stay tuned for more coverage about this exciting month.


Spokane, WA—

Sustainable September, a month-long festival promoting community sustainability, kicks off on September 1st with a luncheon headlined by Global Exchange founder Kevin Danaher and featuring an all local menu from Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie. The kick-off Luncheon is a fundraiser for the festival and also serves as a way for community members to lean about the rest of the festival. 

Approximately 100 mostly free events sorted into eight topical “tracks” make up the Sustainable September festival schedule this year. The tracks are Health and Well Being, Active Stewardship, Eco-Generations, Building and Landscaping, Eco-Nomic Sustainability, Inclusive Communities, and Energy Security. Event highlights include a Film Festival, the Main St. Fair, Sustainable Uprising, and the Green and Solar Home Tour.

Another Green Monday

As if September wasn’t busy enough, we’ve decided to throw a good ‘ol fashion 7vs7 competition into the mix - you know, to show everyone how great and easy it is to eat local.  Five days, eating only food that comes from within a 100-mile radius of Spokane - no problem.  Well that was Sunday morning, before we spent 4 hours driving back and forth Cheney to fish (only to come back empty handed) then driving around Spokane to visit Huckleberry’s and the Community Roots Market, then up to Greenbluff, then to Colbert.  (Hey, some chores just can’t be accomplished on our bikes.)  So essentially we spent the dwindling moments before Sustainable September being anything but.  All for the sake of competition?  Hardly.  I guess you can say we’re working on defining local.  Sure it felt great to be gathering farm fresh eggs from a family in Colbert, and picking fruit from Greenbluff, and supporting local farmers at the market, but at what cost?  The amount of emisssions we spent yesterday likely negated our attempt at improving our individual food habits. However, on the upside, the education of yesterday was anything but wasteful, and that face-to-face connection with one’s food sources is something that constantly sustains local food habits.  Regardless, we’re looking forward to this competition as a way to better educate ourselves, to better educate anyone following, and for more of an excuse to get our hands dirty for the sake of curing our own hunger.  As a wise man once said, “It’s not every man that can live off the land, you know.”

Sustainable September

Don’t bother skipping town next month as Sustainable September is shaping up to be nothing like Spokane has ever seen before with a host of activities organized by Community-Minded Enterprises. Designed to build community and increase environmental and economic resilience, Mayor Mary Verner will make a proclamation on August 24th at the City Council Meeting for Sustainable September and give a welcome address at a kick-off luncheon held September 1 at the Lincoln Center. And on September 8th, DTE will co-host Green Drinks from 5:30pm-9pm at Sante’ Restaurant & Charcuterie (404 W Main Ave).  

Go HERE for the full events calendar.

Calling all musicians

                                                   Sustainable Song Contest

From Community Minded Enterprises:
Create a song with a sustainability theme, enter the contest, and you or your band could win a custom music video produced by Black Swan Productions (check them out at: www.myspace.com/blackswanproductionsspokane). Enter the contest by September 1st by contacting jaimenesdahl@ymail.com or call 509-844-6069. Please see attached flier as well.

Chosen contestants will perform their songs at “Sustainable Uprising”, 7-11pm Saturday, September 12, 2009. We are closing off Main St. between Division and Browne for this big, free event for Spokane youth and the public. The night will celebrate local music, fashion, art, film, and hand on activities. This is a gathering to raise awareness; to ask what “sustainability” means to Spokane youth, and to focus on ways to get involved.

More info at: www.myspace.com/sustainableuprising.

This is a project of Community-Minded Enterprises, partnering with local organizations to host Sustainable September (www.sustainableseptemberspokane.org) highlighting a series of community events in the month of September.

If you have any questions, please contact: jaimenesdahl@ymail.com

Spokane’s Youth Sustainability Council

Between Sustainable September and working with Project HOPE, Spokane non-profit Community Minded Enterprises is doing some great work in our neighborhoods to develop sustainable solutions. But have you heard about another initiative, Spokane’s very own Youth Sustainability Council?


If you recall back in April, we moderated a panel on sustainability at Huckleberry’s, featuring four local movers and shakers. One guest was Taylor Weech, who was incredibly articulate, and she is leading up YSC, a fun and positive opportunity for young people in town. We recommend you contact her at taylorw@community-minded.org to subscribe to the new YSC e-newsletter where you’ll find news, community event listings, and sustainability tips. Beginning Friday, YSC members will host “Raise Your Voice” on KYRS, Friday’s at 3pm, discussing City Council candidates for tomorrow’s episode.

Visit YSC online at Myspace, Facebook, and their blog.


“Meet Me at the River” and “Sustainable September”

Though not the most substantial information, we wanted to make you aware of two really cool events you will be hearing much more about, both here on DTE and elsewhere. If you recall last July, the Spokane River Forum organized a rafting and paddling adventure covering the entire length of the Spokane River over two long weekends.  It was a great opporunity to get people excited about their river, and to raise awareness for issues related to recreation and the health and safety of the river.  If you missed out last year - you’ll have a chance to make right this summer.  Be sure to bookmark the Spokane River Forum’s website and check in for updates, as well as paying attention to DTE as we will bring you announcements as they come in.

Sustainable September Spokane -  Again, there hasn’t been an announcement of any kind, but there is a website up and the discussion is ongoing.  Sustainable September Spokane is a Community-Minded Enterprises project that, as their mission says, will work with their partners in the nonprofit, business, and civic communities to create a month of “green” learning events for Spokane.  Visit their site, sign up to the social network, and connect with others in the community and be sure to get the latest news of Sustainable September Spokane.