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Rock Doc: Slow-moving quakes may just delay the pain

One of the most breathtaking geologic events is a major earthquake. In just a few moments, shaking of the earth can result in billions of dollars of damage and thousands of lives lost. Many earthquakes are related to the movement of tectonic plates, the large chunks of the Earth’s outer surface that move with respect to each other. Plates are “born” in places like Iceland, where magma comes up from below and creates oceanic plate material. Plates “die” where one plate dives beneath another and ultimately is pulled and pushed down so deeply into the Earth it melts away. Plates vary a bit in how fast they move, but about an inch or two a year is not uncommon.

Green improvements bring in another kind of green (cash), Unico managers say

According to Unico Corp.’s sustainability manager Brett Phillips, high-rise office buildings are a lot like people. They consume—energy rather than food. They take in a lot of water—for plumbing instead of hydration. And they produce waste—garbage rather than, well, you know.

SLIP means business

Susanne Croft wants to see more sustainability in the Inland Northwest, and she means business. The former sustainability coordinator for the city of Spokane is starting a nonprofit organization called Sustainable Local Investment Partners, SLIP for short.

Program helps businesses be more sustainable

Small business owners and entrepreneurs in Spokane can now get technical assistance through SLIP, a local non-profit committed to the sustainability of the local environment and also the economy.