Archive for September, 2007

Community resources/events

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Here are few things going on in our community that I thought Tacoma Green Families might be interested it:
The City of Tacoma’s EnviroHouse. Lots of green ideas for home improvement projects.
Sustainability Fair at UPS
September 22
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wheelock Student Center’s Rasmussen Rotunda
 The sustainability fair features refreshments, a variety of sustainability-oriented tables, and alternative transportation vehicles on display. The Fair is also the last stop on the 2007 Tacoma Sustainability Tour, an invitation-only event including stops at the City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, the Proctor District Farmers Market, and locations featuring solar power and other sustainability features. This event is a project of the Campus-Community Waste Reduction Task Force–a partnership between the University of Puget Sound, the City of Tacoma, and local businesses, residents, and community leaders. This initiative is funded in part by the Russell Family Foundation. Contact for more information about the tour and the fair.

The Northwest Earth Institute– A wonderful nonprofit with the following mission “Inspiring people to take responsibility for Earth.”  They accomplish this task by bringing people together for discussion courses on various earth related topics.  I took the Voluntary Simplicity course and loved it.  The coolest part is that anyone can organize a course.  Check out to learn more about the organization and the specific courses.  If you are inspired to start a course, contact the Puget Sound Outreach Coordinator at

Green Families September News

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The days are getting shorter, the skies darker, summer is nearing its end. We all dread saying goodbye to a season of local festivals, delicious berries, vacations and beach days. Still, autumn brings its own excitment and rebirth. I hope that this season will inspire us all to use this opportunity to try something new, and make positive changes within community and our family.

For the Family….

The Green Theme of the month is Waste Free Meals.

With school starting and the return of our “normal routines”, September is the perfect time to rethink our meal planning and preparation. While avoiding pre-packaged and convenience foods takes time, the health and environmental benefits are substantial. Packing lunches and snacks in reusable containers makes a significant difference. Use cloth napkins. In addition to being reusable, they are more efficient, especially with little ones. They are also less harsh on delicate skin. Each school year the average student produces 67 lbs..of waste at lunch time alone. How does your family fit in? This month, commit to making a change. Be it small and simple or radical, you will make a difference. Lead by example and teach our children.

In our Community…

As we look around our local community, we see rebirth all around. With recent growth in Tacoma, new small businesses have emerged. I hope that we can all encourage and support such growth by patronizing our new neighbors. Some of them include:

Willow Salon and Spa
Located in the 21st St. business district. This new upscale Salon was opened by one of our Kindermusik Mommies Labor Day weekend.

Hello, Cupcake
1740 Pacific Ave. A welcome addition addition to downtown Tacoma!

My Petit Pea
7 Tacoma Ave. N.
High end infant and children’s clothing and Maternity . A great place for a gift or a splurge.