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San Francisco Zero Waste. Seattle Zero Waste. Issaquah Zero Waste. A New Materials Economy. The production, processing, and disposal of materials in our modern throwaway economy wastes not only materials but energy as well.

A New Materials Economy

In nature, one-way linear flows do not survive long. Nor, by extension, can they survive long in the expanding global economy. The throwaway economy that has evolved over the last half-century is an aberration, now itself headed for the junk heap of history. Living Building Challenge. The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.

Living Building Challenge

The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure. Download the Living Building Challenge 3.0 Standard document below. For more information, Download the Living Building Challenge Standard 3.0 (PDF) Learn about prior versions of the Standard. Managing and Reducing Waste. Washington State's Beyond Waste Plan.

Beyond Waste is the Washington state plan for managing hazardous and solid waste.

Washington State's Beyond Waste Plan

This 30-year plan has a clear and simple goal: eliminate wastes and toxics whenever we can and use the remaining wastes as resources. A-Way With Waste Resources. King County. Zero Waste of Resources is an idea that is catching on throughout the country.

King County

King County adopted a policy to work toward Zero Waste by 2030, meaning that materials of value, whether for reuse, resale, or recycling, won't be put in the garbage and end up in the landfill. Studies done at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill show that 75% of the "stuff" we throw away each year isn't really waste. The majority of these items could be recycled, composted, or reused. As a planning tool for solid waste management, the county is interested in keeping paper, wood, scrap metal, glass, plastic and food out of the landfill. When those items don't go in, there is room for real garbage, that is, materials that currently have no other use.

Seattle City Council. Seattle City Council's Zero Waste priorities for 2010-2011 In 2010-2011, the Seattle City Council will continue to pursue the strategies outlined in the Zero Waste Strategy, Resolution 30990 to achieve our goal of recycling 60 percent of waste produced in the City of Seattle by 2012 and 70 percent by 2025.

Seattle City Council

These next steps includes efforts to bring organics service to multi-family homes, and remove phone books, disposable plastic bags from the waste stream. The Road to a Carbon Neutral Seattle by Richard Conlin. Richard Conlin is president of Seattle's City Council, which is overseeing the city's effort to become the first carbon neutral city in the United States.

The Road to a Carbon Neutral Seattle by Richard Conlin

He blogs about what reaching that goal really means for YES! Magazine. A key strategy that contributes to Seattle's carbon neutrality work was approved by the Council in 2007, when my Zero Waste Initiative was adopted as City policy. Zero Waste Seattle. Sustainable Bainbridge. About Us — Washington Toxics Coalition. Info Washington Toxics Coalition uses groundbreaking research, top-notch advocacy, in-depth grassroots organizing, and high-quality consumer information to help create a healthier and just world by promoting safer products, chemicals, and practices, and a healthier future for the next generation.

About Us — Washington Toxics Coalition

In 2008, we helped establish strong new requirements in Washington State for makers of children’s products to disclose harmful chemicals in their products. This is now the global standard for companies making kids’ products that range from pacifiers and toys to cribs, car seats and shampoos. Baby bottles, children’s food and beverage containers and sports bottles are now free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) as result of a 2010 ban we championed in the state legislature. Toys and other children’s products must meet tough new standards for the harmful toxic chemicals phthalates, lead, and cadmium in toys thanks to the Children’s Safe Products Act we worked to pass in 2008. Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry. HWTR > Pollution Prevention > Green Chemistry at Ecology.

Green Chemistry

Green Chemistry Curriculum. Green Chemistry: The Green Curriculum "Benign by design," green chemistry is designed to have less impact on the environment by creating lower levels of waste and toxicity than traditional chemistry.

Green Chemistry Curriculum

Green chemistry is also a compelling way to assist teachers as they strive to interest middle school students (ages 9 – 13) in science and math. Curriculum & Teacher Training The curriculum and teacher training work of Beyond Benign seeks to deliver teaching and learning tools to K-12 educators in order that they may share dynamic science experiences with their students with an emphasis on objective reasoning through the consideration of economy, society and the environment in equal measure. Through the framework of green chemistry, K-12 Education at Beyond Benign is able to explore curriculum content across the board with a view to the future and the sustainability of social, industrial, economic and environmental sustainability.

Governnor's Executive Order. A Roadmap for Advancing Green Chemistry. Interface Sustainability. 2010 Sustainability Report. Take it Back Network. The Take it Back Network is a partnership among government agencies, retailers, repair shops, charitable organizations and recyclers that provides consumers with options for recycling certain wastes – and their hazardous components – in a safe and cost effective manner.

Take it Back Network

Take it Back Network locations will accept electronic products such as computers, TVs, cell phones and certain household electronics. Fluorescent light bulbs including compact fluorescent bulbs and straight tubes can also be recycled at certain Take it Back Network locations. Mattresses and box springs are the newest products to be recycled by certain Take it Back Network partners. Electronics Recyclers. Take it Back Network recyclers accept a variety of electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, printers, TVs, cell phones, PDAs, fax machines, audio video and camera equipment (including DVD and VCR players), household electronics and rechargeable batteries.

Effective January 2009, electronics manufacturers began offering a new program called E-Cycle Washington that allows residents to recycle their computers, monitors, laptops and TVs for FREE. Residents can drop off these items at authorized E-Cycle Washington collection sites. Visit (external) to locate a collection site. Fluorescent Bulbs & Tubes Recyclers.

As of October 1, 2005, fluorescent light bulbs and tubes are no longer accepted in the garbage or at King County Transfer Stations. King County recommends that these products be recycled at one of the Take it Back Network recyclers. Take it Back Network recyclers accept fluorescent bulbs and tubes and recycle them domestically in an environmentally sound manner.

GreenDisk. Waste Reduction and Recycling. Waste reduction and recycling are the focus of Level One of the King County Green Schools Program. After each school or school district completes the Level One Best Practices Guide, recognition is awarded. For a description of the program, visit How it Works. Washington Green Schools. Zero Waste Alliance. The Majestic Plastic Bag - A Mockumentary. GrassRoots Recycling Network. Zero Waste Annotations - Sustainability Ambassadors.