Achieving net-zero at King County Parks North Utilities Crew Shop 

Crossposted from Keeping King County Green  How do you solve a problem like achieving net-zero energy use? If you’re the King County Parks team working at the North Utilities Trails Crew Shop near Marymoor Park, you do it through solar panels, new lights and efficient heat pumps and air conditioners. By utilizing these tools they were able to solve the design and financial puzzle of achieving net-zero energy on two buildings with limited roof space available for solar power.  For their efforts the Parks team was awarded the inaugural King County Executive Performance Excellence… Read More

Public Health Actually: What we love about 2018 

Crossposed from Public Health Insider  Love is all around us–at least love for public health, that is! We’re nearing the end of 2018, and that means it’s time to look back at our department’s hard work with partners throughout the year for a healthier community. Peruse our (not exhaustive) list of achievements, but before you do, take a few moments to watch a video inspired by the 2003 holiday-themed romantic comedy, Love Actually, that celebrates our staff and our mission – and has a little fun along the way.  Read more at Public Health Insider

Pet of the Week: Kermit 

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  He’s a dog, not a frog – meet Kermit, our Pet of the Week!  This handsome young pittie mix is very sweet and snuggly! Kermit also loves to play and have fun. He can be a bit shy when meeting new people or being in new environments, but once he warms up he is a big ol’ sweetie who loves to do zoomies all over the yard!  Read more at Tails from RASKC

Your Big Backyard is getting bigger 

Crossposted from King County Parks Plog  King County Parks had a busy year making good on the levy promise to bring 2,700 acres into the King County system by 2020. By the time 2019 rolls around, Parks will be on the lookout for a mere 500 more acres to reach the goal. As an added bonus, scooping up lands happens to be in line with King County’s Land Conservation Initiativeto protect the livability, health, and ecological integrity of our region by preserving 65,000 acres of land within the next 30 years.  Read more at King County Parks Plog 

Volunteer registration now open for Count Us In 2019 

All Home is now seeking volunteers for Count Us In 2019, the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of people experiencing homelessness. The count will take place in the early hours of the morning of January 25, 2019 from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. The core purpose of the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. A successful and accurate PIT Count is an essential… Read More

More tips for getting around SR 99 closure

Matching commuters with carpool apps As the region prepares to face regional congestion starting after the evening commute January 11, 2019, with the closure of SR 99 through downtown and the permanent closure of the SR 99 Viaduct, King County Metro is partnering with carpooling apps Scoop and Waze Carpool to help match commuters and provide more mobility options to area employees! For a limited time, riders earn discounts and drivers earn bonuses by following these four easy steps: Download a free carpool app (Scoop or Waze Carpool). Enter your trip locations… Read More

Taniguchi: The end of an era means new beginnings 

Crossposted from Inside Transportation  (Note: Below is an email that Director Harold Taniguchi sent to all Department of Transportation employees.)  Dear colleagues,  At the end of this month, the nearly quarter-century history of our King County Department of Transportation will come full circle.  The department was first created by Executive Gary Locke in 1996 to bring together the related functions of Transit and Roads in King County under one roof called Transportation. Other lines of business were added, and over time our staff strength grew to more than 5,000 today. It is… Read More

Navigate around the SR 99 closure

Starting January 11, 2019, after the evening commute, SR 99 through downtown Seattle will close for approximately three weeks, and the SR 99 Viaduct will permanently close, so make sure you visit kingcounty.gov/getready to review your options and find out which routes are affected. This week, we’re highlighting the King County Water Taxi for employees living in West Seattle, which provides a quick 10 minute sail from Seacrest Park to Downtown, departing every 20 minutes during commute periods. Metro is adding a second vessel at commute times during the closure to increase capacity. Shuttles are… Read More

Pet of the Week: Slinky and 50% off adoption fees

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  She’s fun for a girl or a boy – she’s Slinky, our Pet of the Week! This young black cat is an affectionate lovebug who likes getting attention on her own terms. She can get overstimulated with petting, so you just need to keep an eye out for signs she may need a break. Since she is so spirited, she’s one of our “Rambunctious Red” pets.  Read more at Tails from RASKC  Additionally, throughout the month of December, RASKC is offering 50% off dog and cat adoption fees at our… Read More

2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Jan. 10 

Please join us in honoring our nation’s foremost human rights leader and our County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme for this year is “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” This year’s keynote speaker is Ijeoma Oluo, local New York Times bestselling author of “So You Want To Talk About Race.”  The celebration will take place Thursday, January 10 from noon to 1 p.m at The Sanctuary Seattle, located at 811 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104. Program includes music, spoken word, and comments from King County Executive Dow Constantine.  For more… Read More