June 2011

In This Issue
CPW Saves Money
Community Solar
Watershed Event
On the GreenSpace Blog
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Jill Simmons, Director
Office of Sustainability & Environment 
Community Power Works logoCPW for Home Saves People Money

Community Power Works for Home is a neighborhood program that helps central and southeast Seattle residents make their homes more comfortable, healthy and efficient. Community Power Works offers a deeply discounted home energy assessment; certified contractors to do the work; rebates and incentives to bring down the cost of your upgrade by up to $3,000; affordable loans with easy terms to qualify; and Energy Experts to help you every step of the way and make sure the job is done right. You can reach an Energy Expert at 206-449-1170 or home@communitypowerworks.org.


Community Power Works for Business, a similar program for small businesses in central and southeast Seattle, will launch in Summer 2011. Stay tuned for more information!


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Community Solar Coming to Jefferson Park!

Seattle City Light is making solar power more accessible to customers through the launch of our community solar pilot program later this year. Beginning in June, on a first-come, first-serve basis, up to 500 City Light customers will be able to purchase a portion of the solar energy generated by new solar picnic shelters at Jefferson Park. Customers can buy into the community solar project for $600 per portion (limit 2 portions per participant). Participants will receive an annual bill credit for the electricity generated by their portion of the community solar project.

Program launch details, including enrollment workshops and community celebration are being finalized. If you are interested in receiving updates on the Community Solar program, please sign up for e-mail alerts here.
Watershed Meeting June 8

Would you like to join the effort to improve and protect Seattle's waters and aquatic habitat? Come to the 2011 Seattle Watersheds Forum - June 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. at REI in South Lake Union - and be inspired by community leaders representing neighborhoods, businesses, non-profits and government. Refreshments will be served.


The theme of this year's Watershed Forum is Partnerships in Action, and a pair of panels will explore the overarching question of "how do we make it happen?" One panel will discuss building partnerships for neighborhood scale projects; and the other will explore more personalized approaches to rainwater management - such as rain gardens, cisterns and other techniques to let the rain soak in. Please RSVP. For questions and information, contact Susan Harper, (206) 386-9139.


From OSE's GreenSpace Blog

Reduce your energy use - which reduces your carbon footprint - by upgrading to energy-efficient appliances. Seattle City light offers rebates to help....