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Entries from December 2014

"NW Solar Now" Workshop

December 21st, 2014 by hillaryu

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 Ne 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105

Attend a free “NW Solar Now” Workshop and receive a community discount on a new solar PV system!

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about how solar works, state and federal incentives, and how to determine if your roof qualifies for solar.

Additionally, learn how to:

  • Make Your Money Back in as Fast as 5 Years
  • Recover 50% of Your Investment in the First Year
  • Reduce or Eliminate Your Electricity Bills
  • Receive a 30% Income Tax Credit
  • Get up to a $5,000 Incentive Per Year Until 2020
  • Increase Your Property Value
  • Protect Against Utility Increases
  • Reduce Your Environmental Impact
  • Own a Renewable Source of Clean Energy

Join  52 neighbors who have already invested in 246 kilowatts of solar power during the 2012 Solarize NE campaign.

To RSVP or learn more about the event, call (866) 376-5272 or visit them online.

This event is sponsored NW Wind and Solar and Sustainable NE Seattle.

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North Seattle Community College Honored for Green Efforts

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

McKinstry is paying special tribute to local Champions of Sustainability this 2014 football season. The Champions of Sustainability program recognizes McKinstry clients who are taking a forward-looking approach to innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment, which accounts for one-third of the world’s energy usage and more than 15 percent of carbon emissions. By proactively addressing environmental concerns such as these, the Champions of Sustainability are breaking new ground in green design, construction and facility management.

On Sunday, November 23, representatives from four Washington State community colleges, including North Seattle Community College (NSCC), were honored at the Seahawks home game with an award. NSCC was chosen for its Climate & Sustainability Commitment and the multiple sustainability and carbon reduction projects that have been completed to date on campus.

As stated in their Climate & Sustainability Commitment: “the main carbon reduction policy that NSCC follows is the State Agency Climate Leadership policy that sets strategic goals for GHG reduction for 2020, 2035, and 2050. NSCC has also signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2008. By participating in this program, the College has confirmed its commitment to initiating the development of a comprehensive plan to achieve climate neutrality. NSCC has been a charter member of STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) since 2010.”

McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Seahawks’ Defend Your Turf campaign. The campaign is a four-pronged approach to sustainable water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center as well as in terms of its impact on the city. For further information on the Defend Your Turf campaign, please visit them online.

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45th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-and-Play Along

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

University Unitarian Church (UUC) presents the 45th Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-and-Play-Along on Friday, December 26, at 7:00 p.m.

The entire oratorio will be performed under the direction of conductor Karen P. Thomas, Director of Music at UUC and Artistic Director and Conductor of Seattle Pro Musica.

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for seating. and advance ticket purchase/early arrival is advised as this popular event draws a sold-out crowd every year!

All singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate. Please bring a vocal score if you have one (preferred edition is Watkins Shaw published by Novello).

Vocal scores and orchestra parts will also be available for loan at the event. Instrumentalists should bring their own music stands.

Regular Admission – $18 Students – $13 Seniors(65+) – $15 Tickets can be ordered online.

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Ravenna String Orchestras Concert

December 8th, 2014 by hillaryu

Wednesday, December 10, 2014|
8:00 p.m.
Eckstein Middle School Auditorium
3003 NE 75th St.
Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Ravenna Second String Orchestra

  • Two Folk Dances arranged by Bernofsky
  • Grave and Allegro by Telemann
  • Drifen by Shirl Jae Attwell

The Ravenna String Orchestra

  • Allegro Moderato from Symphony #29 by Mozart
  • Vivace from Concerto in D Minor by Leclair
  • Nocturne from String Quartet #2 by Borodin
  • Dance of the Trolls by Mike Forbes

Andrew Wickell – Solo Violin

Judy Drake – Conductor

Lorraine Hughes – Co-director

For more information about the Ravenna String Orchestras, please visit their website.

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Affordable Care Act

December 1st, 2014 by hillaryu

Story by Chris Blanton, BridgeSpan Health President

For the hundreds of thousands of Washington residents who have not had health insurance for many years, or are signing up for the first time, the task can seem daunting due to the numerous options available to choose from. BridgeSpan Health is committed to informing and educating consumers so they know exactly what they’re purchasing. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, 2014 and ends on Feb. 15, 2014.
    • In order to have coverage by Jan.1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014.
  • Evaluate your annual healthcare needs and budget to determine the right mix of monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs.
  • Monthly premium is only one component of the cost of health insurance and picking a plan just on a premium cost may not be the best decision.
    • If the plan selected has lower monthly premiums, the out-of-pocket costs may be higher.
    • A higher monthly premium may lower your out-of-pocket cost
  • Visit the websites of the plans you are interested in for additional details and specifics about coverage and benefits
    • Call the plan’s customer support line for any unanswered questions.
  • If you have established doctors and want to keep seeing them, you should confirm that they are in the network of the plan you are considering.
  • If you’re taking a certain prescription medication, is that drug covered, and how much of the cost will you be responsible for?
  • If you are eligible for a subsidy, make sure you evaluate the cost of the plan after the subsidy has been applied.
    • Even if you think you can’t afford health insurance, visit the Exchange to see how federal subsidies may reduce your monthly premium
  • If you had a plan through the exchange in 2014, visit the marketplace again to evaluate the new plan designs, new network options and new carriers on the market for 2015. You could find a plan that better meets your needs.

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