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Nov 14, 2013 by City of Redmond

November 15 is America Recycles Day

The use of electronic products has grown substantially over the past two decades, changing the way and the speed in which we communicate and how we get information and entertainment. According to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Americans now own approximately 24 electronic products per household.

Donating used electronics for reuse extends the lives of valuable products. Recycling electronics prevents valuable materials from going into the waste stream. Consumers now have many options to recycle or donate for reuse their used electronics. Many computer, TV, and cell phone manufacturers, as well as electronics retailers offer some kind of take back program or sponsor recycling events.

Before donating your computer or other electronics, make sure the equipment is reusable. Donation organizations have limited or in many cases no resources and employees to diagnose and repair hardware. A functional, working system—especially with monitor, wiring, and software licenses—is a lot more useful and requires less upgrading than a nonworking, incomplete computer. Check to see what the donation organization’s minimum computer requirements are (e.g., Pentium processor, Windows 95). Donation organizations might not accept (or might charge a fee for) older, less useful equipment (e.g., 386 processors, dot matrix printers, less than 14 inch color monitors).

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Oct 17, 2013 by City of Redmond

Green Redmond Day is Saturday, October 26th

The first ever Green Redmond Day will be a celebration of Redmond's urban forest and a chance for community members to join the Green Redmond Partnership in caring for our forests.  Roll up your sleeves and volunteer by planting trees at the Heron Rookery, Westside Park, Viewpoint Park, or the Watershed Preserve.  All ages welcome.

Please register in advance so that a great day can be planned for everyone.  All tools, gloves, and plants will be provided, along with hot coffee and snacks to start of the morning.  Join you neighbors and keep our urban forest healthy and thriving!

Go to to register.


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Sep 30, 2013 by City of Redmond

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA: Green Power Partner of the Year
Microsoft is one of the world’s largest tech and software companies. Microsoft’s business strategies include ambitious environmental and sustainability goals. Microsoft set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions in 2012 by least 30 percent per unit of revenue below their 2007 baseline. They met this goal through increased energy efficiency and investments in high-quality, externally-verified renewable energy and carbon reduction projects. In 2012, Microsoft purchased renewable energy credits totaling more than 1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power.  In 2013, Microsoft upped its use of renewable energy percent to nearly 2 billion kWh annually, an increase of more than 815 million kWh from 2012. This increase put Microsoft in 2nd place on EPA’s Green Power Partnership National Top 50 and Top 20 Tech and Telecom lists in 2013. The company’s green power includes solar power generated from a 480 kW on-site at its Mountain View, CA campus. In total, Microsoft purchases green power equivalent to 80 percent of its U.S. electricity needs.

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Sep 23, 2013 by City of Redmond

Do's and Don't of Pest Control

It's getting that time of year when critters might try to make their way into you residence in anticipation of the fall and winter.  How can you safely solve your pest problems?  Learning about the pests you have and options that are available to control specific pests is the first step.

Try Prevention First

  • Remove sources of food, water, and shelter.
  • Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers.  Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans.  Remove garbage regularly from your home.
  • Fix leaky plumbing and don't let water accumulate anywhere in the home.  Don't let water collect in trays under your house plants or refrigerator.  Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.
  • Clutter provides places for pests to breed and hide and makes it hard to get rid of them.  Get rid of things like stacks of newspapers, magazines, or cardboard.
  • Close off places where pests can enter and hide.  For example, caulk cracks and crevices around cabinets or baseboards.  Use steel wool to fill spaces around pipes.  Cover any holes with wire mesh.
  • Learn about the pests you have and options to control them.
  • Check in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.

If prevention won't rid your home of unwanted residents and you want to manage them on your own with pesticides, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Use pesticides safely and correctly.
  • Dispose of leftover pesticides and pesticide containers properly.
  • Don't use outdoor chemicals indoors.
  • Dont' assume that twice as much is better.
  • Don't transfer pesticides to other containers.

Another option to managing pests on your own is to hire a professional.  If you select this route, be sure to ask about an Integrated Pest Management Program, which is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices.

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Sep 19, 2013 by City of Redmond

Puget Sound Starts Here

If you are interested in sustainability and want to know what's happening regionally around Puget Sound, be sure to check out  This website has some great information on various environmental topics, typically shown through short films, photo-essays, and stories.

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Sep 16, 2013 by City of Redmond

Whether you are selling a used car or buying one, you'll want to check out this new website.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released a new label that features EPA fuel economy estimates and CO2 estimates for used vehicles sold in the United States since 1984.  Consumers can create this new label electronically as part of a new tool on  This electronic graphic can be downloaded and included in on-line advertisements on the web, while the paper label may be printed and affixed to the vehicle window.  The new fuel economy label gives consumers an easy, quick way to get the information needed to find the used vehicle that's right for them. 

Visit to start using this new on-line tool.

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