Learning how to make your day-to-day life greener doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s really a matter of taking it one step at a time.
“The process should be gradual,” advises Sabrina Combs, Recycling and Public Services project administrator for the City of Bothell. “You choose one thing to start with and make it a part of your routine. Then you add on from there. It really is easy and it can be lots of fun.”
Often, however, people need help in knowing where and how to begin, as the choices can be overwhelming.
That’s where Sustainamania comes in. It’s a free, family-friendly event to give residents tips and simple tools they can use to become more sustainable.
Combs came up with the idea for the outreach education effort in order to encourage the public to learn more about sustainable methods and products they can incorporate at home, work, school or in their neighborhood.
“The cities of Bothell and Woodinville, along with the Woodinville Water District and the Northshore Utility District used to do a spring garden fair,” she explains, “but that disbanded. Around the same time, the Green Festival stopped coming to Seattle. I wanted to fill the void I felt was left when these events disappeared.”
Combs went to the City of Bothell’s Public Works director and offered to create a new annual event for the community, which would coincide with National Public Works Week.
“Last year was the first year for Sustainamania,” adds Combs, “and it was a success. We had over 250 people attend and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.”
The event which is sponsored by the cities of Bothell and Woodinville, along with a number of local businesses, will be held at the Public Works Operations Center in Bothell.
Dozens of vendors are participating including All Battery Sales and Service, Cedar Grove Composting, Northwest Natural Lighting, Waste Management, ECO Foam Recyclers, Bothell Parks and Recreation, Bothell Landmark Preservation Board, Bats Northwest, Brightwater Center, Seattle Public Utilities, Snohomish Conservation District, Sustainable Works and more. Each company or organization will highlight its green practices, while emphasizing how it aids in contributing towards long term sustainability for the community.
There will be a variety of activities and giveaways such as kids’ backpacks, free bags of compost, seed packets, food scrapers, lids and sink strainers to properly collect fats, oils and grease.
Adults will get a pledge card that will encourage them to visit certain booths to learn about ways to reduce the size of their garbage carts.
For kids, there will be chickens and ducks, pictures with Corey the Apple Core, Bert the Salmon and Chuck the Cart, Bingo and other educational games.
Both young and old will especially enjoy the chance to “touch a truck,” as there will be a number of different city vehicles on site such as mowers, sweepers and a Waste Management truck.
“Last year, people loved being able to get inside one of these vehicles and talk to the staffers who operate them,” comments Combs. “It was a big hit.”
Kids and their parents can also take a tour of the wetland and learn about the importance of this area in the community.
Involving children is an important goal of Sustainamania. Combs says, “Kids are a target audience because they can help their families make better choices. They are the future and the younger they learn about the environment and being sustainable, the better our world will be.”
What: Sustainamania, a free, family-friendly event to learn about sustainable practices, tools and products for daily use
When: Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Bothell Public Works Operations Center
21233 20th Ave. S.E.
For more information: www.sustainamania.org