While its official opening is nearly three months away, the Bullitt Center is already being dubbed the greenest commercial building in the world, and the UW Integrated Design Laboratory is getting in on the ground floor, literally. Currently located just west of campus on Northeast Northlake Way, the lab is preparing to move into the first floor of the Bullitt Foundation’s new headquarters at 1501 East Madison Street between downtown and Capitol Hill in late April. Read more about this and the Bullitt Center itself.
As part of an agreement between the Washington Department of Transportation, the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee, Seattle Parks and Recreation is receiving $7.8 million from the state to make improvements at the Arboretum as part of the 520 Bridge replacement project. Read more about this historic agreement!
Another high-level Hanford official has quit, after the Department of Energy ignored a memo he sent warning about potential meltdowns at the nuclear ranch’s waste treatment facility, currently under construction. Read more here.
Seattle’s City Council has announced a process to develop a Climate Action Plan, to be finalized on April 22 (Earth Day). Their decision is based partly on work by the Climate Impacts Group, a report from which provides estimates of climate-induced sea level rise. Read more about what the City is planning and how you can get involved.
Recent work by UW researchers shows that noise in some Puget Sound shipping channels regularly meets or exceeds levels the federal government suggests may be harmful to marine life. Read more here.
What is it like to float a river, recently undammed? Follow along with these rafters blogging for National Geographic, who ran the White Salmon about a year after Condit Dam was removed, releasing an old river and a new river at once.