Complete Streets in Eastern Washington


Nearly 40 city planners, engineers, leaders and interested citizens attended our free Complete Streets training on June 28.

Ben Franklin Transit hosted us in their headquarters, Castle Catering delivered a scrumptious healthy lunch, and much relevant information was shared by all. These community partners joined forces to make the training happen:

CS sponsors

Check out the training presentations on the Benton Franklin Council of Governments site:


Snow and Ice: How we can and why we should save the world’s frozen water

Snow & Ice 

              Thursday, January 15, 7:00 pm, Richland Library


Mountaineer and climate scientist Steven Ghan will take you on a visual journey along the crest of the North Cascades, showing evidence of glacier retreat as well as spectacular alpine scenery. He will relate his anecdotal evidence with data from around the world showing retreat of glaciers, reductions in mountain snowpack, loss of Arctic sea ice, and melting of Greenland ice. He will place these recent changes within the context of the repeated advance and retreat of ice over the last 800,000 years, and will provide a physically-consistent explanation for them.

Why should we care about this?  Dr. Ghan will discuss the likely outcome and profound human impacts of the continued depletion of the world’s frozen water, and will offer concrete and effective suggestions on how the global ice melt can be prevented.

Keynote Forum Messages to Consider

Our October 23 community forum,  Tri-Cities 20/20 Looking Beyond Tomorrow, gave attendees an opportunity to hear and speak to the perspectives of relevant experts in the realm of sustainability in eastern Washington. Two panels of local leaders representing a variety of sectors brought their valuable perspectives to the conversation as well.

Don Schjeldahl, site selection expert, returned to Tri-Cities to follow on his work as part of the TADZO team hired by TRIDEC to conduct a New Economy Market Analysis reported on last March. He opened the forum by posing the questions:

What is sustainability?

Why does it matter?

triple bottom line graphic

Review Schjeldahl’s presentation The Business Case for Community Sustainability.

Dave Andersen led the second half of the forum, accompanied by a different set of panelists. As the Eastern Regional Manager for the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Growth Management Services office, Dave applied his deep appreciation for the usefulness of the GMA (Growth Management Act) to the conversation at hand.

3 bridges, 3 cities

Review Andersen’s presentation Competitiveness & Sustainability: The Role of Place

Recognizing Good Work


The Green Recognition Program is an opportunity for Richland businesses, schools, organizations, groups and individuals to showcase their environmental efforts. The city widely recognizes honorees  and encourages community sharing of knowledge and lessons learned.

The City of Richland is proud to announce the 2014 winners:

Timbers Apartments is Richland’s 2014 Green Business of the Year.

The Green Program of the Year award went to PNNL for its Sustainable Campus program.

Richland’s Excellence in Environment Stewardship was awarded to Friends of Badger Mountain.

A special award for Outstanding Environmental Commitment was presented to Jim Langdon, Badger Mountain Trailmaster.

Others honored included Buckwheat Bottoms Cloth Diapers, Go Green Tri-Cities, Paragon Corporate Housing and Superior Wash, mobile truck and car wash service.

Recycled / Repurposed ART Needed


Artists of all ages who create art work by reusing an old or used item are invited to display them at the 10th Annual Richland Green Living Awards on Thursday, October 16th.  Art pieces will be displayed throughout the Riverside Room in the Richland Community Center during the awards program, including on the stage and as table decorations.  Artists will be recognized for their work during the event, in the printed program, and on the website.

To submit your recycled art project for review, or for more information contact the Richland Community & Development Services office at 942-7583 or email