What is Sustainable September

Sustainable September is a broad initiative around all things sustainable, including a variety of workshops, seminars, and information sessions around building a sustainable life and business.

We encourage you to attend as many of the following events as possible taking place throughout the month of September.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2018
Recycle Your Styrofoam This Saturday

The City is holding another Recycle Your Styrofoam event this Saturday, September 8, 2018 at

Kirkland Public Works Maintenance Center, 915 8th Street, Kirkland.
This event is held throughout the year and is for Kirkland residents only. Don’t forget to bring ID.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Sustainable Back Health

When: September 12, 2018 5:00pm-6:00pm

Where: 13128 Totem Lake Blvd Suite 203 Kirkland, WA 98034

Topic: Sustaining Health through Postural Balance and Functional Movement

Dr. Kendall Sweeney will talk about the importance of structural balance/posture for our total health as regards to neurology and wellness. She will then also provide some basic tips for how to make sure we are moving functionally to optimize our health.


Register for this event directly with Clear Chiropractic

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Goodwill: Behind the Scenes 

Join us on September 12th for a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Juanita Goodwill store and donation drop-off center.

  • We’ll show you the process for moving goods to the sales floor and talk more about our environmental impact, such as how we diverted over 55,596 tons of donated goods from the landfill last year!!
  • You will also learn more about what you can donate, from electronics to textiles, through our partnerships with E-Cycle WA and Threadcycle.

Meet at the Juanita Goodwill store at 9:00 am for the tour, followed by coffee and pastries.

For more information or to sign-up for the tour, please contact Community Relations Director Betsy McFeely at betsy.mcfeely@seattlegoodwill.org or (206) 860-5731

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Sustainable Chamber Luncheon At Woodmark

When: September 13, 2018 11:30am-1:15pm

Where: Woodmark Hotel

Speaker: Sustainability Ambassadors

Please join us for the most inspiring program of the year as a team of well-informed, student Sustainability Ambassadors present the Positive Trends Update featuring a review of their collective impact projects and data-driven strategies to improve sustainable community conditions. Student Sustainability Ambassadors are polished public speakers, offering an inspiring, slide-based program on what’s working, who’s leading, and how the systemic trends they are measuring across generations and community sectors point to a sustainable future.

This years update will feature a new action agenda set at the Community Sustainability Summit hosted by Microsoft in June, climate action related to the King County Cities Climate Collaborative of which Kirkland is a member, and a powerful new partnership formed with the LWSD PTSA to establish sustainability policies and practices across the district.

Learn more at  http://www.sustainabilityambassadors.org/

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Two Men & A Truck Donations

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will partner with local schools, businesses, and other organizations beginning September 18th leading up to November 7th

These items help local shelters care for the animals, but also make a difference in the pets’ lives, too. They deserved to be cared for and loved, homeless or not.

If you would like to serve as a collection partner for the Movers for Mutts campaign, please contact us at john.phillips@twomen.com for more information.

The Kirkland Chamber of Commerce will serve as a drop off location. Please stop by our offices at to make a donation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
2018 Kirkland Housing Dialogue 

When: September 19, 10:00am-1:00pm

Where: Kirkland City Hall

Why: Discuss housing crisis and steps towards a solution

$10 suggested donation to Sustainability Foundation 

Facilitated by Brenda Nunes, KW Nunes Group and Doug Davis, Hallmark Realty 


Panel 1: Housing Crisis from Multiple Views: 

This panel will explore the current housing situation in Kirkland; how did we get here and how is it impacting the business community?  Panelists include:

  • Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist Windermere, The Economics of Housing
  • Kurt Triplett, Kirkland City Manager: Kirkland Housing Challenges 
  • Mike Connolly , Managing Broker, Windermere Kirkland, The Real Perspective 
  • Samantha St. John, Executive Director Kirkland Chamber of Commerce: Challenges facing small business 
  • Melissa Acton Buzard, President Chameleon Technologies, the Technology Market perspective 

Panel 2: Steps Towards a Solution: 

This panel will look at how the City, real estate and building industry, and State elected officials are responding to the situation. Recommendations from the City of Kirkland’s Strategic Housing Advisory Board and experts in State regulatory issues including but not limited to Condo liability reform will be presented.  Panelists include:

  • Dawn Nelson, Planning Manager, City of Kirkland, The Kirkland Strategic Housing Advisory Board Recommendations 
  • Rodney Rutherford, A Kirkland resident and member of The Kirkland Strategic Housing Advisory Board 
  • Mayor Amy Walen, What can be done from a regulatory standpoint 
  • Matthew Gardner, Chief Economist Windermere, a real estate perspective
  • Troy Thiel: Realtor, Windermere: Condo Liability Reform 
  • Master Builder’s Plan

Thursday, September 20, 2018
Attain Housing Luncheon

“The Home is Where the Heart Is” Fall Luncheon is the biggest annual fundraiser for Attain Housing.

Dollars received from sponsors and donors are vital in allowing them to continue their mission to provide families with case management services to make lasting life changes, which help lead them to permanent housing and a sustainable, stable life.

Attain Housing provides housing and services for families facing homelessness. In 2017, their 33 apartments supported 149 people consisting of 46 families and 87 children. The majority of families they serve are headed by single mothers escaping domestic violence with their children.

When: Thursday, September 20th 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Cost: Free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Public Information Day

When: September 22, 10:00am-1:00pm

Where: Kirkland Justice Center

Special Speakers: Wendy Weiker, Janaira Stokes, Emily Newcomer, Brenda and Art Nunes, Keller William Nunes Group, Sara St John, Warren Raven

Topics Covered:

  •  Puget Sound Energy: Wendy Weiker
  •  “When to have the conversation-Sustainable Aging”: Janaira Stokes, Aegis Living
  • Waste Management: Emily Newcomer
  •  Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) City of Kirkland:- What they are, How to Permit and the Benefits.
  • Healthy Homes “How to Find or Fix”: Brenda and Art Nunes, KW Nunes Group
  • Indoor Air Quality Solutions: Sara St John, Air Quality Systems
  • Solar Nuts and Bolts:  Warren Raven of Soltara
  • Estate Planning
  • Reverse Mortgages

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Cost of Housing Breakfast

When: September 25, 2018 7:30am-9:00am

Where: MBAKS Bellevue, WA 335 116th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Why: Addressing and fixing the issues and policies that affect our businesses 

Facilitated by Doug and Brenda

Points of View:

  • Builder/Developer: all of the reasons from a builder perspective, why it’s expensive to build
  • Economist: regional, National and International influences on cost of housing
  • MBA: housing 10 point plan identifying potential solutions to help


Home construction costs have gotten out of control. Home prices have rocketed to unprecedented heights and both we, as industry professionals, and potential home buyers are feeling the astronomical effects.Positive change starts at the September 25 Sales & Marketing Council Breakfast, featuring a real look at the costs of doing business in the Puget Sound region, from labor shortages to costs of materials, and beyond. Join distinguished guest speakers and MBAKS staff as we search for proactive solutions to the issues we all face.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Town Hall: Kirkland, Now and Then

The second installment of our Kirkland Town Hall Series on September 25 will focus on the topic: “Kirkland, Now and Then”, shining a light upon the changes that are happening and will happen in our city.

Doors open to the public at 6 p.m., with a resource fair in the lobby. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m., featuring five panelists and facilitator Roberta Romero. A community dialogue will follow the facilitated panel discussion.

There is no cost to attend, however a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged.
These programs are presented free to the public, due to the generosity of our sponsors and our donors. The goals of the Chamber are to sponsor connections among people, build tolerance and understanding, and possibly to promote healthy change in our community.

Sponsored by: Conover Feek, Jim Feek

Where: Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033
When: September 25, 2018
Reception at 6:00 pm
Event begins at 7:00 pm
Ending time 8:30 pm

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Behind the Scenes with Waste Management  

Waste Management is hosting a Kirkland residents behind the scenes CRC tour on Oct. 4 from 3-4pm.

Guests will start off the tour in a classroom learning the details of what determines the recyclability of an item and how each material is sorted.

Guest will then go behind the scenes of the recycling center to see the sorting processes up close. The classroom is wheelchair accessible, however it is necessary to climb 24 steps for the tour portion of the visit.

Because spots are limited, anyone interested must contact recyclenw@wm.com to sign up. Further details will be emailed upon registering for the tour.