Education & Outreach Specialist
City of Kirkland Solid Waste Division
KIRKLAND, Wash. – April is Earth Month in the City of Kirkland and the City Council kicked-off the celebration early with the reading of a proclamation at their March 21 meeting declaring Earth Hour on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. That’s one hour when all residents and businesses are called upon to turn off their lights for the hour and join the City in pledging their support to climate protection.
To celebrate the rest of the month, the City’s environmental team, Kirkland Conserves, is inviting the community to partake in a number of classes, workshops and a weekly challenge to make their homes greener. The activities, listed below, are all sponsored by the City and are free of charge.
Green Home Challenge
Join Kirkland’s community Green Home Challenge and you will receive manageable email assignments one step at a time that will make your home simpler, healthier, and greener. Tackle tasks like getting rid of junk mail, reorganizing your fridge to waste less food, and decluttering your closet.
Over the course of 21 brief emails, you will be walked through each green action. You’ll be pointed to free resources in Kirkland and will get free tools like battery chargers and countertop compost pails that will make it easy. As a bonus for participating, you’ll receive a Chinook Book App 12-month code ($15 value) with discounts at local businesses. The Challenge begins April 1st! Sign up for the Green Home Challenge now at: kirklandwa.gov/greenhome.
Free Green Living Classes
Green Cleaning Workshop
April 11, 6:30-8 p.m., Kirkland Library
A clean home doesn’t have to be toxic! Improve your health and energy by creating a sparkly clean and vibrant home, the residue-free way. This session will offer great tips and recipes for making your own toxic-free cleaning products. Sign up at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild
April 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Kirkland Library
Amateur naturalist and award winning writer, Adrienne Ross Scanlan, takes readers on a journey through 11 altered Puget Sound landscapes. She considers how time spent working to reclaim the region's natural areas helped her come to terms with her past and find the true meaning of "home." RSVP at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
Lighten Up: Clear Your Clutter
April 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Kirkland Library
Clutter is a huge culprit in creating unhealthy homes and lives. Learn how to simplify your life, buy less, and make your home healthier and happier. Sign up at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
Get ready for Bike Month
Everyday Cycling: Commutes & Errands by Bike
April 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Kirkland Library
Make commuting and errands fun! Our instructor from Cascade Bicycle Club will walk you through the basics of biking for commuting and errands. Learn what gear will make your ride comfortable and safe, figure out how to plan a route that you'll enjoy riding, and get tips for safe urban cycling. Sign up at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
“Bikeology” a Community Panel
April 19, 7-8 p.m., Heritage Hall
Learn how you can start biking more often from your neighbors who bike and members of the Kirkland bike community! Panelists will share their everyday biking and bike commuting stories, clarify the real rules of the road, and give an update on Kirkland’s bike infrastructure. Don’t reinvent the wheel - get tips about gear and routes from everyday cyclists in Kirkland.
Free Natural Yard Care Workshops
Growing a Healthy Lawn and Garden
April 23, 1-3 p.m., McAuliffe Park
Healthy soil is the key to a vibrant and robust lawn and garden. Learn what makes soil work for your plants and how to improve it to save water, reduce maintenance and keep your plants growing stress-free. We will also explore the best lawn choices for the Pacific Northwest and how to manage weeds in your lawn naturally. Sign up at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
Smart Water Management for Your Garden
April 30, 1-3 p.m., McAuliffe Park
We will explore plant choices, review best planting techniques and discuss water management techniques for both winter and summer. We will spend some time outdoors planting and investigating drip systems in the Tilth Alliance Learning Garden on site. Sign up at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
Benefiting from Beneficial Insects
May 7, 1-3 p.m., McAuliffe Park
Did you know only 1% of the insects in your garden are causing damage to your plants? Learn how to create a habitat that welcomes the beneficial insects found in a typical garden, keep them in the garden and avoid gardening practices that cause them harm. We will get some close-up looks at different beneficial friends and spend time outdoors on a flower identification and insect tour. Sign up at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
Earth Fair and LED Sale
April 26, 11a.m.-4 p.m., Kirkland City Hall
Join us to celebrate Earth Month with more than 10 local organizations who want to help you go green at home! No registration required – but you can sign up for a reminder email at kirklandpw.eventbrite.com.
- Buy discounted LEDs and low-flow showerheads
- Recycle fluorescent tubes for free (limit 10)
- Get free water- and waste- saving tools
- Advocate for action on climate
- Answer all your recycling questions
- Attract birds and wildlife to your yard with native plants
- Green your commute (and get prizes for it)
- Find good places to bike around town
- And more!