King County leaders say they heard the message from September’s global climate strike loud and clear. And now they want to do something about it: bump up the deadline for Metro’s bus fleet to go all electric, from 2040 to 2035.
Sounds like great news, right? For the most part, yes. Supporters say the benefits of the switch would go beyond carbon reduction and include other positive environmental impacts, such as lowering air and water pollution.
But there are a couple of caveats: Because most of our region’s electricity comes from hydro energy, electric isn’t a perfect solution. And some critics think focusing too much on how our buses are powered is a distraction from a more impactful climate solution: driving less.
“It’s not a reason not to [go electric],” UW professor Don MacKenzie tells Crosscut. “But you want to keep it in perspective; the fuel burned by the King County Metro fleet is a drop in the bucket.”
In other news…
It’s a rocky time for WeWork. Along with shakeups at the top, the global coworking giant has also canceled plans for a 36-floor Seattle residential tower. But the news isn’t all negative: The company announced earlier this week that it will launch a startup accelerator for Washington’s maritime industry. (GeekWire)
Nowhere to go but up. With the Washington Nationals making their first trip to the World Series, the Mariners now stand alone as the only MLB team to never appear at the Fall Classic. So how ’bout those Sounders and Seahawks, huh? (The Seattle Times)
Looking for a spooky diversion this weekend? This map of local “Ring” filming locations has all the info you need to plan a horror-themed road trip, no horses required. (Curbed)
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🍎 Today: Celebrate the harvest and taste local ciders for a good cause (South Lake Union)
💀 Wednesday, October 30: Dive into Dia De Los Muertos at this sugar skull decorating event (Pioneer Square)
😅 Get fit with new friends at this young professionals “networkout” (South Lake Union)
🎉 Enjoy an after-hours party at the Gates Foundation (Lower Queen Anne)
💃 Dance to salsa, cha cha, and merengue at Royal Room (Columbia City)
🧠 Flex your brain with friends at trivia (U District)
👻 Hear a bunch of spooky stories at St. Mark's (Capitol Hill)
🕺 Experience a dance commentary piece at Velocity (Capitol Hill)
👻 Taste some brews with a side of boos (Lower Queen Anne)
⚽ Cheer on the Sounders in the MLS playoffs (SoDo)
🍷 Sip on local vintages at this neighborhood wine walk (Ballard)
🎭 Check out performances from a host of local choreographers (Downtown)
👖 Shop 'til you drop at an underground punk flea market (Mount Baker)
🔦 Enjoy a light show and dance party at a plant conservatory (Capitol Hill)
📽️ Catch closing night of the Seattle Queer Film Festival (Multiple locations)
🖼️ Listen to Cuban jazz at the Frye Art Museum (First Hill)
🎃 Dress the pup to impress for the Halloween Pet Parade (Capitol Hill)
🎂 Check out this neighborhood staple’s 5th anniversary party (Columbia City)
🏠 Discover the ins and outs of buying your first home (South Lake Union)
👩💻 Hear from a Google insider and network with other UX designers (Downtown)
🎨 Learn the art of watercolor paints (Ballard)
Happy birthday to Pike Brewing! The local craft beer pioneer is celebrating its 30th anniversary today by pouring $2.50 pints all night long.
Cheers to the almost-weekend, folks. 🍻
— The Evergrey