The Seattle Chinatown International District is one of six US communities that will receive free sustainable neighborhood planning and design consultation in 2015-2016 from Global Green USA with the help of a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Global Green will assemble a team of sustainability experts to conduct three-day visits to communities and provide comprehensive recommendations for infrastructure and policy changes aimed at helping the communities build a future that is more resource-efficient, livable, healthy, equitable, and environmentally responsible.
“We look forward to working with our partners, InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, on this neighborhood-level assessment of the Seattle Chinatown International District,” said Maiko Winkler-Chin, Executive Director of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). “This sustainable neighborhood planning consultation will ultimately help us to create long-term solutions that address displacement concerns within our community. Furthermore, we are excited to learn about other immigrant communities in the US from the Global Green sustainability team, particularly San Francisco’s Chinatown and Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo.”
Starting in October, the Global Green sustainability team will visit each of the communities with other planning and sustainability experts from around the country— including Raimi+Associates, Farr Associates, the USGBC, and Agora Group. During the site assessment, the team will identify a neighborhood’s positive qualities, consult with community stakeholders in meetings and public workshops, and identify major opportunities to improve the sustainability of each neighborhood.
At the conclusion of the visit, the team will present recommendations for both physical and policy changes that may include streetscape improvements, ecological restoration, integrated energy and water infrastructure, new standards for in-fill and transit-oriented development, or zoning code revisions to allow for urban agriculture or mixed-use development.
The sustainability experts evaluating the communities will use the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard, a nationally recognized method for creating neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable, resource-efficient, and equitable. Benefits of LEED-ND neighborhoods can include lower municipal operations costs, reduced infrastructure costs, increased use of alternate transportation, improvements to public health, and environmental protection. LEED-ND was developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The assistance to the six communities is made possible by a grant to Global Green USA from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. Global Green received these competitively awarded grants to help protect the environment and improve overall quality of life for communities.
Monica Lauw, SCIDpda, 206-838-8238 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 69 Our Town awards totaling almost $5 million through the Our Town program's fifth year of funding. SCIDpda, in partnership with InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA) and the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, is one of those recommended organizations and will receive $75,000 to support creative placemaking projects in the CID, Little Saigon, and Japantown. The NEA received 275 applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000.
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
The project activities include public art that celebrates the neighborhood's Asian American history and heritage, and a design workshop to enhance the key historic Maynard alley. SCIDpda, InterIm CDA, and the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture will partner to plan and execute district activities that reflect the identity of the existing community, attract local business development, and foster safer public spaces.
"SCIDpda, InterIm CDA, and the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture demonstrate the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Chairman Chu. "Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike."
The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG online charitable giving event is happening today until midnight. For SCIDpda's 40th anniversary, we encourage you to please consider giving $40 for 40. Our work cannot be done without you, and every little bit counts! Click here to donate.
It's that time of year again--Comcast Cares Day presents the C/ID Spring Clean on Saturday, April 25th! See the schedule below:
8:00 AM: Check-in & Breakfast
8:30 AM: Event Kickoff
8:40 AM: To Project Sites
12 PM: Lunch & Entertainment
1 PM: Event Wrap-up
SCIDpda's Acting Executive Director Paul Mar joined Mayor Ed Murray, City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco, Edward Smalley of City Light, and Future City students from TOPS Elementary today at Uwajimaya and Legacy House for the launch of Operation L.E.D.! Free LED light bulbs were dispersed at Uwajimaya and Legacy House, and Seattle City Light plans to distribute up to 370,000 free energy efficient bulbs to Seattle residents. http://bit.ly/1y8d19H
Join us next Monday, March 2nd from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Hing Hay Coworks for IDEA Space's business workshop: 5 Legal Matters Restaurant & Deli Businesses Should Know! We’ve partnered with the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati to make this workshop free to all neighborhood food service businesses. Made possible by support from Union Bank, the workshop will explain how businesses can minimize legal risks and work in compliance with the law. It will cover the following: legal structure for restaurants, intellectual property rights, local restaurant regulations, essential employment laws, and essential tax laws. Space is limited, so RSVP to Quang Nguyen at email@example.com or (206) 838-8716.
The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO-URM) pilot project, led by SCIDpda's very own Cara Bertron and Paul Mar, was featured by The Rockefeller Foundation's Resilient Cities initiative in an article on Tuesday, February 10 for its proactive and innovative efforts toward building and neighborhood preservation. The RRIO-URM pilot project works to ensure the safety of the Chinatown International District's historic buildings while also preserving their unique, historic culture and diverse neighborhood population. We're grateful for the coverage and immensely proud of our hardworking staff!
The Chinatown-ID Neighborhood Block Watch relaunches on Tuesday, February 17th from 6 PM - 7:30 PM! Volunteers will first meet at Hing Hay Park and then move into IDEA space for training. After this first event, Block Watch will continue to happen every Tuesday.
Freelancers and small businesses, mark your calendars! Hing Hay Coworks presents its first MindMingler workshop & happy hour on Thursday, February 5th from 4:30-7 p.m. Participate in a helpful business workshop, then stay for networking, drinks, and light appetizers in our new coworking space. First topic on deck: Contracts 101.
The SCIDpda is grateful to announce that the U.S. Bank Foundation has awarded the SCIDpda a grant in support of our organization. This grant will allow us to provide staff support for our efforts in promoting economic opportunity, such as commercial revitalization projects, small business development, and real estate development. We truly appreciate your support!