aLIVe – Call for Ideas
Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2010 by 5:00pm
Eligibility: Professional artists and artist teams, architects, landscape architects, designers of all types, engineers, tinkerers and community members residing In Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia are invited to apply.

4Culture in collaboration with Great City is seeking ideas that will inspire and engage the broader community in a conversation about transportation. Currently, our transportation system is designed around 40 ton trucks, but what if we were to design around the human body instead? A bicycle is a low-impact vehicle. What else can be imagined? Selected project ideas will be funded and exhibited in a variety of ways, depending upon medium and context. This is a great opportunity for people working across disciplines to explore how the arts can enhance existing systems and stimulate public conversations about energy, livability and design. Citizens from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit ideas for everything from poetry to prototypes.

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Good Afternoon Great City Friends,

Here are a few announcements on this frigid Tuesday.

Great City Executive Director Joshua Curtis and Cascade Land Conservancy President Face off in the Mustache Challenge. Details Below!

New Board Members and Board Chair Transition

Great City is pleased to announce the addition of six new board members: Rebecca Deehr, Marshall Foster Jessie Israel, Alison Van Gorp, Diana Vergis Vinh and Chuck Wolfe. Each brings a level of experience, passion, and perspective that fills out our already robust board. Learn more about them (and our current board members) here. We also bid a fond adieu to our board chair of the past 3 years, Darryl Smith. Darryl has been a tireless leader and voice of change within our organization – we’re extremely grateful for all that he has done for us. While he’ll remain on our board, we have a feeling we’ll be seeing less of Darryl, what with his new job and all. In other news, we are very excited that Brice Maryman has stepped up to take over the board chair role. Brice has been a leader within Great City since our founding, is recognized locally and nationally for his civic and professional work on Green Infrastructure (the Muni League recognized Brice this year with their Doug Mason Award for his efforts on Open Space 2100) and has been a leader in Great City since our founding. We look forward to Brice’s continuing vision and leadership in the years to come.

Annual Board Retreat

This past Saturday we held our annual board retreat at Mike and Julie O’Brien’s beautiful Fremont home (thanks, Mike and Julie!). We had a great day, and will be reporting back soon with our 2010 Work Plan and legislative priorities. In the meantime, you can see photos of our board hard at work here.

Brownbag Schedule

We have rescheduled this week’s to next Thursday, December 17th (description below). Due to holiday scheduling, we won’t be holding another brownbag until January, when we will continue our regularly scheduled brownbags on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

“Social Sustainability Conference” Overview Brownbag
Thursday, December 17th
12:00 – 1:30 pm
GGLO Space at the Steps
1301 First Ave, Level A

Enter through door located about ¼ of the way down the Harbor Steps

Election results showed that Seattle voters care about diversity and social issues, in addition to the environment. Social sustainability is the next frontier of the green movement. Sustainability is everything, not just carbon and climate. Gender, education, race and housing are all areas that impact and are impacted by the environment of our planet and our how we treat our local and global community.

OUT for Sustainability hosted the 1st annual Social Sustainability Conference (Great City was a proud partner) to ask the question, “what is social sustainability?” Panelists from the government, local business and non-profits came together over 5 seminars to discuss how demographic characteristics like gender and age intersect with logistics of daily life, like education and housing.

Seminars included:

  • Gender + Healthcare: Focused on access to services for women and transgender people. Speaker: Carolyn Fuller ND
  • Age + Community: Focused on planning community for an aging urban community. Panelists: Don Moreland, Tom Rasmussen and Jeff Reibman
  • Class + Education: Focused on resource differences in different communities. Speaker: Ken Shulman
  • Orientation + Family: Focused on the non-political side of Domestic Partnership. Panelists: Thomas Pitchford, Cynthia Buhr and David Wing-Kovarik
  • Race/Ethnicity + Housing: Focused the debate between affordability and density. Panelists: Jacque Larrainzar, Heyok Kim and Darryl Smith

Great City is excited to host a brownbag with Gerod Rody, Executive Director of OUT for Sustainability, to discuss the common themes of the conference and to identify avenues that turn awareness into action.

Gerod Rody is the Executive Director of OUT for Sustainability, bringing the LGBTQ community together with social and environmental sustainability. He is also the Marketing and Communications Associate for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, where he earned his MBA in Sustainable Business focused on Building and Community Economic Development. Gerod earned his BA in European Studies, emphasis on Sweden, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Upcoming Brownbags

January 14th – Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), Seattle, and King County
GGLO Space at the Steps, 12:00-1:30 pm

January 28th – Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement South Portal and its Impacts on Pioneer Square

Location TBA, 12:00-1:30 pm

Great City Has a New Office Space

We are pleased to announce that Great City has moved into a new office in GGLO. We’re excited to be here, and would like to extend a huge “Thank You” to the staff at GGLO for making us feel at home. As an added bonus, we get to sit next to Alex Steffen and the fantastic worldchanging team.

We would also like to extend a shout out and thank you to The Fearey Group and SVR both of whom have loaned us temporary desk space over the past few months while we searched out our new digs.

Mustache Update

Great City’s Mustache Competition and Membership Drive is heating up! For those of you not in the know, Great City Executive Director Joshua Curtis has challenged Cascade Land Conservancy President Gene Duvernoy to a Mustache Competition as part of our 1st annual Membership Drive.

Joshua has made impressive ground in the past two weeks and the two faced off recently at CLC’s Holiday Open House. While civility was upheld at all times, the tension was thick as Gene sized up his competition. To see photos of the now legendary exchange, truck on over to our Facebook page. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to click that “Become a Fan” button at the top of the page.

Who will ultimately reign supreme? You decide! Great City Members will get to vote on which of the two sports the most macho mustachio. A basic membership starts at $25. A $100 + donation will land you a highly coveted “YIMBY” (Yes In My Back Yard) t-shirt or super-sustainable tote bag!

To become a member, click here.