Recycled Sustainability Songs



"Did You Bring Your Own Bag"  Click title for a Public Service Announcement with song and words by Sustainable Walla Walla cofounder Barbara Clark, produced for a Walla Walla 2020 Bag Ladies project in 1989.  We're sharing this with area radio and TV stations for this year's Earth Month.  How's that for reuse and recycling?


"Can't Throw It Away"  Click title for a song written and sung in the 90's by Barbara for a Walla Walla Earth Day celebration, accompanied by the Usual Suspects, Trudy Ostby on fiddle, Jon St. Hilaire on guitar and mandolin, Howard Ostby on drums, and Jesse Burgess on guitar.
Welcome to the Sustainable Walla Walla Website

We envision an economy and community for the Walla Walla area which is sustainable, through a high degree of self-reliance, conservation of resources, and mutual cooperation. Our mission is to raise public awareness of the challenges and opportunities of climate change and declining fossil fuels, resulting in area-wide planning for a renewable energy economy and a sustainable, low carbon community.

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Transportation efficiency is critical to building a sustainable community. Transportation currently accounts for 65% of our petroleum use, increasingly burdening our economy as resources are depleted and prices rise. Petroleum expenditures are also shipped out of our community, and further degrade our climate through the greenhouse impact of carbon emissions. A key element in living lightly for sustainability is travelling lightly. This space features sustainable alternatives to traditional petroleum-driven SOV (Single Occupancy Vehicle) trips.


VALLEY TRANSIT OFFERS ALTERNATIVE MOBILITY
Voters recently approved a small sales tax increase to preserve Walla Walla's efficient transit system by an overwhelming margin. Click here to visit Valley Transit's website for services and schedules. Click HERE for a slideshow and song celebrating our local transit system. Valley Transit's fleet runs partially on natural gas.

BICYCLING IS A GREAT WAY TO GET AROUND WALLA WALLA
Walla Walla's flat terrain, mild weather, and multiple bike lanes make biking around town an efficient and healthy mode of transportation. All Walla Walla buses also feature bike racks, so you can go multi-modal by travelling one direction or part of your trip on a bus, and the rest of your trip on your bike. Check out one of Walla Walla's fine bike shops for purchase or repairs by visiting http://www.bicyclebarn.com/, or http://www.allegrocyclery.com/.

WALKING IS A PLEASURE IN WALLA WALLA
You may be surprised how little time it takes you to walk places in Walla Walla, and how pleasant the tree-lined streets and many wide planting strips between sidewalk and curb make the walking experience. Of course you can always catch a bus for part of your trip, or arrange a ride with a friend part of the way. Put on some comfortable shoes and give it a try.

CARPOOL OR RIDESHARE TO INCREASE YOUR EFFICIENCY
Carpooling or Ridesharing is a good way to conserve resources, reduce your carbon footprint, build community, and increase mobility. Contact your friends, family, or coworkers to share commutes and other trips. Adding another person to a vehicle doubles its efficiency. Include Ridesharing arrangements in your meeting and event plans. Click HERE for a RideSharing Protocol for organizations from Faith Communities for Sustainability. Click HERE for the Walla Walla Community College Ridesharing website.


COMBINE TRIPS TO MINIMIZE RESOURCES
If you have to drive alone, whether you have a traditional gas-powered car, a hybrid gas-electric model, or an alternative fuel vehicle, be sure to combine your tasks into a single trip to save resources and emissions. With a little thought, we can minimize our transportation impacts, and strengthen our communities.

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