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Mark your calendars: Holiday Kids' Tree lighting set for Dec. 2

As Halloween passes and Thanksgiving approaches, plans are underway to welcome in the Christmas and holiday season with the 28th annual AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project. AWB hosts the lighting of the tree in the state Capitol rotunda each December. A special part of the event is the presentation of toys and cash gifts for rural fire districts to give out to needy families across the state.

Since 1989, the AWB Holiday Kids' Tree Project has raised and given away more than $370,000 to families in need. Firefighters have mentioned that these donations are often the only funds they receive to help families in need during the holiday season.

Mark your calendars for the public tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by AWB. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia. The theme for this year's tree decorations will be "under the sea," and will again feature stuffed characters from some of today’s most popular kids’ movies as tree ornaments. As always, when the tree comes down, those stuffed animals along with a book are given to children receiving care at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital.

To donate to this project, contact AWB's Bonnie Millikan.



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Delivering the Future: How UPS Is Pursuing the Possibility of Sustainable E-Commerce

By Jim Bruce, senior vice president, UPS

At UPS, ours is anticipating the direction of e-commerce and staying ahead of it, because we believe that e-commerce will profoundly impact the development of our cities, lifestyles and business.

The question is whether e-commerce will improve or diminish global sustainability. We think it can go either way but are optimistic about the possibility of real improvement. Which way it goes depends on a number of factors: 1) Can we create a sustainable global delivery network? 2) Will people rely on that network enough to lessen reliance on personal vehicles and to increasingly live in decongested, pedestrian-friendly cities? And 3) Will cities begin to view e-commerce as essential to their sustainable future? Truly, a "yes" to these three questions would be transformative to our cities and global carbon-reduction efforts...

Read more at the National Association of Manufacturers blog
Washington's Hydropower Is No Laughing Matter

Who needs those old dams?

By Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, The Wenatchee World

They had a good laugh over it, the reports said. What a knee-slapper. Candidates for the United States Congress, at a recent climate change forum at a Ballard brewpub, indicated through their mistaken answers to a simple question that neither has any idea where electricity comes from. What a hoot...

Electricity doesn't just show up. It is not produced by flights of fancy, moonbeams, cool articles in Wired or a Harry Potter character waving a wand. It required the intense effort of generations, the labor of tens of thousands of people, and investments in the multiple billions to produce enough electricity to supply Seattle and provide the energy without which its thriving economy wouldn't be worth a 500K RAM chip from a 1984 IBM PC.

To feed the city energy there are hundreds of turbines, turning ceaselessly through the power of falling water from the great river of the West, harnessed by blocks of concrete so large we can scarcely imagine larger...

Of course, you don't get rid of such assets. You don't speak of it, even in jest.

Read the full column in The Wenatchee World
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