Washington, DC Tops EPA’s List of Cities with the Most Energy Star Certified Buildings/Energy...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its eighth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified commercial buildings in the preceding calendar year. For the second year in a row, Washington, D.C. held its lead with 686 certified buildings. Los Angeles came in second with 527 buildings followed by third place San Francisco with 355 buildings. Atlanta and New York City round out the top five, each with more than 300 Energy Star certified buildings.

NEW SEASONS MARKET WINS FIRST GREEN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

New Seasons Market Fisher’s Landing has won the inaugural Clark County Green Business of the Year award. The store received the award, made of repurposed materials, Thursday during the annual Green Business Showcase.

NEW DOG PARK COMING TO COUNTY PROPERTY OFF NORTHEAST 192ND AVENUE

Dog lovers have an opportunity to help create a new off-leash area where dogs can run and play in east Vancouver. The Board of County Councilors today unanimously approved an agreement with Dog Owners Group for Park Access in Washington (DOGPAW) to develop a dog park on a county-owned parcel at Northeast 192nd Avenue and Northeast Ninth Street.

DEADLY HOUSE FIRE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF HOME FIRE SAFETY

The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined a recent late-night blaze originated in the kitchen, claiming the life of an adult. The investigation is ongoing and the victim has not been positively identified

Cantwell Launches National Campaign to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing

Senator, Mayors Murray, Strickland and Stephanson, along with advocates announce ambitious goals to expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit - an important federal tool for financing affordable housing

Council Roundup: Developing affordable housing strategy

Set to develop an affordable housing strategy, the City Council Monday approved $75,000 for consultant assistance on the project. Staff provided the council with an update of the city's housing needs assessment and obtained affirmation of project goals for this year's work program. The consultant will be paid out of the city's Housing Trust Fund

Spokane Habitat for Humanity to double its home building through new loan partnership

Thanks to a financing partnership between the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and Habitat for Humanity of Washington State, the Spokane Habitat affiliate will be able to build or rehabilitate twice as many homes over the next few years.

New loan partnership helps Tacoma Habitat for Humanity build 25 more homes in Pierce...

Thanks to a financing partnership between the Washington State Housing Finance Commission and Habitat for Humanity of Washington State, the Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat affiliate will build seven new homes in Lakewood’s Tillicum area, as well as complete an ongoing community.

New partnership helps Habitat for Humanity build 50 more homes in Tacoma, Spokane

Thanks to a $5 million loan from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Tacoma and Spokane will build an additional 25 homes in each community in the next few years.

Murray Introduces Bill to Strengthen Protections for Servicemembers on Student Loans, Mortgages, Contracts

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the SCRA Enhancement and Improvement Act of 2016. This major legislation would increase protections for servicemembers, who in recent years have been subjected to unfair treatment when serving on active duty. Specifically, by enhancing the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), Murray’s bill would lower the cap on all loan interest rates to three percent when servicemembers are called to active duty, and zero percent if they are serving in areas where they are eligible for hostile fire or imminent danger pay.

February Housing Stats for DC and Montgomery County

GCAAR is pleased to update its market information through a partnership with ShowingTime RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI). Monthly analysis of the Washington, DC and Montgomery County, MD housing markets gets more detailed attention here, while GCAAR continues to be your source for ear-to-the-ground reporting from our REALTOR® members. Get monthly housing stats at gcaar.com.

Washington Seafood Companies Agree to Cut Ozone-Depleting and Greenhouse Gas Refrigerant Releases

Two seafood processing and cold storage companies, Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc. and Ocean Cold LLC, have agreed to cut their releases of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases from leaking refrigeration equipment at their facilities in Westport, Washington.

Cardin, Delaney, Luján, DelBene Introduce Resolutions Establishing National Clean Energy Goals

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Reps. John K. Delaney (Md.-6), Ben Luján (N.M.-3) and Suzan DelBene (WA-1) have filed resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a national goal of more than 50 percent of America’s electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and calling for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal.

Newhouse, Reichert Introduce Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Legislation

Reps. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced legislation to authorize a key phase of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, an initiative to better accommodate the water needs of the agricultural community, conservationists, residents, and other stakeholders in the Yakima River Basin region. Reps. Reichert and Newhouse made the following statements after introducing the bill

Cleanup will help Everett bay’s environment, shipping

The Port of Everett wants to dig contaminated sediments out of Port Gardner Bay to help further develop one of the West Coast’s busiest deep-water seaports. The work would improve the local environment, Puget Sound and navigational access to the port’s Pacific Terminal

Founders of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus Introduce Bill to Help Stop the Spread...

U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and Denny Heck (WA-10) introduced a bill to help communities stop the spread of toxic stormwater runoff into key waterways. The legislation would create financing incentives to help state, Tribal, and local governments invest in Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).

Investing in housing and services in Everett

The capital budget proposal released today by the House invests $312 million into Washington state’s infrastructure – creating jobs and supporting the needs of our local communities. Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) successfully requested funding for two projects to address homelessness in Everett and Snohomish County.

SEWAGE PROMPTS WARNING TO AVOID WATER CONTACT IN AND AROUND LACAMAS LAKE

Clark County Public Health is advising that people and pets should avoid water contact in and around Lacamas Lake. A spill occurred near 4700 NW Pacific Rim Blvd. in Camas and the leak was repaired early this afternoon.

Kilmer Urges Communities in the 6th District to Apply for Transportation Grants

Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) urged transportation agencies in Washington’s 6th Congressional District to apply for a new round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grants. First established in 2009, TIGER funds local rail, road, and port projects with national significance.

COUNCILORS SEEK APPLICANTS FOR BOARD OF EQUALIZATION VACANCIES

The Board of County Councilors is seeking applicants to fill two positions on the Clark County Board of Equalization. One is a regular position and one is for an alternate.

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KCHA spearheads successful effort to preserve nine subdized apartment complexes in...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- When a portfolio of nine privately owned Section 8-assisted housing complexes located in five counties scattered across Washington state was offered for sale last spring, the King County Housing Authority spearheaded a collaborative effort to purchase it. The housing authorities of Bremerton, Grays Harbor County, Yakima, and Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee participated in assuring the preservation of a total of 337 homes within the various communities.

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Calmwater Capital Originates $7.6 Million Loan for WSU Student Housing

Calmwater Capital, a leading national direct real estate lender, has provided $7.6 million in senior debt to Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate, LLC to acquire and upgrade a student housing complex near Washington State University. The 184-bed property, known as College Crest Apartments, is located at 1555 NE Merman Drive in Pullman, Washington.