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ECOSS’ Multicultural Team has been working with non-native-English-speaking communities since 1996, teaching families about “green” cleaning, recycling, water and energy conservation, and health risks associated with common household cleaning products. These services are offered in Amharic, English, Spanish, Tigrigna and Vietnamese.  The program has reached over 7,500 families through community group presentations, local fairs and festivals, and other neighborhood-oriented events. 

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ECOSS is helping homeowners in South Seattle utilize local resources to install rain gardens on their property to help combat sewer overflows and clean local waters. In partnership with King County, the City of Seattle, and Stewardship Partners, ECOSS will be doing outreach in multiple languages to residents to help guide them through the process of installing a rain garden with local rebates, as well as creating rain garden demonstration sites in communities to showcase rain gardens in action.
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Healthy Home Assessments

Make your home a healthier place with a free indoor air quality assessment! ECOSS is partnering with the American Lung Association to bring 'Home Health Assessment' programs to diverse communities. ECOSS staff will work directly with Lung Association experts to help to identify health hazards in your home and suggest low and/or no-cost solutions.

Residents with asthama, allergies, or respiratory illness, or homes with young children who may be exposed to chemicals, and others experiencing more headaches or respiratory problems will benefit from the assessments. This is being offered in apartments, condos, and houses within the city of Seattle, where the primary language spoken is one of the following; Amharic, English, Spanish, Tigrigna, Somali, and Vietnamese.

Seattle City Light's Powerful Neighborhoods Program

ECOSS has partnered with Seattle City Light to schedule home visits, provide translations, and deliver and install energy efficient fixtures (including efficient light bulbs, showerheads, faucet aerators & a smoke detector) at no cost to customers who may not have taken advantage of Seattle City Light's energy conservation programs in the past.

ECOSS and the Powerful Neighborhoods program are currently serving multi-family buildings in Seattle City Light's service area. If you would like to participate in the program please call the Powerful Neighborhoods multilingual phone line at 877-311-8752 or e-mail SCL_Install(at)Seattle.Gov to schedule an appointment. All products and installation services are free. 
Read about Powerful Neighbohoods in the NYTimes »

"Green" Your Home

Did you know that the average home contains as many as 60 chemicals? Indoor air can be ten times more polluted than outdoor air. Harmful vapors from toxic cleaning products can linger in your home long after a cleaning job has been completed. Learn how you can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your home and create a healthier environment for your family.

Water Conservation

The average person uses between 80 to 100 gallons of water each day. Toilets are most often the biggest water wasters in the home, using up to five gallons per flush. Find out how switching to a low-flow, 1.6 gallon toilet can save you money on your water and sewer bills.

Consider switching to a low-flow toilet. Check with your local water utility for rebate programs for Toilet Replacement. Currently in the City of Seattle, rebates are available for both home owners (income restrictions may apply) and businesses. Planting drought tolerant and native plants is another way to reduce water use in your garden.

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