Sustainable Seattle, founded in 1991, is an organization that strives for social justice, collaboration, and stewardship. Their mission is to be a catalyst for positive change. In December REED’s Recycled Paint Program (Green Man Paint) was nominated for the Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards. There are numerous categories of award and RPC won the Innovation in Sustainability Award. This award recognizes organizations or individuals that introduce a new way to do things that inspire others and contribute toward positive change in our progress toward sustainability. We were honored to receive the award and gracious for the nomination. For more information about Sustainable Seattle and their many wonderful programs please visit: www.sustainableseattle.org.

For more information about the recycled paint program please contact Tammy Sheridan at tammy@reedpaint.com

In celebration of our award, we will be offering our 20/20 Special for a limited time only. That’s right! The first 20 jobs scheduled before January 15th, receives 20% off. The word is out and we have 18 spots left and this is only the 1st day. See what REED can do for you! click here.

 

REED in the Community

WE’RE IN THE ZOO

REED Assists Woodland Park Zoo with Facility Maintenance

This fall, REED started working with the Facilities and Exhibit Department. The Woodland Park Zoo has been a part of our community for more than 100 years, encompasses nearly 100 acres and is home to 1,090 individual animals. All of this requires a lot of maintenance every year; and this year they gave us a call to see if we could help them with  a few projects. For a little over one month,  two of our painters have been camped at the Zoo painting various buildings. Keep an eye out for us the next time you’re there. For information about Woodland Park Zoo Memberships click here.

What do Elephants, Hippos and Bears Have In Common?

They love watermelon! RPC’s neighbor , who had many watermelons left over from their vodka and gin distilling process, donated the melons to us and we were able to donate a few dozen to the animals at the zoo. Zoo crew member Lanny Kittleson was able to walk us through the warehouse to see what the animals are fed. As you can see from the photos, the warehouse stocks fresh produce, grain and meat; it takes approximately 2,000lbs of food per day to feed the 1600-1800 animals the zoo houses. Did you know that elephants and orangutans love ketchup and mustard? Peanut butter and jam is a real hit too – it’s a great way to camouflage the taste of medicine. Would you like to feed penguins, giraffes, and elephants? Check out the zoo’s website for feeding schedules.

ZOO DOO: The Best Manure in Town

Are you an avid gardener? Looking for a unique stocking stuffer? Zoo Doo is just one of the ways the zoo maintains their conservations efforts – and they make it available to you! We were fortunate to have Composting & Recycling Coordinator Dan Corum give us a tour. Manure is collected from nearly 2 dozen species; it takes about 6 months to transform into living soil. As bacteria feed & reproduce the core temperature can reach 150 degrees, eventually turning manure into the most rich compost available in the Pacific Northwest. This compost is excellent for enhancing water & nutrient retention, improving soil texture, and it’s completely organic. Plus, it saves the zoo nearly $60,000 per year in disposal costs! In fact, the demand has caused the zoo to institute a lottery twice a year for patrons wanting more than what is regularly available at the zoo store. For more information please visit www.zoo.org/zoo-do. For a limited time the zoo will be selling Holidoo, a compost made entirely from the end products of the elephant exhibit. For details click here.

 


GO PSAAZK! WAIT, WHAT’S PSAAZK?

Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers

RPC has long been concerned about wildlife conservation. That’s why we are doing our part to contribute to the growth of wonderful organizations such as the  Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (PSAAZK) and Wild Fish Conservancy. The PSAAZK recently held their Annual Holiday Silent Auction & Bake Sale to raise funds for zookeeper professional development, educational outreach, and worldwide conservation. RPC was pleased to donate a “Painter for a Day” to assist this notable organization raise funds. Last spring they provided partial support in funding a collaborative research project studying the Burmese Vine Snake. For more information, visitwww.pugetsoundaazk.org.
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Save the Salmon with The Wild Fish Conservancy

The Wild Fish Conservancy recently held their Annual Wild Fish Soiree & Benefit Auction. RPC was happy to donate a “Painter for a Day” to this event’s auction, thus helping raise funds to support science, education, and advocacy. For more information about this organization please visit their website at www.wildfishconservancy.org.

HEALING WITH HOLIDAY LIGHTS

RPC recently heard of a family that suddenly lost someone very close to them. Dave, husband to Sharon, and father to Michelle, suddenly passed away a few weeks back. One of our painters heard of the story and brought it to the attention of owner, Randy Reed. It is hard to feel anything other than grief during a time of loss, but RPC was ready to do whatever we could to hopefully bring a bit of cheer to this incredible family. While Dave’s brother-in-law took out Sharon and Michelle, Randy and a couple of technicians installed holiday lights on their home. Sharon and Michelle were delighted by the surprise!



LUMINOUS AT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is currently holding a special exhibition which includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian art. SAM is home to one of the finest collections of Asian art in North America and has safeguarded these treasures for nearly eighty years. RPC was brought on board to paint the gallery stands and walls for this exhibit. The exhibit will run through January 8th. If you have some time this would certainly be an excellent one to see.  For more information please visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

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HOLIDAY TREATS

PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1/2 cup butter or stick margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ICING:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fat free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg substitute. Stir in the pumpkin, honey, butter and yogurt until smooth. Stir in wheat germ. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust with flour; add batter.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Combine icing ingredients until smooth; drizzle over cake.