The Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series of community discussions returns for 2019 with “Looking Forward,” a focus on four broad themes related to growth: environment, transportation, employment and housing.
Issues That Matter forums are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. All events are free and open to the public.
Population increases are affecting aspects of living across the Puget Sound region. Even areas not directly impacted are feeling the ripple effects of growth in counties and cities miles away.
The 2019 series kicks off with Disappearing Farmland: Population Growth and Food Supply Sustainability from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 29 at the Monroe Library.
The facilitator will be Linda Neunzig, Snohomish County agriculture coordinator. Panelists include Snohomish County Councilmember Sam Low; Nick Bratton of Forterra; Robin Fay of PCC Farmland Trust; Bobbi Lindemulder of the Snohomish Conservation District; Neil Subhash of Present Tense Farm; and Leah Werkhoven of Werkhoven Dairy, located in the Tualco Valley south of Monroe.
The other forums in Issues That Matter 2019 are:
- Transportation: Getting from Here to There. Lynnwood Library, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 14.
- Employment: Working on Future Jobs. Marysville Library, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 21.
- Housing and Homelessness: Where will we all live? Edmonds Library, 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, June 3.
- Housing: Where will we all live? Oak Harbor Library, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 4.
Accommodations for people with disabilities are available on request. Please contact the library in the community where the forum is being held in advance of the event.
Issues That Matter is supported by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.