Volunteers help create sustainability at local Seattle area park

By Krista Van Tassel
November 5th, 2013
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Carrie Wolter

I’m proud to welcome back Carrie Wolter, an occasional contributor to Environmental Forum. Carrie leads our Green Team for the Puget Sound (Seattle) area and is a Vice President within the Wells Fargo Team Member Philanthropy group. Carrie also leads our company’s annual Community Support Campaign (- KVT)

Did you know that urban runoff is the single largest water quality threat for Puget Sound, contributing 75 percent of the total measured water pollution in the Sound?

One way to help alleviate runoff is to create rain gardens. On Friday, Oct. 18, 14 team members from the Wells Fargo Green Team Puget Sound – along with a few family members and friends – volunteered at Discovery Park to plant native plants in newly designed rain gardens and along the day lighted creek.

These rain gardens are specifically designed to prevent runoff pollution from entering our sensitive waters by absorbing and breaking down pollutants and the erosive energy of fast moving water.

Through a capital improvement grant, Seattle Parks, along with support from Stewardship Partners, are redirecting the stream around the north parking lot at Discovery Park into a newly dug stream bed, and adding rain gardens to slow the additional runoff from the street and parking area.  This will restore the creek flow to its natural level. In 2012, Wells Fargo provided a $40,000 grant to support this project through its Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program.

This planting serves as a critical final step of a project that will achieve the final goals of beautification, habitat creation, and water quality improvement.

The work that this team did will help restore healthy flows of clean water to Salmon Bay and Puget Sound. See them in action below:


Members of the Green Team Puget Sound

Members of the Green Team Puget Sound





















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Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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