by Stu Hennessey*
If you have had any concern over the changing climate and the extreme weather events that have been making headlines you have probably felt frustration over not being in a position to challenge the big corporate polluters. The good news is that we are more in control of carbon pollution and its effect on the climate than most people realize.
People like you and I actually emit nearly twice the carbon pollution than industrial America. We also pollute ..continue reading
The Environmental Protection Agency’s final “Record of Decision” regarding the clean-up of the Duwamish River is here! Due to the advocacy work of Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Ggroup and input from the communities, the final plan includes a 25% increase in permanent toxic waste removal over the proposed plan. Now is your opportunity to learn about this important decision, get your questions answered and learn about what is coming next!
There are three upcoming opportunities for you to ..continue reading
Join Sustainable West Seattle on Martin Luther King Day at C&P Coffee from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We’ll be hosting our annual membership meeting and we’ll be providing treats as well as information. We’re also be looking for new board members so if you’re interested in getting involved please drop in.
When:Monday, January 19, 2015, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW, just south of the RapidRide station
On the National Day of Service start the New Year off by donating some time to Sustainable West Seattle (SWS), the organization ..continue reading
Seattle Parks and Recreation worked with Washington State University Extension 4-H to build a “challenge course” in the trees in West Seattle’s Camp Long. In 2015, interested members of the public are invited to join other educators and counselors in learning how to use adventure education to promote team building and personal development in their communities.
The introduction to facilitator training takes place Wednesday through Friday, January 28-30, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost ..continue reading
Washington State Department of Ecology has published the Tacoma Smelter Plume 2014 Annual Report, which is available here.
What is in the annual report? This 20-page report describes how the Department of Ecology is using the $94.6 million Asarco settlement to clean up the Tacoma Smelter Plume. It provides an update on cleanup progress and efforts to manage human health risks. It also includes the accomplishments and 2014 performance measurements from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.
What are ..continue reading
Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods has posted information about the 2015 grant programs.
Small and Simple Fund
The Small and Simple Fund provides awards from $1,001 up to $25,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. Deadline for the Small and Simple Fund for this round is February 2. Visit this website for more information regarding the fund http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm or start your NMF Online application at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/webapplication.htm.
Small Sparks Fund
The 2015 Small Sparks Project Fund provides awards up to $1,000 to support community members in building ..continue reading
King County Wastewater Division sent a notice this week stating that county contractors are beginning to build the underground storage tank across from Lowman Beach for the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project. The tank will sit on top of the concrete slab poured in the tank area last week. Crews will work Saturday Dec. 20 to install rebar and build forms. The rebar will attach the tank to the slab. The forms will help shape the tank bottom. Saturday work hours ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle member and Energy Blog author Andy Silber recently wrote a fiction story about the impact of climate change on Planet Earth and humanity’s attempts to colonize Mars.
Andy has taken the story much further and has published a longer, more involved version on Kindle. Click here for the Amazon link to the longer story. Andy is charging 99 cents ($.99) for this more polished version.
The story was first serialized here on the SWS website (see Energy ..continue reading
The King County Department of Natural Resources would like to hear from you about how you would prioritize King County’s environmental goals to help the county continue to plan for a greener future.
How would you prioritize King County’s environmental goals?
Let’s pretend you have a budget of $100 for King County’s environmental work. How would you spend it on three or more of the County’s environmental goals? Find the environmental goals that you would like King County ..continue reading
The West Seattle Tool Library announces our second annual fundraiser gala.
Now in its 5th year of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its second annual fundraiser.
The fundraiser, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday, December 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the SoDo MakerSpace, 1914 Occidental Ave S. All net proceeds will go to the maintenance of ..continue reading