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West Seattle Tool Library
We Need Your Help!

Ever borrow a tool from your neighbor? Ever wish they had a better selection? Sustainable West Seattle has won a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and has set up a tool lending library. You can find out more information or check out our inventory!

With Summer Here, Birds Need Water

birds in birdbathBirds require water year-round, but as the summer heat is in full force, water can be a magnet for attracting feathered friends to your yard. Not only will a bird bath provide neighborhood birds with a much needed drink, but it can also be a gathering place for them to take a refreshing dip or an instant attraction for insect eating migrants.

Here are five tips for creating a bath that both welcomes and attracts a variety of birds:

Keep ..continue reading

Interested in Solar Power: Solarize Seattle Hosting Summer-long Workshops

NW SeedSolarize Seattle is hosting a Summer-long series of workshops and webinars for those interested in solar power in the Southwest quadrant of the Seattle area.

If you live in southwest Seattle, Burien, North Highline, or Tukwila, and have been thinking about installing a solar system on your home or small business, this program is for you! Solarize Southwest offers an exciting solar group purchase program for residents south of Downtown, west of I-5, and north of the ..continue reading

Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2035: Terraforming and Colonizing Mars

In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 2 - By Andy Silber September 11th, 2035 Space City, New Mexico

Orion_docked_to_Mars_Transfer_VehicleI take my last breath of REAL air. Sure, I’ll still be breathing nitrogen, oxygen and trace amounts of most everything else. Eventually it will be made by plants. Or we all die. But never again will I breathe “Earth air”. Never again to see an Earth sunrise or sunset or an ocean. I doubt I’ll even see a lake, but there is some hope for ..continue reading

1st Phase of Westwood, Sunrise Heights Roadside Rain Garden Nearly Complete

raingarden mapKing County Wastewater Division  announces that their 2014 Roadside Rain Garden construction program in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is nearly complete. Construction  will begin begin on two new streets in late June.

King County’s work to build roadside rain gardens on seven streets in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is will finish ahead of schedule. The deep wells on the 15 streets planned to have roadside rain gardens are also complete.

To finish the project more quickly, crews will start work on ..continue reading

Help Map Polluted Surface Runoff Problems Using Instagram

Waterspotter tagThe Washington Environmental Council and Resource Media have created a new social media project around mapping polluted runoff problems: #WaterSpotter!

The goal is to solicit photo contributions from community members to document and map polluted runoff problems such as

Street flooding; Pooling of water; Sheeting of water; Oil sheens on pavement; and Clogged storm drains throughout Puget Sound.

It’s as easy as taking a picture and sharing it using Instagram. Here’s how it works:

Spot runoff (water in a puddle, overflowing drains, water with ..continue reading

Re-discover Seattle’s Trail System on National Trails Day, Help Restore

seattle trails dayRe-discover Seattle’ trail system on National Trails Day, June 7.

The first Saturday in June is traditionally an excellent weather day in Seattle and a perfect time to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails in the city as part of National Trails Day.  This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners such as the Student Conservation Association, are coming together to raise awareness around trails and to restore and maintain them.

“National Trails Day is a time ..continue reading

City Funds Available To Support ‘Night Out’ Activities, Apply for Grants Online

Seattle Night Out logoThe City wants you to know that funds are available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities.  The Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement, the deadline to apply is June 23.

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups ..continue reading

West Seattle Transportation Coalition: How Would You Would Fund Buses?

RR C @ Fauntleroy FerryThe West Seattle Transportation Coalition has launched a funding poll in response to city plans to provide additional funding to King County Metro to support Seattle bus routes.

There have been heated debates discussing funding sources for Metro and WSTC wanted to see what the public wants. Please take the very short survey:http://www.westseattletc.org/metro-funding-poll-may-2014

On May 13, 2014 in response to King County Proposition 1 failing countywide, but passing inside of the City by 66% in favor, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced ..continue reading

KC Waste Division Produces Eco-Videos Featuring Seattle-area Icons

KC ecoconsumerKing County Solid Waste Division has a new program for eco-awareness.

What happens when you ask local celebrities to film their own videos about how to protect the environment? Tom Watson, the EcoConsumer, decided to find out.

The results – featuring well-known Puget Sound icons from award-winning chefs to sports stars to musicians – are a quirky, funny, heartwarming display of how small steps to care for the planet can have an impact on all of us.

See both videos, Why ..continue reading

City Hosting Neighborhood Workshops for Budget Review & Priorities; Councilmembers Want Your Area’s Input

DistrictsMapNick Licata, the City Council Chair of the Budget Committee has set up a series of Community Budget Workshops to help the City Council develop priorities for the 2015 – 2016 budget. The Council will hold four public meetings in different communities throughout Seattle from May 6 to May 14. All meetings are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Holding the meetings during the Spring allows the Councilmembers to take the information and encourage the Mayor to include it in the budget ..continue reading

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