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
Requesting your expertise! GoGreen Seattle has announced their 2015 Call for Proposals to the business community, to build the GoGreen Seattle Conference program on April 30. Input from this call will shape the theme, topics covered and speakers showcased at our 6th annual conference.
GoGreen Seattle is looking for business’ cutting edge ideas and best practice examples for Case Studies, Panel Discussions, Industry Showcase, Solutions Labs, How-To Workshops, Unconference, Mini-Charette and Storytelling sessions for the 2015 program. The deadline for program proposal submissions is Friday, December 12, ..continue reading
The Whale Trail will present the ideas behind “A Protected Zone for Puget Sound Orcas,” a presentation by Bruce Stedman, of Orca Relief
, on Thursday, October 30, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at C&P Coffee
, 5612 California Ave SW. There is a five dollar ($5) suggested donation, kids free!
Tickets are available from brownpapertickets.com
. The event is presented by The Whale Trail
and will feature additional speakers on harbor seals and clean-up efforts for the ..continue reading
Improving the West Duwamish Trail will cause closures of Fifth Avenue S and S Portland Street in South Park for a period of several days beginning Monday, October 20. The street improvements will include paving and drainage.
The Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Fifth Avenue S and S Portland Street in the South Park neighborhood to vehicular traffic starting Monday, Oct. 20 for approximately two to three days.
Traffic on Fifth Avenue South between South ..continue reading
Home owners in West Seattle and Burien neighborhoods are preparing to show their solar homes as part of the National American Energy Solar Tour on Saturday, October 4 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. It is a golden opportunity for curious folks interested in solar energy to view projects first hand, see how they are working, and talk to the owners and installers.
To find tour sites go to http://www.ases.org/solar-tour/find-a-tour/ or ..continue reading
The Green Go Solar project is helping out in Baja, Mexico. Many residents of rural Baja have no or very limited access to electricity and Green Go Solar has been working to change this.
Baja has a tremendous solar resource yet solar panels can be overly expensive and distant for many. This keeps solar technology out of financial/logistical reach for many, leaving them without access to electricity. Many residents of the outlying fishing and ranching communities have resigned to living completely ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle is excited to announce the completion of a new 2500-gallon rainwater harvesting system at Pathfinder K-8 school that will be used to irrigate its extensive school garden. SWS was a significant part of this project, donating volunteer labor through school parent Bill Reiswig and through a small grant from SWS’s storm water project Tox-ick.org.
The newly-installed system harvests rainwater that falls on the metal roof of the school and stores it for future use. It has a ..continue reading