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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!

2015 Killer Whale Research Presentation

Photo by Candice Emmons, NWFSC, NOAA Research Permit #16163 Come see a great presentation at CP Coffee: 2015 Killer Whale Research Survey Presentation by Brad Hanson, Northwest Fisheries Science Center When: Thursday March 26, 7 – 8:30 pm. –Doors open at 6:15 Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com Presented by The Whale Trail Researchers recently spent 21 days aboard the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, tracking endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Good weather and ocean conditions allowed researchers exceptional access to the whales, including the first sighting ..continue reading

Seattle Land Use Committee

This is what a "Land Use Notice" should look like.

Are you terrified, concerned, or at least interested in the development happening around West Seattle and Seattle in general? If so, check out Ethan Phelps-Goodmans new “Seattle In Progress” website and app. Its a cool way to see a birds eye view of development in the area. If you are interested beyond passively observing the buildings go up around you, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is having their monthly meeting on February 25th.

Agenda Items Include:

Special Guest: Ethan Phelps-Goodman, creator of the..continue reading

City Technology Matching Fund Grants Open Now, Two Workshops Feb. 10, 12

TechMatchFundAwardeeThe City of Seattle is inviting community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of ..continue reading

Meaningful Movies Saturday Feb.7th

Meaningful Movies follow up.

A very informative series of shorts about urban food in 3 cities across America. The connection between food and social justice became very clear. There were also informative displays about Seattle Tilth, Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS), and Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP) Next month the movie is a very in depth documentary about money in politics. mmprep mmcowsmmfood..continue reading

Stu’s News: You and Carbon Pollution!

carbon neutralby 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

EPA Releases ‘Record of Decision’ On Duwamish Cleanup Proposals

Duwamish Cleanup TimelineThe 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

SWS Annual Membership Meeting: Learn About Us, Volunteer with Us, Join Us

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

Train for Challenge Course Leadership, Parks Offering Courses @ Camp Long

CampLongHighRopesSeattle 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 Department of Ecology Publishes 2014 Tacoma Smelter Plume Annual Report

Tacoma SmelterWashington 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

Neighborhood Match Fund Grant Schedule Announced: Apply for $1,000 up to $20,000

MatchFundLogoSeattle’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

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