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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!

Solarize Washington Coming to West Seattle This Spring, Volunteers Needed

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Northwest SEED will be holding a volunteer orientation for their upcoming Solarize West Seattle Campaign on April 29, from 6:00 to 7:45 pm in the community room of the High Point Branch Library at 3411 SW Raymond Street, southeast corner of SW Raymond and 35th Ave. SW.

All are welcome to attend the orientation, which will include an introduction to solar energy technology and costs and a discussion of the values and characteristics that the community is looking for ..continue reading

Seattle Office of Sustainability Announces 2 Grant Opportunities, Seeks Panelists

Have a great idea to help catalyze climate action in your community? Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment wants to hear from you! The Office of Sustainability & Environment is interested in supporting innovative projects that engage residents in reducing climate change.

There area 2 opportunities for support in 2014

Community Climate Project  Provides up to $10,000 for projects that address climate action choices in the following categories: Home Energy Use Getting Around Food Choices Buying Stuff Waste Application ..continue reading

City Light Environment Report Available; Plans On Deploying Smart Meters

Seattle City Light Neon SignThe Seattle City Light 2013 Environment Report now available.

As a municipal untility, we should be proud of City Light for many reasons, City Light says, including their protection of fish and wildlife habitats, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, resource conservation, and collaboration with stakeholders on environmental issues related to City Light’s electricity generation and distribution.

The 2013 Environment Report, their second report of this kind, is full of examples of the utility’s commitment to ..continue reading

Washington State Solar Energy Sales Tax Exemption Extended Through 2018

RedCupSolarSales Tax Exemption Extended for Solar Energy Systems in Washington State.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed SB 5882 into law June 30 which extends the Washington state sales tax exemption on small solar energy systems for another five years. The last-minute bill also reinstates the previously expired sales tax exemption for solar hot water systems, and allows photovoltaic systems over 10 kW to continue to qualify for a 75% remittance from the Department of Revenue. Solar Washington’s Policy Committee Chair, Howard Lamb, ..continue reading

Seattle Seeks Members for Living Building & Deep Green Advisory Group

GreenBldgApplicationThe City of Seattle is looking for qualified candidates to fill 10 positions in the City’s new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group.  These volunteer positions are expected to be filled by September 2013 so work can begin immediately following. The role of the advisory group will be to provide recommendations to the Department of Planning and Development on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program, which aims ..continue reading

Seattle City Releases Data on City-Owned Building Energy Use

Cover of Muni Bldg Energy UseSeattle Discloses Energy Use of City-Owned Buildings

The City of Seattle is providing the public a closer look at the energy use of City-owned buildings in a new report, Seattle Municipal Buildings 2011 – 2012 Energy Use Performance Report. The report released in May describes City efforts to evaluate the energy efficiency of 6.2 million square feet of City-owned and operated building space. The report also details actions the City is taking to improve the energy ..continue reading

Visit GreenLife @ West Seattle Summerfest Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 12 thru 14

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 11.49.54 amGreenLife will once again be an integral element of the West Seattle Summerfest – West Seattle’s annual three-day super street festival along California Avenue in the West Seattle Junction.

Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery are sponsoring GreenLife, located in the Chase Bank drive-through area next to Sleepers in Seattle and adjacent to Edmunds Street SW.

The GreenLife area has vendor booths for local businesses which specialize in green and sustainable services, technologies and products, ..continue reading

Seattle Sustainability Office Seeks Community Groups for Climate-Reducing Projects, Has $10K Grants Available

SeaCAPThe Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment is awarding 4 to 6 contracts for community groups and neighborhood organizations for projects that engage the community in reducing climate impacts.

They are interested in supporting efforts that will help people reduce the climate impacts of personal and household choices in one of the categories listed below. Proposals accepted for projects with a budget of $10,000 or less.

In Your Home -There are plenty of ways beyond lightbulbs to save energy in ..continue reading

Seattle Parks Board Opposes Coal Trains

Seattle Board of Park Commissioners opposes coal trains

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners recently sent a letter to the Gateway Pacific Terminal regarding its opposition to the passage of coal trains through the Seattle area. The letter is to be included as part of the official public comments in the Environmental ImCoalTrain@BroadStpact Statement.

In the letter, the Board expressed concern about air, water, soil and noise pollution, train accidents, park access delays, derailment and ..continue reading

Energy Blog: Comments on the Proposed Cherry Point Coal Terminal

By Andy Silber

These are the comments I’m sending to the Environmental Impact Statement Scoping process (comments@eisgatewaypacificwa.gov) about the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point. I strongly believe that stopping coal exports through Washington State is our most important environmental struggle.  

I believe strongly that the scope of the EIS for the Cherry Point Coal Terminal needs to include all environmental and health impacts that will be the result of building this facility. The ..continue reading

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