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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!

2014 GreenLife Application Now Available

GreenLife RegistrationSustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online:  https://oliverlittle.wufoo.com/forms/greenlife-2014-registration-form/

The mission of GreenLife is to to raise awareness and equip our community with tools, knowledge and capabilities to create a more sustainable West Seattle. We are looking for local businesses to showcase merchandise, products and services related to these goals.

Organizations, including many local non-profits, contributing to ..continue reading

Seattle Public Library Featuring Edible Garden Classes @ Variety of Library Sites

SPL Edible Garden logoJoin the Seattle Public Library in April and May for classes in gardening, composting, beekeeping and urban gardens. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages on edible gardening, food advocacy, and sustainability at locations around the city.

The first several classes are listed below, click here for the complete schedule of classes.

Edible Garden Series Kickoff Saturday, April 5, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center 440 Fifth Ave. N. Get ..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

Community Orchard Now Open for Work Parties, Team Also Answers Food, Gardening, Permaculture Questions

COWSThe 2014 Season of Beauty and Community Begins at the Orchard! Join your neighbors and colleagues and fellow urban farmers every Thursday starting this week, March 13, at the Community Orchard of West Seattle, starting at 5:00 pm and lasting through 7:00 pm.

Please consider COWS when deciding your volunteer plans for this year. Join us for the start of the growing season at our huge urban garden and orchard!  It’s time to prune trees and berry bushes, and ..continue reading

Delridge Grocery Cooperative Seeks Manager for Summer Opening

DelridgeGroceryHomePageThe Delridge Grocery Cooperative, opening late this summer (2014), will provide the Delridge community and beyond with a full range of affordable, healthy local and sustainable food.

The Delridge Grocery Cooperative announced that they are seeking a Startup General Manager to lead their successful launch as the Delridge neighborhood’s community owned grocery store.

Are you a resourceful self-starter with plenty of hustle and thrive in a start-up environment?Are you excited to lead and manage, and be the driver of new ..continue reading

UW Botanical Gardens Winter/Spring Class Catalog & Courses Available

botanic garden logoThe University of Washington Botanical Gardens Educational Program has posted their new Winter/Spring 2014 class offerings. They have cool classes on a variety of topics all winter and spring.

Want to learn a little about woody plant selections or proper pruning? Or are you curious about saving seedsforaging for your food, or becoming a beekeeper? Become a First Detector, and learn to monitor plant pests in our area. The Botanical Gardens Educational Program has all ..continue reading

Environmental Working Group Posts “Dirty Dozen” List of Endrocrine Disruptors

DirtyDozenEndocrineDisruptorPosterThe Environmental Working Group has partnered with the Keep-A-Breast Foundation to bring attention to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies such as increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another – and so much more.

The two groups have created a Dirty Dozen list which includes BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors that are widespread in consumer products such as plastic containers, food cans and fragrances.

Review the list ..continue reading

Meaningful Movies Opens with “Gamble of Our Lives,” Review of GM Foods & Effects

Genetic Roulette openingWest Seattle Meaningful Movies is Launching.

The movies will be on the first Saturday of the Month. The kickoff movie is timed with the 522 Inigtiative campaign, the next on immigration, and the third on coal trains.

West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents:

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives - a movie about  genetically modified food Saturday, October 5, 7:00 pm at Neighborhood House at High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way, SW (right where SW Morgan St. turns into Sylvan Way SW). Free (donations accepted) Refreshments Discussion Lab animals, livestock, and pets ..continue reading

King County Conservation District Offers Money, Labor, Design Help for Landowners

KCD headerKing County Conservation District funding is available to landowners for stream and wetland habitat restoration.

The King Conservation District has a variety of programs to help landowners with aquatic areas to protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and ponds.

King County Conservation District provide project design, labor from the Washington Conservation Corps to remove invasive species, re-plant with natives, and three years of free maintenance and monitoring.

KCD’s services and labor are free. Landowners pay a ..continue reading

August Community Forum: Our Annual Lincoln Park Picnic @ Shelter #3

2012 SWS picnicJoin Sustainable West Seattle this coming Monday, August 19th for our annual community harvest celebration and picnic.  We will be gathering at Shelter #3, the large shelter with a barbecue grill on the southern end of the park near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal dock.

The picnic begins around 4:30 pm with the preparation of the grill. We should have everything ready for celebrating by 5:00 pm.  Members, guests, and new folks who want to check out this group are asked ..continue reading