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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!

Seattle Parks Month-Long Earth Day Celebration: Help Clean, Restore and Improve City Parks – Pick A Park, Sign Up

EarthDayEverydayCelebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, works toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because open spaces and greenspaces provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them.

For example, our own Camp Long spent 2013 training the next generation of environmental stewards, helping 2,500 participants enhance their teamwork and leadership skills at the ropes challenge course, training 32 teens ..continue reading

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 Audubon Creates Interactive City Tree Map; Help By Adding Trees

explore_tree_mapSeattle Tree Map Now Online and Interactive 

After years of hard work and dedication from volunteers and staff, the Seattle Tree Map officially launched on March 1, 2014. The Seattle Tree Map is an interactive website that allows users to contribute to urban forest monitoring and conservation through a shared inventory of Seattle’s trees.

Curious about how many Douglas Firs are in your neighborhood? Or the number of trees in the city with a trunk diameter greater than twenty-four inches? Search functions allow ..continue reading

Capture Runoff: RainWise Program Open To Sunrise Heights & Westwood Neighborhoods Through End of 2015

rainwise2013areasKing County Wastewater Division is making the voluntary incentive program, RainWise, available in  Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods of West Seattle through 2015. Many residents have already installed a rain garden and/or cistern through the program, beautifying yards and improving water quality in Puget Sound. There are currently 36 RainWise projects underway in the Barton basin. If you are interested in becoming RainWise, check your eligibility and learn about the process by visiting www.rainwise.seattle.gov. ..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

Camp Long Announces Summer “NatureQuest” Day Camp Program

Camp Long LodgeSeattle’s only overnight camping park, Camp Long has announced their Summer NatureQuest Day Camp program with activities and locations designed for all participants to explore more environments all over West Seattle and beyond!

Making plans for the summer? Be sure to include Summer Nature Day Camp! Camp Long is sponsoring Nature Day Camps that will meet at a different park each week, so there is a real opportunity to explore. Camps will be held at Schmitz, Longfellow ..continue reading

West Seattle Green Space Coalition Working To Preserve City Light Properties

fauntleroyInterested in preserving open space?

The West Seattle Green Space Coalition will be hosting a meeting this Sunday and then next week making the case to City Council and the Urban Forest Commission on why we should want to preserve open space currently under consideration for being sold by City Light.

The items in question are surplus substations  located on public land which has been a long-standing part of the City’s infrastructure.  For decades, the land has benefitted neighborhoods, first as substations ..continue reading

NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Program Seeks AmeriCorps Intern for All of 2014

NPS logoThe National Park Service‘s Seattle Office has an opening for an AmeriCorps intern position in their downtown office near Pioneer Square.  Here is a link to a position description for a Southwest Conservation Legacy-AmeriCorps position with the NPS in Seattle office that will begin immediately and extend through December 2014. NPS has worked with three interns over the last three years, and are excited to have another opportunity to work with a young professional. They are hoping to find ..continue reading

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