West Seattle is near many wonderful green natural spaces. Some of these include areas with urban forests. Did you know that urban forests are an intricate and vital part of Seattle’s natural space? Urban parks and forests also contribute to the health of communities and neighborhoods as a common space shared by all kinds of people. But, did you also know that your Local Urban Forests need you?
Join the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, November 8th, as ..continue reading
The Seattle City Council and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking candidates to fill seven positions on the Seattle Park District’s newly created Community Oversight Committee. The Seattle Park District was approved by Seattle voters in August 2014, creating a sustainable and long-term source of funding for the Seattle parks system.
The Community Oversight Committee will provide advice to the Mayor, City Council and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, as well as provide oversight of projects, programs and services undertaken by ..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
Landscape for Life™ demystifies sustainability for home gardeners
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is hosting four Thursday evening classes on sustainable garden practices and water management. The classes are on Thursday, September 25 through October 16, and start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm.
Are you a homeowner who wants to create and maintain your own healthy, sustainable landscape? Through instructor-led presentations, class discussions, and activities, you will deepen your ..continue reading
Crews finished installing the outer wall of the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Project storage tank on Wednesday, August 13. The 80-foot deep underground wall is made out of four-foot wide concrete cylinders called secant piles. The secant piles interlock to form a watertight ring that will house the storage tank. Crews began installing the secant piles in late May. The secant pile drill and crane will leave the site by August 22. King County and its contractor know ..continue reading
Come see what were up to. The Sustainable West Seattle annual picnic is Thursday August 21st.
This year the picnic will be held at the Community Orchard of West Seattle. The Community Orchard is a project of SWS and is located on the South Seattle College campus at the north end adjacent to the Horticulture Center.
Start time for the picnic is 6:00pm and will continue until 9:00 pm.
The address is 6000 16th Ave. SW, use the North Entrance ..continue reading
Free Trees for Your Home!
Trees for Neighborhoods helps Seattle residents plant trees around their home. Through the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program, Seattle residents have planted over 4,000 trees since 2009. That’s 4,000 more trees that help clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods safer and healthier. Join the movement this year—plant a tree and help grow Seattle’s urban forest!
The 2014 application season kicks off on Monday, August 4th at ..continue reading
The Delridge Grocery Coop has exciting news to announce: The Friday Farmstand launches this week!
Finally – fresh, local, sustainable fruits and vegetables in Delridge.
Come by every Friday all summer from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 5435 Delridge Way SW. This is two doors south of the library, and across the street from Delridge Grocery Coop’s future full-service grocery location.
Celebrate the launch this Friday, July 18th, with free lemonade at the farmstand, and a fun comedy event afterwards from 8-12 ..continue reading
In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 3 – By Andy Silber
August 24th, 2047
ICE3 Station, Greenland
Today the ship has come to pick us up. For over two decades I’ve been here keeping the glaciers from flowing into the ocean. The press release talked about the cost and better ways to spend our resources, but we know the real reason. Once the rains came, it was hopeless. At first we only had to deal with the melting ice and refreeze whatever made ..continue reading
In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 2 – By Andy Silber
September 11th, 2035
Space City, New Mexico
I take my last breath of REAL air. Sure, I’ll still be breathing nitrogen, oxygen and trace amounts of most everything else. Eventually it will be made by plants. Or we all die. But never again will I breathe “Earth air”. Never again to see an Earth sunrise or sunset or an ocean. I doubt I’ll even see a lake, but there is some hope for ..continue reading