by 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
The 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
Seattle 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 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
The 2015 King Conservation District announces their Native Bareroot Plant Sale featuring more than three dozen species of native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. All orders placed by the end of November get an automatic 10% Early Bird Discount!
Pick up orders Saturday, February 28th adjacent to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton. For a link to the full plant list and details on online ordering, go to our website and click on Shop Now!
Below are brief descriptions of ..continue reading
The King County Department of Natural Resources would like to hear from you about how you would prioritize King County’s environmental goals to help the county continue to plan for a greener future.
How would you prioritize King County’s environmental goals?
Let’s pretend you have a budget of $100 for King County’s environmental work. How would you spend it on three or more of the County’s environmental goals? Find the environmental goals that you would like King County ..continue reading
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