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
Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods has posted information about the 2015 grant programs.
Small and Simple Fund
The Small and Simple Fund provides awards from $1,001 up to $25,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. Deadline for the Small and Simple Fund for this round is February 2. Visit this website for more information regarding the fund http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm or start your NMF Online application at http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/webapplication.htm.
Small Sparks Fund
The 2015 Small Sparks Project Fund provides awards up to $1,000 to support community members in building ..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
The West Seattle Tool Library announces our second annual fundraiser gala.
Now in its 5th year of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its second annual fundraiser.
The fundraiser, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday, December 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the SoDo MakerSpace, 1914 Occidental Ave S. All net proceeds will go to the maintenance of ..continue reading
Requesting your expertise! GoGreen Seattle has announced their 2015 Call for Proposals to the business community, to build the GoGreen Seattle Conference program on April 30. Input from this call will shape the theme, topics covered and speakers showcased at our 6th annual conference.
GoGreen Seattle is looking for business’ cutting edge ideas and best practice examples for Case Studies, Panel Discussions, Industry Showcase, Solutions Labs, How-To Workshops, Unconference, Mini-Charette and Storytelling sessions for the 2015 program. The deadline for program proposal submissions is Friday, December 12, ..continue reading
The Whale Trail will present the ideas behind “A Protected Zone for Puget Sound Orcas,” a presentation by Bruce Stedman, of Orca Relief
, on Thursday, October 30, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at C&P Coffee
, 5612 California Ave SW. There is a five dollar ($5) suggested donation, kids free!
Tickets are available from brownpapertickets.com
. The event is presented by The Whale Trail
and will feature additional speakers on harbor seals and clean-up efforts for the ..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