The Green Go Solar project is helping out in Baja, Mexico. Many residents of rural Baja have no or very limited access to electricity and Green Go Solar has been working to change this.
Baja has a tremendous solar resource yet solar panels can be overly expensive and distant for many. This keeps solar technology out of financial/logistical reach for many, leaving them without access to electricity. Many residents of the outlying fishing and ranching communities have resigned to living completely ..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
Seattle Parks to offer ‘challenge course’ facilitator training at Camp Long
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. This fall, 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 Saturday and ..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
The Office of Arts & Culture‘s Neighborhood & Community Arts program helps Seattle’s neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups produce festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, promote cultural participation, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture.
In 2014, the program provided $1,200 each to 42 organizations to support annual public festivals and events.
Neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups may seek support for a recurring festival or event that has been in existence ..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
On August 9 a new local resource will open in SoDo. Eric Renn, Founder of the “Make It Locally” Educational Campaign, says their 15,000 square foot facility, SoDo MakerSpace, will be a community workshop with rapid prototyping tools and a place to make (just about) anything. The vision for the 15,000 square foot facility includes a community classroom and event space, a certified commercial kitchen, a co-working area, and a fabrication and entrepreneur incubator space in Seattle’s light industrial neighborhood. Address ..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
Bicycle commuters coming home from work this Thursday evening August 7th may find a surprise under the West Seattle Bridge.
The West Seattle Tool Library’s Fixers Collective and DIY Bikes will be doing their monthly workshop under the West Seattle Bridge.
“It’s been a long summer so far and many of our daily bicycle commuters have not found the time to work on their bicycles or take them into a local shop. We are coming ..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