At the Tool Library BBQ fundraiser last weekend (which was a great success!), I had the pleasure to meet many Tool Library regulars. Many people exclaimed their love of this awesome community resource and described how they use it. I was really blown away when I met Gaston and heard the story of how he and his wife had exclusively used tools from the West Seattle Tool Library to turn their fixer-upper into a lovable, livable home. This is a great example of how to use a Tool Library!
Here is Gaston ..continue reading
Saturday, April 4, West Seattle Meaningful Movie
Saturday, April 4
West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents
1 hour, 8 minutes
A film that examines the subtle and gross dynamics of racial discrimination and what white privilege really means.
We will also talk about how racial inequality relates to climate change.
6:30 doors open for snacks and social time
7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion
At High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way ..continue reading
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
Join Sustainable West Seattle on Martin Luther King Day at C&P Coffee from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We’ll be hosting our annual membership meeting and we’ll be providing treats as well as information. We’re also be looking for new board members so if you’re interested in getting involved please drop in.
When:Monday, January 19, 2015, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW, just south of the RapidRide station
On the National Day of Service start the New Year off by donating some time to Sustainable West Seattle (SWS), the organization ..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
Home owners in West Seattle and Burien neighborhoods are preparing to show their solar homes as part of the National American Energy Solar Tour on Saturday, October 4 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. It is a golden opportunity for curious folks interested in solar energy to view projects first hand, see how they are working, and talk to the owners and installers.
To find tour sites go to http://www.ases.org/solar-tour/find-a-tour/ or ..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
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
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
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