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West Seattle Tool Library
We Need Your Help!

Ever borrow a tool from your neighbor? Ever wish they had a better selection? Sustainable West Seattle has won a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and has set up a tool lending library. You can find out more information or check out our inventory!

Lowman Beach Combined Sewer Overflow Project Update, Soil Wall Being Built

MurraySoilWallFlyerDuring the week of March 17, King County’s contractor will begin work to stabilize the Lincoln Park Way SW hillside behind the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Facility project site. Stabilizing the hillside will control erosion and protect nearby private property and streets during excavation for the facility’s one-million gallon storage tank. The facility will help keep sewage and polluted stormwater out of Puget Sound.

To build a soil nail wall, crews drill steel rods into the hillside ..continue reading

City Asks for Citizen Input via Survey for Selecting New SDOT Chief

Mayor'sLogoSeattle Mayor Ed Murray yesterday said he will conduct a national search to find an experienced, visionary, accountable executive to lead the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). As part of that process he’s asking Seattle citizens and residents to weigh in on the process by taking a survey which asks what Seattle wants in a Transportation Chief.  Take the survey here.

“We’re looking for a leader who can develop a comprehensive strategy to harmonize the many transportation ..continue reading

Apply Now for Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, Deadline Is January 6

pmp4_headerHelp Get Seattle Walking

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board seeks new members

The City of Seattle is accepting applications for new Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board members to help make walking in Seattle safer, easier and more attractive.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to ..continue reading

2014 Neighborhood Park & Street Fund Improvement Applications Now Available

traffic circleThe 2014 Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) applications are now available. Do you have a park or street improvement project in mind for your neighborhood?  Applications are due on February 3, 2014.

Click here to download the NPSF 2014 fact sheet or here to download the NPSF 2014 application

What is the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF)? Each year a portion of Seattle’s city budget – approximately $1.2 million in 2014 – is set aside for neighborhood streets and ..continue reading

Bike Master Plan Update Now Online, Presentations Scheduled for December

BMP2013UpdateSeattle Department of Transportation Bicycle Master Plan Update was transmitted by Mayor Mike McGinn to Seattle City Council yesterday.  SDOT says the plan is based on the vision that riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.

Click here to go directly to the updated Bicycle Master Plan.

On the Bicycle Master Plan website you’ll be able to download the following sections of the plan:

A reader’s ..continue reading

PARK(ing) Day Returns To Seattle Sept. 30; Application Deadline is August 30

EasyStreetParkingDayIt’s that time again! PARK(ing) Day is just around the corner, and this is your chance to build a park for a day. PARK(ing) Day 2013 will be held on Friday, September 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the deadline for applications is August 30.  PARK(ing) Day is sponsored by Seattle Department of Transportation.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a business, an individual, or a community group—anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day.

Each year, PARK(ing) Day provides ..continue reading

West Seattle Bike Connection Gets SWS Sustainable Champion of Year Award; Laura James, Tox-Ick Program, Awarded as SWS 2013 Volunteer of the Year

SWS-Picnic-Shelter-#3Sustainable West Seattle yesterday awarded our annual Sustainable Champion of the Year award to the West Seattle Bike Connection.  The SWS Sustainable Champion award recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to a sustainable community and a sustainable planet during the previous year.  The award is made at the annual Sustainable West Seattle picnic, held for the past three years at Shelter #3 in Lincoln Park.

Sustainable West Seattle also introduced a new award ..continue reading

Saturday Join SWS & CoolMom in a “Kidical Mass” at the West Seattle Grand Parade

HiYuYou and an escorted youngster can participate in West Seattle’s most famous parade this Saturday, July 20.

Escort your youngster on their decorated bicycle and ride with the awesome “Trike-ceratops” down California Avenue during West Seattle’s famous Grand Parade.

Join Sustainable West Seattle and CoolMom and the award-winning float as we celebrate youth and bikes.

Assemble at 10:00 am to 10:30 am along 44th Avenue SW, south of SW Lander St., in the Admiral neighborhood.

Join SWS Sunday To Help Fix, or Learn To Fix, Bikes Which Will Be Donated To Togo

broken bikeSustainable West Seattle is throwing a Pedals for People Party to accept donations of used bikes and repairing them at the West Seattle Tool Library on Sunday July 21st at noon. Bikes are donated for kids to ride to school in the West African country of Togo.

Join SWS to recycle and repair the bikes, which will be shipped to Togo through Alafia.com. Bikes for these children are crucial for them to get to school. Many children in rural areas walk 5-15 miles ..continue reading

Visit GreenLife @ West Seattle Summerfest Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 12 thru 14

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 11.49.54 amGreenLife will once again be an integral element of the West Seattle Summerfest – West Seattle’s annual three-day super street festival along California Avenue in the West Seattle Junction.

Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery are sponsoring GreenLife, located in the Chase Bank drive-through area next to Sleepers in Seattle and adjacent to Edmunds Street SW.

The GreenLife area has vendor booths for local businesses which specialize in green and sustainable services, technologies and products, ..continue reading

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