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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!

WS Land Use Committee Meeting

West Seattle Land Use Committee -WSLuc At this meeting as the Person of Interest we will have Paul Haury of the NERDS – Paul and his group have many notches under their belt from experiences with DPD along the Avalon Way Corridor.

Agenda for WSLUC – Wednesday April 29 Meeting  – 6pm Southwest Library on 35th Ave SW:

6pm – Introductions and follow up on our Land Use 101 mini-seminar by Deb Barker and Cindi Barker 6:30pm – Person of Interest – Paul Haury 7:00 – Looking Forward – Discussion and Planning for helping to leverage the various West ..continue reading

Earth Week Barbeque and Fun

WSTL BBQ Poster Celebrate Earth Week with your neighbors at the West Seattle Tool Library!

Save the Date, Sunday, April 19th from noon to 4pm for fun and food.

Activities for the whole family include,

Healthy local foods BBQ, including veggies, burgers, brats, and delicious side dishes-Kids seed start and worm farming-Free garden tool sharpening and wheel barrow repairs-Free DIYBIKES.org bicycle repair clinics-Bio Char demonstrations-West Seattle Tool Library membership discounts-and for the current members, LATE TOOL RETURN AMNESTY!

Indoors or Outdoors at the Youngstown Cultural and ..continue reading

Local Businesses Combat Seattle’s Leftover Paint Problem

UsedPaintDrive

Second Use Building Materials and NOVO Painting are teaming up to combat the issue of used paint in Seattle. Without a paint stewardship program, Washington residents are forced to dry leftover latex paint with kitty litter or paint hardener and toss it in the landfill.

In effort to divert leftover latex paint from the landfill and get it into the hands of people that need it, Second Use and NOVO Painting are hosting a Used Paint Drive on March 28th from 10-4 at the Second Use Store in SODO.

There is no cost for individuals to drop off leftover ..continue reading

Meaningful Movies this Saturday

Saturday March 7th West Seattle Meaningful Movies brings to you        Pay 2 Play   Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes    A film by John Wellington Ennis  Trailer: http://www.pay2play.tv “Pay 2 Play lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood.” L.A. Times    This humorous and provocative film connects the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process. A layperson’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Featuring Robert Reich, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky, and many more.   6:30 doors open for snacks and social time 7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion   At High Point Neighborhood ..continue reading

Vision Zero a refreshing thought

slowerspeeds Mayor Ed Murray inspired us all this week when he unveiled his Vision Zero traffic initiative. The plan is to eliminate all traffic fatalities which is a lofty goal indeed but there could be other refreshing results. The main component of the plan is to lower speed limits throughout the city which would lessen the impact in the case of an accident as well as provide a greater reaction time to avoid accidents. These lower speed limits drastically increase the chance ..continue reading

WS TimeBank Event This Thursday!

The first WSTB members meeting of 2015 is upon us! On February 19th, come reconnect with fellow timebankers and learn about the changes taking place to make us a more vibrant community in West Seattle and Burien.Date:    Thursday, February 19, 2015 Where:   Senior Center of West Seattle 4217 SW Oregon St. – parking in the lot off 42nd Ave SW Time:    6:30 – 7:00 Potluck (bring a dish to share) 7:00 – 8:00 Members Meeting

Our meeting will feature: –    The future of WSTB and how it affects you as a member –    Inspiration with upcoming participation ..continue reading

Board Meets to Elect New Officers For 2015

The 2015 Sustainable West Seattle Board of Directors has formed and Officers were determined at the February meeting of the board. This year’s board consists of:

swskellie     swsbryan

EricSWS     swsanya

rsz_1tswsbrian_selfie_2     swsStu

From left to right Kellie Phelan, Bryan Fiedorczyk, Eric Thomas, Anya ..continue reading

Love and Sustainability: Go Green this Valentine’s Day

Valentines day

With the hallmark of Hallmark holidays upon us, the pressure is building. This annual celebration of consumerism is the bane of sustainable and environmentally conscientious individuals everywhere. Americans spend about $3.4 billion on wasteful gifts like cards, candy, and stuffed bears, as reported by Investopedia.

Seattle residents are among the most eco-conscious folks in the nation, thus have a ton of options for avoiding this greedy grind. A haven of fair trade, organic retailers and charitable organizations, Seattle offers couples and singles ..continue reading

All Walk Encouragement Rally

All Walk Encouragement Rally follow up.

rsz_allwalk3 Sunday was a nice warm day in February reminding us all why we walk to encourage individual climate change action. Up to a dozen participants held signs of encouragement as we occupied the Alaska Junction intersection during the all walk crossing. We had a very favorable response from the public.

All Walk Encouragement rally to encourage personal action on climate pollution and climate change.

Join West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice..continue reading

Hole Finished Being Dug, Lowman Beach CSO Project Gets Concrete Lining Next

Lowman Hole in GroundKing County Wastewater Division announced that contractors have finished digging out the tank area at the Murray CSO Control Project site last Thursday, November 13. The resulting hole is 60 feet deep – big enough to house the facility’s one million gallon underground storage tank. The tank will help keep sewage and stormwater out of Puget Sound.

Before the tank can be built, crews must install a 17-foot thick concrete base below the tank. The base will keep ..continue reading

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