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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!

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

New Group Is Looking for Teachers for Sustainable Lifestyle Classes at Youngstown

Seattle Farm SchoolA new series of classes for folks interested in sustainable living is starting up.  West Seattle resident Katie Stemp is looking for teachers to begin a series of sustainable classes (at affordable rates) at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  Katie says she is the founder of Seattle Farm School and is dedicated to preserving the home arts and growing our community in sustainable practices through affordable classes. Seattle Farm School is  going to be starting ..continue reading

Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2073: Some Regions Thrive; Trade Disappears

In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 7 – by Andy Silber Vancouver BC Cascadia June 20th, 2073

I can’t believe my parents aren’t here. I know there was no way they could come, but it just doesn’t seem right. A girl, even a girl of 33, wants to be given away by her father at her wedding. She wants her mother to see how happy she is and to be impressed about how handsome the groom looks. A wedding is supposed to be the merger of two families. Ben’s family is all here, but ..continue reading

King Conservation District’s Native Bareroot Plant Sale Now Underway Online

KCD plant saleThe King Conservation District announces its 2014 Native Bareroot Plant Sale, with online ordering underway!

Order bareroot native plants online for pick up on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Quantities are limited and some species may sell out, so please order early.

The King Conservation District offers a variety of native trees and shrubs for conservation purposes, including wildlife habitat, windbreaks, hedgerows, reforestation, and stream enhancement. The plants are bareroot stock, which means they do not come in pots or ..continue reading

Energy Blog: Land Use: Ethanol vs Solar

by Andy Silber

Corn field

On a recent trip to Minneapolis, I looked out the window of the plane and saw a vast expanse of land growing corn. It had me thinking about ethanol, since much of that corn is being grown to feed not man nor beast, but cars and trucks. I wondered if we wouldn’t be better off covering that land with solar panels. On my return, I looked up some numbers and my suspicions were confirmed: ..continue reading

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