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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!

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

SWS Kicks Off and Will Provide Grant Funding for Green Project Incubator

SWSGreenLightbulbSustainable West Seattle is soliciting proposals for our new Green Project Incubator grants program. The grant for $1000 will fund small projects or provide seed money for larger endeavors.

Groups or individuals wishing to submit proposals should download the application form (see link below) and fill out the application and bring to our February 19 meeting at the Senior Center in Alaska Junction (4217 SW Oregon St. around the corner from California Ave. SW).

At our Sustainable West Seattle meeting tonight, groups ..continue reading

Environmental Lobby Day is February 19th – CoolMom & SWS Want Your Participation

CapBldgOlympiaOur colleagues at CoolMom want to bring Environmental Lobby Day: February 19th to your attention.

At CoolMom they are proud to offer practical and immediate ways to effect climate change.  With that, they also realize that it’s not enough to change our individual behavior.  To address how our communities work and the rules that larger actors must follow, CoolMom states that we need to bring our voices to the halls of power where those decisions are made.  Thus,

Lobby Day!

The ..continue reading

Paddle from Seattle Support Event

This fun event today, June 10, Sunday, supports the revival of NW Native Canoe Culture. Food, film, exhibits & more. $10 suggested donation supports the Duwamish Raven Canoe “Paddle to Suquaxin 2012″ this summer. Enjoy Indian Tacos, film from the 2010 Canoe Journey, Duwamish Youth Digital Stories , Art Gallery show Peter Boome: Salish Connections & more. Event image is “Sustenance” by Peter Boome–see more available paintings and prints in the Longhouse Art Gallery. Doors open 1pm, free parking. Read more ..continue reading

2012 West Seattle Community Garage Sale

The West Seattle Tool Library has spent the last two years helping hundreds of families clean out their garages. When we originally started, we imagined having a few hundred tools and a few hundred members.  Instead, we’ve amassed an impressive collection of over 1500 tools, from cider presses to portable table saws.    And we’ve discovered that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

If you look through our inventory, under certain tool categories, you’ll notice that we ..continue reading

Sustainable Healthcare: One Community At A Time

The next Sustainable West Seattle Community Forum is about Health.  We’ll again be at the Senior Center of West Seattle, on SW Oregon St. right around the corner from California Ave.  SW.   We meet upstairs in the large community room.

Our health care system is both more expensive and has lower quality than other industrialized countries. Many describe this as a sick care system because significant is not spent until after you get sick. Communities are now developing alternatives that cost less and move people toward whole health. By focusing on prevention and early intervention we can also drop the costs of health care.

Our speaker is Dale Jarvis, a healthcare consultant and West Seattlite who has worked at fixing the healthcare system in 20 states since the federal healthcare law passed in 2010. Dale will describe healthcare reform ‘triples’ and ‘home runs’ that can fit Seattle’s neighborhoods. Join this discussion of a new healthcare ecosystem for West Seattle.

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The next Sustainable West Seattle Community Forum is about Health.  We’ll again be at the Senior Center of West Seattle, on SW Oregon St. right around the corner from California Ave.  SW.   We meet upstairs in the large community room.

Our health care system is both more expensive and has lower quality than other industrialized countries. Many describe this as a sick care system because significant is not spent until after you get sick. Communities are now developing alternatives that cost less ..continue reading

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