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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!

With Summer Here, Birds Need Water

birds in birdbathBirds require water year-round, but as the summer heat is in full force, water can be a magnet for attracting feathered friends to your yard. Not only will a bird bath provide neighborhood birds with a much needed drink, but it can also be a gathering place for them to take a refreshing dip or an instant attraction for insect eating migrants.

Here are five tips for creating a bath that both welcomes and attracts a variety of birds:

Keep ..continue reading

Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2055: World Economies Collapse, Island Escape

In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 5 -  by Andy Silber Isla del Buitre August 14th, 2055

islandNice to not have the ground moving. Just because I own a 54-meter fusion powered yacht and I lived on it for a year, doesn’t mean I like being on a boat. In prep school the jocks rowed crew or sailed, but that just wasn’t my thing. It cut into my drinking and partying time. Especially crew with their 5 am practices. Who does that without a ..continue reading

Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2047: Earth & Mars On Different Paths

In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 3 - By Andy Silber August 24th, 2047 ICE3 Station, Greenland

Greenland harborToday the ship has come to pick us up. For over two decades I’ve been here keeping the glaciers from flowing into the ocean. The press release talked about the cost and better ways to spend our resources, but we know the real reason. Once the rains came, it was hopeless. At first we only had to deal with the melting ice and refreeze whatever made ..continue reading

Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2035: Terraforming and Colonizing Mars

In a Climate Changed World: Chapter 2 - By Andy Silber September 11th, 2035 Space City, New Mexico

Orion_docked_to_Mars_Transfer_VehicleI take my last breath of REAL air. Sure, I’ll still be breathing nitrogen, oxygen and trace amounts of most everything else. Eventually it will be made by plants. Or we all die. But never again will I breathe “Earth air”. Never again to see an Earth sunrise or sunset or an ocean. I doubt I’ll even see a lake, but there is some hope for ..continue reading

1st Phase of Westwood, Sunrise Heights Roadside Rain Garden Nearly Complete

raingarden mapKing County Wastewater Division  announces that their 2014 Roadside Rain Garden construction program in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is nearly complete. Construction  will begin begin on two new streets in late June.

King County’s work to build roadside rain gardens on seven streets in Sunrise Heights and Westwood is will finish ahead of schedule. The deep wells on the 15 streets planned to have roadside rain gardens are also complete.

To finish the project more quickly, crews will start work on ..continue reading

Help Map Polluted Surface Runoff Problems Using Instagram

Waterspotter tagThe Washington Environmental Council and Resource Media have created a new social media project around mapping polluted runoff problems: #WaterSpotter!

The goal is to solicit photo contributions from community members to document and map polluted runoff problems such as

Street flooding; Pooling of water; Sheeting of water; Oil sheens on pavement; and Clogged storm drains throughout Puget Sound.

It’s as easy as taking a picture and sharing it using Instagram. Here’s how it works:

Spot runoff (water in a puddle, overflowing drains, water with ..continue reading

KC Waste Division Produces Eco-Videos Featuring Seattle-area Icons

KC ecoconsumerKing County Solid Waste Division has a new program for eco-awareness.

What happens when you ask local celebrities to film their own videos about how to protect the environment? Tom Watson, the EcoConsumer, decided to find out.

The results – featuring well-known Puget Sound icons from award-winning chefs to sports stars to musicians – are a quirky, funny, heartwarming display of how small steps to care for the planet can have an impact on all of us.

See both videos, Why ..continue reading

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Hosting Special Sustainable Practice Walks

Rain2RiverExperience your neighborhood on foot while discovering how you can make it a better place. The event is called Rain2River and there are two dates when you can participate:

April 27, Sunday – Rain2River Walk South Park 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S, South Park RSVP by clicking here, participation is free May 4, Sunday – Rain2River Walk West Seattle 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, West Seattle RSVP by clicking ..continue reading

Register Now for Your Spot on Alki Avenue – Summer Streets Returns May 18

AlkiSummerStreetsGet Ready.  Alki Summer Streets is back on Sunday, May 18 from 11:oo am to 5:00 pm!

This free event opens the city’s largest public space – the streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for vehicles.

As in the past, Summer Streets is partnering with the West Seattle High School PTSA 5K Run/Walk. Get Involved. Sign up to participate on the city’s website by April 4 ..continue reading

Seattle Parks Month-Long Earth Day Celebration: Help Clean, Restore and Improve City Parks – Pick A Park, Sign Up

EarthDayEverydayCelebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, works toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because open spaces and greenspaces provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them.

For example, our own Camp Long spent 2013 training the next generation of environmental stewards, helping 2,500 participants enhance their teamwork and leadership skills at the ropes challenge course, training 32 teens ..continue reading

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