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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!

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

Seattle Audubon Creates Interactive City Tree Map; Help By Adding Trees

explore_tree_mapSeattle Tree Map Now Online and Interactive 

After years of hard work and dedication from volunteers and staff, the Seattle Tree Map officially launched on March 1, 2014. The Seattle Tree Map is an interactive website that allows users to contribute to urban forest monitoring and conservation through a shared inventory of Seattle’s trees.

Curious about how many Douglas Firs are in your neighborhood? Or the number of trees in the city with a trunk diameter greater than twenty-four inches? Search functions allow ..continue reading

Capture Runoff: RainWise Program Open To Sunrise Heights & Westwood Neighborhoods Through End of 2015

rainwise2013areasKing County Wastewater Division is making the voluntary incentive program, RainWise, available in  Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods of West Seattle through 2015. Many residents have already installed a rain garden and/or cistern through the program, beautifying yards and improving water quality in Puget Sound. There are currently 36 RainWise projects underway in the Barton basin. If you are interested in becoming RainWise, check your eligibility and learn about the process by visiting www.rainwise.seattle.gov. ..continue reading

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

Seattle Office of Sustainability Announces 2 Grant Opportunities, Seeks Panelists

Have a great idea to help catalyze climate action in your community? Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment wants to hear from you! The Office of Sustainability & Environment is interested in supporting innovative projects that engage residents in reducing climate change.

There area 2 opportunities for support in 2014

Community Climate Project  Provides up to $10,000 for projects that address climate action choices in the following categories: Home Energy Use Getting Around Food Choices Buying Stuff Waste Application ..continue reading

Community Orchard Now Open for Work Parties, Team Also Answers Food, Gardening, Permaculture Questions

COWSThe 2014 Season of Beauty and Community Begins at the Orchard! Join your neighbors and colleagues and fellow urban farmers every Thursday starting this week, March 13, at the Community Orchard of West Seattle, starting at 5:00 pm and lasting through 7:00 pm.

Please consider COWS when deciding your volunteer plans for this year. Join us for the start of the growing season at our huge urban garden and orchard!  It’s time to prune trees and berry bushes, and ..continue reading

Camp Long Announces Summer “NatureQuest” Day Camp Program

Camp Long LodgeSeattle’s only overnight camping park, Camp Long has announced their Summer NatureQuest Day Camp program with activities and locations designed for all participants to explore more environments all over West Seattle and beyond!

Making plans for the summer? Be sure to include Summer Nature Day Camp! Camp Long is sponsoring Nature Day Camps that will meet at a different park each week, so there is a real opportunity to explore. Camps will be held at Schmitz, Longfellow ..continue reading

NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Program Seeks AmeriCorps Intern for All of 2014

NPS logoThe National Park Service‘s Seattle Office has an opening for an AmeriCorps intern position in their downtown office near Pioneer Square.  Here is a link to a position description for a Southwest Conservation Legacy-AmeriCorps position with the NPS in Seattle office that will begin immediately and extend through December 2014. NPS has worked with three interns over the last three years, and are excited to have another opportunity to work with a young professional. They are hoping to find ..continue reading

City Light Environment Report Available; Plans On Deploying Smart Meters

Seattle City Light Neon SignThe Seattle City Light 2013 Environment Report now available.

As a municipal untility, we should be proud of City Light for many reasons, City Light says, including their protection of fish and wildlife habitats, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, resource conservation, and collaboration with stakeholders on environmental issues related to City Light’s electricity generation and distribution.

The 2013 Environment Report, their second report of this kind, is full of examples of the utility’s commitment to ..continue reading

Seattle Parks’ Volunteer Naturalist Program Seeks Volunteers For Summer Teaching

Parks DocentsSeattle Parks and Recreation Lists Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program 2014 - Share your love and knowledge of urban nature with park visitors!

Deadline for applications is Feb 12!!

Do you love sharing nature with others? Are you interested in learning more about the flora and fauna of Seattle’s many public green spaces and parks? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program. Volunteer Naturalists participate in 10 weeks of ..continue reading

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