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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!

GreenLife Stage Demos Announced

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West Seattle Summer Fest GreenLife Demo Sked 2014Greenlife logo

West Seattle Summer Fest and Sustainable West Seattle are pleased to announce this year’s line-up for the 4th Annual GreenLife Stage.  The GreenLife Stage is sponsored by Alki Bike and Board and features 3 days of sustainability demonstrations.  Topics include:  Building with Reclaimed Materials; Backyard Beer Making; and Home Canning and Preservation.  We are also excited to have performances of the highly acclaimed Illuminatio Dance on Friday and Sunday afternoons.

The ..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

Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2025: Warmer, Higher Sea Level, Fusion Power

solar flaresIn a Climate Changed World: Chapter 1 - By Andy Silber July 17th, 2025 Richland, WA

We’re all just sitting here waiting for the President. Not in person of course. Too busy with the Greenland ice dam or the crisis in Bangladesh or something. I think she just didn’t want to come out here in July, when it’s 110 F. Or maybe it’s the leaky tanks of radioactive waste left over from building the A-bombs. Whatever, she’s not really here. But she’s going to ..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

Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission Needs Candidate To Fill Term

SEEC logoThe Seattle City Council is seeking candidates to fill a vacancy on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) for a term lasting until December 31, 2016.

The SEEC is an independent committee comprised of seven volunteers. The Mayor and the City Council each appoint three Commissioners and the Commissioners select the seventh.

“The Ethics and Elections Commission is one of the City’s most important bodies,” said Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess. “They are the guardians of our local ..continue reading

Re-discover Seattle’s Trail System on National Trails Day, Help Restore

seattle trails dayRe-discover Seattle’ trail system on National Trails Day, June 7.

The first Saturday in June is traditionally an excellent weather day in Seattle and a perfect time to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails in the city as part of National Trails Day.  This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners such as the Student Conservation Association, are coming together to raise awareness around trails and to restore and maintain them.

“National Trails Day is a time ..continue reading

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Accepting Applications for New 2-Year Members

bikesThe Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of ..continue reading

City Funds Available To Support ‘Night Out’ Activities, Apply for Grants Online

Seattle Night Out logoThe City wants you to know that funds are available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities.  The Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement, the deadline to apply is June 23.

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups ..continue reading

West Seattle Transportation Coalition: How Would You Would Fund Buses?

RR C @ Fauntleroy FerryThe West Seattle Transportation Coalition has launched a funding poll in response to city plans to provide additional funding to King County Metro to support Seattle bus routes.

There have been heated debates discussing funding sources for Metro and WSTC wanted to see what the public wants. Please take the very short survey:http://www.westseattletc.org/metro-funding-poll-may-2014

On May 13, 2014 in response to King County Proposition 1 failing countywide, but passing inside of the City by 66% in favor, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced ..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