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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!

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

City Hosting Neighborhood Workshops for Budget Review & Priorities; Councilmembers Want Your Area’s Input

DistrictsMapNick Licata, the City Council Chair of the Budget Committee has set up a series of Community Budget Workshops to help the City Council develop priorities for the 2015 – 2016 budget. The Council will hold four public meetings in different communities throughout Seattle from May 6 to May 14. All meetings are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Holding the meetings during the Spring allows the Councilmembers to take the information and encourage the Mayor to include it in the budget ..continue reading

Help Kick Off Volunteer Weekend: May Day in Garden, DIY Bike Repair in High Gear

Get ready for a long and prosperous growing season. Start by building your soil. This week at COWS, (Community Orchard of West Seattle) we will be showing how to build rich and lasting soil beds using the lasagna garden method. The lasagna garden method is a layered approach to soil building using stuff you already have. This May Day edition of our usual Thursday Health and Harvest starts at 5:00 pm with the soil building class between 5 and 6:00 pm. The Community Orchard of West Seattle is located at the ..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