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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!

Vision Zero a refreshing thought

slowerspeeds Mayor Ed Murray inspired us all this week when he unveiled his Vision Zero traffic initiative. The plan is to eliminate all traffic fatalities which is a lofty goal indeed but there could be other refreshing results. The main component of the plan is to lower speed limits throughout the city which would lessen the impact in the case of an accident as well as provide a greater reaction time to avoid accidents. These lower speed limits drastically increase the chance ..continue reading

WS TimeBank Event This Thursday!

The first WSTB members meeting of 2015 is upon us! On February 19th, come reconnect with fellow timebankers and learn about the changes taking place to make us a more vibrant community in West Seattle and Burien.Date:    Thursday, February 19, 2015 Where:   Senior Center of West Seattle 4217 SW Oregon St. – parking in the lot off 42nd Ave SW Time:    6:30 – 7:00 Potluck (bring a dish to share) 7:00 – 8:00 Members Meeting

Our meeting will feature: –    The future of WSTB and how it affects you as a member –    Inspiration with upcoming participation ..continue reading

Solarize SW Seattle Results In…and Staggering!

There are some forward thinking people in our city aren’t there? A testament to this is the recent Solarize SW Seattle Project that, by May of this year, will have left South West Seattle with nearly 2700 solar panels powering the homes of local residents with clean, green, solar power. All of this in a matter of 5 months!

Were any of the Solarize SW Seattle systems installed in your neighborhood? Click below to see the map.

SolarizeSWSeattle_Map

Aside from the cost savings, increased home value, ..continue reading

Board Meets to Elect New Officers For 2015

The 2015 Sustainable West Seattle Board of Directors has formed and Officers were determined at the February meeting of the board. This year’s board consists of:

swskellie     swsbryan

EricSWS     swsanya

rsz_1tswsbrian_selfie_2     swsStu

From left to right Kellie Phelan, Bryan Fiedorczyk, Eric Thomas, Anya ..continue reading

Love and Sustainability: Go Green this Valentine’s Day

Valentines day

With the hallmark of Hallmark holidays upon us, the pressure is building. This annual celebration of consumerism is the bane of sustainable and environmentally conscientious individuals everywhere. Americans spend about $3.4 billion on wasteful gifts like cards, candy, and stuffed bears, as reported by Investopedia.

Seattle residents are among the most eco-conscious folks in the nation, thus have a ton of options for avoiding this greedy grind. A haven of fair trade, organic retailers and charitable organizations, Seattle offers couples and singles ..continue reading

All Walk Encouragement Rally

All Walk Encouragement Rally follow up.

rsz_allwalk3 Sunday was a nice warm day in February reminding us all why we walk to encourage individual climate change action. Up to a dozen participants held signs of encouragement as we occupied the Alaska Junction intersection during the all walk crossing. We had a very favorable response from the public.

All Walk Encouragement rally to encourage personal action on climate pollution and climate change.

Join West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice..continue reading

City Technology Matching Fund Grants Open Now, Two Workshops Feb. 10, 12

TechMatchFundAwardeeThe City of Seattle is inviting community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of ..continue reading

Meaningful Movies Saturday Feb.7th

Meaningful Movies follow up.

A very informative series of shorts about urban food in 3 cities across America. The connection between food and social justice became very clear. There were also informative displays about Seattle Tilth, Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS), and Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP) Next month the movie is a very in depth documentary about money in politics. mmprep mmcowsmmfood..continue reading

Energy Blog: Alternative Approach to Climate Change Negotiations

UNFCCC Treaty nationsby Andy Silber

This winter leaders from across the world will meet in Paris for the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the objective to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate from all the nations of the world. I predict that they will fail. The Pope, Ban Ki-moon and Bono could get on stage with the ghosts of ..continue reading

Stu’s News: You and Carbon Pollution!

carbon neutralby Stu Hennessey*

If you have had any concern over the changing climate and the extreme weather events that have been making headlines you have probably felt frustration over not being in a position to challenge the big corporate polluters. The good news is that we are more in control of carbon pollution and its effect on the climate than most people realize.

People like you and I actually emit nearly twice the carbon pollution than industrial America. We also pollute ..continue reading