EOS Alliance Presents Free Seminar on Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development in a Low Carbon World

How China and the European Union are addressing climate change

EOS Alliance is presenting at 7:00 pm Thursday, May 6, a free seminar on Sustainable Development in a Low-Carbon world.

The presentation and panel discussion will occur at the EOS Alliance Headquarters, 650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220, in Georgetown, Seattle.  Registration is free. Please let EOS know if you plan to attend by dropping an e-mail to rsvp@eosalliance.org or by calling 206-762-2553.

The presentation and panel are a special evening with Eisenhower Fellows Dr. LI Hongwei (Beijing, China) and Michael Voordeckers (Brussels, Belgium). Both will be speaking on low carbon sustainable development practices in China and the European Union. The presentations will be followed by a moderated panel discussion where the audience can ask questions and interact with both speakers.

About the speakers:

Dr. Li is a teaching secretary at the China Central Party School (CCPS) who focuses on environmentally sustainable development and a low carbon economy. She is an inaugural Fellow in a new partnership launched by Eisenhower Fellowships with the CCPS, an influential and widely-respected Chinese institution that also functions as a policy generator. Dr Li is positioned to influence leaders among China’s power elite through her courses on sustainable development and eco-civilization. Her fellowship will focus on U.S. environmental policy development and regulation, as well as clean energy development.

As the FEB’s climate change expert, Michael Voordeckers promotes Belgium business interests at U.N. international climate change conferences, and represents Belgian employeers at BUSINESSEUROPE. Mr. Voordeckers was previously city counselor in Ghent, and is a regular columnist in journals and newspapers. With a background in law and business, he has also worked in the cabinet of the Belgian Minister of Justice, where he oversaw new commercial law and intellectual property legislation development, and advanced Belgian interests in working groups of the European Council.


West Seattle Spokespeople Rides Again

Spokespeople West Seattle will be riding 14.72 miles around West Seattle from the Admiral District to White Center and Westwood Village. The ride meets at Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW at 10:00 am.

This is a stay together ride at a leisurely and easy pace 8-12 mph.

The route has hills with limited auto traffic utilizing bike paths, bike routes and share roads. Regroups will occur at the top of hills.

Ride Leaders will be Stu Hennessey and Bill Reiswig with middle group support riders. Bike checks and helmet fits will be done prior to the ride. Helmets are required. Steady rain cancels this ride.

For more information contact Stu Hennessey by phone at 206-938-3322 or email at alkistu@hotmail.com. Read more

EOS Alliance Offers Backyard Chickens Course

EOS Alliance is offering a course on backyard chickens.  Backyard chickens provide great-tasting, healthy, environmentally responsible eggs, plus plenty of entertainment, even in the middle of the city!

Learn the basics of keeping chickens in your backyard, from biology to buildings, in this introductory workshop. Instructor Jenifer McIntyre, a trained biologist and behavioral ecologist, has a backyard flock of her own and has taught many workshops in the past to share her enthusiasm for the topic. She will guide you through the essential topics to get you well on your way to raising some backyard chickens of your own. Topics include:

  • Chicken Ecology: A day in the life of a chicken – jungle to backyard, including flock behavior
  • Chicken Diversity: Chicken breeds and standards, how to choose a breed for your flock
  • Anatomy of a Hen: Exterior and interior anatomy, including basic processes of digestion and egg-laying
  • Raising Baby Chicks: What you need and how to raise day-old chicks to hen-hood
  • Hens in the Backyard: Food and shelter requirements for your backyard flock
  • Chicken Coops & Runs: Basic design considerations for keeping hens safe from predators and elements
  • Chickens & Gardens: Chicken manure, chicken tractors and garden harmony
  • Resources: Bibliography, local sources, national resources

Register now, cost is $20 and space is limited.  Use this link for registration:


TONIGHT: SWS May Community Forum – Electric Bikes

Bicycle Life – Tonight at South Seattle Community College

Come by Monday, May 17, for the next Sustainable West Seattle Community Forum to learn about making bicycling easier and safer with demonstrations on electric bicycles, talks on bicycle use from our own West Seattle Spokespeople group, a bicycle maintenance demonstration and words of wisdom from local bicycle advocates.  And, get to see the location of the Tool Library as well.

You will also have your chance use your voice as we would like to hear from our community during our forum segment:

  • Why do you prefer riding a bicycle for transportation?
  • If you don’t already, what would make you want to ride a bicycle for transportation, or keeps you from riding one now? Read more

The Energy Blog – By Andy Silber

The Gulf (between where we are and where we need to be)

I sit here on a Metro bus (21X if anyone cares) stuck on the viaduct because of an accident. I sit here thinking about the oil spill in the Gulf and the choices we make. Do I take the bus or drive or bike or walk to work? Where should I live? What job should I take?  Should we build the tunnel? Light-rail or monorail or buses or boats for transit? The choices are endless, some small, some large, some personal, some collective. But the choices we are making matter, as the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico should remind us.

This weekend I went from West Seattle to Rainier Valley for a birthday party. I didn’t even think about taking transit. It’s an easy 20-minute drive or over an hour on the bus. The choice I made (to drive) was based on the choices we make (to have a transit system focused on getting people to downtown at rush hour).

So I sit on the bus, pecking away on my iPhone, wondering what choices WE (collectively) can make differently so that the choices that WE (as indivuduals) make reduce our oil consumption. Some deride this as social engineering, and if it is, so is building roads, so who cares.

We need to put the cost of improving transit in the context of the enormous amount of money we spend on cars.

In the Puget Sound region we spend about $10 billion a year on cars (e.g. gas, insurance, depreciation, road taxes). This does not include the huge costs to the enviorment and national security that comes from buring oil. This also doesn’t include the value of the land taken up by our roads. Sound Transit Phase II is expected to cost about $69 a year per adult, the cost of driving from Seattle to Bellevue and back for a week. For 20% of the cost of driving we could build a Sound Transit Phase 1 every year. For 10% we could build rail from downtown to West Seattle one year, Ballard the next, then Fremont and so on. We could build a small fleet of boats that crossed from Kirkland, Bellevue and Bothel to South Lake Union. We could have very interesting conversations about how to create a world-class transit system (but please, let’s not just talk).

For just what we spend in cars in 1 year we could build a transit system that was good enough that some people would decide to do without a car because it wasn’t worth the bother and the cost. I’ve lived in cities where it was easy to not own a car (Boston/Cambridge and S.F./Berkeley) and we are no where close to that. Few do without a car here by choice and if so, that’s such a big deal you can write a blog about it. In Boston writting a blog about not owning a car would be like writting a blog in Seattle about what it was like to own a Gore-Tex jacket and hating umbrelles. Sound Transit 2 alone won’t get us there; it provides almost no service around Seattle, but is designed for getting people in and out of downtown during rush hour. Metro can’t do it, because they allocate their growth (when they have any to allocate) based on politics, not demand. As yet, the City of Seattle hasn’t taken a leadership role in creating a working transit system. The investment in transit pays off when people decide not to leave their cars in the garage, but to leave them on the dealer’s lot. A bus pass costs about as much as insurance, saving you all of the other costs of driving.

Are we destined to continue to be stuck in our cars and buses? I have hope. The Sound Transit 2 vote was overwhellming in favor of building more transit and third ave. downtown remains a bus corridor. But we have a long way to go.

A Green Economy -A Seminar at Town Hall

Join others at Seattle’s Town Hall for a seminar hosted by the Sustainable Path Foundation on “A Green Economy.”  This is a conversation about what a Green Economy might be like with Michelle Long, Executive Director of BALLE; and Joel Magnuson, author of “Mindful Economics.”  The seminar is downstairs at Town Hall on 8th and Seneca in Seattle (1119 8th Avenue).

The terms green economy and green jobs are often used, but what do they really mean? What does a truly green economy look like at local and national levels? Can local changes catalyze large scale change? How do we reconcile the demand for economic growth with the goal of sustainability? Join Joel Magnuson, internationally recognized economics professor and author of “Mindful Economics” and the forthcoming book, “Beyond Destruction”, and Michelle Long, Executive Director of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, (BALLE), a network of over 21,000 socially responsible businesses across the U.S. and Canada, as they discuss these important issues.

Cost is $10 for advanced tickets available online until one day prior to event; and $15 admission at the door (cash or check); and $5 for students – at the door with current student ID. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or by calling 206-443-8464.  The schedule is:

  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm: Reception
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Program
  • 8:30 – 9:00 pm: Networking

The Pacific Regional Center of National Wildlife Federation is a proud partner of this event.


Dream a Sound Future: a Dream and Design K-12 Challenge!

Come to a free and fun session at Southwest Community Center on May 10th from 6 till 8:30pm.

These are fun, participatory sessions with practical information about how to form a vision and actions steps.  Learn about Dream a Sound Future, a design and dream competition for our community and a challenge for K-12. The K-12 Challenge final event occurs June 5th at Refresh Southwest Festival, along side of Sustainable West Seattle’s annual festival. Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien is the keynote speaker. K-12 prizes include  $50 cash for 4 entries, and tickets to places like EMP and museums.  For K-12, families, individual kids, teams are welcome to join!  Community prizes include $200 cash and a river rafting trip. The final community Dream a Sound Future competition final event is October 10th at the Seattle Center.  The Community Dream a Sound Future competiton is open to all.

For more information and additional dates, visit the Sustainable Seattle website.


Hiawatha Community Center Dance

Join other neighbors at the West Seattle Community Dance, Saturday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Hiawatha Community Center, Admiral area.  Don’t know how to dance? No worries–mini-lessons throughout the evening to keep you dancing. Learn to dance or simply dance.

This program is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation & Hiawatha Advisory Council.  The dances and lessons are:

  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Beginning Waltz Lesson
  • 8:00 – 10:00 pm – Dance to Swing, Waltz, Blues, and More

No partner needed. Come with or without one. Lots of friendly people. We’ll even do a mixer to help you meet them. Lesson and dance $12, lesson or dance only $8.

Instructor and DJ, Lilli Ann Carey, for more information go to www.danceforjoy.biz or call 206-264-5646.  Childcare is available, contact Lilli Ann to make arrangements.


CoolMom Wants Your Clutter – WS-wide Garage Sale

CoolMom wants to help you clean out that cluttered garage and attic. We’re participating in the West Seattle Garage Sale Day this year.

Reminder: The May CoolMom meeting will be held Wednesday, May 5. This month’s hands-on, family friendly meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at C&P Coffee on California Ave. Our special guest from Cascadian Edible Landscapes will help us do seed starts and talk about creating your own edible garden.

Don’t want to organize a Garage Sale at your house? Perfect! Donate your treasures to CoolMom today! Take your

  • old collectibles
  • furniture
  • kitchenware
  • clothes
  • antiques
  • and whatnot…

to Cycle University thru May 7. Drop off your loot on the east side of the building using the Fauntleroy entrance.

Come back May 8 (9:00 am to 2:00 pm) to find new treasures and special gifts (buying reused items is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint!… like you haven’t heard that from me before!)

Check out the CoolMom events page for May.

Money raised will go to support our national-expansion efforts. All donations are tax deductible.

Are you still dying to help out?!  Come to the CoolMom pricing party May 7 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (and get first dibs on the loot!), or help staff the sale May 8 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Questions or want to help? Contact Terri at terri@coolmom.org with questions and to sign up to help out.