West Seattle Block Watch Captains Start Web Sites

The West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network is a new group organized this year. They would like to network all West Seattle Block Captains into one large group. They are encouraging the formation of more Block Watch groups on unorganized blocks.

They have established a Block Captains web site on Facebook to encourage Block Captains to share their vast knowledge with each other to help make the West Seattle Community safer (must be member of Facebook to see this page).

The group has also established a WordPress blog site at wsblockwatchnet.wordpress.com which does not require registration.

At the last West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network meeting, Benjamin Kinlow, West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator, was encouraged to set up a Block Watch meeting at the Southwest Precinct once a month for the community at large. Benjamin will begin scheduling these meetings in August 2010.

West Seattle Crime Prevention Council

Another great resource is the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council that meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Southwest Precinct’s Community Room. For years this meeting has been a great community forum for the citizens of West Seattle and Police staff to meet, discuss problems and resolve them.

Benjamin Kinlow, Crime Prevention Coordinator, is proud of all the time, effort and the responsibility the residents and Neighborhood Groups are taking for coordinating the Crime Prevention activity for their Neighborhoods. They are actively recruiting hosts for Block Watch meetings and establishing a list of active Block Captains in their area.  Benjamin is willing to meet with each new group for their first Block Watch meeting.

BALLE Becomes Seattle Good Business Network

The transition is complete – BALLE Seattle is now officially Seattle Good Business Network! Many thanks to our Steering Committee of local businesses and our Advisors who’ve guided us during this transition.

What’s Different?

Like BALLE Seattle, Seattle Good Business Network is a member of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies), a national network of over 70 local organizations committed to building resilient local economies that are community-based, green, and fair.

The main difference is that in addition to educating our broader community about what a “local living economy” is, our primary focus going forward is to empower a strong network of local, independent businesses in actually building one.

Building the Network

Over the next several months, we’ll be working hard to reach out to the local business community through fun networking events, partnerships with neighborhood chambers of commerce, and personal outreach. Our goal is to have 150 business members by the end of this year. Business members get a variety of benefits, from connecting with like-minded business owners to increased visibility and promotion. See details on membership benefits and dues.

How YOU Can Help

There are lots of ways to get involved:

  • Become a Business Member! If you operate a locally owned business, become a member! The first 150 members – the “Founding One Fifty” – will get extra love, attention and perks. See details here.
  • Schedule a Presentation. If you represent or are a member of a neighborhood chamber of commerce or other business organization, and would like us to present at an upcoming meeting, contact Colleen Butler.
  • Become an Affiliate or Individual Member. If you own or manage a non-locally owned business, or would simply like to support our work, we welcome you!

Course on Public Engagement for Environmental Issues

The Northwest Environmental Training Center (EOS Alliance partner) is holding a course on “Public Engagement for Environmental Issues,” Course ID: OPR-201.  The course takes place over three days from August 3 to 5, 2010, with classes beginning at 8:30 am and concluding at 5:00 pm.

The course takes place at the EOS Alliance Headquarters at 650 South Orcas St., Suite 220.

The instructor is Annie Booth, PhD, MES, BA, MCIP.

Course Description:  Public consultation and engagement for resource development and environmental issues are a legal mandate, a moral imperative, and a primary mechanism for understanding and reducing public conflict and opposition. Public engagement can allow for better project management by identifying critical public concerns and inviting the public to constructively resolve them. This course will introduce participants to the core concepts of public engagement, including its strengths and limitations, its appropriate uses and misuses, and the strategies and tools through which it can be achieved. On the last day of the course, we will apply these principles to real life situations. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own “problems” as material for this exercise.

Topics Covered by this Course:

  • What is public consultation, participation, and engagement?
  • Why do we consult the public?
  • Public Engagement vs. Public Manipulation/Ethics
  • The timing of public engagement
  • When and where public engagement can occur
  • Identifying your public
  • Special cases
  • Meeting resistance from the public
  • Tools and techniques: focus groups, surveys, open houses, etc.
  • Application to real-life case studies

Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone responsible for planning and administering public consultative processes, whether they be government agencies, NGOs, or Native American Tribal governments.

Course Materials: Participants will be sent a brief list of readings (available on the web), and are asked to review them prior to the course. A list of key references and course proceedings will also be available.

Continuing Education Units: 2.0 CEUs

Registration: $695/$595* (*reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes, government agencies, and nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members). You may register by Register Online! or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976.


July Community Forum: Basics of Beekeeping

Location: West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon Street, West Seattle

PSBA Honey will be for sale at tonight’s meeting!

Did you know that it’s OK for you to raise honeybees in the city of Seattle?

Having your own bee hive means that your garden will be very well pollinated, you’ll have a lot of fun, and probably end up getting more honey than you know what to do with.  It’s a very rewarding hobby, and will forever change the way you see the insects around you.  So what does it take to keep bees, and how much does it cost?  Join representatives from the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association as we learn about the Basics of Beekeeping!

Brown Bag Lunch: Cycletracks @ GGLO Harbor Steps

Learn more about transportation planning options for bicycles with Seleta Reynolds of Fehr & Peers and Phil Miller of SvR Design at an upcoming Brown Bag titled: Cycletracks, Sidepaths and the Bike Lane Debate.  More details to come!

Where: GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A, Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.


Camp Long Re-Opening Party

Following an 8-month closure of the Lodge at Camp William P. Long, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for the re-opening of the historic lodge building.

The Lodge is accessible by SW Dawson Street, to the east of 35th Avenue SW.

The re-opening event is an occasion for a party and Parks has planned tours of the facility, both the Lodge and the park itself, various activities associated with Camp Long’s principal mission as an environmental learning center, and – of course – a cake.

Bring a picnic dinner and stay for a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” during the evening Shakespeare In The Park event which follows the Lodge re-opening.  The play begins at 7:00 pm.


Visit a Living Building in Progress!

The Sustainable West Seattle stormwater action team is organizing a site visit at the Bertschi School Living Building Science Wing, which is now under construction.  We will explore how the school plans to incorporate rainwater harvesting and solar energy into its design.  The building will also be used to teach students about passive ventilation, net-zero water and net-zero energy consumption.

To learn more about the site, visit http://www.bertschi.org/campus/science.html

If you’d like to join us for an eveninging-time tour on Aug. 4th, please send an email to: cate@sustainablewestseattle.org

EOS Alliance Course on Evaluating Power Sources

EOS Alliance is offering a course on Evaluating Power Sources with a Due Diligence Method for Assessing the Social, Economic, and Environmental Aspects of Electricity.  The course is a all-day course on July 23,  from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with an online follow-up class on  September 3.

Registration is $250 with a reduced fee of $195 for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students). You may register by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976, on online here.

The Course ID is SUST-310, and the class takes place at the EOS Alliance Headquarters, 650 South Orcas Street.  The instructor is Joshua Proudfoot, Principal, Good Company.

Description of the course: Energy comes in many forms – some of which are carbon intensive and some which are not. Renewables are typically thought of as the latter and often referred to as “green”. However, RPS compliant power comes in many shades of green. This workshop will teach participants how to evaluate existing and potential generation sources through a due diligence multi-attribute method. The evaluation process looks at the full life cycle of a power source and system and the potential risks and values from a social, economic, and environmental perspective. Participants will learn how to identify relevant variables affecting generation sources, benchmarks between similar sources, how to make a plan for enhancement and/or mitigation, and how to communicate the information to decision makers and other key stakeholders.

The course approach is through the introduction to the screening method:

  • What is it?
  • How is it helpful?
  • How do we use it?
  • What kind of detail do we need? What about boundaries?
  • Followed by a Case Study
  • And large and small group practice using the method on sample power sources


Kayak the Duwamish & Learn About the River

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition is again holding their summer community kayak tours on July 14 and again on July 28 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Join guides from DRCC, Alki Kayak Tours, Camp Long, National Wildlife Federation, and the Seattle Aquarium, to learn all about the natural and built environments of the Duwamish River.

Kayaking experience is not necessary. Explore the river to learn about Superfund sites, river history, and community activism. You’ll also see amazing habitat restoration sites and wildlife, including summer nesting ospreys, seals and sea lions, and shore birds.

Tours will also provide basic information about how to make a water quality violation report, and how to take simple water quality tests. Please see the DRCC Superfund web page for details about the cleanup documents.

Youth 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S. All gear is included. All tours cost $40 per person and are payable to Alki Kayak Tours.

Some scholarship funding is available for community members, please contact DRCC for more information.


GreenLife at Summerfest – This Weekend!

A Gardening & Sustainability Expo

Join the  Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery at GreenLife at Summer Fest, Living in the Green Lane, a Garden and Sustainability Expo special feature of this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest.  Summer Fest draws over 30,000 people during the 3-day festival.

This year the West Seattle Summer Fest features a new special area for Gardening and Sustainability information, demonstrations and plant sales.  Organizations, including many local non-profits, contributing to this Expo will provide information, demonstrations and products in these areas :

  • Home gardens – grow your own food, capture your rain water
  • Composting – how you can do it in your kitchen or yard
  • Permaculture – what is it and how can your garden be sustainable
  • Bee keeping and honey – how to raise a hive and harvest the honey
  • Backyard chickens – learn how to raise and keep them
  • Community fruit harvesting – learn how you can help the Food Banks
  • Puget Sound and local streams – learn how you can help clean them up

The GreenLife, Living in the Green Lane, booths and demonstrations will be open and part of Summer Fest for all three days – Friday July 9, Saturday July 10, and Sunday July 11. Starting at 12 noon on Friday, and at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday, the GreenLife organizations and vendors will be open in the Summer Fest Expo area at the southern end of California Avenue SW, just north of SW Edmunds St.