This Month’s Eco-hike: West Duwamish Greenbelt

Join neighbors and friends for the Nature Consortium monthly Guided Eco-Hike Friday, May 20, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

This month’s Eco-hike will be in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. You’ll have a chance to see all of the restoration work that has been accomplished. Bring a filled water bottle, granola bars will be provided.

Also, it’s highly recommended that you wear long pants!

Difficulty: mild for adults, difficult for toddlers and younger children. Babies in backpacks welcome!

RSVP to 206-923-0853 or email Directions will be provided when you RSVP.

NWETC Hosts Ethnobotany Class @ Arboretum

The Northwest Environmental Training Center is hosting a 4-hour class on Ethnobotany on  May 20th form 2:00 pm to  6:00 pm at the Washington Park Arboretum Greenhouse.

You must register for this class and can do so at this link: Class cost is $20 to $30 on a sliding scale based on ability to pay.

This 4-hour class consists of both a presentation and hands-on tour to help you begin to cultivate the use of native plants in your life. We will explore the use, cultural significance and relationship between humans and native plants in the Pacific Northwest. This class is great for both the beginning plant enthusiast and plant experts!

What to expect?

  • Discussions about the wildcrafting skills of indigenous people
  • We will look at ethnobotanical practices of tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the plants they use
  • In addition, we will explore how you interact with the flora that surrounds you
  • An informative stroll around the beautiful Washington State Arboretum
  • Take a close up and personal look, taste, smell and feel of our native flora

About the Instructor:  Lindsay Huettman loves being a part of the Wilderness Awareness School team in her roles as Outreach Coordinator, and Youth School Instructor. Her primary passion is connecting humans to wilderness through the use of native plants. She has a background in organic farming, landscaping, horse packing & training, homeschool support and is an avid plant enthusiast. Most of all she loves to sit in the woods and watch the leaves uncurl each spring.

Seattle Tilth Class on Tomatoes, Eggplants, Peppers

Seattle Tilth is offering a new course for garderners – “Grow Heat Lovers.”

Get the scoop on growing the biggest and most flavorful tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. This class is offered in partnership with Community Harvest of SW Seattle.

The course will be offered this coming Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, at the Community Harvest Garden at White Center Cultural Community Center, 9421 18th Ave. SW, in the White Center neighborhood.  Transit access from West Seattle and White Center is via the #120, #22, #21, #54, #128, and #123, depending on where you live.

Registration for the course is $36 for anyone and $25 for Seattle Tilth members. Advanced registration and payment are required and you can do that through this link:

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Pacific Northwest Carbon Pricing Conference @ UW

The Seattle Economics Conference, Climate Solutions, the Washington Clean Techonology Alliance, and Sightline are sponsoring the  Pacific Northwest Carbon Pricing Conference at the University of Washington Health Sciences, Room T439.

What do Rex Tillerson (CEO, Exxon Mobil), Michael Bloomberg, James Hansen, and T. Boone Pickens have in common? They all support carbon pricing. Come learn more about carbon pricing in this one-day conference.

The Conference Mission is: To convene a diverse group of concerned citizens, business and labor leaders, elected officials, students, and scholars to learn about and discuss carbon pricing as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive clean energy development. Topics include:

  • Successful case studies, such as British Columbia’s revenue-neutral “tax shift.”
  • Ongoing efforts towards carbon pricing in the U.S., such as the Western Climate Initiative and California’s cap-and-trade system.
  • Political and technical challenges and opportunities for carbon taxes in the Northwest

(Presentations will be balanced with time for questions, dialogue, and networking).

The Conference Keynote Speakers Are:

  • U.S. Representative Jim McDermott
  • Kimberly Harris, CEO, Puget Sound Energy
  • Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center
  • Cliff Mass, UW Atmospheric Sciences Professor
  • Yoram Bauman, World’s First & Only Stand-Up Economist

For more information:, and to register contact

City Fruit Class: Caring for Young Fruit Trees

City Fruit is offering a class on “Caring for Young Fruit Trees,” Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 am  to 12:00 noon at Jackson Place Co-Housing, 800 Hiawatha Pl. S., just off of Dearborn St. east of Rainier Avenue in the Central District.

While young trees are getting established, they need special care. Learn how and when to water, staking techniques, how soon you should prune, and basic care for the life of your tree.

Transit access to Jackson Place is via Metro’s Route 7.  You can get to downtown to catch a #7 on Third Avenue by taking any #54, #55, #21, #22, #60, #120, or #125 to downtown.

Seattle Green Festival @ Qwest Event Center May 21, 22

Green Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year, and we invite you to be a part of the celebration! A joint project of Green America and Global Exchange, two leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice for more than 27 years, Green Festival inspires and promotes the connection between change and sustainable progress for people, communities and businesses.  Admission is $10 a day and $15 for both days if you register online at  Admission at the door is $15 a day and $25 for both days.

Festivities include presentations by more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and visionaries, informative how-to workshops, cutting-edge films, enriching kid’s activities, organic beer and wine, delicious organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, diverse live music and an amazing marketplace of more than 350 green local and national businesses and organizations. Visit for more information or keep up with exciting news and event updates on Facebook and Twitter @GreenFestival.

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‘Backyard Barter’ Focus of Sustainable Ballard Meeting

Our colleagues at Sustainable Ballard are meeting tonight at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St. starting at 6:30 pm.  This month’s meeting will feature Backyard Barter – a new group set up to reduce waste and encourage reuse and to share garden produce.  For more information contact

Come share all things spring!!!

Do you have weeding time to offer? Seedlings to share? White elephants to pawn? Perennial divides dug up? Come meet neighbors who do and see what deals you can make and bartering you can do.

Also Sustainable Ballard will have representatives from a new Ballard-based organization Backyard Barter — learn about this new community bartering website and how to get involved!

Backyard Barter is a community where neighbors barter locally produced food, related skills and materials. Seedlings, eggs, extra produce, canned goods, the use of garden tools, expertise in garden construction and design, a helping hand with food-related projects and the list could go on and on. Coming soon at!

No time to make a dish? Can’t balance that casserole on your bike? Don’t let that prevent you from attending! Bringing a dish to share is not required for attending the potluck and program. A $5 contribution could be given instead, which would help defray the costs of space rental, food, etc.

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HPAC Meeting to Begin Discussion of Spray Park Design

The next Highland Park Action Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. HPAC needs your design input! You may have already received a flier in the mail from Seattle Parks, and yes, it’s true – they are taking over the meeting to get citizen help in designing the Highland Park Spraypark, which will be replacing the now closed wading pool.

This is the first of three meetings, but the most important one as it will determine the course of things. HPAC helped secure the funding for this park, let’s make sure it looks like what the community wants!

HPAC meets at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 12th and Holden, doors open at 6:30 pm for a potluck dinner, and the meeting starts at 7:15 pm.

The closest Metro is the #128, which goes to 16th and SW Holden St.  The Improvement Club is on 11th Avenue SW, about a third of a mile further east.

For additional information please visit:, or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Karen.O’, or by  phone at 206-233-7929

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Comments on Boeing Plant 2 Cleanup Due May 28



Aerial View of Duwamish River


The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition asks “What’s New Along the Duwamish River?”

The Boeing Plant 2 toxic cleanup is in progress!

Some of the old Boeing Plant 2 building has already been demolished. This is the first step towards cleanup and restoration of the site. The Boeing Company will pay to remove the contaminated mud from the river and in the upland areas below the old facility. This is currently the river’s most toxic site, and its cleanup will be a huge step forward for the river’s cleanup and restoration progress. Click here to view more information about Boeing Plant 2.

Your comments are needed by May 28th!

DRCC/TAG is reviewing the proposed cleanup plan, and will submit formal comments by the deadline on May 28th. We want to hear your comments and questions: Click here to email us! or call: 206-954-0218

EPA will accept written comments from the public on their cleanup plans for Boeing Plant 2 until May 28, 2011. This is the only opportunity for the public to give opinions on plans for the cleanup at the Boeing Plant 2 site.

Comments can be sent to EPA via email to:

Please cc: DRCC/TAG on emails at:

Standard postal mail comments can be sent to:

U.S. EPA, Region 10, ATTN: Shawn Blocker, 1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900, AWT-121, Seattle WA, 98101

DRCC Comments & Recommendations:

  • 1. DRCC supports EPA’s selected cleanup options – N2 (north bank) and S4 (south bank) remove the most contaminated mud, provide the thickest barrier, and are less vulnerable to earthquake damage.
  • 2. Extreme care needs to be taken to prevent the spread of contaminated mud during dredging, because escaping mud could wash up on South Park beaches.
  • 3. The cleanup needs to be coordinated with pollution control efforts up- and downriver or the area could be recontaminated. It is important to protect our investment in cleanup, as well as to ensure long-term protection of the environment and people’s health.



Parks’ Board Topics: Summit Slope Skate Dot, 520 Impacts

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny.

The meeting agenda includes:

  • Summit Slope Park Skatedot discussion and recommendation to the Superintendent.
    • The Board will discuss and make a recommendation to the Superintendent on issues relating to the “skatedot” at the new Summit Slope Park on Capitol Hill. A skatedot is defined as “integrated skateable terrain (that) can be seamlessly integrated into small neighborhood parks and throughout the city by identifying existing spaces that already are or could be used for skating. These elements are small, up to 1,500 square feet.” The Board heard a briefing and held a public hearing on the issue at its May 12 meeting.
  • Washington Park Arboretum update briefing.

The Summit Slope skatepark briefing paper is available online, and the Arboretum update briefing paper will be available online as well at

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at

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