Learn Local Watershed & Ecosystem Basics This Saturday

Join the Rain Water Walking Tour to learn local watershed and ecosystem basics.  People for Puget Sound is hosting this walk, which begins at the Home Depot parking lot –  7345 Delridge Way SW, at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 13.  The walk is co-sponsored by Sustainable West Seattle, Stewardship Partners, and the City of Seattle.

At the beginning of the tour you will learn about the ecology of the Longfellow Creek watershed, traditional polluted runoff management methods, and the effect of polluted runoff on local fish habitat.

The tour will then follow the legacy trail along Longfellow Creek, up 150 stairs, to the High Point neighborhood to view sustainable development solutions to polluted runoff. An optional discussion will conclude the event from 1:00 to 2:00 pm  at the High Point Community Center.

  • Learn about polluted runoff as the single biggest unaddressed source of pollution of Puget Sound
  • Learn about solution to help reducing the runoffs
  • Advocate to friends and networks to do the same
  • Become citizen activists campaigning for clean water

The tour is free and family friendly. Please wear comfortable shoes. This is an interactive walking tour. There are only 30 spots available so RSVP to Emily Fales at EMfales@uw.edu.  For more information call Franziska McKay at 206-382-7007, extension 161.

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Thank you, Stewart Wechsler

Stewart Wechsler

Stewart Wechsler discusses the uses of plants during Sustainable West Seattle event.

We’re very late (hey, we’re all volunteers!) posting a big thank you to Stewart Wechsler for leading our Urban Foraging Walk through Lincoln Park on July 18.

The event was one of our best-attended of the year and was an incredibly educational event. Those that attended will never walk through Lincoln Park, or any northwest forest setting for that matter, without looking at the surrounding plant life in a whole new way.

Stewart is an ecological consultant, nature guide and botanist who has placed a special focus on maintaining the beauty and native texture of this magical park. Stewart offers education programs, nature walks and has led many local kids on memorable field trips.

Stewart Wechsler

To invite Stewart to speak at your local school or organization or for advice on site-appropriate native plants that enhance our local diversity, call him at 206-932-7225. Stewart, thanks again!!

Stewart Wechsler leads a group for Sustainable West Seattle through Seattle’s Lincoln Park.


Spokespeople Wallingford Hosts Multiple Rides in August

Next Saturday, August 6, will be a great day for a bike ride! Spokespeople will ride to Ballard Commons Park to watch skateboarders and play in the water park. Some of this ride from Wallingford will be on the Burke-Gilman Trail and the weather is supposed to summery! Details on the Cascade Bike Club website and Facebook. You can see photos from many of our rides on Facebook too.

As Spokespeople Wallingford does on the first Saturday of every month, we start from the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 2:00 pm. We’ll try to be back no later than 4:00 pm. Most of the ride is on the road and there will be cars. You are always welcome to walk any hills you cannot ride. The August 6 Ballard Commons ride will be led by Cascade Bicycle Club and League of American Bicyclists-certified Ride Leader Michael Snyder.

Spokespeople will also lead easy rides with Sustainable Magnolia to Discovery Park starting from the Magnolia Community Center Parking lot at 9:00 am. on Aug 13 led by Cascade Ride Leader Michael Herschensohn. Find more details on Cascade’s website and Facebook.

And if you are feeling very ambitious, you can also join us at 2:00 pm. on August 13 for our first ride with Beacon BIKES! Ride Leader Cathy Tuttle will join up with Beacon’s Dylan Ahearn to go on a family-friendly round-trip ride from Station Coffee House around Jefferson Park and Beacon Library. See more on Cascade’s website and Facebook.

Sustainable NE Seattle Hosts ‘Sustainable Living’ Festival

Sustainable Northeast Seattle is hosting the Planet Home sustainable living festival at Hunter Tree Farm property,  7744 35th Ave NE in the Wedgwood neighborhood on August 6, from 10:00 am through 5:00 pm.

This free community event offers speakers, workshops, conversations and demonstrations on a variety of different sustainable living topics such as organic gardening, materials reuse, DIY home repair, urban farming, emergency preparedness, food preservation, alternative energy, sustainable transportation, and more. There will be local musicians providing entertainment throughout the day and fun activities for kids as well!

For more information check the website at http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/events/planet-home

Parks Board Meeting Includes Community Solar Discussion

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 11 in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny, in Denny Park.

The meeting agenda includes:

  • Community Solar Project

A representative of Seattle City Light will make a presentation to the Board on the Community Solar Project. City Light and Seattle Parks and Recreation are working together to install solar panels on picnic shelters at Jefferson Park, and local residents can invest in the project. The project will enable up to 500 people to buy portions of the panels’ electrical output through June 2020 for $600 per portion.

The $300,000 project is being paid for by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to City Light and Northwest SEED, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing clean energy resources in the Pacific Northwest. Solar panels will double as the roofs for three picnic shelters at the park. Construction will take place as part of Parks’ Beacon Mountain project, funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/jefferson/park.htm. The project also includes a spraypark, climbing boulders, slides and other amenities for summer fun. Beacon Mountain construction is expected to start in July and be finished early next year.

  • Seattle Parks partnerships.

Parks staff will brief the Board on Parks’ ongoing partnerships and on recent efforts to attract partners for various park and recreation purposes. Budget pressures have prompted Parks to seek innovative ways to do business; one is to enter more partnerships that allow Parks to continue to offer high quality programs and services at less cost to local taxpayers.

Briefing papers on both agenda items will be available online by Friday, August 5 at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard.

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 sandy.brooks@seattle.gov.

Admiral Theater Showing of ‘Freedom’ on August 6 @ 7 pm

The Admiral Theater in West Seattle is proud to present the only Seattle theatrical premiere of Freedom, the jolting new documentary that takes a hard look at America’s perilous and unsustainable addiction to foreign oil on Saturday, August 6th at 7:00 pm.

The documentary which focuses on a surprising solution to America’s oil dependence, is from the filmmakers of the award winning Sundance documentary “Fuel,” and will simultaneously debut both theatrically and on DVD.

In a move that harkens back to the grand old days of showmanship, the husband and wife Freedom filmmaking team of Josh and Rebecca Tickell will embark on a three month, 30+ city North American Clean Energy Tour in a fully customized Freedom Bus, a “green” constructed, highly energy efficient vehicle that will park at movie theatres playing the film. The Freedom Bus will be open to the public for free and will showcase the latest biofuel-efficient, advance fuels and wind, solar and water technology.

Freedom features an eclectic array of personalities, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former NATO commander Wesley Clark, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz, (who scored the film), international author Deepak Chopra and such “green” actors as Ed Begley, Jr., Amy Smart and Michelle Rodriguez. Additionally, in a most unexpected and emotional segment, co-director Rebecca Tickell reveals an extraordinary predicament that is both touching and illuminating.

Freedom invites audiences to not just get mad, but to get motivated, offering serious fuel for thought for empowering people with knowledge and inspiring social change. The film explores the role that Ethanol plays as a homegrown alternative that will boost the domestic economy, create jobs and reduce our need to rely on dangerous and unstable parts of the world for our fuel. There is widespread agreement that America needs to wean itself off oil yet Ethanol has become a lightning rod of controversy. An anti Ethanol coalition made up of both big oil and radical environmentalists stokes the fires of that controversy every day. Debate rages on the pros and cons of Ethanol but what is the truth? Both Josh and Rebecca Tickell will be available after the film for an audience Q&A.

Tickets are $10.00 for the exclusive screening and can be bought at the Admiral starting Friday, August 5 or through Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/189792

Freedom is a Green Planet Productions release. More information on Freedom, its theatrical release, its DVD release and the North American Clean Energy Tour may be found at www.thefreedomfilm.com.

Admiral Safeway Holds LEED Open House August 11

On August 11, 2011, Safeway will be hosting a LEED tour for their new store at 2262 California Way, from 10:00 am to 12:00  noon.

The tour will highlight all the elements of the grocery store’s design, construction and operations that will allow it to be LEED certified. In addition, Safeway will be serving lunch and hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, immediately before the doors are open to the general public.

If you are interested in attending the LEED tour, please contact Sara Osborne at sara.osborne@safeway.com. Space is limited, so submit your name soon!


NWETC Offers ‘Basic Principals of Toxicology’ Course


The Northwest Environmental Training Center is holding a course on Basic Principals of Toxicology at their Issaquah location. Cost for the two-day course is $445 to $545, depending on whether one is a student, works for a non-profit or Native American organization, or government agencies. The course dates are September 20 and 21, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.

This course identifies the potential health hazards of toxic chemicals and methods for preventing exposure. Hazards and risks of exposure are evaluated and put into perspective by exploring chemicals encountered in everyday life.

What to expect?

  • Learn the basic principles of toxicology, tools for assessing the toxicology of chemicals, effects of chemicals on the body, and why some people are more sensitive to chemicals than others;
  • Focus will be given to state of-the-art research, risk assessment, and risk communication;
  • Case studies will be included with ample time for discussion and answers to questions;
  • Effects of chemicals on the body; why some people are more sensitive than others;
  • Learn how to develop individual does/response curves; current research issues in toxicology;
  • Discuss ethical aspects of toxicology and what to ask and how to communicate about hazards.

Who should attend?

  • Professionals seeking a greater understanding of environmental mercury behavior and effects;
  • Environmental practitioners;
  • Agency personnel such as biologists, ecologists, hydrologists, planners and regulators.

For more information, check their web at www.nwetc.org.

Delridge Produce Coop News: Buyer’s Club Strong, New Web

There have been some new developments with Delridge Produce Cooperative.  The Buyer’s Club is going strong – they’ve done three orders over six weeks now, and just started up a new online ordering system, so that those who don’t wish to come to meetings will be able to skip those and show up to collect their produce at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, outside of the West Seattle Tool Library every other Sunday.

The Delridge Produce Cooperative also now has their own domain name – www.delridgeproducecoop.com. Please visit the site to view the DPC calendar, see what they’re up to, and view the produce prices by logging into the ordering database.

Delridge Coop has been rotating volunteer duties to call farmers, pick up produce, and sort orders, but still needs more Buyer’s Club members to join and help out. The more members we have, the easier the work – and the work is worth it. They’ve been averaging prices that are half as much as those one would pay for the same produce at the Farmers’ Market, so they’re buying organic produce for less than you’d pay for conventional produce at the grocery store. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get involved in DPC, there have never been more benefits.

For those who don’t want to volunteer for the Buyer’s Club, the Coop is working on a plan to start selling produce to non-Buyer’s-Club-members along Delridge Way SW very soon (within the month of August). The prices for this produce will be higher than those for Buyer’s Club members, but still less expensive than Farmer’s Market prices!

This will be DPC’s first public produce stand selling locally-grown food, and it will be open to everyone. If you wish to get Buyer’s Club prices but are do not wish to be part of the Buyer’s Club, we still need volunteers to run DPC’s stand and to help work out a plan to bring it to fruition.

If you have experience with fundraising, produce market management, business, feasibility studies, marketing, or working with underserved populations, please call us at 206-271-1880, or  email at delridgeproducecoop@gmail.com, send a message on Facebook, or show up to one of DPC’s meetings – :00 every Tuesday at 7pm at the Delridge Community Center.  The next Buyer’s Club meeting is on August 9th at 7:00 pm at the Delridge Community Center and the pickup for that order is 12-12:30 pm August 14th. The online ordering system should be fully operational at that point, so if you don’t have comments on operations, feel free to skip the meeting and order online.

State Environmenal Policy Course Offered by NWETC

The Northwest Environmental Training Center is holding a course on State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Basics and Beyond, on August 24th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at their Issaquah location.  Cost for the course is  $150.

The basic overview section is designed to provide participants with a general overview of the purpose of SEPA, the procedural requirements of the SEPA rules, and how SEPA can be used in decision-making.

The instructors are  Annie Szvetecz and Neil Aaland, AICP.  For more information on the course, click here.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Determine when SEPA environmental review is required
  • Evaluate a proposal and make a threshold determination
  • Issue SEPA documents
  • Provide public notice
  • Consider comments
  • Use SEPA supplemental authority to condition or deny a proposal

Who should attend?

  • Beneficial agency staff, tribes, attorneys and consultants
  • Members of environmental organizations and interested citizens