New Search Engine Specifically for Swap/Trade & Free Items

Out of northwest Pennsylvania comes a new web tool for re-cyclers and re-users called Ecofreek, visit their website at is a search engine that searches the web for free and ‘for swap/trade’ items people no longer need from over 45+ sources, 10,000 libraries, real estate, agricultural/seed swap sources and more-providing the most diverse and accurate results anywhere in the world. Also included are items for trade like books, sports equipment, antiques, automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, CDs/DVDs, computers, property, seeds/gardening supplies, and lots more.

Ecofreek’s mission is to provide a means for people to find items they need while reducing landfill waste.

Ecofreek encourages people to exchange and re-use items though their search engine and also their ‘places to give things away’ section. Feel free to recommend new resources as well.

Enjoy your experience and let Ecofreek know what they can do to improve the service.
View our frequently asked questions here.  Visit their donation page for some great merchandise in exchange for a monetary donation.

For more information, contact the ecofreek team at or call 510-962-4385 or contact  Nicole Boivin – Founder, at

Highland Park Action Committee To Discuss Emergency Preparedness

For September 28th’s meeting this Wednesday, the Highland Park Action Committee is having a guest speaker from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management with a SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) presentation. SNAP is the city’s program to help residents get ready and connected for any potential emergency. It is designed to help us create plans that are specific to our Highland Park needs, we can all help each other become prepared by organizing together.

Bring more news and announcements to Wednesday’s HPAC meeting, held at HPIC on 12th and Holden:

  • 6:30 – Potluck
  • 7:00-8:00 – SNAP Presentation
  • 8:00-8:30 – News and Announcements

Other news and events in the Highland Park area to mark on your calender:

HPIC (Highland Park Improvement Club) is hosting a Harvest Dinner on October 8th at 6:00 pm. Come help initiate another new tradition at HPIC and celebrate a harvest meal with friends and neighbors. Bring a home-made dish to share that celebrates our local harvest, plus a dinner plate to leave behind for HPIC’s community kitchen.

Food Trucks are coming to the HPIC parking lot starting on October 8th around lunchtime! They expect a variety of food trucks and increasing presence as a result of the neighborhood’s demand. The plans are still forming, but to start there will be one or two trucks, so come out and help it become a popular and delicious food destination for Highland Park, Riverview, and beyond!

HPIC is also hosting an evening of theater on Saturday, October 22nd at 7pm (pay what you can). It is a one-night-only production by local theater company Playworks of Arthur Miller’s “I Can’t Remember Anything.”

We have neighbors starting a Friends of Westcrest Park group. They will be coming to speak with us at our October meeting about their efforts, but mark your calender for October 29th from 9-noon for a Work Party.

Our neighbor Rachael Wright has worked hard to successfully secure a grant for pedestrian safety in Highland Park. If you are interested in advocating for a need to safely cross Holden, please mark your calenders for Sun. Nov. 20th and Mon., Nov. 21st for a workshop- HPAC members are encouraged to attend. Email us for more details and contact information if you are interested.

Just a heads up that SDOT is beginning construction of the SW Cloverdale Street Sidewalk Project on the South Side of Cloverdale between 8th and 9th.

Camp Long Challenge Course (Ropes) Grand Opening 9/24 @ 2pm

Camp Long Environmental Learning Center and the Camp Long Advisory Council invite you to the Grand Opening of the Camp Long Challenge course.  The Grand Opening is Saturday, September 24, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Come see and try out the Challenge Course, which will be open to the public from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:00 pm with hot dogs, chips, and cake commemorating this event to follow the dedication.

The schedule of events for Saturday, September 24:

  • 2:00 pm – Open to the public – music provided by local band Rusty Gate Wood Shed String Band
  • 4:00 pm – Dedication and ribbon cutting
  • 4:30 pm – Comments and presentations from Challenge Course partners
  • 5:15 pm – Hot dogs done on the outdoor barbecues in Camp Long, chips and Cake from Original Bakery.

Partners include the Washington State University 4-H program, Camp Long Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation.

For more information contact Camp Long at 206-684-7434 or

Seattle Planning Dept. Wants Your Input for Comprehensive Plan

Help Seattle plan for the future.  The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is interested in your input to help define the future plans the city will focus on and has posted an online survey to allow you to provide your opinion.  Please take the brief Comprehensive Plan survey to provide feedback on your priorities for Seattle’s future –

Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan: What’s in it for YOU?

Seattle is expecting 120,000 new residents and 115,000 new jobs by 2031.

How many of them will be in your neighborhood?

What will that look like?

What City investments will be needed to serve these new people?

How can these new people and investments enhance your neighborhood?

It takes time to identify and fund these investments. That’s why Seattle’s DPD needs you to tell them what your priorities are now, so they can make them a reality in the future.

What have they heard so far?  Survey respondents have clear visions for Seattle, including:

  •  To increase density to add residents and vitality to the core and become more walkable and bike-friendly.
  • A place where children and grandchildren can be raised, where there are sidewalks, safe streets and green spaces close by.
  • A city that has housing and employment choices for everyone regardless of their station in life while at the same time doesn’t destroy the character of neighborhoods.
  • For every neighborhood to be as dense, diverse and vibrant as Capitol Hill.

See more responses on DPD’s website.

Why is the Comprehensive Plan important?

Since 1994 the Seattle Comprehensive Plan has guided funding and resources toward projects in specific neighborhoods including:

  • 30 new parks
  • 22 updated libraries
  • 8 new or rebuilt community centers
  • 33 new or upgraded fire stations
  • Numerous street improvements
  • New investment in utilities
  • New housing options

The City  has an opportunity to make even more improvements by leveraging expected new growth. The City needs to determine where those 120,000 new residents will live and where to host those 115,000 new jobs. Your responses to DPD’s survey will help Seattle determine how to distribute the new housing, jobs, and benefits from that growth.

Stay connected and informed by using these online Seattle Department of Planning and Development resources:

For even more Information check out “Comp Plan 101,” read the Comprehensive Plan, or Watch the Comp Plan Video.

Out for Sustainability’s Annual ‘Out for Local’ Feast @ South Lake Union

Out for Sustainability is holding its sustainable local food festival Coming Out Local  on Thursday October 13th, at 415 Westlake in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

Coming Out Local is a tasty, multiple course, locally sourced feast, with inspiring speakers and an auction of goods and services from local LGBTQ celebrating businesses.

Tickets are just $65, or you can share the experience with friends at a table of 8 seats for only $500. Doors open for wine tasting at 5:30pm, with dinner served at 7:00 pm and closing up by 10:00 pm. A great way to spend a crisp fall Thursday.

Buy your tickets today at:

This year’s speaker is Sally Clark.  In her own words: “It’s an honor to speak at Coming Out Local, where the connection between a thriving, sustainable local economy and a community that celebrates diversity is out and proud. I see Out for Sustainability’s work changing Seattle’s idea of who is aware and active when it comes to living smarter in our city and on our planet.”

Out for Sustainability is also honoring Louise Chernin as their 2011 Honoree.  OUT for Sustainability is thrilled to honor Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) CEO Louise Chernin for her work leading our community. In her words, “to ensure that our nonprofits and small businesses are sustainable and incorporate wise environmental practices, as well as the values of diversity and inclusion in their daily practices.”

This year’s Head Chef for the Coming Out Local is  Zephyr Paquette. The dinner is in masterful hands again this year. We are excited to welcome back Zephyr Paquette to head up a team of four local queer chefs including Chef Delwyn Brooks, Chef Sarah Wong and Chef Joe Randazzo. In Zephyr’s own words: “I am honored to be a part of OUT for Sustainability for year number two and hope for many more to follow? OUT for Sustainability is an organization I believe holds true to my value system in many aspects. A personal mantra is ’I believe in greening the environment one raised bed at a time’.”

More details to come on the other 3 amazing star chefs. For information on Chef Paquette, visit

NBIS Hosting ‘Green Bag’ Lunch Forum on Consumers & Product Design

The Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability is hosting a Green Bag Lunch Forum on “A Sustainable Economy? How are consumers and producers changing purchasing decisions & product design?” on September 27, beginning at 12:00 pm and going to  1:30 pm.  The doors open at 11:30 am.  Cost is $23 person with lunch included and NBIS members receive a 15% discount at registration with member code.  To register go to

Location for the Green Bag luncheon is at the The Arbor Group UBS Financial Services, Inc. 925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2000.

Join NBIS and The Arbor Group for an interactive discussion between market research specialists and product designers on influences and research affecting product design. Learn what market research is revealing about consumer choices and values and how product designers are both responding to and influencing consumer choices. Is this consumer-designer dance moving toward a sustainable economy?

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NBIS ‘Eco-Hour’ @ Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub in Burien

Join the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) at Elliott Bay Brewing Company on Thursday, September 29th for a real treat! You’ve had their beer at our Eco-Hours now join us at the Brewhouse & Pub in Burien for our next eco-hour as we celebrate Elliott Bay Brewing Company’s accomplishments in sustainability and organic brewing. With the most certified organic beers in Washington State, you won’t want to miss this one!

Elliott Bay Brewing Co. takes a very progressive approach to practicing sustainability. They have proactively made choices to reduce and recycle, and their kitchens support their goals by: purchasing free-range, all-natural beef and chicken; by supporting businesses employing sustainable fishing; and by buying local additive- and preservative-free bread baked with spent grain from our brewing process. Their composting efforts include the use of 100% compostable paper products, to-go utensils, and packaging products.

In 2004 they purchased wind power credits and retrofitted all of their lighting with high efficiency products. In 2006 they pushed to move their brewpub and the West Seattle Junction to 100% compostability and recyclability, reducing garbage pick-up from 8 yards a week to only two yards per week. Their waste oil is even picked up by a local biodiesel compa- ny and recycled into bio fuel, which comes in handy for their diesel-powered company truck.

In 2008, the Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub in Burien became the first Certified Organic brewery in King County. A year later, the West Seattle Brewpub followed suit and became fully certified. Their company culture promotes longevity of service and a healthy life-work balance for their crew members.

Eco-Hour is still free to NBIS members and $15 for non-members. R.S.V.P. at: http://eco-hour-elliott-bay.

Meet professionals who are leading sustainability initiatives, and visit one of the many innovative companies that are members of NBIS.

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Solar & Wind Energy Professional Courses Offered on Guemes Island

Solar Energy International Northwest, one of the oldest and most respected renewable energy education organizations, will be presenting three local week-long renewable energy workshops on Guemes Island, WA in October.

Solar Energy International (SEI) is a non-profit group with the mission of educating the community about renewable energy and sustainable practices, and offer classes in a number of locations. While our main office is located in Carbondale, CO, they also have a local contingency located on Guemes Island.

For more information contact Ian Woofenden, Solar Energy International NW Coordinator,  at 360-770-1520, or

PV101: Solar Electric Design & Installation (Grid-Direct) October 10 – 15, $1,195

  • Learn to design and install a batteryless, grid-tied solar-electric system! This workshop includes classroom sessions, tours, and hands-on labs. Gain a fundamental understanding of the core concepts necessary to work with all solar-electric systems. (NABCEP 58 hours)

WP101: Wind-Electric Design & Installation  October 24-29, $995

  • Learn design and installation principles for residential wind systems ranging from 10 to 70 feet in diameter and produce 1 to 100 kWh per day! This workshop covers site analysis, system design, installation and safety issues, and hardware specification. Discover the different residential wind turbines available, how they work, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. (NABCEP 40 hours)

WP201: Residential Wind Maintenance & Repair  October 17-22, $995

  • Get extensive hands-on experience working on real-world wind-electric systems! In this workshop you will focus on maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of wind-powered systems. This is an advanced workshop, intended for experienced wind-electric system users, designers, and installers, or for those who have attended SEI’s Wind Design and Installation training (WP101). (NABCEP 40 hours)



West Side Baby “Re-Ride” Program Now Collects ALL Car Seats

WestSide Baby partners with their community to collect and distribute essential items for local children in need.  They now collect ALL car seats thanks to the launch of “Re-ride – Car seat Reuse and Recycling for Local Children in Need.  Bring your used car seat to their facility in White Center starting Saturday September 17 from 10-2pm.  They inspect and give away used hundreds of car seats that pass their rigorous safety standards but those that are too old, damaged or without a history must be discarded.  Hundreds of seats would have hit the landfill.  Not anymore!   Now thanks to a new partnership with Total Reclaim, they will recycle all of the car seats that they cannot reuse.  They’ll take them all! To help them defray program costs, they have a $5 minimum suggested donation to recycle the car seats they cannot process for reuse.

Saturday is their kick-off collection day but, don’t worry, this is here to stay.  You can bring them any time but they’d love to see you this Saturday.   Currently, they provide local children in need with half of all requested car seats.  By collecting all car seats, they hope to acquire more for reuse to help fill the gap.   If you are interested in helping to dismantle car seats in preparation for recycling, please contact Shana Allen at or call (206) 767-1662.

WestSide Baby is a local non-profit that provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothes and safety equipment such as car seats, cribs, high chairs and strollers.  We served 18,000 children in 2010 and are sustained by volunteers, donations of gently used items and generous individuals who support our efforts.  Learn more about WestSide Baby at

LOCATION:   Re-Ride collection on Saturday Sept. 17  (10-2pm)  10032 15th Ave. SW,   Seattle, WA  98146  (in White Center directly behind our regular donation drop off area in the courtyard of our administrative offices)

SWS Seeks Board Members, Has Bylaws Update for Forum

Sustainable West Seattle is seeking new members for our Board – called the Coordinating Council.  We will present the Bylaws change at October’s Forum, Monday, October 17, at the Admiral Theater.

The Coordinating Council is looking for new members for 2012. If you think your talents would contribute to our efforts, please let a current CC officer know or send an e-mail to  For a current list of Coordinating Council members and officers, see

Requirements, how to apply and duties:

  • Requirements: You must be a voting member of SWS, meaning you share the aims of SWS and agree to and demonstrate a commitment to work together in harmony with the organization.
  • Procedure: Nominations for CC shall be accepted by the SWS Secretary up to the start of the annual meeting. After all nominees have addressed the membership, election votes will be cast and tallied.
  • Duties: CC members serve a minimum term of one year, need to attend board meetings on the first Monday of every month, and need to give their volunteer time, which varies from about 10 to 40 hours a month, depending on the level of involvement. Board members shape the face of SWS and have diverse duties including the following: Deciding on and organizing the monthly forums, representing SWS in meetings with other groups, keeping the web site up-to-date, recruiting volunteers, welcoming new members, leading existing projects or spearheading new ones, designing and distributing posters and flyers and more. Continue reading “SWS Seeks Board Members, Has Bylaws Update for Forum”