Sustainable West Seattle takes on Tox-Ick!

Come by the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Saturday September 24, between 10:00 am and 11:00 and leave with one of several prizes worth several hundred dollars which will be distributed at this presentation.   You can also stop by the West Seattle Tool Library on your way to or from the presentation!

The “Don’t Feed The Tox-Ick Monster” talk and workshop is Septemeber 24th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am , at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, located at 4408 Delridge Way SW, across the street from Delridge Playground and Community Center (and the new skate park).

The prizes consist of

  • water cisterns;
  • landscape design service;
  • car wash gift certificates;
  • oil changes;
  • bus passes, and more!

Sustainable West Seattle is taking on a monster of a problem in Puget Sound with a new campaign that empowers citizens to curb toxic stormwater runoff.

The group is hosting a series of free educational events called “Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster” this September – November. Our first event is this Sunday at 2PM at the West Seattle Christian Church. Audience members will be eligible to win up to $1,000 in prizes like water cisterns, landscape consulting, car-wash gift certificates, oil changes, bus passes, and more.

Toxic runoff comes from many everyday sources, including soap, paint, fertilizers and herbicides, and even dog poop.  According to the Department of Ecology, toxic runoff is the No. 1 threat to the health of Puget Sound.  Each year, 14 million pounds of pollutants wash from our streets and driveways directly into our rivers and streams, and ultimately into the Sound.

“Most people I talk to think that polluted runoff from our streets and driveways go to facilities to remove contamination,” said Cate White, leader of Sustainable West Seattle’s toxic runoff outreach group. “However, that isn’t true.  Most runoff is not treated. Our campaign helps people understand how they can reduce that flow of toxic runoff.”

Keep watch for the ominous Tox-Ick: A Monster of a Problem for Puget Sound posters in your community. “The Tox-Ick Monster is the group’s emblematic metaphor for what toxic runoff is doing to our communities, which is robbing us of our salmon, our orcas, our shellfish economy, and our health,” said Corbet Curfman, designer of the character. The posters will alert the public to the next educational event and opportunity to win pollution prevention prizes.

Events will be:

  • Sunday Sept 11 2 p.m., West Seattle Christian Church 4400 42nd Ave. SW, Seattle WA 98116 ($1,000 prizes)
  • Saturday Sept 24 10 a.m. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle WA 98106 ($1,000 prizes)
  • Monday October 10, 7 p.m. Pathfinder Elementary School 1901 SW Genesee St. Seattle, WA 98106 ($1,000 prizes)
  • Saturday October 22, 1 p.m. Roxhill Elementary School, 9430 30th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98126 ($1,000 prizes)
  • Saturday November 12th, 2:30 p.m. SPANISH PRESENTATION White Center Community Cultural Center (aka St. James Annex) 9421 Eighteenth Street SW, Seattle ($500 in prizes)
  • Saturday November 19th, 4 p.m., Alki United Church of Christ, 6115 SW Hinds Street, Seattle ($500 in prizes)

In addition to the community outreach meetings, a new Web site is being launched at as well as new Facebook and Twitter profiles.

About Sustainable West Seattle

Sustainable West Seattle is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that educates and advocates for urban sustainability in our local community.



Contact: Cate White  |  (646) 957-6225