Tool Library Offers “Handywoman for the Home: Basic Tiling”

Basic Tiling for the Home
February 23rd,7-9 PM
Instructor: Susan Barnes of AmyWorks.com
Improve the value of your bathroom or kitchen. Learn to select the best tile for your project, prepare and install the tile and then grout to finish the job. You will learn the tools needed for the job and gain hands-on experience on how to use them.
Register Here!

While this is a women-only workshop, The Tool Library plans to offer a similar class to the general public (fellas included) later this spring.

King County Natural Resources Dept. Updates Stormwater Plan

Puget Sound is in trouble.  You know that through the SWS Tox-Ick program. Find out what King County is doing about it, and what more you can do to help.

Stormwater, or polluted runoff, is the leading contributor to reduced water quality in Puget Sound, and a significant pollution source of our nation’s waters.

As part of an ongoing commitment to protect public health and improve environmental conditions in our streams, rivers, lakes and Puget Sound, King County annually reviews and updates its overall stormwater management plan. The plan details the efforts of the County to comply with its Clean Water Act stormwater discharge permit, and we are interested in getting your feedback on its development and implementation.

To learn more about polluted runoff, its impacts on the environment, how King County is addressing the issue, and how you can help minimize impacts on our local waters, watch these short videos. Share your thoughts with King County by taking our online stormwater survey, or sending us a comment at stormwater@kingcounty.gov.

Videos from King County Stormwater Services:

View more in the Stormwater Video Library.

Provide your input:

Public comment on the program will be accepted through March 9.

Test your stormwater knowledge:

Take King County’s the new Stormwater quiz.

For more information about stormwater, please visit:

Presentations on the Stormwater Management Program to interest groups are available by request. Please email King County at stormwater@kingcounty.gov.  Sustainable West Seattle also provides Stormwater education through our Tox-Ick program.

Up To $20K In Tech Grants for Community, Engagement Projects

The City of Seattle is offering grants to support community education and engagement projects through the Technology Matching Fund. Grants of up to $20,000 are available. The deadline is Tuesday, April 3.

The fund supports Technology Literacy & Access and Civic Engagement projects that reach technology underserved communities, thereby increasing, “digital inclusion.” The City’s goals are to:

  • Technology Literacy and Access:
    • Empower technology underserved communities so that all residents have the technology skills necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services;
    • Increase technology literacy;
    • Increase access to computers, the Internet, and other information technology; and
    • Increase the creation of relevant online content.
  • Civic Engagement:
    • Engage individuals not usually involved in the civic process; and
    • Increase residents’ use of technology for civic engagement and community building by integrating technology tools into activities to increase awareness of community issues, to increase community problem solving and to increase interaction with government.

You are invited to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the application process, grant requirements, and what makes a successful application. Interpretation services will be provided for you upon request.

Grant Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, March 1
    • Solid Ground
    • 1501 N 45th St, Seattle, 98103
    • 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
  • Saturday, March 3
    • Delridge Community Center
    • 4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, 98122
    • 10:30 am – 12:00 Noon

The City will be accepting applications after February 29 through our online grants management tool. The grant guidelines and application link are available at http://www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf.

For help with the Technology Fund application contact Delia Burke, Technology Matching Fund Manager by phone at 206-233-2751, and by email at  delia.burke@seatttle.gov.  Also check the department’s website http://www.seattle.gov/tech.

Occupy West Seattle General Assembly @ High Point Library

This week’s Occupy West Seattle General Assembly will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, Feb 18 at the High Point Branch of the Seattle Public Library. The High Point Branch is located at 3411 S.W. Raymond St., Seattle, WA. We hope you are all able to join us this week. Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends as well as any other community groups you may be associated with.

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HPAC To Discuss Westcrest Park, New Spraypark, & Nickelsville

The February Highland Park Action Committee meeting is shaping up with quite a full agenda.  Join neighbors to hear updates from the design team and Seattle Parks on the Highland Park Spraypark Project, and the Westcrest Reservoir Project, including the proposed P-Patch.

This month, the HPAC meeting takes place Wednesday, February 29th,  the 5th Wednesday instead of the 4th. This is a temporary date change.

Potluck at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden.

If you could not join HPAC for their January meeting, here’s an uopdate on discussions regarding Nickelsville:

  • There is not a big increase in activity in the greenbelt, no big obvious spikes that they can attribute to Nickelsville;
  • The Police don’t see any trends or spikes in crime in Highland Park associated with Nickelsville or those living in the greenbelt that are different from trends sweeping the rest of West Seattle or Seattle in general;
  • There is a process in place to remove campers/people living on SDOT or Seattle Parks property. The police just need to know where people are having concerns about people living in the greenbelt – so if you have a concern, call them;
  • They won’t do regular patrols as requested, but they will respond to calls about specific location;
  • They do not advise people to patrol the area themselves as encampments are sometimes guarded by aggressive dogs.

HPAC has been writing our City Council and the Mayor’s office to encourage some political leadership on this matter, with appropriate siting of a city sanction encampment and swift action on setting standards for encampments in industrialized areas. When such standards are set, there will be a public comment period.

HPAC is interested in seeing standards set that include, at the very least:

  • Access to water and sewer;
  • Proximity or access to services; and
  • Environmental review where it relates to public health concerns (sites not prone to flooding or littered with contaminants in the soil).

HPAC also wrote to the staff of Nickelsville to offer to team up with them to press the City Council to make some decisions as it seems that HPAC goals on a policy level are the same, but have not heard back from the Nickelsville folks. HPAC will continue to present any further updates at their meetings until the concerns we heard from our members have been resolved.

 

First Meeting for West Seattle Greenways @ Pearl’s

West Seattle Greenways: First Meeting!

The neighborhood greenway movement in Seattle has been gaining a lot of momentum lately. Neighborhood greenways are routes which provide safe connections for bicyclists and pedestrians between neighborhoods, and to schools, parks, shopping and other destinations. Often they are located on quiet streets parallel to busy arterials, and include traffic calming measures, protected crossings, pocket parks, and other elements that make the route safer and more pleasant for everybody.

The city of Seattle has committed to funding eleven miles of greenways in 2012, and twelve new miles per year thereafter. Because of the work of several local advocates, two West Seattle routes are under consideration for 2012: 21st ave SW between the West Seattle Bridge and White Center, and 26th Ave SW along the Longfellow Creek Trail through North Delridge. This is just a beginning: we hope to form a vision of bicycle and pedestrian connectivity through West Seattle as a whole, and prioritize greenway routes for future development.

Please join us at Pearl’s Coffee this Sunday, Feb 19 at 3pm (Pearl’s is located at 4800 Delridge Way SW). We’ll meet with neighbors from around West Seattle to begin discussing our vision for bicycle and pedestrian routes throughout our part of the city. Hope to see you there!

SCALLOPS Spring Forward Event, Plus New Website

Save the date! for SCALLOPS Spring Forward meeting. The event occurs Saturday, March 10, at the Sammamish Valley Grange in Hollywood Hills, 14654 148th Avenue Northeast, Woodinville.  Join colleagues for a day of:

  • Heart and Soul music with Dana Lyons (www.cowswithguns.com)
  • Roundtable Introductions
  • Sustainability Reports
  • West Seattle’s Tool Library, Woodinville’s Mason Bees, Bellingham’s Dandelions Unlimited, Edmonds Community Solar Coop
  • Potluck Lunch Business Update from SCALLOPS Central Discussion Groups

To RSVP send email to katwink@comcast.net.

Also, a new SCALLOPS website was recently launched – http://goscallops.org/ (www.SCALLOPS.ning.com will be phased out with content transitioning to goscallops.org)

If you’re interested in what the members of SCALLOPS did during 2011, check out the Annual Report. page.

Representatives who will be there presenting are:

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City Energy/Weatherization Program Now Available Citywide

Community Power Works (CPW), a City of Seattle energy efficiency initiative to weatherize buildings and help grow a sustainable source of green jobs through energy upgrades, is now serving homes throughout the City of Seattle.

The CPW for Home program is one of six programs operated by Community Power Works and funded in part by a grant from the US Department of Energy. The other CPW programs are CPW for Multifamily units, CPW for Small Businesses, CPW for Large Commercial buildings, CPW for Hospitals, and CPW for City Buildings.

CPW for Home launched last April in Seattle’s central area and south end, and this January the program has expanded its services citywide. CPW for Home gives homeowners access to approved home energy experts that help them make the smartest choices for their homes. CPW for Home also provides financing, rebates and incentives to help offset costs, as well as a free quality assurance inspection once the work is complete.

To date, more than 900 homes have entered the program and more than 125 homes have completed energy upgrades or have upgrades in progress. Demand for the program has steadily grown as homeowners spread the word about the increased warmth and comfort of their newly upgraded homes

“We’re working to expand Community Power Works by offering new incentives and citywide availability,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. ”We are committed to building an energy efficiency industry that improves work for people in our community.”

For Seattle residents, CPW for Home provides:

  • A deeply discounted home energy assessment. Usually $400, the program provides the assessment for just $95, thanks to rebates from Seattle City Light;
  • Rebates and incentives to bring down the cost of the upgrade; the more energy you save, the higher your rebate;
  • Pre-approved contractors to do the work;
  • Affordable loans with easy terms to qualify; payments are simply added to the resident’s City Light bill;
  • Energy Experts to help every step of the way and make sure the job is done right.

The program begins with a comprehensive energy audit, helping homeowners learn more about their home. CPW for Home participant Allyson Adley of Madison Park said, “When we learned that 86 percent of the warm air in our house was escaping each hour and being replaced with cold air from outside, we were shocked. That provided us with the motivation to act.”

Along with insulating their home and sealing cracks where heat was escaping, the Adleys had a heat pump installed to replace an inefficient oil burner. Adley said, “I cannot get over how much value we’ve added to the house with the CPW for Home upgrade. We feel good that we are not buying oil any more, and it’s a relief not to have to open that bill. In addition to making the house more comfortable,” she added, “the weatherization work had the extra benefit of keeping critters out of our attic and crawl space.”

In addition to program rebates based on the amount of energy a homeowner saves, CPW for Home has unveiled a new incentive for homeowners who want to switch from oil heating systems to other highly efficient heat systems like the Adleys did in switching to an electric ductless heat pump. Before Community Power Works, there were no incentives available for those with oil-heated homes who wanted to switch to a different, more efficient heating source.

Participation in Community Power Works for Home is easy. Seattle residents can simply contact an energy expert at home@communitypowerworks.org or 206-449-1170, or sign up online at www.communitypowerworks.org.

More information about the entire CPW program can be found at: http://www.communitypowerworks.org/about-community-power-works/press-media/.

Help Restore Sanislo Wetlands in Puget Creek Watershed

Sanislo Wetland Restoration: Planting a Community

King County has awarded a $25,000 grant to Puget Creek Watershed Alliance for the native plant restoration of Puget Creek’s headwaters at the Sanislo Elementary School wetland. This community effort hopes to improve wildlife habitat and the natural sponge needed to filter the #1 polluter of Puget Sound – stormwater. The PCWAlliance and local restoration company, Garden Cycles, will hold monthly workparties (fourth Saturdays, starting Feb 25, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm) to remove invasive blackberry and ivy, spread woodchip mulch, and plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. For information, http://pugetcreekwatershedalliance.org/, or contact Steve Richmond (206-650-9807; steve@gardencycles.com). Please join us!

  • When: Saturday, February 25, 2012 (fourth Saturday of every month)
  • Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. (Join in for half an hour or all day–whatever you have time for.)
  • Where: Sanislo Elementary School; SW Myrtle and 19th Ave SW in the Puget Ridge neighborhood. Street address- 1812 SW Myrtle Street (see map below)

Using public transportation take

  • Bus #125 from downtown, 3 stops past the South Seattle Community College’s main bus stop (on 16th Ave SW); get off at SW Myrtle St.; walk west 3 blocks).
  • Bus #125 from White Center; go 2 stops past SW Holden (fire station and 7-11) to SW Myrtle.
  • Bus #120 from downtown; get off at SW Myrtle, one stop before Home Depot. Walk east to top of stairs.
  • Bus #120 from White Center; get off north of Home Depot.
  • Bus #128 from Admiral District; get off after Home Depot at the 2nd stop past Delridge Way (at SW Orchard); walk NE up SW Orchard to SW Myrtle, turn left, walk one block to school.

What to bring:

  • gloves;
  • shovel, (we’ll have extra);
  • weather-appropriate gear (rain or cold);
  • hat/eye protection;
  • food/water, sturdy shoes.

If you like cutting blackberry, bring some hand clippers, loppers, or hedge shears.

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Sustainable Seattle Offers Tool Library Workshop

A Workshop with the West Seattle Tool Library 

 

Wednesday, April 4th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
2100 Building
Community Room A
2100 24th Ave South
Seattle, Washington   98144
At the kick-off for Sustainable Seattle’s Neighborhood Workshop program, you’ll learn about the West Seattle Tool Library from the innovators themselves, including lessons they learned while building the library and about how you can become a member. We’ll even have a take-home hands-on project.