Seattle Seeks Members for Living Building & Deep Green Advisory Group

GreenBldgApplicationThe City of Seattle is looking for qualified candidates to fill 10 positions in the City’s new Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group.  These volunteer positions are expected to be filled by September 2013 so work can begin immediately following. The role of the advisory group will be to provide recommendations to the Department of Planning and Development on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program, which aims to promote sustainable building and development.

Promoting development that will achieve the highest levels of environmental performance requires commitment from the building and development community, as well as the public at large. The advisory group will consist of qualified professionals from diverse fields within the greater Seattle area that have technical knowledge, experience and interest in sustainable development. The advisory group will also include at least one experienced sustainability professional associated with a community council or other neighborhood group.  Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council and will serve a two-year term.   See for more details on the Pilot Program.

Applicants should have:

  • A passion for green building and sustainability
  • Knowledge of the overall building design, construction and development process
  • Sustainable building expertise and experience
  • Technical expertise in efficient building systems (e.g. energy and water), green stormwater management, and/or other relevant specialty
  • Knowledge of and experience with green building certification programs, such as the Living Building Challenge™, LEED™ or other programs
  • LEED™  accreditation or other sustainability or green building related credentials
  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively
  • The ability to work with diverse people and perspectives
  • At least one member must be a current member of a community council or neighborhood group

Application forms are available from or from The deadline for submitting an application is July 19, 2013.

The Technical Advisory Group is being established under Resolution 31400 ( to inform updates and enhancements to the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green pilot programs and regulatory framework.

Members should expect to work 4-6 hours a month attending and preparing for meetings.  It is anticipated that the group will initially meet two times per month through December 2013 and no more than once a month in 2014. Members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings.

To be considered for appointment to the Living Building and Deep Green Pilot Technical Advisory Group, please send an application and resume by July 19, 2013 by email to:

Aly Pennucci, Senior Planner,

Email applications are preferred, as electronic documents facilitate file sharing among the selection committee. If emailing is not an option, applicants can send their applications via U.S. mail to:

Aly Pennucci, Senior Planner,Dept of Planning and Development, City of Seattle

700 5th Ave, Suite 2000

P.O. Box 34019

Seattle, Washington  98124-4019

If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Aly Pennucci, Senior Planner, at 206-386-9132 or via e-mail at

August Community Forum: Our Annual Lincoln Park Picnic @ Shelter #3

2012 SWS picnicJoin Sustainable West Seattle this coming Monday, August 19th for our annual community harvest celebration and picnic.  We will be gathering at Shelter #3, the large shelter with a barbecue grill on the southern end of the park near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal dock.

The picnic begins around 4:30 pm with the preparation of the grill. We should have everything ready for celebrating by 5:00 pm.  Members, guests, and new folks who want to check out this group are asked to bring a potluck item to share — side dish OR dessert would be great.  SWS will provide the protein for the BBQ + condiments.  Bring your own dishes/utensils, if possible.  The picnic continues through sunset on the beach and usually concludes around 9:00 pm with shelter area clean-up.

We’ll honor a few of the amazing people in our local community, too – Sustainability Champion and Volunteer of the Year.  Also, consider bringing your acoustic instrument to share a song or two with our creative & playful group…maybe a community jam will happen?!  We’d love to hear about the “green” things you’ve been up to in the last year!  Come on out and connect with an inspring community of people, ideas, and practice!

West Seattle Tool Library Announces Extended Hours, New Day

Meetup @ Tool LibraryThe West Seattle Tool Library announces extended hours for the summer. As of July 1st, WSTL is adding hours on Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. We are also adjusting our hours on Thursday and weekends to accommodate members.
“We’re expanding our hours to keep up with demand for our tools,” said WSTL Manager Micah Summers. “Our new hours should help accommodate more people  and increase the convenience of checking tools in & out.”
The new West Seattle Tool Library summer schedule begins July 1st:
  • Tuesday 5:00 to 8:00 pm (new day)
  • Thursday 5:00 to 8:00 pm  (new hours)
  • Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (new hours)
  • Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (new hours)
The West Seattle Tool Library is a non-profit, community service, offering access to a collection of over 1,500 tools. Over 1000 members strong, the tool library has helped build orchards, playgrounds, greenhouses and supported thousands of home, yard and neighborhood projects.

The tool library is located at:

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 
4408 Delridge Way SW 
Seattle, WA 98106 

The West Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable West Seattle and was made possible by a neighborhood grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Go to for more information.

Get Ready for Night Out: Apply for Small Sparks $1000 City Grant To Help Your Block

Seattle Night Out logoSeattle City Funds are available to help neighborhoods celebrate Night Out on August 6.  The Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement.

 On August 6, Seattle neighborhoods will celebrate the annual Night Out event. If your neighborhood plans to participate, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund available to support your Night Out event and activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, youth concert, bike parades, neighborhood cleanups, and entertainment, to name a few. The deadline for applications is July 8, but applicants must register to apply by July 1.

For information and the application process, visit or call 206-733- 9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open for applications year-round.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit

Seattle City Releases Data on City-Owned Building Energy Use

Cover of Muni Bldg Energy UseSeattle Discloses Energy Use of City-Owned Buildings

The City of Seattle is providing the public a closer look at the energy use of City-owned buildings in a new report, Seattle Municipal Buildings 2011 – 2012 Energy Use Performance Report. The report released in May describes City efforts to evaluate the energy efficiency of 6.2 million square feet of City-owned and operated building space. The report also details actions the City is taking to improve the energy efficiency of its facilities.

“We hope that sharing the City’s results from evaluating our buildings’ energy use encourages other owners to do the same,” said Jill Simmons, Director of the Office of Sustainability & Environment. “Taking a close look at the energy performance of our facilities helps identify cost-effective opportunities to save energy and free up taxpayer resources for other important City services.” Read more about the report.

CSA Subscriptions Available From Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens

 high_pt_p_patchThe Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens CSA (community-supported agriculture) program is accepting subscribers for its farm-fresh organic produce. Each week subscribers receive up to 15 items of seasonal produce grown at the NewHolly and High Point Seattle Market Gardens, a city of Seattle program that helps to establish safe healthy communities and economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods.

The cost ranges from $15 to $25 a week based on size of the share. Prorated shares are available. Two of the pick-up locations are at the gardens where subscribers can meet the immigrant farmers and visit the site.

The pick-up locations, dates, and times are:

  • Thursdays from 5:00 pm to  7:00 pm, June 6 through October 17

High Point Market Garden (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau St.)

NewHolly Market Garden (42nd Ave. South and South Rockery Dr.)

  • Saturdays from 10:00 am to dusk, June 8 through October 19

St. Andrews Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th St.)

Community members can subscribe now by completing and mailing an application with payment or by contacting Julie Bryan, P-Patch Coordinator, at or by phone at 206-257-8257.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with the Seattle Housing Authority and P-Patch Trust to support low-income gardeners. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises. To learn about the Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens, visit

Saturday Join SWS & CoolMom in a “Kidical Mass” at the West Seattle Grand Parade

HiYuYou and an escorted youngster can participate in West Seattle’s most famous parade this Saturday, July 20.

Escort your youngster on their decorated bicycle and ride with the awesome “Trike-ceratops” down California Avenue during West Seattle’s famous Grand Parade.

Join Sustainable West Seattle and CoolMom and the award-winning float as we celebrate youth and bikes.

Assemble at 10:00 am to 10:30 am along 44th Avenue SW, south of SW Lander St., in the Admiral neighborhood.

Join SWS Sunday To Help Fix, or Learn To Fix, Bikes Which Will Be Donated To Togo

broken bikeSustainable West Seattle is throwing a Pedals for People Party to accept donations of used bikes and repairing them at the West Seattle Tool Library on Sunday July 21st at noon. Bikes are donated for kids to ride to school in the West African country of Togo.

Join SWS to recycle and repair the bikes, which will be shipped to Togo through Bikes for these children are crucial for them to get to school. Many children in rural areas walk 5-15 miles to school, making it impossible for them to have time to study. This is especially true for girls, who traditionally have more household chores than boys.

Meet at the West Seattle Tool Library at 12 noon on Sunday July 21st. Tools, work stations and expertise will be available. For more details contact

Join us and learn bicycle repair skills as we repair dozens of bikes for donation to rural Africa.  Bring a bike for repair or donation or just come to help fix bikes or to learn how to fix bikes. Bikes will go through to rural Togo.

Donated bicycles can also be brought to Alki Bike and Board in the Admiral District on California Avenue, two doors south of the Admiral intersection on the east side.

The West Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable West Seattle and is located in the rear of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Delridge Way across from Delridge Park.  The Tool Library is accessible via the 125 and 120 and 50 King County Metro buses.

King Conservation District Offers Free Soil Sampling, Up To 5 Samples Per User


The King Conservation District provides free soil tests for all landowners in their service area.

Each year you can submit up to five samples to test for  major and micro-nutrients, pH and organic matter. Based on lab results, King Conservation District staff will provide recommendations specific to your plant needs.

This service is available to everyone from commercial farmers to backyard gardeners. Member cities are also using the program to improve soils in their community gardens. Visit KCD’s website to learn how to request a free soil test, including detailed instructions on how to take a soil sample: