Murray Basin Concrete Pouring Work Continues through December

MurrayActivityDec2014King County Wastewater Division sent a notice this week stating that county contractors are beginning to build the underground storage tank across from Lowman Beach for the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project. The tank will sit on top of the concrete slab poured in the tank area last week. Crews will work Saturday Dec. 20 to install rebar and build forms. The rebar will attach the tank to the slab. The forms will help shape the tank bottom. Saturday work hours will be 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Smaller concrete pours are scheduled for December 23 and December 29. About 10 trucks an hour will deliver concrete to the site each day — less than half the amount delivered daily last week for the slab. Concrete will be delivered to the site between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. Crews may continue working in the tank area after 6:00 pm if necessary. Haul routes will remain the same. These pours may be rescheduled if temperatures go below 40 degrees. Schedules updates will be provided as necessary.

No work will occur on December 25 or January 1 (see calendar at bottom for more information).

What to expect on pour days:

  • Work from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Work will continue past 6:00 pm if necessary;
  • Crews working on the east side of Beach Dr. SW near Lowman Beach Park;
  • Trucks parked on the 7000 block of Beach Dr. SW and Lincoln Park Way SW near Murray Ave. SW;
  • No weekday parking in these areas:
    • 7000 block of Beach Dr. SW;
    • Lincoln Park Way SW between Murray Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW;
  • Local and emergency access maintained on Beach Dr. SW and Lincoln Park Way SW;
  • Considerable increased truck traffic entering and leaving the site during work hours;
  • Flaggers will direct traffic along Beach Dr. SW and at the intersection of Beach Dr. SW and Lincoln Park Way SW;
  • Traffic delays, heavy congestion near the site;
  • East sidewalk of Beach Dr. SW closed between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

For more information call the 24-hour project information hotline: 206-205-9186

Schedule of activity at Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project area for December.

Schedule of activity at Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project area for December.

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Seeks 3 New Members for Two-Year Terms

PedPlanHomePageGraphicThe Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members to help make walking in Seattle safer and easier.  The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1993, plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan.

The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Currently they are looking for candidates to fill three positions.  Board members are frequent users of the city’s pedestrian network, and represent a variety of ages, levels of mobility, walks of life, and areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry streets. Board members serve a two-year term.

According to David Goldberg, current chair of the Pedestrian Advisory Board, “Seattle has declared an ambition to be the ‘most walkable city in America,’ and is embracing a goal to make our streets among the safest in the world. The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board can play a key role in holding ourselves accountable for these aspirations while meeting the needs of all residents, regardless of age, income or ability.”

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.  Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by January 5, 2015 to:  Howard Wu at

For more information, call Howard Wu at (206) 684-3902, or send e-mail to the address above.

Native Bareroot Plant Sale: Buy Now, Pick Up in February – Trees, Ground Covers

plant-sale-happy-customerThe 2015 King Conservation District announces their Native Bareroot Plant Sale featuring more than three dozen species of native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. All orders placed by the end of November get an automatic 10% Early Bird Discount!

Pick up orders Saturday, February 28th adjacent to the KCD offices at 1107 SW Grady Way, Renton. For a link to the full plant list and details on online ordering, go to our website and click on Shop Now!

Below are brief descriptions of the wide variety of plants available in the King Conservation District Native Plant Sale.

Deciduous Trees
Grace the Northwest
     Deciduous trees light up the landscape with beautiful spring flowers and showy fall foliage, and then lose their leaves to provide filtered light in winter. Many of them provide nectar for pollinators and edible fruits for wildlife.
This year we have four species of deciduous trees which are sold in bundles of 10 for $16. For details and online ordering see Deciduous Trees.

Don’t Forget
Ground Covers!

The seven ground covers in this year’s KCD Native Plant Sale range from sunloving native strawberries to shade-tolerant Oregon grape. New this year are Deer Ferns and Fringecup, both of which prefer moist soils.
For photos and details on each species see Ground Covers.

Some Like it Wet

Moisture-loving Deer Ferns are available for the first time in this year’s sale. They’re included in a selection of more than a dozen species that require damp soils. Some of the plants love full sun, while others prefer deep shade. Details are on our online order form for each species that is Wet Loving.

Edible Berries Provide for People and Wildlife

     This year’s Native Plant Sale includes ten species selected for edible berries. Food-producing plants were an important source of nutrition in native diets. They’re tasty right off the bush for people and wildlife. For details see Edible Berries.

Energy Blog Author Publishes ‘Dinosaurs Last Roar’ on Kindle, 1st Published Here

DinoLast-SilberKindleSustainable West Seattle member and Energy Blog author Andy Silber recently wrote a fiction story about the impact of climate change on Planet Earth and humanity’s attempts to colonize Mars.

Andy has taken the story much further and has published a longer, more involved version on Kindle.  Click here for the Amazon link to the longer story.  Andy is charging 99 cents ($.99) for this more polished version.

The story was first serialized here on the SWS website (see Energy Blog: World of Tomorrow-2025: Warmer, Higher Sea Level, Fusion Power for the beginning chapter or click Energy Blog in the What Are You Interested In? section to the left to find all 9 early chapters.


Help King County Prioritize Environmental Goals: Use Online Budget Planner

KCparks viewThe King County Department of Natural Resources would like to hear from you about how you would prioritize King County’s environmental goals to help the county continue to plan for a greener future.

How would you prioritize King County’s environmental goals?

Let’s pretend you have a budget of $100 for King County’s environmental work. How would you spend it on three or more of the County’s environmental goals? Find the environmental goals that you would like King County to prioritize, then allocate a portion of your imaginary $100. Total spending should add up to $100. Click here to give your ideas to make King County greener?  The question will be open for comment until December 24. is an online platform that provides opportunities for government and citizens to work together to improve our communities and environment through digital civic engagement.

Save the Date!! Tool Library Annual Fundraiser Party – FESTIVUS – Dec. 5

Tool Library Fundraiser Poster_2014_finalThe West Seattle Tool Library announces our second annual fundraiser gala.

Now in its 5th year of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its second annual fundraiser.

The fundraiser, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday, December 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the SoDo MakerSpace, 1914 Occidental Ave SAll net proceeds will go to the maintenance of tool library operations, as well as potential enhancements such as extended hours and more classes. 

The fundraiser, continuing with last year’s theme of a “Festivus” party, will be a gala with a dinner buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, music, an environmental poetry slam, a raffle, kid activities, and a tool sale. In addition, discounts will be offered on tool library lifetime memberships, and members who have tool library items they’ve been meaning to return will be offered amnesty for any returned tools. No fines and no questions asked!

Everyone is welcome. No cover charge except for a voluntary suggested donation for food. 

You Can Help Too!

Donations and volunteer help, including day-of setup help for the fundraiser, are still needed. If you are an individual or business with an item you’d like to donate for the raffle or are interested in volunteering, please contact us at Food and beverage donations are also welcome. Donors will be recognized at the event. 

Tool Library Facts

Since opening in the summer of 2010, the West Seattle Tool Library has built an inventory of more than 2,500 tools, signed up more than 2,000 members, facilitated over 13,000 loans,offered many classes and served as the home of the Fixer’s Collective and Ask an Expert night. It has been a model to many other tool libraries that have opened in the Puget Sound region and beyond, and received positive media attention as an example of the type of sharing economy projects needed to make the world more sustainable. It is a nonprofit project of Sustainable West Seattle. You can learn more and check out our inventory at

Hole Finished Being Dug, Lowman Beach CSO Project Gets Concrete Lining Next

Lowman Hole in GroundKing County Wastewater Division announced that contractors have finished digging out the tank area at the Murray CSO Control Project site last Thursday, November 13. The resulting hole is 60 feet deep – big enough to house the facility’s one million gallon underground storage tank. The tank will help keep sewage and stormwater out of Puget Sound.

Before the tank can be built, crews must install a 17-foot thick concrete base below the tank. The base will keep the tank from being pushed out of the ground by groundwater. Rebar will be installed in the next 10 days. Then nearly 5,000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured into the hole over three days to build the base.

About 20 trucks an hour will deliver concrete to the site to pour the base. Two concrete pump trucks will be located on the east side of Beach Drive SW to pump the concrete into the hole. Trucks will enter the site from Lincoln Park Way SW and exit using 48th Ave SW. Trucks waiting to pour will park on Fauntleroy Way SW and Lincoln Park Way SW.

Flaggers will direct traffic around the site. To maintain local vehicle access, no parking will be available from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on the 7000 block of Beach Dr. SW and on Lincoln Park Way from Murray Ave. to Beach Dr. on pour days.

The contractor plans to complete the pour before Thanksgiving. No work is scheduled over the Thanksgiving holiday. Updated information will be provided when the dates for the pour are confirmed.

What to expect during the base pour:

  • Concrete pours between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm for three days;
  • Crews working on the east side of Beach Drive SW near Lowman Beach Park;
  • Trucks parked on Fauntleroy Way SW near 47th Ave. SW and on Lincoln Park Way SW near the intersections of 47th Ave SW and Murray Ave. SW;
  • No parking on the 7000 block of Beach Dr. SW between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm;
  • No parking on Lincoln Park Way SW between Murray Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW from 7:00 am and 5:00 pm;
  • Increased truck traffic entering and leaving the site during work hours;
  • Traffic delays and congestion;
  • East sidewalk of Beach Dr. S.W. closed between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

GoGreen Seattle 2015 ‘Call for Proposals:’ Submissions Wanted from Business: Transportation, Smart Cities, Social Science

GGSEA15_WebHeaderRequesting your expertise! GoGreen Seattle has announced their 2015 Call for Proposals to the business community, to build the GoGreen Seattle Conference program on April 30. Input from this call will shape the theme, topics covered and speakers showcased at our 6th annual conference.

GoGreen Seattle is looking for business’ cutting edge ideas and best practice examples for Case Studies, Panel Discussions, Industry Showcase, Solutions Labs, How-To Workshops, Unconference, Mini-Charette and Storytelling sessions for the 2015 program. The deadline for program proposal submissions is Friday, December 12, 2014. You can view our Call for Proposal Guidelines here.

Topics of interest for submissions include:

Transportation/Clean Mobility

  • Examples:
    o Trends in Transportation
    o Transportation and Millennials
    o Sharing Economy and Transportation
    o Rethinking Public Transportation
    o Successful Employer Transportation Programs o Commute Trip Reduction
    o Clean Fleets
    o Alternative Fuels
    o Infrastructure/Land Use

Smart Cities

  • Examples:
    o Cities for People
    o Smart and Competitive Cities
    o Moving Beyond Incrementalism

Environmental Science

  • Examples:
    o Future Predictions
    o Climate Change
    o Life Cycle Assessment

Social Science

  • Examples:
    o Tools for shifting values and actions in the workplace o Employee engagement
    o Leadership buy-in
    o The Psychology of Sustainability
    o How to lead radical change with out-of-box innovation o Fast Tracking Change

Practical Tools

  • Examples:
    o Comprehensive benchmarking
    o Contractor improvement projects
    o Energy audits/storage
    o Equity assessment
    o Sustainable purchasing/procurement process o Waste sorts

Equity/Success Stories

  • Examples:
    o Equity Empowerment Training
    o Achieving Equity in the workplace o Collaboration and partnerships
    o Supporting the local community o Connecting communities

Business Innovation

  • Examples:
    o Key Components to Workplace Innovation
    o Future Supply Chain Management
    o New Business Opportunities in Sustainability
    o Impact Investing
    o Shared Economy
    o Upcycling
    o GRI Reporting
    o Innovation Incubation
    o Technology Innovation
    o Carbon Reduction – Moving Beyond Incrementalism

GoGreen Seattle 2015
Thursday, April 30
The Conference Center | Eighth Avenue at Pike Street

Register today at early bird rates!

New Group Is Looking for Teachers for Sustainable Lifestyle Classes at Youngstown

Seattle Farm SchoolA new series of classes for folks interested in sustainable living is starting up.  West Seattle resident Katie Stemp is looking for teachers to begin a series of sustainable classes (at affordable rates) at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  Katie says she is the founder of Seattle Farm School and is dedicated to preserving the home arts and growing our community in sustainable practices through affordable classes.
Seattle Farm School is  going to be starting classes in mid November at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (same location as the Tool Library).  They are trying to gather teachers from our community who are skilled in a series of subjects and interested in teaching one or many classes.  Here are the subjects Seattle Farm School is interested in offering as classes for folks in our community to sign up for:
  1. Cooking:
    1. Canning and food preservation,
    2. cooking, baking bread,
    3. cheesemaking,
    4. desserts – pies, cookies, cakes,
    5. homebrew, fermenting;
  2. Gardening:
    1. Gardening techniques,
    2. garden planning,
    3. seed saving,
    4. growing from seed,
    5. backyard chickens,
    6. seasonal gardens,
    7. bartenders garden,
    8. green roofs,
    9. permaculture – growing the most organic food for the least effort,
    10. alternative energy sources for your home – solar, wind
  3. Sewing & Needle Work:
    1. Basic & advanced sewing,
    2. quilting,
    3. embroidery,
    4. costume making,
    5. crochet,
    6. knitting
  4. Arts & Crafts:
    1. Painting,
    2. jewelry making,
    3. drawing,
    4. wood carving,
    5. leather work,
    6. candlemaking,
    7. recyclable art and whatever else we can come up with!

Individuals interested in participating should contact Katie Stemp at 206-218-4948, or by email at or Seattle Farm School at  Or, check out their FaceBook page at


Saturday, November 8, is Green Seattle Day: Help Here in West Seattle!

Green Seattle Partnership logoWest Seattle is near many wonderful green natural spaces.  Some of these include areas with urban forests.  Did you know that urban forests are an intricate and vital part of Seattle’s natural space?  Urban parks and forests also contribute to the health of communities and neighborhoods as a common space shared by all kinds of people.  But, did you also know that your Local Urban Forests need you?

Join the Green Seattle Partnership on Saturday, November 8th, as we kick off planting season and celebrate Seattle’s urban forests and all they do for us with a day of volunteerism in 21 parks throughout the City.

The 9th Annual Green Seattle Day is a perfect time to roll up your sleeves and have a lasting impact on your community that you will be able to watch grow. This volunteer opportunity is a great way to see a physical difference in your community.  Seola parkthe Orchard Street Ravine, and Westcrest Park will all have volunteers out to help restore and conserve our urban forested areas.

This event is Green Seattle’s biggest event of the year.  Green Seattle Day is a great chance for first-time and long-time volunteers to help grow the forest in their own city by planting trees and other plants in city parks.

This year our main site will meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center (lunch included after planting), but there are 17 other locations around the city that need volunteers, so check out the full list here, pick your lucky park, and sign sign up now so that we can plan the best event for everyone.

To join us at the main site, sign up to volunteer at the East Duwamish GreenbeltKubota GardensLakeridge Park, or Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, and meet at the Rainier Beach Community Center at 9am.

Green Seattle Day is great for all ages. We’ll bring the gloves, tools, and all of the plants, you bring the helping hands! Coffee and snacks provided at all sites, so register early so that we can have enough for everyone. Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes that can get wet and a little dirty. This is our biggest party of the year and we want you there! More information available at Please contact Norah Kates at, or call 206-905-6943 with any questions.