Women and Climate Change: Connecting Around the World

CoolMom and several other organizations are co-sponsoring Women and Climate Change, Connecting Around the World, at Town Hall, March 4, doors open at 7:00 pm, the lecture starts at 7:30 pm

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear all about how climate is affecting women around the world and what we can do about here in Washington.

As unpredictable and extreme weather increases across the globe, so does the suffering of women in poor countries as they struggle to plant and grow food, collect water, gather firewood, and care for their families. The presentation will feature:

  • Phil Borges, photographer and author (Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World)
  • Sara Curran and Lucy Jarosz, professors, University of Washington, who will discuss their research and teaching expertise about the reasons and ways climate change affects poor women globally
  • Jessie Dye will get very practical about solutions and ways in which we can participate

For more info, call 206-329‐4848 or go the League of Women Voters website www.seattlelwv.org.

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Environmental Working Group Tip on Reducing Toxic Dust

Dust bunnies aren’t just unsightly and sometimes allergenic; they contain toxic chemicals. Why? The many chemicals in and around your homes wind up in your indoor dust when they migrate from home products and come in through open doors and windows and on your shoes. But the good news is it’s pretty easy to keep those dust bunnies at bay — and reduce your family’s toxic exposures, too.

Read this page from EWG on how to clean up your house and reduce toxins http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/toxicchemicalsinhousedust?utm_source=first-link&utm_medium=email&utm_content=toxng&utm_campaign=hht

Creating A Great Central Waterfront – Give City Your Ideas

What makes Seattle’s waterfront unique? What tools will Seattle need to create a great central waterfront? How will we keep it active and inviting for generations to come? How can public and private partners set the stage for future success? The viaduct replacement project provides a unique opportunity for the community to reclaim its spectacular central waterfront, with great public spaces and better connections to the city as a whole.

The City of Seattle is holding four community meetings (one in West Seattle, see below) for the public to learn about the exciting work of creating a great central waterfront. The Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee and the Department of Planning and Development will host the meetings to provide information on the work of the committee, which was established by the mayor and council to develop recommendations for creating safe, attractive and inviting new public spaces on the central waterfront.

The committee is in the midst of a several month process, established by Ord.123142, to make recommendations on how to best fund, manage and program a revitalized central waterfront that remains accessible and inviting to all for decades to come.

The West Seattle area meeting will be at High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW, on March 13 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.  For more information check out the city website http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/central_waterfront/Overview/

Invitation to Join EOS Alliance Team

EOS Alliance is seeking candidates for their Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Program Advisory Council, and Strategic Priority Committee to increase the strength and diversity of the organization.

EOS Alliance is seeking individuals with a deep passion for ecological sustainability and enough time to commit to the duties required. Previous experience is not necessary. Orientation and elections take place each spring. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a candidate, please follow these steps:

  1. Learn more about the opportunities and let us know your interests by clicking here.
  2. Download and complete the Board/Volunteer Candidate Matrix then email it to emcwayne@eosalliance.org.
  3. Email a copy of your resume or CV to emcwayne@eosalliance.org.

Once we have reviewed all of your information, we will contact you regarding your interests and answer any questions you may have. Pre-screened candidates will be invited to attend an orientation meeting in March.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (206)762-2553 or emcwayne@eosalliance.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

EOS Alliance is located in Georgetown at 650 S. Orcas Street, Suite 220.  Their website is http://www.eosalliance.org.

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Seattle Launches “Year of Urban Agriculture” Campaign

City of Seattle launches “Year of Urban Agriculture” campaign

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle City Councilmembers on Wednesday, February 3,  announced the “Year of Urban Agriculture” campaign to promote urban agriculture efforts and increase community access to locally grown food.

In April, 2008, Seattle City Council adopted Resolution 31019, the Local Food Action Initiative, outlining a series of actions developed to promote local and regional food sustainability and security. The goals of the Local Food Action Initiative include improving the local food system through advancing the City of Seattle’s interrelated goals of race and social justice, environmental sustainability, economic development, and emergency preparedness.

“We are committed to making changes that are better for people and better for the environment. This means making it easier to garden and grow food, to ensure that good food is available in all neighborhoods, and to find innovative ways to encourage local and regional food production,” said Mayor McGinn.

The City of Seattle recognizes that supporting urban agriculture is an important component of improving public health and building community relationships. The City’s P-Patch Program in the Department of Neighborhoods, “Healthy Parks, Healthy You” initiative in the Parks Department, and guidelines from the Seattle Department of Transportation for the use of planting strips for gardens contribute to creating more opportunities to learn about and grow food.

“One in eight people nationally are using food banks,” stated Council President Richard Conlin. “There is tremendous interest and opportunity in Seattle for growing food which can improve access to healthy food. We want to encourage our residents to get their hands in the soil and connect to others who are interested in urban agriculture.”

In support of the Urban Agriculture campaign, the City today launched in interactive web portal including a calendar highlighting local events related to urban agriculture and activities, information and resources available, and links to many organizations working toward improving the local food system. For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/urbanagriculture/

Paul Haas, resource development director of Solid Ground added, “What this campaign means is new community farms providing fruits and vegetables for people who otherwise have little access to good food.”

In 2010, the City along with community partners will be advancing a number of initiatives related to urban agriculture including opening a new urban food bank farm, developing additional community gardens through the Parks Levy, and considering new land use codes that support urban agriculture.

Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and Webcast live on the City Council’s website at http://www.seattle.gov/council/. Copies of legislation, archives of previous meetings, and news releases are also available on http://www.seattle.gov/council/. Follow the Council on Twitter and on Facebook at Seattle City Council.

King County Bareroot Plant Sale – Pre-orders Being Taken

King Conservation District 19th Annual Bareroot Plant Sale

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – The King Conservation District is now taking pre-orders for their 2010 Bareroot Plant Sale. This is a once a year opportunity to get your hands on some inexpensive native plant material and help support the King CD. Quantities are limited so order early. This year’s sale has more quantity and more variety especially in the ground covers which were a really hot sell out last year.  Check out the flyer at http://www.kingcd.org/pro_native.htm

King Conservation District 19th Annual Bareroot Plant Sale pre-order pick-up and walk-up sale times:

  • Friday March 5th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday March 6th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

They are accepting pre-orders now through January 31st 2010 and can also now take credit cards!

The website www.kingcd.org also has all the plant sale information and downloadable order form.

If you have any questions contact Jacobus Saperstein, Project Specialist, King Conservation District I, 1107 SW Grady Way, Suite 130 I Renton, WA 98057, or by phone at 425-282-1912 or 206-890-8212 (cell).

2010 Grant Funding Opportunities for Non-Profits & Community Organizations

Funding Opportunities

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – These funding opportunities were listed in the most recent American Community Gardens Association newsletter.  Some are specific to environmental or gardening related projects. Others are more flexible opportunities for working with community.

OPEN DEADLINES

  • Ambassadors of Caring Awards from Profiles in Caring

Who May Apply: Small community-based nonprofit organizations.  Amount: $10,000 (appear on TV).  Deadline: Open.  Contact: Profiles in Caring 1959 South 4130 West, Unit I, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104; (801) 972-9472 contact@profilesincaring.org;www.profilesincaring.com/ambassadors.asp

  • Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation

Who May Apply: Funding to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers.  Amount: $5,000 to $25,000 grants.  Deadline: One grant can be submitted per year with no deadline.  Contact: Visit Lowe’s stores for an application or visit http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=frameSet&url=apps.bridgetree.com/funding/default.asp

  • Youth Garden Grants Program/ National Gardening Association and Home Depot

Who May Apply: Schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.  Amount: $500 to $1,000.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Contact: http://www.kidsgardening.com/ygg.asp.

  • America the Beautiful Fund

Who May Apply: Community Groups.  Amount: 100 to 1,000 Free Seed Packets.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Contact: http://www.america-the-beautiful.org/free_seeds/free_seeds_flyer_08.pdf

  • Environmental Education and Seed Money Benefit Communities where they operate

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations.  Amount: Not given.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: IPC 400 Atlantic Street, Stamford, Conn. 06921; (203) 541-8678; fax (203) 541-8309http://www.internationalpaper.com/Our%20Company/IP%20Giving/A_IP%20Foundation/Application_Guidelines.html

  • Donations of products

Who may apply: 501(c)(3) organizations.  Amount: Computers, software, office supplies, clothing and personal care products.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: GIKI, 333 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703)836-2121; fx (703)549-1481; feedback@giftsinkind.orgwww.giftsinkind.org

  • Improve quality of life children/families

Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations.  Amount: not given.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: Knight Foundation Wachovia Financial Center, Suite 3300, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Fla. 33131; (305) 908-2600 www.knightfdn.org

  • Grass-roots organizations; Hunger relief

Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations.  Amount: Up to $50,000.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: Janet Ausdenmoore, KCF 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202; (513) 762-4999, ext. 3; fax (513) 762-1295.  www.kroger.com/corpnewsinfo_charitablegiving_art3.htm

  • Strengthen non-profit environmental organizations in areas of fund raising, organizational development and planning.

Who may apply: regional, statewide, or local nonprofit organizations serving low-income or minority constituencies with environmental issues as significant part of organization’s agenda.  Amount: No amount shown.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: ESC, 1500 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Suite 25, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 331-9700; fax (202) 331-8592; general@envsc.org;www.envsc.org

  • Do Something grants are funds to promote youth activism. Do Something is a national nonprofit organization that inspires young people to believe that change is possible, and trains, funds, and mobilizes them to be leaders who measurably strengthen their communities.

Who May Apply: Available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 25 or under, who want to create a community action project, or further the success of an existing program.  Amount: One grant of $500 will be awarded each month.  Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and stay active for consideration for two months after submission.  Contact: Visit the Do Something website to create a project posting and submit an online application: http://www.dosomething.org/grants

  • Serve disadvantaged youth, families, minorities, immigrants and refugees

Who May Apply: 501(c)3 Washington State or the greater Portland area, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.  Amount: No amount shown.  Deadline: Open.  Contact: BMGF P.O. Box 23350, Seattle, Wash. 98102 info@gatesfoundation.org;www.gatesfoundation.org/grantseeker/Pages/funding-community-grants.aspx

Duwamish Superfund Site 5-year Review Completed

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – In September the Environmental Protection Agency completed their second five-year review for the Pacific Sound Resources site (the Duwamish Superfund area). The review identified follow-up work which is planned for the next five years, including:

  • Revising EPA’s 1999 cleanup decision based on a better understanding of standards needed for long-term protection of ground water, surface water, and sediment (mud).
  • Gathering information to see whether contamination is entering Elliott Bay.
  • Adding more clean material to the sediment cap in the deepest water at the site.
  • Working with the U.S. Coast Guard to protect the cap by restricting use of large commercial boat anchors.
  • Evaluating indoor air quality at a maintenance building.

Contact Ravi Sanga (sanga.ravi@epa.gov) at 206-553-4092 or Cindy C. Schuster (schuster.cindy@epa.gov) or 206-553-1815 for more information. Hard copies are available for review at the EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center in Seattle.

Or, you can review most of the material at the EPS’s Puget Sound Resources webpage http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/PSR/.

Editor’s Note:  This was originally published late 2009 but is worth re-publishing because of the ongoing commitment to the Duwamish River Cleanup.