2014 GreenLife Application Now Available

GreenLife RegistrationSustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online:  https://oliverlittle.wufoo.com/forms/greenlife-2014-registration-form/

The mission of GreenLife is to to raise awareness and equip our community with tools, knowledge and capabilities to create a more sustainable West Seattle. We are looking for local businesses to showcase merchandise, products and services related to these goals.

Organizations, including many local non-profits, contributing to this Expo will provide information, demonstrations and products in these areas:

  • Home gardens – grow your own food, capture your rain water
  • Composting – how to do it in your kitchen or yard
  • Permaculture – what is it and how your garden can be sustainable
  • Bee keeping and honey – how to raise a hive and harvest the honey
  • Backyard chickens – learn how to raise and keep them
  • Community fruit harvesting – learn how you can help the Food Banks
  • Puget Sound and local streams – learn how you can help clean them up

The application requires a $20 application fee. The tabling cost is $250 for commercial vendors and $75 for non-profit vendors. The application deadline is April 15th, but we usually fill up prior to this date so get your application in early.

Please contact Christina Hahs at christina.hahs@gmail.com or 360-269-0332 with questions.

Fundraiser for West Seattle Tool Library Set for December 6 @ Youngstown Arts Center

Tool Library Fundraiser PosterAfter nearly 3-1/2 years of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its first fundraiser and inclusive “Festivus” party.

Everyone is welcome. No cover charge.

The fundraiser gala, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday,  Dec. 6, from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. Any funds raised will go to the maintenance of tool library operations, as well as potential enhancements such as extended hours and more classes, depending on the amount raised.

To be held at the dance studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts center, the fundraiser is being billed as a Festivus in a nod to a classic Seinfeld episode with beer, wine, soft drinks, food, music, a silent auction, kids activities and a used tool sale. In addition, discounts will be offered on new and renewing tool library memberships (normally  a suggested $40 a year). And members who have tool library items that they’ve been meaning to return will be offered amnesty for any returned tools. No fines and no questions asked!

Donations and volunteer help for the fundraiser are still needed. If you are an individual or business with a item you’d like to donate for the silent auction please contact Christy True at christytrue@gmail.com. Food and beverage donations also welcome. Donors will be recognized in a public way at the event. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the event should email kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

Since opening in the summer of 2010, the West Seattle Tool Library has built an inventory of more than 1,500 tools, signed up more than 1,000 members, 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 popped up 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 www.wstoollibrary.org

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 http://wstoollibrary.org/ for more information.

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 Alafia.com. 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 alkistu@hotmail.com.

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 alaffia.com 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.

Visit GreenLife @ West Seattle Summerfest Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 12 thru 14

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 11.49.54 amGreenLife will once again be an integral element of the West Seattle Summerfest – West Seattle’s annual three-day super street festival along California Avenue in the West Seattle Junction.

Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery are sponsoring GreenLife, located in the Chase Bank drive-through area next to Sleepers in Seattle and adjacent to Edmunds Street SW.

The GreenLife area has vendor booths for local businesses which specialize in green and sustainable services, technologies and products, and there are local organization and non-profit booths featuring groups which play a major role in education, advocacy and leadership in the sustainable and environmental awareness fields.

We will also have a series of presentations and demonstrations throughout the three-day weekend. Each day on the GreenLife stage there will be speakers offering tips on home canning, electrical generation using solar cells on your roof, making beer in your backyard (or basement), a tutorial on how to safely and efficiently use bikes with your kids to get around town and many more. To see a larger version of the schedule, click on the image to open a new window with a larger version. The presentations are being underwritten by Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW, in the Admiral District.

The Mobile Tool Library will also be stationed at the GreenLife entrance and visitors can tour and learn more about the Mobile library and the more extensive West Seattle Tool Library located at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  The Tool Library just expanded its weekly schedule and is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

A special feature of the GreenLife presentations will be a choreographed dance presentation called “Slavery of the System.” More information on this special presentation is at the end of this article.

Organizations and Businesses Who Will Be At GreenLife Include:

Special Dance Presentation:

Slavery of the System is the first installment of the Illuminatio trilogy, a collaboration based on the work, Illuminatio: Yo Soy, written by Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado at the beginning of Spain’s economic crisis in 2008. From the Latin word meaning ‘illumination,’ Illuminatio was written to lift up man’s spirit to a higher state of consciousness and light a way forward to transformation through a highly symbolic collaborative work of art. Amanda Goodwin, a close friend of Delgado’s from the years she lived in Spain, collaborated with the dancers, actors, and acting director, Josh Williamson, to bring Antonio’s vision to life.

  • Characters: (dancers names underlined)
    • Protagonist/ HammerStella Scott – works unconsciously alongside the other masks until she accidentally drops her hammer
    • Tape MeasureKatherine Murphy – must quantify everything
    • SanderMichele McCauley – smoothes everything over
    • WrenchErin Hanada – stuck in a pendulum
    • SmithMichelle Froehlich – pounds on her anvil the axiom that nothing will move unless acted on with force
    • BroomVorece Batchman-Miller – sweeps away all conflict before it can be reconciled
    • OverseerSierra Bernhoft – out-of-control control freak boss
    • El LocoJoshua Williamson – shamanic character
    • ReasonBelle Wolf – cold, calculating queen of the masks

The Illuminatio Project was made possible through support and funding from:

  • Sustainable West Seattle
  • Nature Consortium/ Arts in Nature Festival
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

For more information visit www.TheIlluminatioProject.com or contact Amanda Goodwin at TheIlluminatioProject@yahoo.com.

 

Help Create New, Sustainable Organic Community Garden @ Westcrest Park

Westcrest P-Patch Image1Join Sustainable West Seattle on Saturday, May 18, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the new Westcrest P-Patch.  SWS members and members of the Westcrest P-Patch will be taking knowledge learned from the past two Successful Gardening with Nature forums and applying that knowledge to creating a new permaculture-oriented community garden, the produce of which will go directly to the White Center Food Bank.

The project is called Presto Garden and is possible through donations from community members and volunteer time from SWS members, from Westcrest P-Patch members, and from White Center Food Bank volunteers.

The community is pulling together to create a permanent vegetable garden to grow healthy, organic food for the White Center Food Bank.  Fresh local produce is of great benefit for the White Center Food Bank and is one of the food staples which is the most difficult to get and keep stocked.  An essential component of social justice is healthy food for everyone and that’s one of the goals for this project. Another goal is to create a new community of local, Westcrest P-Patch-based organic farmers who use the techniques which have been part of the Spring forum series held at the South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Center.

The Presto Garden fulfills many of Sustainable West Seattle’s mission objectives, including:

  • Social Justice – providing healthy food for everyone in the community goes a long way toward equity;
  • Building Community – bringing together volunteers, non-profits and businesses to create a garden that produces organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for the White Center Food Bank;
  • Sustainability – growing food locally for our community is a sustainable activity.

Come join the fun and learn how to do organic gardens for yourself.  There will be refreshments at the Saturday preparation and planting party.

The following donations are being made to help complete the garden in a single day:

SWS Selects 3 Green Incubator Grant Recipients for $1000, & $500 Awards

From left, Ranette Iding, Delridge Produce Cooperative, Stu Hennessey, DIY Bikes, Tamsen Spengler, Timebank of West Seattle.

Sustainable West Seattle selected three organizations at our March 18 forum from six applicants for the Green Project Incubator Grant program.  The rating criteria for the grant applications included these elements: Feasibility, Sustainability, Social and Economic Justice, Community Building, and Educational Elements.

Shown accepting their award in the photo are (l to r) Ranette Iding, Delridge Grocery, Stu Hennessey, DIY Bikes, and Tansen Spengler, Timebank of West Seattle.

The projects were selected based on

  • An initial review and rating when the projects were presented at the February SWS forum;
  • Ratings from the public on a month-long SurveyMonkey project review site;
  • And a final review of all ratings and the applications by the Sustainable West Seattle Coordinating Council (board of directors).

The three organizations and their grant award and project are described below:

Delridge Produce Cooperative Membership Outreach

$1000 Grant courtesy of  Coho Team at Windermere Agents

This project would help the Coop build membership in advance of their plans to open a storefront operation on Delridge Way in 2014. The project would use the funds to purchase accounting software which would help with membership dues and expenses, and to assist in the development of a professional brochure and membership agreement for Coop members, and finally, the funds would be used to provide items such at t-shirts and reusable tote bags to help with the Coop’s branding and community outreach. The Coop has until June 2014 to build membership and get ready for the opening, which will be on the ground floor of a structure being built one block south of the Delridge Library. The proposal was submitted by Ranete Iding, of Delridge Produce Cooperative.  The Coop recently changed its name to Delridge Grocery.

DIY Bikes

$500 Grant courtesy of Sustainable West Seattle

The project would use the funds to purchase two bicycle work stations, including advanced bike tools sets and workbenches, which would be based out of the West Seattle Tool Library. The DIY Bikes program would work with partners such as SW Youth and Family Services and other local organizations to create a youth-oriented bike maintenance and repair program modeled after Columbia City’s BikeWorks. Used and abused bikes will be restored, fixed and turned into functioning bicycles by participating youth working under professional adult tutelage. Bicycles which have been restored will be offered for sale at very low rates to provide low-cost transportation options for area residents, and the sales could help defray ongoing expenses. The proposal was submitted by Stu Hennessey, Alki Bike and Board, who has assisted in a similar program in White Center. DIY, in addition to meaning Do-It-Yourself, also means Direct Involvement of Youth as this project intends on providing career and employment opportunities for youth by directly involving them in the repair and sale of used bicycles.

Timebank of West Seattle

$500 Grant courtesy of Sustainable West Seattle

The project would establish a timebank in West Seattle using expertise and assistance from Timebanks of Puget Sound (TOPS) and Eastside Timebank, two existing examples of the concept. The funds would allow the group to develop outreach programs and solicit members by allowing development of a website to be created to recruit members and by purchasing a laptop computer which would be used in community briefings to explain the Timebank methodology. The website would allow users to post times they’ve donated and to find folks who would be able to provide a service or offer their time in exchange. Timebanks operate as a clearing house for individuals donating time and service and those needing time or service. The proposal was submitted by Tamsen Spengler, a member of the West Seattle Timebank steering group. Timebank of West Seattle will work directly with Sustainable West Seattle in working to develop this new sharing program.

 

 

Sustainable West Seattle Forums To Feature Quarterly Themes: First Up Is Successful Gardening with Nature

COWSJoin us Monday, March 18, at South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Center for a new approach to communtiy forums. Sustainable West Seattle is changing the way we conduct our monthly community forums.

For over 5 years SWS has had monthly meetings on the 3rd Mondays of the month to bring interested West Seattleites together over a variety of topics. Much has been learned and shared and many community alliances have been formed.

Now, a new concept is being unveiled to extend the conversations as well as put action into our forums.  Three-month themes with a variety of workshops in between each forum will give SWS a chance to bring about a more lasting legacy to our forums. Each quarterly theme also will culminate in a permanent offering to the community in the form of a project accomplished or a new service initiated.

A very timely first effort will be the Spring quarterly theme of Successful Gardening with Nature. Starting with the first forum on soil building, experts from SWS will share their secrets for the foundation of successful gardening.

The first Successful Gardening with Nature forum will take place this Monday, March 18th  at 6:00 pm at the West Seattle Community Orchard located in the north end of South Seattle Community College near the Horticulture Classrooms. This new hands-on style of learning will demonstrate the process of creating garden beds that sustain fertilizer and water as well as keeping weeds at bay. This portion will be followed by aQuestion-and-Answer session and the movie “Permaculture Soils” by Geoff Lawton in the SSCC LHO classroom 2.

Several workshops at the Community Orchard will follow in coming days. The West Seattle Tool Library will also be hosting a Fixers Collective March 21st 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, offering a chance for local gardeners to sharpen their tools and repair wheel barrows. With parts, tools and experts at the ready, the WS Tool Library would request a donation of $5 for members and $10 for the public.

The April forum will be on garden planning. April’s subjects will include the selection of crops, what different plants require, sister planting for beneficial reasons and pest control and will answer the question, what does a tomato need that a cucumber doesn’t want?

The final forum in the series, in May, will be a one-day garden creation to benefit a yet to be determined community group, school or church. You can nominate a spot in need of a garden by logging onto www.sustainablewestseattle.org and leaving a comment on our website or at the end of this article.

Community Responds with Six Proposals for SWS Green Incubator $1000 Grant

Sustainable West Seattle received six applications for our Green Incubator grant program.  On Tuesday evening, February 19, at SWS’s monthly forum at the West Seattle Senior Center, the six proponents presented their ideas and how their project would benefit the community and be an engaging and sustainable component of life here in West Seattle.

Listed below are the six proposals in alphabetical order:

From Left to Right - Steve Richmond, (TBA), Tamsen Spengler, Oleana Perry, Raynette Iding, Tonya Gurb, and Stu Hennessey.

Left to Right are the folks who presented Green Incubator proposals – Steve Richmond, Karen Sison, Tamsen Spengler, Oleana Perry, Raynette Iding, Tonya Gurb, and Stu Hennessey.

Delridge Produce Cooperative Membership Outreach

This project would help the Coop build membership in advance of their plans to open a storefront operation on Delridge Way in  2014.  The project would use the funds to purchase accounting software which would help with membership dues and expenses, and to assist in the development of a professional brochure and membership agreement for Coop members, and finally, the funds would be used to provide items such at t-shirts and reusable tote bags to help with the Coop’s branding and community outreach. The Coop has until June 2014 to build membership and get ready for the opening, which will be on the ground floor of a structure being built one block south of the Delridge Library.  The proposal was submitted by Ranete Iding, of Delridge Produce Cooperative.

DIY Bikes

The project would use the funds to purchase two bicycle work stations, including advanced bike tool sets and workbenches, which would be based out of the West Seattle Tool Library.  The DIY Bikes program would work with partners such as SW Youth and Family Services and other local organizations to create a youth-oriented bike maintenance and repair program modeled after Columbia City’s BikeWorks.  Used and abused bikes will be restored, fixed and turned into functioning bicycles by participating youth working under professional adult tutelage. Bicycles which have been restored will be offered for sale at very low rates to provide low-cost transportation options for area residents, and the sales could help defray ongoing expenses.  The proposal was submitted by Stu Hennessey, Alki Bike and Board, who has assisted in a similar program in White Center.

Seed Rain: Only You Can Prevent Plant Invasions

This project would use the funds to establish a website (seedrain.org) that teaches the public that invasive seed sources that rain down in our forests come from private property.  The website would help teach people how to control seed rain and would also list local gardeners and horticulturalists for hire who can also identify and provide information and methods to control the seed source.  The funds would provide for website expenses including graphic design.  The website would serve as an aggregating source for professional firms and individuals seeking to help remove invasives or provide homeowner advice on how to control invasive species.  If holly and other invasives can be better controlled, a principal primary beneficiary would be the West Seattle Greenbelt where invasive clearing is underway.  Steve Richmond, Garden Cycles, submitted the proposal.

Timebank of West Seattle

The project would establish a timebank in West Seattle using expertise and assistance from Timebanks of Puget Sound (TOPS) and Eastside Timebank, two existing examples of the concept.  The funds would allow the group to develop outreach programs and solicit members by allowing development of a website to be created to recruit members and by purchasing a laptop computer which would be used in community briefings to explain the Timebank methodology.  The website would allow users to post times they’ve donated and to find folks who would be able to provide a service or offer their time in exchange.  Timebanks operate as a clearing house for individuals donating time and service and those needing time or service.  The proposal was submitted by Tamsen Spengler, a member of the West Seattle Timebank steering group.

West Duwamish Greenbelt Kiosks

This project would use the funds to create three informational kiosks at three locations in the West Duwamish Greenbelt.  Each kiosk will have a permanent display and an adjacent community-posting corkboard area.  The permanent display would include full color trail maps, plant and wildlife information about the area around the kiosk and the Greenbelt in general, historical facts about the area, and information on how restoration occurs and how to volunteer.  The funds would be used for research, design and printing of the informational material for each of the three kiosks and for installation in their respective kiosks.  The proposal was submitted by Nature Consortium, which has been working for years on restoring the West Greenbelt Greenbelt, and noted that folks are using the trails and that wayfinding is now required.

White Center Community Orchard Catalyst

This project would use the funds to develop flyers and other material to promote neighborhood involvement by using the cleanup and removal of invasive species from a parcel of land at the corner of 102nd Ave SW and 1st Ave SW.  The cleanup work would begin in Fall 2013, dependant on working with the property owner.  The project proposes to clean up the site and prepare the site for use as a community garden serving the community around the Green Bridge housing area.  The project would serve as a catalyst for greater community involvement in the unincorporated North Highline area by involving neighbors in the cleanup, the development of the community orchard, and the subsequent planting and harvesting in the garden.  The proposal was submitted by Tonya Gurb for the community.

Judging Process: The process of judging which one of the six proposals will be awarded the $1000 grant funding began on Tuesday night.  Following the presentation of all six Green Incubator ideas, SWS members and participants were invited to use sticky dots (small smiley face stickers) and place the dots next to projects based on their preference.  We handed out 12 dots per person and encouraged users to divide the dots according to which projects they felt were worthy.  Individuals could place all 12 dots on a single proposal or they could split the vote among all six proposals.SWS-Green-Incubator-Sticker-Map

We are working on a Survey Monkey poll to further solicit opinions and thoughts about the six ideas.  The proposal survey will be posted and remain live through March 15 at which time SWS will download the results and begin a compilation.  The Sustainable West Seattle Coordinating Committee (SWS’s board of directors) will review the dot-map from the February 19 presentation, review the Survey Monkey results, and review each of the six proposals to rate them according to a set of criteria established prior to the announcement of the grant opportunity.

The rating criteria, cited on the grant application form, are:

  • Estimated Funding Needs – What will the money of this grant be spent on?   Will the money from this grant be sufficient for the project, or do you foresee pursuing other funds (such as Seattle DON grants);
  • Durability & Feasibility – How long would the project last?  Would it have ongoing material, monetary, or volunteer needs?  What would be the hurdles for success for the project (volunteer interest, city regulations, coordination with other organizations, etc.);
  • Educational Possibilities – How does/will this project communicate sustainability to our community? What are the educational goals/components of this project;
  • Sustainability – How would this project affect sustainability and/or the resilience of our neighborhood?
  • Locality – What part of our local community does this project involve, support and improve?  How?
  • Community –  How would or can this project build community? How would it be supported by the community?

Project Funding

SWS will select the grant recipient prior to our March 18 Community forum, which will be held at the South Seattle Community College Horticulture Center and Community Orchard of West Seattle site.  We will announce the winner at the March forum and post the winner here, on the SWS website.  For the projects which are not selected, SWS will work with the project proposers to see what other grant opportunities exist and will help with grant writing should those project managers desire or need assistance.

 

West Seattle Tool Library Close to 1000 Members, Has New ‘Shopbot’ Tool

We are about to become a Tool Sharing Community of 1,000 Members!

Just two and half years after The Tool Library started, we are about to welcome our 1,000th member through our doors.  Thank you to each and every one of you who have helped to make The Tool Library such an amazing success!

The West Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable West Seattle and is located in the rear of the Youngstown Cultural Art Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, across from Delridge Community Center and Park.  The West Seattle Tool Library Mission is to share tools, skills, and space with our community. 

We will be celebrating this momentous occasion soon and have been tossing around ideas on how to reward lucky number 1,000.  For more information, stay tuned to our Facebook page or Twitter feed and, if you have an idea of your own, please don’t hesitate to share it with us!

In fact, as we get closer to 1,000, we’d love to be able to share your Tool Library projects and stories with the rest of the community to demonstrate just how cool having a Tool Library in your neighborhood can be.  Should you be kind enough to share your tale with us, we’d certainly appreciate it.  Please pass them along to library@wstools.org.

Shopbot CNC Seminars

In the past, The Tool Library has offered excellent workshops on everything from basic plumbing to paddle carving to backyard booze making.  Continuing on in that proud tradition of community skill sharing, we have now been offering workshops on using a Shopbot.

Taught by Derek Gaw, these introductory workshops give users the chance to learn the basics of CNC (computer numerical control) and use the Shopbot safely.  By the end of the class, you’ll even have created your own CNC letter made out of plywood.

This CNC class is a prerequisite to being able to use the Shopbot in the Community Workshop.  Classes fill up quick so stay tuned to our Meetup page for upcoming workshops!

Tool Library Spin-off Takes Seattle By Storm!

Back in the fall of 2009, when we were first forming The West Seattle Tool Library, one of the most important questions that came up was “How will this affect local business?”

Over the years, we’ve had that question answered time and time again, as local businesses have stepped up, eagerly working with the Tool Library to share their knowledge, meet new customers, grow their revenues, and become an even greater part of the community.  As a matter of fact, one of the businesses that was started directly as a result of The Tool Library’s existence is now taking the Seattle startup scene by storm!

The Tool Library’s inventory service, Local Tools, was created in 2009 by local software entrepreneur, Gene Homicki specifically for use at the West Seattle Tool Library.  A couple years later, Local Tools is now used at over 30 Lending Libraries throughout North America.  It also just participated in the celebrated Fledge conscious company incubator program and made it the finals of the prestigious Social Innovation Fast Pitch (SIFP) Competition.  We wish only good things for Local Tools – now called MyTurn – as it continues to grow and helps hundreds more communities start lending libraries of their own.

Fixers Collective Nominated for Leadership Award!

It’s been an amazing year for The West Seattle Fixers Collective!  By inviting the community into the wonderful world of tinkering, making, and repairing, The Fixers received wide acclaim from numerous national outlets – including WiredTreehugger, and iFixit – and was strangely also considered for a some sort of reality show television series. Most recently, The Fixers Collective, headed up by Greg Kono, was also nominated for a Sustainability Leadership Awards from Sustainable Seattle.

It’s an honor for the Tool Library to host the Fixers Collective on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month – with the 1st Thursday being focused specifically on bikes – and we look forward to their continued growth and success!

Mobile Unit Assists Roxhill Playground Build

The Mobile Unit was finally put into real action last month during the building of the Roxhill Park Playground.  While The Tool Library supplied a number of the needed tools and a bit of moral support, an entire community turned out to really put the project together.  Over the course of about a week, this crew of volunteers – some of whom had never used powertools before – constructed an absolutely beautiful playground.