West Seattle Greenlife Festival 2017!!

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Sustainable West Seattle is preparing an inspiring display of lifestyle alternatives with a spotlight on environmental solutions we can all participate in. The 2017 Greenlife Festival is a major component of the West Seattle Summerfest July 14,15 and 16th.

Greenlife 2017 is sponsored by Alki Bike and Board, West Seattle Nursery, West Seattle Natural Energy, PCC Natural Markets, Full Circle Farms and Waste Management. While attending the Greenlife festival people will see our urban farm animals, learn about home energy alternatives, learn about transportation alternatives including the exciting growth of electric bicycles, and gather information about healthy, organic food sources including growing your own in backyards or community gardens.

On Saturday July 15th at 2 pm Sustainable West Seattle will sponsor the 2017 Mayoral candidates debate on the Greenlife Stage. The debate will be moderated by Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog.

You can submit questions here:

Each day of the Greenlife Festival will have a theme starting on Friday with “Sacred Waters” featuring an opening ceremony with the Duwamish tribal leaders and a focus on the health of the Puget Sound and our effect on it. Saturday is all about transition with “Approaches to Transition” being presented throughout the day. And Sunday will culminate with a “Health and Wholeness” theme, starting at 10 am with a meditation and Yoga in the street.

There is much to be discussed and learned in our efforts to create and implement sustainable solutions. Please come join us and if you wish to help with this opportunity to engage the public. You can volunteer by emailing stu@sustainablewestseattle.org

Thursday

6:00pm -“Music In the Park Nature Consortium – Recycled Art”

Friday: Sacred Water

9:00am: Set up
1:00pm: Opening Ceremony by the Duwamish Tribe; Discussion: Native American rights (Amanda)
2:00pm: SR3 (stu)
3:00pm: Aquaponics, Home grown fish supply
4:00pm: Orca Dance; Illuminatos
5:00pm: Diver Laura; Tox-ick (stu)

Music:
6:30 – 7:30pm: Teresa and the Wolves
7:45 – 8:45pm: The Broadcast
9 – 10: Cellar Bells

Saturday July 15th – Approaches to Transition

10:00am: Transition, The alternatives, Save money and the world
11:00am: Minimalist consumption; Community General Store; Timebank
12:00pm: Solar Works! The Truth About Costs For Solar PV in the Northwest by Keith Hughes, West Seattle Natural Energy & Brownies!
1:00pm Juno
1:30pm: Orca Dance – on street
2:00 – 3:30pm: Make Seattle Green Again, Mayoral debate with Mike McGinn, Micheal Harris, Nakita Oliver, Alex Tsimmerman
3:30 – 4:15pm: Food sovereignty
4:15 – 5:00pm: Raising Backyard Poultry – Christina Hahs
5:00pm: Invasive Plants, Your Yard and Urban Forests with Steve Richmond, Garden Cycles
6:00 – 8:00pm: Art Projects: Neighbors for Peace and Justice
8:00 – 10pm: Meaningful Movies – Transition 2.0

Sunday July 16th – Health

10:00am: Meditation / Yoga – Limber
11:00am: Acupuncture
12:00pm: EBikes (Stu, introduced by Amanda)
1:00pm: Herbal Healing – Aquaponics
2:00pm: Paul Che oke ten Wagner
3:00pm: Family Biking Morgan Sherer FamilyBike.org (stu)
4:00pm: The Future of Cycling in West Seattle, West Seattle Bike Connections, Seattle Neighbohood Greenways
5:00pm: Tear Down / Hangout
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Welcome to a new reality and a plethora of reasons to be involved at a local level with grassroots groups and organizations.

 

Yes, we are starting the year off with many challenges and with some heavy hearts as well. Let this not dismay you because here in West Seattle we have a variety of ways to keep moving forward and not backwards.

As Sustainable West Seattle moves forward into its 10th year let us celebrate the many accomplishments that have been born or supported by our efforts. Let us move forward to do much more and have a greater public involvement. The first change for this year will be that Sustainable West Seattle will no longer have a paid membership. You are ALL members through your past and future involvement as well as being citizens of West Seattle. You can however feel free to make small donations to our cause.

Here is a way to get involved as Sustainable West Seattle is looking for new board members. The commitment to the board of SWS has been designed to be easy on the time budget but does allow opportunity to start new initiatives and projects. If you have been sitting on a good thought you would like to have help with turn to SWS to help facilitate it. A once a month board meeting with brief committee reports and help with a quarterly newsletter is all that is required. Over the past couple of years we have cut the administrative work down to a minimum. As a 501c3 we are required to have annual elections for officers including President, Secretary and Treasurer. Vice Presidents can play a role to help with the role of president and to fill in any absence but are not required for a 501c3.

“As we start 2017 I believe we all can agree it is a time to RALLY.”

The main focus for SWS will be communication. We will communicate for our various projects and all forms of other community initiatives through social media, email alerts, quarterly news letter and our website. Most updates will be done at our monthly board meetings. Therefore SWS is looking for people who love to communicate on the internet. I know from my social network experience there are many of you out there.

Our biggest annual event as always will be the Greenlife Festival connected with the West Seattle Street Fair. This is a BIG opportunity for public outreach and to offer the alternatives on display and on Main Street. From nonprofits to healthcare, we have a lot of information to share that is not readily available in other contexts.

As we start 2017 I believe we all can agree it is a time to RALLY. It is time to come together as a community and support grassroots efforts to make a difference. The remainder of this newsletter will be reports from the leaders of working projects that are partnered with SWS.

Let’s give credit to these leaders in our community and give them volunteer support where they need it.
Happy and invigorated New Years to All of you and thanks for being a part of Sustainable West Seattle.

January 2017 newsletter

SWS SUMMER MEETUP TONIGHT!

Sustainable West Seattle Summer Meetup is tonight 6-9 pm at C&P coffee 5612 California Ave SW.

Join us and get a preview of the upcoming Greenlife Festival and hear about everything that is going right in our sustainable community.

Time to comment on HALA upzone Draft Environmental Impact Statement ending soon

WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORS – CALL TO ACTION!

 On June 8, the City released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed citywide HALA upzones. It is 800 pages long, includes brand new maps that do not yet reflect community input, and negatively impacts our neighborhood in several significant ways. Most important, we only have until July 23 to comment despite it being the summer season.

There is more information about the DEIS below. But there are three things you can do today to make your voice heard:

 

  1. Demand an Extension of the Comment Period. Email MHA.EIS@seattle.govand tell the City that, given the size of the document and the fact that it is summer and many people have prior commitments, there isn’t enough time to review review and comment on the DEIS.

 

  1. Mark Your Calendar – JLUC Workshop on July 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m, West Seattle Senior Center.The Junction Land Use Committee (JLUC) will present a summary of relevant portions of the DEIS and their impacts, detail further actions you can take, and have hosted tables to help you in identify areas on which you might wish to comment.

 

  1. Comment Online. If you cannot attend the workshop or don’t feel you can adequately review the document without a JLUC workshop, comment using the City’s online form at http://bit.ly/2sBgzJe.

About The DEIS

The purpose of this DEIS is to analyze the impact of the proposed upzones on affected neighborhoods – and to propose actions to address any problems the upzoning would create. The City is seeking comments as to whether the DEIS does a good enough job analyzing the impacts of the upzones and/or addressing those impacts. Addressing the impacts is known as mitigation. 

From an initial read, the JLUC has determined the DEIS is deficient in many ways, including failing to identify negative impacts to our neighborhood and failing to propose adequate, if any, mitigation of the negative impacts it does identify. We will be submitting a detailed list of those deficiencies in a formal response to the City.

 

Here is a link where you can find the DEIS:  https://www.seattle.gov/hala/about/mandatory-housing-affordability-(mha)/mha-citywide-eis

Reminder: West Seattle Garden Tour Coming Up June 25th

The 23rd annual West Seattle Garden Tour will feature 10 stunning private gardens, and shine a spotlight on one of West Seattle’s beautiful P-Patches. From waterside gardens with sweeping views of Puget Sound to pocket-sized tribute gardens rich with emotion and personal history, the variety of gardens on this year’s tour will offer something special for every gardener looking for a little inspiration.

Annually West Seattle Garden Tour donates net proceeds, about $25,000, to other non-profits promoting horticultural-based interests, education, and artistic endeavors. The 2017 beneficiaries are City Fruit, ArtsWest, West Seattle Bee Garden, Pianos in the Parks, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

MORE https://www.westseattlegardentour.org/

SWS Summer Meetup at C&P – June 27th!

Sustainable West Seattle summer meetup at C&P coffee 5612 California Ave SW.
If it seems to you that everything is going wrong this a chance to commiserate with friends of a like heart. It is also a time to inspire. Join us and get a preview of the upcoming Greenlife Festival and hear about everything that is going right in our sustainable community. This social gathering is Tuesday evening June 27th from 6-9 pm.