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SWS as a Green New Deal contributor

The Website is back!

Sustainable West Seattle once again is open for web traffic to discuss, inform and inspire, thanks to the help once again of Gene Homicki. Stay tuned for much more discussion to come including the SWS involvement in the Green New Deal as a local contributor.

We have work to do!

West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents……

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in a world without nuclear weapons?
Come to an evening on the danger of nuclear war and how we can prevent it.
There will be two short videos, and a presentation by West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice.
One of the videos is a TED Talk by Brian Toon, a professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. The other is Making Waves–Rebirth of the Golden Rule, aboutan inspiring anti-nuclear-war project of Veterans for Peace.
The whole program is about 60 minutes.   6:30  doors open for refreshments7:00 – movie,followed by optional facilitated discussion  

At High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126 Bus numbers 21 and 128
NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.

West Seattle Meaningful Movies

Presents…..

From coastal cities to our country’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how people are demanding and developing real solutions to the climate emergency. As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, many of us aren’t waiting on Washington, D.C., to act.

Directed by Sidney Beaumont and Micheal Bonfiglio; presented by National Geographic; 2018 60 minutes Trailer: https://www.paristopittsburgh.com

Also — Bob Allen, a young man from Sunrise, will tell us about the Green New Deal. (Sunrise is a movement of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.) Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

6:30 – doors open for refreshments 7:00 – movie, followed by optional facilitated discussion At High Point Neighborhood House 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126

Bus numbers 21 and 128 NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received. www.westseattlemeaningfulmovies.org

Public Gathering March 13th featuring Virtual Salish Sea with Diver Laura James

Announcement: Please come to a gathering of Sustainable West Seattle partners and project leads. The public is invited to come and learn about the many things that are happening in their sustainable community. Where do we fit in the Green New Deal?

As a special guest, Diver Laura James will be giving tours of Virtual Salish Sea. You gotta see this!

We will also be bringing in pizza, YUM, so don’t worry about dinner as SWS will provide this. Drinks are available to purchase as we will be gathering at The Beveridge Place, 6:30 pm on Wednesday March 13th. See you there! 6413 California Ave SW   MAP

West Seattle Greenlife Festival 2017!!

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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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.

Solstice Volunteers Needed

The 29th annual Fremont Solstice Parade is this Saturday June 17th, and 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign, and the Rise Up Action Band will be joining forces for a parade ensemble focused on climate change and the natural world we are committed to preserving.

This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate our successes and put our message squarely and hilariously in front of tens of thousands of unsuspecting parade watchers.

Our contingent will include a float with Trump clinging to the side of the Eiffel Tower (swatting at a swarm of harassing wind turbines), an amazing marching band, and a host of giant inflatables provided by Backbone campaign.

To pull this off – we need your help! Please:

  • reply to Matthew and Shemona to let us know you can join in
  • find a parade-day outfit in a single matching color of your choice
  • come to the parade staging area (3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St. – where Leary changes to 36th) at 11:00 AM this Saturday – look for the Eiffel Tower float and Backbone’s electrified train cars

See here and here for more information on event details!

See you Saturday!

In solidarity,
Peter, Shemona, Matthew, Lisa, & Les