2-Week In-resident Permaculture Design Course

This is an in-residence two-week course which takes place at the Sehale Learning Center, near Belfair, Washington, west of Olympia.  The intensive course will teach permaculture design principles and a methodology which can be applied to any environment, rural or urban. If you are interested in increasing food production and local resilience in your community and bioregion, this course is for you. Strategies for local food security, energy conservation, sustainability and restoring the health of native ecosystems are synthesized.

Through lecture, slide shows, discussion, observation, field trips and hands-on activities, permaculture design students will develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement sustainable systems that are in harmony with the natural world. The course will cover hundreds of crops which can provide family needs or cash income. The course will focus on the Maritime Northwest but the principles can be applied to any region

Course instructors are Larry Korn, Marisha Auerbach, and Laura Sweany. The course fee is $800 plus $450 – $195, depending on accommodations for room and board; please visit www.sahalepermaculture.com for more information and registration.

Just 20 minutes from Belfair, Washington, Sahale is an easy drive from Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and the Olympic Peninsula.  For further information contact: Laura Sweany, 206-369-7590. lauraflora@msn.com


Canning, Cooking, Tilling, Harvesting Classes Offered

Community Harvest of SW Seattle is partnering with Seattle Tilth to offer some wonderful hands on classes, on this side of the bridge! Classes will be at St. James Annex – at 9421 SW 18th. View the entire list of classes In addition we will be offering some non-Tilth classes. Upcoming classes are all on Saturdays:

  • Cooking Seasonally From Your CSA –  January 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Indoor Seed Starting with Tilth –  February 20,  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Traditional Preserving with Lactic Fermentation – February 20,  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Fruit Tree Pruning – February 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Several spaces will be reserved in each class for participants who would like to volunteer in place of paying the class fee.

Community Harvest is also exploring the idea of a Community Orchard in West Seattle.  Just Imagine – Abundant fruit trees and native edibles…a diverse habitat for wildlife… a pleasant place for people to gather…a demonstration garden of trees and vines which thrive in our climate… classes on fruit tree horticulture and preserving foods…Yes, this could be possible in West Seattle. Does this interest you? Give Community Harvest your feedback by answering this quick survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QVTCJ79.

Community Harvest also has an extensive listing of courses for the Spring and Summer at this link http://www.gleanit.org/classes.html


Course for Residential Green Roofs & Living Walls

The Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC) is hosting this two-day course.

Green roofs and walls are rapidly becoming one of today’s most innovative climate friendly solutions. Significant environmental benefits can now be quantified such as pollution reduction and run-off, insulating properties and reducing building maintenance and cost. With these pioneering technologies building owners can now gain a proven return on investment while presenting significant social, economic, and environmental benefits. Building professionals and enthusiasts alike will find this course of value. Over a two-day period, participants explore the history of green roofs and living walls, the practical techniques for construction and function, design, materials, draining layers and plants. Additional discussion topics will address other associated benefits, installation issues and marketing options.

This class will concentrate on the residential applications of these building elements:

  • History and Development
  • 20 Benefits Examined
  • Waterproof Membranes
  • Geotextiles
  • Growth Media
  • Plant Choices
  • Warranties and Insurance
  • Installation Scheduling and Concerns
  • Current Research

Upon completing this course students will be able to:

  • Evaluate green roof assembly options for residential projects
  • Organize and schedule the assembly of these projects
  • Understand the full range of benefits of these building elements
  • Knowledgeably discuss design options with both clients and specialists

This course is intended for those looking for a better understanding of green roofs and living walls, inlcuding but not limited to:

  • Architects & Landscape Architects
  • Building Contractors
  • Roofing and Construction Professionals
  • Landscape Professionals
  • Engineers
  • Developers
  • Building Managers
  • Policy Makers
  • Government Officials
  • Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Academics & Researchers
  • Planners and Municipal Representatives

Course registration is $450 to $550 with discounts for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members.  Register online by clicking here.


Seattle GoGreen Conference ’10

GoGreen ’10 is a one day sustainability conference for business in Seattle on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 built to motivate, inspire, and educate business owners to “go green” and become more sustainable.

As an action-oriented, non-typical conference, GoGreen ’10 teaches tactical steps on how to “green” your business and provides actionable next steps to sustainability for business owners and decision makers. Attendees will learn from live success stories and participate in panel discussions geared to provide solid takeaways to make any size of business the most sustainable that it can be. The GoGreen ’10 Conference will feature over 45 business leader speakers and 12 different sessions on how to build sustainability into your business.

Seattle Greendrinks members save $25 when registering for GoGreen ’10 via Discount Code: GreenDrinks.  Register online at this site http://seattle.gogreenconference.net/registration/ or via phone at 206.450.4034.


Volunteer – Get In Free to NW Flower Show

This year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show is less than a month away, and the National Wildlife Federation needs your help!   You now have an opportunity to get into the show FREE by volunteering for just 3 hours.  The show runs from Wednesday, Feb 3rd through Sunday, Feb 7th.

The NWF booth will feature wildlife stewardship and helpful gardening information on the effects of climate change to our Puget Sound region. With your help and that of the NWF’s outreach tools like the Gardener’s Guide to Global Warming, we can provide solutions to so many people at this historic show.

To volunteer and get in FREE to this year’s show, please take a moment to tell us what days and times you are available.  Use this Doodle link to sign up http://www.doodle.com/ivif397gzivt4t6f.  Doodle is an online calendaring program where folks can see who is and isn’t available by name and date.  Very useful if you’re not familiar with it.

For more information see the Pacific Regional Center website at www.nwf.org/pacific.

The Northwest Flower and Garden show takes place in the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, downtown at Pike and 7th.


Naturescaping for Wildlife – or, Want More Critters?

Want to create an urban oasis for your family and our local wildlife? Join Kimberly Leeper of Mariposa Naturescapes and Heather Swift of Cohabitats to learn how to naturescape – design and install a wildlife-friendly, native and edible plant garden, in this EOS Alliance-sponsored half-day seminar.

Once installed, naturescapes require less maintenance than many yards and conventional gardens. They also keep invasive species out of our city, and of course, help native wildlife thrive in a healthy habitat. Learn about the principles of naturescaping and come away with ideas about how to transform your own yard. Bring your gardening and wildlife questions, and sketches, pictures, and the existing plant list of your yard. These two expert instructors will present information, answer questions, and facilitate small group time to help you generate ideas for your own naturescape.

Register now, space is limited for the class, which will be held at the EOS Alliance headquarters in Georgetown.


Green Cleaning Demo – Learn How to Clean Green

Join West Seattle CoolMom and Bridge Park Independent Retirement (located in High Point) in a New Year pledge to maintain a healthy indoor environment and improve the health of you and your family by making simple changes to your everyday cleaning habits. Get recipes and take home a few Green Cleaning products and other tips to use with peace of mind – all while saving money and the planet!

Please bring empty glass jars with lids and spray bottles for yourself and to share!  Also, a $5 donation to cover material costs will be greatly appreciated. Great door prizes. Easy parking and acess from bus routes. Space is limited so please RSVP to CoolMom for you and your friends or at 206-938-6394.

Additional sponsorship is by Amercian Lung Association Master Home Environmentalist program, PCC Natural Markets, and Perfect Touch Cleaning Services.

Seattle Network Green Infrastructure Trip to Interbay

Green Infrastructure is Taking a Field Trip!

Seattle Network has a regular group which meets to discuss the possibilities of Green Infrastructure.  This group is taking a field trip to look at the Interbay site that John Gaines presented as a potential Green Infrastructure project at our November Meeting.  See the Green Infrastructure Group activity notice to learn more about what has been discussed.  Go to this link to sign up and go to the Great City Green Infrastructure home page to learn more and to sign up as a member or to receive notices directly – http://www.greatcity.org/campaigns/green-infrastructure/

If you’re interested in the  Interbay trip, please fill out the form on the sign-up link if you plan on attending. Especially if you need a ride and/or have space in your car to help carpool people to and from downtown.

For more information contact Paul Chasan, Great City Program Coordinator, at paul@greatcity.org or by phone at 206-579-0106.


Large Projects Matching Fund Workshops

The Department of Neighborhoods is hosting workshops to inform and educate community groups on developing Neighborhood Matching Fund projects proposals including:

  1. New 2010 NMF Guidelines & Applications
  2. Successful Outreach Strategies
  3. Coordinating with Other City Departments & Government Agencies

    The following workshops will focus on the NMF Large Projects Fund:

    Contact Danielle Calloway, 206-733-9916 or danielle.calloway@seattle.gov, to RSVP and to advise us of any special requests such as translation services.

    Local E-waste Recycle Facilities

    Have an ancient CRT television, an old, now-useless laptop or desktop computer, a dead CD or DVD player or boombox? Here are a few local facilities where you can bring these and other electronic items for recycling – most of these facilities also provide refurbishing of the same kinds of equipment and have items which have been refurbished for resale. Check these companies out – most are very conveniently located in the SODO area of town with a couple located near Green Lake:

    • 3R Technology, 1920 Occidental Ave South – Our facility is located just south of Safeco field, directly east of the Krispy Kreme on the Corner of 1st Ave South and Holgate. For recycling drop-offs or if you plan to pick up anything large, please drive around to the east side of the building facing the railroad tracks to our convenient parking area. If it is more convenient for your retail shopping, there is 2-hour street parking only on the Occidental (street address side) of the building. Off street stalls on the street side are reserved for other tenants of the building – please do not park here. It can be quite busy on the Occidental side of the building during peak traffic hours, so feel free to come around and park on the east side of the building during your shopping, as shown on the map below.
    • Computer Recycling Service, Inc., 7505 – 7507 Aurora Avenue North – We accept drop-off and will pick up all working and non-working computers. All laptops, laptop parts and laptop accessories. All hard drives, CD-ROMs, loose PC boards / cards, all cables, all retail packaged / sealed software, all networking equipment (hubs, routers, switches, etc.), all monitors, all fax machines, and all photocopiers. Call us to find out more about what else we will take.  We will make every effort to refurbish the newer equipment and/or recycle as many of the recyclable components as possible. Materials that have no market value, or are hazardous in nature will be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
    • Total Reclaim, 2200 6th Ave. South – Total Reclaim’s Seattle location includes our main recycling facility, drop-off point and corporate office. Drop off fluorescent lamps and ballasts at the EcoLights facility, also in Seattle.  Total Reclaim offers responsible recycling and responsible destruction of Computers and Electronics, Fluorescent Lamps and non-PCB Ballasts*, Household Appliances, Refrigeration and HVAC Units, Batteries (all types), Products for De-manufacturing.
    • Interconnection, 2222 N. Pacific St. – Our core mission is to provide computers to underserved people and communities around the world. From our Seattle-based computer recycling and reuse programs to schools and organizations far and wide, we make a connection that makes a difference. We create opportunity through computer reuse.
    • RE*PC, 1565 6th Ave. South. – The RE·PC Seattle retail store has been open since 1994 and is located just South of Safeco field in downtown Seattle. Since opening the doors nearly ten years ago, we have been active recyclers of computer technology in the realm of re-use and resale as well as tearing down to separate circuit boards, sheet metal or other material. RE·PC buys, sells and accepts for recycling a wide selection of computers, monitors, printers, parts, cables, software, accessories and peripherals. There’s also our famous “AS-IS” section where you’ll find almost anything related to computers and electronics. Stop by our Computer Museum and stroll down random access memory lane!

    In addition, there are dozens of other local facilities throughout the Puget Sound area.  Check your favorite online search engine for additional locations, or use the ready-made searches below: