Help Plant Trees in Fairmount Playground

The City of Seattle’s Clean and Green Program invites you to join your Rotarians, Boy Scouts, friends, neighbors, community leaders and City Officials in Fairmount Park and help  plant trees in West Seattle!  The event is on Saturday, March 27th, and begins at 9:00 am.

Activities include:

  • Planting Trees
  • Picking up litter and sprucing up green spaces
  • Learning more about getting involved

Tools will be provided and Rrefreshments will be served.  For more information contact Ron Harris-White at


Restoring Fish & Wildlife Populations with Conservation Biology

The EOS Alliance is hosting a two-day class on Restoring Fish and Wildlife Populations with Conservation Biology and the Endangered Species Act.

This two day course will cover the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at a federal and state level and Habitat Conservation and Restoration. Attendees will learn about the statutory, administrative and academic evolution of the ESA. The course will cover how many policy elements and property rights are core outgrowths of the ESA.

Habitat Conservation and Restoration will incorporate ESA requirements. The foundations for habitat conservation and biodiversity, restoration goals, and types of biomes will be discussed. To properly plan for a conservation/restoration program attendees will learn about such topics as species’ food and nutrition, counting animals, experimental management, site location and geographic elements, including cultural and socioeconomic characteristics. The course will finish with an analysis summarization of restoration opportunities, constraints, phasing and implementation.

After completing this course, participants will:

  • Have a solid knowledge of the history and evolution of the Endangered Species Act.
  • Understand the effects of the ESA on property rights and government policies.
  • Understand the elements and ecology of habitat conservation.
  • Be able to implement a habitat restoration plan and provide analysis of results.

About the Instructor: Pamela Bennett has over 15 years of successful and diverse environmental management experience including endangered species program management, production of all phases of permitting, reporting, and compliance a huge variety of conservation laws.

The intended audience for this course would be those individuals with responsibility for company adherence to the ESA and Habitat Conservation/Restoration. This can include environmental project managers, environmental group representatives, and senior and middle level managers.  Course materials such as proceedings, tutorials, and reference materials will be supplied.

Registration: $445/$345* for registrations received by March 5, 2010; $495/*$395 thereafter (* reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members). You may register online by using this link or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976.


Public Affairs Training for Environmental Professionals

Public Relations Training for Environmental Professionals –
Perfecting Environmental Communication with the Public, Press, and Industr

The Northwest Environmental Training Center is holding this course, which is a well-designed public relations program which can supercharge your organization’s image, reputation and success.

During this intensive two day course, attendees will obtain a fundamental background on the key issues, concepts and practice of effective communications and media relations, with the focus on environmental projects. The course is designed to provide participants with an insight into the fundamentals and practicalities behind public relations practice in the context of protocol functions and communications planning.

Registration is $445/$345 for registrations received by March 5, 2010; $495/$395 thereafter (* reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and AFS, NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members). You may register via the link below or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976.  To register online click here.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use public relations tactics, strategies and approaches for environmental projects.
  • Build consensus among employees for a clearly defined mission.
  • Establish methods for open channels of communication.
  • Use newsletters, media publicity, and events to engage employees and the general public.

About the Instructor: Pamela Bennett has over 15 years of successful and diverse environmental management experience including design and implementation of a multiphase Public Relations Program with programs including Habitat for Humanity, Government affairs, Community Donations, and partnerships with local Chambers of Commerce. The National Portland Cement Association awarded the Public Relations Program their Stakeholder Outreach award and the Tulsa Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored the program with their annual award.

The iuntended audience is senior and middle level managers with responsibility for the organization’s image. This includes Directors, Plant Managers, Production Managers, Environmental Managers, Health and Safety Managers, those with responsibility for company Public Relations goals, small business owners and other designees.

Course Materials: Participants will receive course proceedings, tutorials, and reference materials.


1st 2010 Orchard Street Ravine Work Party – Come and Help

Join the work party at Orchard Ravine this Saturday, March 13.

Hey, it’s Spring ;>)))

It looks that way too!  If you haven’t taken a walk in the ravine you’re over do. There are lots of blooming shrubs – Ribes in pink and white, Indian Plum and various types of Mahonia. The birds are arriving too.

It will be great to get together with friends in the Ravine again.  Join us, visit with neighbors and friends, get some exercise, have some coffee and treats, make a difference in your neighborhood and the environment for wildlife and a Greener Seattle!

Bring your gloves we have tools.  Oh, and wear old or garden clothes.

This last week two volunteers from Lewis Natural Area on North Beacon Hill came for a tour, as Cascade Conservancy recommended they see what we’ve done in just a few years. They were very impressed!

For questions email Carol Schultz.


Tool Library Committee Meeting: Tonight – March 9th!

Tues. March 9th at Uptown Espresso, at Edmunds, just south of the Alaska Junction. We are starting the very important work of developing our operations manual, procuring tools and other important tasks to get our West Seattle Tool Library ready for a Late Spring launch. We are looking for folks to help out on this effort. Our working group meetings are open and welcome your participation. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact ““, if you are interested in participating

Free Class on Building Raised Garden Beds

Interested in learning how to build raised beds for your garden?  Cascadian Edible Landscapes is offering a class on how to build raised beds on March 6th in White Center.  The class will be held at a house, and there is no charge to attend.  Come get hands-on experience with starting a garden.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Christina Hahs at or 206-307-4860.

SWS Seeks Guest Bloggers

Sustainable West Seattle is seeking individuals in a variety of fields who have a passion for, an interest in, and some degree of expertise in a specific area of sustainability.

Fields of interest include

  • Energy (see Andy Silber’s blog here on the SWS website)
  • Transportation
  • Food and fitness
  • Permaculture
  • Bee-keeping
  • Waste and rain water containment and systems
  • Wind power
  • Solar power
  • Electric vehicles
  • Sustainable cultural components of a society such as reusable art
  • Or, just about anything which has a sustainable link or edge to it.

If you are interested in being one of the guest bloggers, please contact Sustainable West Seattle at and tell us a bit about yourself, your experience and area (or areas) of expertise and what you would expect your blog to explore and how often you would like to or expect to post.  Submissions for continuing blog entries should also be made to the email.

SWS is continuing to respond to community input and suggestions about evolving our website from members of SWS, from organizations  such as Sustainable BallardSCALLOPSSustainable Seattle and from many others.  If you have suggestions, use the comment feature and leave them here.

Discovery Park To Host Education Program on Coyotes

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold an educational session on coyotes at the Discovery Park Environmental Education Center, 3801 W Government Way, at 7:00 pm Thursday, March 4.

Nature correspondent and blogger Denny Ryan will talk about “The Urban Coyote” and its not-so-secret urban life.

Learn about the behavior, biology, and habitat of coyotes. Find out why they have been able to adapt to urban life unlike many other predators. Learn what you need to know to avoid conflicts with coyotes and keep your pet safe. Explore the relationship between wolves and dogs. Ask questions and share stories.

The recent presence of coyotes in Discovery Park and in the Magnolia neighborhood have led to some uncertainty about what to do to live side by side with native wildlife, and what to do when you encounter it.

There were coyote sightings in the Discovery Park area  in January of 2008 and in January of 2010. In the latter case, after a coyote attacked an unleashed dog, the Washington Wildlife Services Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture caught a coyote in a leg trap and killed it.

Denny is a nature correspondent who writes the BLOG ‘Knowing Nature with Denny,’ He is also the Okanogan County field representative for the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP).

For more information on urban coyotes, please see the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife web site:[mappress]

Seattle Climate Action Now Announces Carbon Coach Training

The City of Seattle has a special announcement for climate action supporters!

Are you ready to take your passion for environmental action to the next level? We are looking for community leaders to help Seattle continue to lead in the field of sustainability — and we have a great opportunity for you!

Seattle Climate Action Now is currently recruiting for our next class of Carbon Coaches. This is a free training program where you will learn about reducing carbon emissions from transportation, waste generation, home energy use, and materials purchasing as well as how to teach those lessons to others. Download the application at this link  Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12.

The course objectives are the following:

  • Educate Carbon Coaches on the fundamentals of climate change science.
  • Increase understanding of local impacts of climate change and potential actions related to energy-use, transportation, solid waste, green purchasing, and citizen action.
  • Secure commitments to change behaviors related to mitigation or adaptation to climate change.
  • Increase awareness of climate change and social justice and the value of public engagement.

Class instruction will be delivered by the course trainers and by guest presenters. Class materials and resources will be provided electronically. A combination of lectures, group activities, in-class exercises, optional “homework” assignments, video clips, and reading assignments will reinforce concepts presented in class.

Course Participation includes full participation in all six sessions and one Saturday field trip. In-class activities as well as homework are expected of all trainees.

Carbon Coaches also are expected to conduct outreach projects in their community and as well as work with individuals to conduct a carbon footprint analysis using the City of Seattle’s Carbon Calculator.

For more information, contact

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