Donate Tools @ WS Nursery’s 27th Annual Open House

Join Sustainable West Seattle and other community groups this Saturday at West Seattle Nursery to enjoy some complimentary appetizers, espresso, and listen to an array of great speakers. The newly-established West Seattle Tool Library will also be on hand and eager to accept any donations of tools you might like to contribute to this exciting community resource.

In support of the Tool Library project, West Seattle Nursery will offer all customers a full-day, 20% discount coupon on all regularly priced purchases to anyone who makes a tool donation. Just drop your tools off at Sustainable West Seattle’s information table to receive your coupon. There are only two requirements: the tools need to be in working order and cannot be gas-powered. Other than that, The Library would love to help you clean out your garage and put some dormant tools to good use in your community!

We look forward to seeing you there!  If you any questions or comments for the West Seattle Tool Library please feel free to send them to, or visit the “Get Involved” ( section of the SWS website for more information. See you Saturday! Continue reading “Donate Tools @ WS Nursery’s 27th Annual Open House”

West Seattle Spokespeople ‘unofficial’ 1st Ride

Unofficial Spokespeople training ride – Sunday April 11th, 10am to 1pm.

The first ride for West Seattle Spokespeople will be an unofficial training ride for any Sustainable West Seattle members that would be interested in helping with conducting this ride or would like training for transportation bicycle us.

Bill Reiswig (SWS co-founder) and Stu Hennessey (SWS member and Alki Bike & Board owner) could use some extra rider support as we escort folks who would like to become bicycle transportation savvy.   Long time bicycle commuters Bill Reiswig and Stu Hennessey will be leading this pack.

The ride is scheduled for Sunday April 11th, 10:00 am from Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW. The ride length is 6 miles with an alternative route selection focus, riding the California Avenue business corridor to Morgan Junction with a stop at the West Seattle Farmers Market.

The pace will be leisure between 10 and 15 mph and the terrain will be “some hills”. SWS members who are interested in helping future Spokespeople rides will be educated in sweep riding, corner control and helping with rider technique. Heavy rain will cancel this ride. Call 206-938-3322 for more information or email Stu Hennessey  at for more information.[mappress]

West Seattle CoolMom April Meeting

The April CoolMom meeting will be held Wednesday, April 7. This month’s meeting will be held at our Executive Director, Terri Glaberson’s house. Please e-mail for directions.

Our agenda for this meeting has changed a bit: We will not be working on the carbon calculator. The program is still getting some more upgrades and won’t be fully ready until May.

We will be watching the film Food, Inc. followed by a discussion. Terri will provide light snacks/drinks, but we will not be doing a potluck for this meeting after all.

Please remember to bring a pencil or two (with eraser) so that we can build pinwheels for the Coal Free Washington Campaign while we watch! If you’ve already built pinwheels, please bring them with you.

Due to the subject matter of the film, this meeting will unfortunately not be child-friendly.

Stuff to bring

  • For the pinwheel art project, please bring a pencil(s) with eraser to help make the pinwheels.

Also, the West Seattle Nursery is having an open house on Saturday, April 10 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and we need volunteers to staff the CoolMom table. If you are available for a shift, please email with your availability.

Tool Library Meeting at Uptown Espresso

Tonight The West Seattle Tool Library will hold its bi-weekly meeting at Uptown Espresso (at the corner of California Ave. SW and SW Edmunds St.), April 6th, at 7:00 pm. With funding and insurance now well in hand, the West Seattle Tool Library is moving on to the exciting next stage of its life on the path to the Grand Opening in early June.

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Coordinating Council 1st Monday Monthly Meeting

photo of house at 3903 SW Monroe St., Seattle
Redmond's House

Monday, April 5, the first Monday of the month, is the time for the Coordinating Council get-together.  This month it’s at Chas Redmond’s house – corner of 39th Avenue SW and SW Monroe Street – Gatewood Hill.  Come at 6:30 to socialize.  Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.  Agenda is on Basecamp. Continue reading “Coordinating Council 1st Monday Monthly Meeting”

Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:


Sustainable Seattle Offers 4-Day Intensive Course

Sustainable Seattle presents a four-day intensive workshop for people seeking to deepen their understanding of sustainability as it applies to their work and daily lives. In a highly collaborative small group setting, Sustainable Seattle will share how to use sustainability theory to develop concrete plans of action, advocate for sustainability and win recognition for our successes.

Participants, instructors and guest speakers will work together throughout the week on participant selected problems or issues. Participants will be provided with theory, tools and best management practices, as well as expert advice and platforms for group discussion and learning. The week will culminate with participants presenting on new insights and perspectives regarding their problem or issue, lessons learned, and a strategy for going forward. Participants will leave with renewed personal commitment, energy and tools to champion their sustainability initiatives for a better world.

Instructors for the course are:

  • Laura Musikanski, JD, MBA, CEM, CELR; Executive Director, Sustainable Seattle
  • Negash Shiferaw, MA; University of Washington

Guest speakers during the four-day course include:

Classes will take place in the Vance Building, conference room 630, downtown Seattle at 1402 Third Avenue.  Registration is $500 for registrations confirmed by April 10th, and $600 thereafter.  Discounts are available for students and individuals with limited income.  Register online at Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information contact or (206)-659-8077