‘Streets For All’ Funding Discussion @ City Hall

Great City and Streets for All are hosting a business forum Wednesday, September 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm.  Co-hosting Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin (and possibly other Councilmembers) who will talk about the range of transportation funding options. Watch the discussion unfold at the Brown Bag Forum: Business Leaders & Streets for All.

The forum will take place at the Bertha Knight Landes room in City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

At this meeting, Streets for All will present its objectives, potential funding options and listen to the business community perspective about what funding options work and what options don’t work. Make sure your voice is heard and attend and contribute to the discussion.

Sustainable West Seattle, West Seattle Spokespeople, and CoolMom are among the dozens of Seattle organizations who are members of Streets For All.


SWS Coordinating Council Meeting @ Bill Reiswig’s

First Monday this month is Labor Day and as has been the norm and standard, the Coordinating Council’s First Monday meeting moves to the adjacent Tuesday.  In this case, tomorrow, September 7, at Bill Reiswig’s house.  Time is 7:00 to 9:00 for the CC meeting, come earlier for socializing and sharing food and company.

Agenda items are usually posted on Basecamp, click here to log on (only valid users will be able to log onto Basecamp).

Items under discussion include the Eat Local Now event, the Stormwater project, the SWS proposal for the Fire Station 37 structure and other matters.

Planet Home Sustainable Living Festival in NE Seattle

Mark your calendars for August 21, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hunter Tree Farm property, 7744 35th Avenue NE.  This is in the Wedgwood neighborhood and is accessible by bus.

The Sustainable Living Festival features free workshops, speakers, food, music, demonstrations!

  • Come learn how you can reduce your environmental footprint and share your experiences in trying to live more sustainably!
  • Take home ideas for environmentally-friendly living and maybe win some eco products to help you on your way.

Planet Home is being organized by Sustainable Northeast Seattle, for more info go to their website at http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/.  Or, contact Elise at eliselk@gmail.com for more details or if you would like to volunteer to lead a workshop, speak about a topic, or help with the event in general.  For Facebook users, check out their Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116633528384607 (must be Facebook member to view).

Sustainable West Seattle Gets its 501c3 Status

…With Help From Fenwick & West, LLP

On June 8, 2010, Sustainable West Seattle achieved a great landmark in the life of any non-profit organization by officially receiving its 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

While making donations to SWS tax-deductable, this status may also enable SWS to serve as a fiscal sponsor for small, local, sustainable projects that are unable to receive funding from most private organizations, government agencies or other funders.  Both of these new found abilities will enable Sustainable West Seattle to vastly improve our efforts to pursue our mission and increase the sustainability of our local community.

The SWS Coordinating Council put a tremendous amount of effort into reaching this goal.  But we also benefited greatly from the pro-bono legal services of Adam Andrews and Bill Bromfield at Fenwick & West LLP, a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence.

For more than 30 years, Fenwick & West has served its community by offering legal services to those that could not otherwise afford effective legal counsel.  In the past two years alone, Fenwick & West attorneys have logged well over 14,000 pro bono hours and have been recognized for both the volume and the quality of their work.

As if SWS and its members needed another reason to celebrate Fenwick & West beyond their help with our 501c3 status, they also happen to be a national, environmental leader in the legal industry through their commitment to sustainable business practices.

Down at their Mountain View, CA headquarters in Silicon Valley, Fenwick & West became the first law firm to be certified by Santa Clara County as an environmentally sustainable “Green Business” for their conservation efforts.

Fenwick & West was also the first law firm in the United States to secure a LEED-CI Platinum designation for their Seattle office, and later the same year, received LEED-EB Gold certification for the Mountain View headquarters.  In addition, Fenwick & West LLP’s Boise office location has been certified as LEED Platinum and their San Francisco office is currently being evaluated for its own LEED status.

As always, Sustainable West Seattle is glad to see industry leaders taking the steps necessary to lead our communities into a sustainable future.  We are honored that, as a part of that leadership, Fenwick & West chose to support Sustainable West Seattle in our goal of advocating, creating, and educating for urban sustainability here in West Seattle.

We can’t thank them enough!

Help Harvest Fruit with Community Harvest of SW Seattle

Community Harvest of SW Seattle (CHOSS) is about to begin harvesting trees again this year.

We are so grateful to all of our volunteers who have harvested over 100,000 pounds of fruit in the past 3 years.  These pears, plums, apples, grapes and even kiwis were enjoyed by many at the local food banks who otherwise would not have been able to afford fresh local fruit.

Are you interested in helping out this year?  We will be harvesting Thursday evenings and Sunday mid-day.  You can come out once – or many times.  CHOSS hopes to see many of you again, under the bountiful trees in our neighborhoods.

If you are interested, just send an email back, and we’ll put you on the list to be notified, as we schedule the harvest.

For more information contact Aviva Furman, Director, Community Harvest of SW Seattle, at 206-762-0604, or check out CHOSS’ website at www.gleanit.org.  To volunteer send email to info@gleanit.org.

Neighborhood Service Centers Closed (furlough)

Due to citywide budget cuts, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and its Neighborhood Service Centers are required to close offices for 10 furlough days in 2010.

The two DON West Seattle Service centers are the Southwest District Service Center at 4205 SW Alaska Street (next to Rocksport in the Junction), the Delridge Neighborhoods District Service Center at 5405 Delridge Way SW.

The schedule is as follows:

2010 Closure Dates for Furlough:

  • Monday, August 9
  • Tuesday, September 7
  • Monday, October 11
  • Monday, December 2

Great City Brown Bag Lunch Looks at New Tree Regulations

Don’t miss this week’s Great City brown bag presentation taking a look at the proposed new tree ordinance, which was developed with the goal of protecting and growing our city’s urban forest.

Location is the GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A, enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.

City of Seattle staff will discuss their proposal to revise existing regulations governing the preservation and planting of trees on private property, both during development and outside of it, in order meet the goals of the Urban Forest Management Plan and other city-wide goals. This presentation will also discuss the city’s overall strategy to expand our canopy cover and increase the health of our urban forest.


  • Brennon Staley is the Sustainable Community Planner for the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD). During his time with DPD, he has been responsible for developing policy and regulations focusing on environmentally critical areas, trees, single family zoning, and sustainable communities.
  • Tracy Morgenstern is the Urban Forest Program Manager for the Office of Sustainability. In this capacity, she is responsible for coordinating city-wide implementation of the Urban Forest Management Plan and managing the Seattle ReLeaf campaign.
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Annual Potluck with Longboards and Electric Bikes!

Join SWS for our Annual Summer Potluck – at Lincoln Park This Coming Monday….

We’ll set up the grill and provide condiments.  Please bring your favorite summertime dish and your own cup, utensils & plates.

We will be set up in Shelter 3/4 which is very close to the principal restroom facilities on the beach at the south end of Lincoln Park.  See map below for details… Continue reading “Annual Potluck with Longboards and Electric Bikes!”