Seattle GoGreen ’11 Downtown @ Conference Center

Wednesday, April 20, Virginia Mason Medical Center brings you GoGreen ’11 Seattle, presented by Seattle Climate Partnership downtown at the Washington State Convention Center (LEED Certified) 8th & Pike Streets, 3rd Floor.  The conference runs from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm, with a  Hosted Networking Reception featuring Snoqualmie Winery and  Elliott Bay Brewing following the conference.

The conference is an all-day affair and registration is $150.  To register, click here.

Don’t miss this value-packed one day conference, a showcase of the best statewide sustainable business leader case studies and their success stories. Business attendees will have the opportunity to implement best practices learned and create viable partnerships within their regional business environment.

Click here to view the full 2011 Go-Green Conference Line-Up.

2011 Featured Speakers include:

  • Kevin Hagen, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Recreational Equipment Inc. – Kevin’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of the co-op’s strategy for sustainable business and corporate philanthropy. For REI, a mission to get people outdoors carries with it an obligation to operate a responsible business, reducing environmental and social consequences while seeking business solutions that contribute positively to the health of the environment and the well being of their communities.
  • Gretchen Benzin, Director of Corporate Services, Russell Investments.  – Gretchen’s responsibilities include corporate real estate planning, facility management, sourcing and business support services, and she manages a team that oversees global leasing, occupancy planning, design and construction. Gretchen has led several major corporate initiatives, including Russell’s headquarters relocation project, the out-sourcing of non-core business functions and other cost reduction efforts.
  • Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Director, Washington State Department of Commerce.  – Daniel Malarkey was named Deputy Director for the Washington State Department of Commerce in September 2009. He serves as the department’s primary liaison to the private sector with responsibility for policy development to grow and improve jobs in the state. He was the founder and CEO of Washington Biodiesel, which developed an oil-seed processing and renewable fuels project in eastern Washington.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot today, registration is $150 for full day admission and $125 for full day admission for groups of 2 or more registering at one time

Ask about our special Community Partner, Non-Profit and Student Rates to attend, as members of Sustainable West Seattle you will get a price break.

For more information call 206-459-0595.

Sustainable Groups Sponsor Earth Day Dance

Sustainable Ballard, Sustainable Belltown, Sustainable Seattle, and Sustainable West Seattle are joining together to invite you to ecstatic dance at Dance Underground on Earth Day, April 22 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.

Per person cost is $10 to $15 based on a sliding scale.  Dance Underground is located at 340 15th Avenue East on Capitol Hill.

This is a dance and potluck. Ecstatic Dance Seattle is a place for people to authentically and safely express themselves. It is a space free of judgment and instruction. It is a place to feel, move and heal, so that we can manifest our true selves. For the potluck bring light snacks or other food and non-alcoholic drink to share with the community.

A share of the proceeds go to SCALLOPS! (Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound).

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Organic Farm Features Educational Tours, Summer Camp

Interested in a sustainable farm which provides tours and which also has an education program:

Oxbow Farms in Carnation is such a place.  Their mission is to educate people on the importance of environmental stewardship and healthy food and to reconnect them to the land and our local sustainable food supply and to inspire all of us to take action in our daily lives and our communities.

At the heart of Oxbow Center is our 20-acre organic farm bordering an oxbow lake. This horseshoe shaped lake provides critical habitat for salmon and other wildlife. The lake is fed by the Snoqualmie River, which also brings rich Cascade glacial till to our soil. These energizing minerals are the roots of the valley’s food web and they course through the produce grown on our farm.

Since 2003 Oxboe has been partnering with Wild Fish Conservancy to offer environmental classes to school kids. In 2010 Oxbow established our non-profit with the main purpose of expanding our education programs to include seasonal classes on organic agriculture and environmental conservation.

Oxbow sells their produce at local farmers markets May to October, to local restaurants and through community supported agriculture. Their CSA provides members with a weekly share of produce from June through October and is the backbone of our farm.

If you’re interested, check out their website and go exploring to find about the Oxbow CSA, their farm, their educational programs and the cost to students.  If cost is an issue, Oxbow has sponsorship and scholarship programs.  There is also a summer camp available for kids.

Community Orchard Workshop on Trellises & Arbors

Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS) is holding its next free workshop this Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

The topic is Grow UP!

Trellises, poles, arbors and props make the most of the growing space above even the tiniest garden plot. They also add dynamic interest and punctuation to any planting.

Join Community Orchard of West Seattle for a quick, hands-on, easy DIY workshop exploring simple garden structures and training devices crafted from bamboo, twigs, and standard hardware store materials.

The instructor is Lorene Edwards Forkner, local West Seattle author of growing and canning your own vegetables and fruit.  Location is the Community Orchard plot located at the southeast end of South Seattle Community Campus, immediately north of the Riverview Playfield.

A post-workshop work party will continue from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and will focus on creating simple trellises for beans, and installing sturdy trellis for intensive apple planting.

For more information contact Laura Sweany, Orchard Manager, Community Orchard of West Seattle, phone 206-369-7590, or check out the website or use email

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8th Annual King County Earth Day Celebration @ Westlake

Join your neighbors across King County for the  8th Annual King County Earth Day Expo Friday, April 22, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Westlake Plaza, downtown Seattle at 4th and Pine.

Let the experts show you just how easy it really is to live a green and healthy lifestyle!  Join King County’s celebration to learn easy ways to:

  • recycle
  • green up your ride
  • volunteer
  • reduce your carbon footprint, and
  • make your home and garden more earth friendly.

Look for special discounts and incentives to help you make green choices.

The Green Globes, King County’s most prestigious environmental awards, will be presented at 11:00 am.

Winners are leaders in environmental stewardship working to protect the environment, manage natural resources and foster community involvement.

Check the Dirt Volunteer Calendar for outdoor habitat restoration and trail projects which you can volunteer to help with.

The Expo will also feature activities and educational opportunities for children, including the activity corner, and an appearance by Bert the Salmon.

Spring ‘Friends of Library’ Book Sale This Weekend

The Friends of the Library are hosting their annual Spring Book Sale at Magnuson Park, Hangar Building 30, Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, April 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Members of Friends of the Library also have Friday, April 15, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm open.

The Friends of the Library also host an annual Fall Book Sale on September 23 through 25.

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Second Use Hosts Used Latex Paint Drive, Paint Classes

On Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th only, Second Use will be collecting used latex paint, in conjunction with Second Use’s painting worksho

The paint must be usable (not dried out), and it must be latex. Second Use reserves the right to turn away paint that is not in good condition. Staff will divide the paint between a graffiti-removal program in White Center and Reed Painting Company, which is leading a novel campaign to find uses for used paint.

For more information

Second Use  also has a free workshop on painting

this Sunday, April 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm:

  • Painting Workshop
    • With a few brush strokes, you can give the feeling of spring cleaning in your home.
    • Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your place and give it a clean finish.
    • Learn the tips and tricks to a job well done—masking, surface prep and rolling.
    • A few simple tips can save you time, money and mistakes.
    • Reed Painting Company will join Second Use to talk about its novel sustainability efforts and lend a few tips on painting.

EOS Offers Canning Workshop Tonight @ Seattle University

The Northwest Environmental Traning Center (EOS Alliance) is offering a Canning Workshop today, April 21, at 6:30 pm at Seattle University, in the Admin Building, Room 220.

Learn to preserve the summer’s bounty and stretch your grocery dollars by canning your own produce. Learn about canning equipment, how to can safely, resources for recipes and instruction and recommended tips from a pro. Demonstration of water bath canning seasonal fruit will be included in class.

The fee for this course is $20, and you can register online here, and bring a check for the amount, made out to EOS Alliance.

The course will be taught by Jessica Dally, an experienced instructor who teaches a variety of classes, such as cheese making, soap making and even an MSF Motorcycle instructor. She is passionate about making change and growing community.

This workshop is open to the community and children are welcome with a responsible guardian.

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Environmental Adventure Race Benefits West Seattle Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Neighborhoods and HP3 are teaming up to put on Seattle’s first Environmental Adventure Race in West Seattle – featuring Camp Long, Westcrest Park and other local parks and greenbelts.

If you’re in West Seattle’s Delridge neighborhood on Saturday, April 16, you’re likely to see an unusual sight: runners carrying buckets of gravel and pushing wheelbarrows full of mulch.

They are participating in Seattle’s first Environmental Adventure Race. Conceived by Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Healthy Planet (HP3), the 16-mile Adventure Race pushes participants to their physical limits while they restore trails, build habitat and plant trees in West Seattle parks.

“HP3 is the first and only event to combine running and restoration,” said Amanda Zahler, the race organizer. “It takes adventure racing to the next level.”

The partnership of HP3, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is engaging communities in the event to bring people’s attention to environmental stewardship issues, to spotlight a fitness opportunity, and to get some real, needed work done in area parks.

Seattle Parks and Recreation supports healthy lifestyle choices through our Healthy Parks, Healthy You Initiative. Parks promotes physical activity and wellness programs that serve our diverse community with nearly endless opportunities to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day. Public trails, playgrounds, gyms, pools, athletic fields, beaches, and fitness programs abound in Seattle – and most of them are free or low-cost.

The race features two divisions:

  • Elite, for experienced and highly competitive runners, and
  • Open for less competitive runners who prefer a relay style event.

To register for the race, please go to   To get a sense of what the race involves go to the course page and review the race and here’s the race path map.

The race is followed by the HP3 Green Leaf Festival in White Center, between SW 98th and SW 100th Sts., starting at 1:00 pm. The festival will feature local artists and musicians, and local businesses will showcase their “green” practices. Participants will also power the event by riding electricity-producing bikes.

HP3 is funded in part by an award from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, and the title sponsor of the event is Puget Sound Energy.

April Forum: Innovative West Seattle Permaculture Projects

Community Orchard of West Seattle is at South Seattle Community College at the south end of campus, near the Riverview playfield.

Sustainable West Seattle’s Monthly Community Forum for April takes us into the realm of fascinating permaculture projects happening right here in West Seattle and how you can be involved.

And, we’re back at the Lodge at Camp Long this month.

Art Donnelly of will explain how his group is testing how “biochar” can be produced in clean burning efficient stoves, and how that carbon can be buried in soils both improving fertility and removing atmospheric carbon.

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