NBIS Roundtable: Making the Financial Case for Sustainability

The next NBIS Grassroots Sustainability Roundtable will focus on Frameworks for Making the Financial Case for Sustainability and will occur on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the  Lutron Showroom on Olive Way in Seattle.  Dinner refreshments will be provided.  To register, go to http://grassrootsq4.eventbrite.com/.  NBIS members pay $17, non-members pay $25.

Please join us for NBIS’ next Grassroots Sustainability Leadership Roundtable for leaders of sustainability initiatives and green teams in their companies or organizations.

At our next Roundtable on October 25th, NBIS Board President Arkan Kayihan will provide frameworks that will help build the case for convincing the traditionally most skeptical executive stakeholders — financial managers. He will lead an engaging, interactive discussion of these frameworks; participants are invited to bring examples from their companies of how they have demonstrated the financial value of sustainability initiatives.

Sustainable Ballard Regular Monthly Gathering to Review Festival

Sustainable Ballard‘s regular monthly gathering will take place Monday, Oct 24th, from 6:30pm to 9:00 pm at the  Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 60th St.

This month’s focus is on “Highlights from the Festival!”

The weather was funky, or you were out of town, or you came but missed a session that you wanted to hear, or a vendor that you wanted to see. Come experience a selection of talks and activities from the festival. Indoors – where the weather is always mild!!

NOTES:  No time to make a dish? Can’t balance that casserole on your bike?… Don’t let that prevent you from attending! Bringing a dish to share is not required for attending the potluck and program. A $5 contribution could be given instead, which would help defray the costs of space rental, food, etc.

Take advantage of the Sustainable Ballard Book and DVD Library! View the full list of our collection at LibraryThing then email Tom and let him know what you’d like to borrow. Tom will bring a box of books to each Monthly Gathering for your browsing and borrowing pleasure! You can help keep the library growing by bringing any books or DVDs on sustainability related topics that you wish to donate to the Monthly Gathering.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Alaskan Waterfront Design Events Include Trick or Treat @ Aquarium

Experience the Waterfront! Join the team which is designing the new Alaskan Way waterfront October 27, 29 and 30 for a Design Update and Idea Sharing session.

On Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, Pier 66 – Elliott Hall, 2211 Alaskan Way (waterfront near Broad St. end) there will be a design update presentation by James Corner at 6:30 pm, followed by interactive stations to share your ideas.

Enjoy local food trucks and live music beginning at 5:00 pm.  There will also be kids and family Photo Booth to capture your funny faces.  To RSVP for this event send email to rsvp@waterfrontseattle.org

On Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Waterfront Park, near the Aquarium entrance there will be additional photo fun shoots.

Can you picture yourself on our future waterfront? Bring the entire family for a fun photo shoot. Costumes are optional, though highly encouraged! When you are done, explore the waterfront businesses and head over to Trick-or-Treat at the Aquarium.

The Design update and photo both are free, open to all and hosted by the City of Seattle. The Trick-or-Treat at the Aquarium is hosted by the Seattle Aquarium.

The Bell Harbor Conference Center is an accessible venue. For special accommodations, including interpretation, please contact info@waterfrontseattle.org or 206-499-8040.

Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may make a request for alternative formats through the Washington Relay Service at 711.


‘Ride for Community Solar’ Event Helps Power Local Schools

Seattle Parks and Recreation announces Shine On Seattle’s “Ride for Community Solar,” a community fundraiser on Oct. 9 that connects Seattle schools and select community centers with a solar energy opportunity in Seattle Parks. Participants will ride as sponsors for their school of choice. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase shares for local schools in Seattle’s groundbreaking Community Solar Project, a collaboration between Seattle City Light and Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities to install solar panels on three picnic shelters at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill.


The family-friendly 10-mile ride will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m., starting and ending at Gas Works Park. The route will follow the Burke-Gilman Trail for five miles toward Magnuson Park and back. Registration and check-in begin at 8:00 am. Tickets are $30 per participant on the day of the ride. Tickets are available at shineonseattle.eventbrite.com and are tax-deductible.

Shine On Seattle is raising funds to buy shares for schools in the Community Solar Project so that schools and select community centers will receive energy credits on their bills.

How it works:

  • A total of five hundred solar units are available to purchase for $600 per unit. Customers can purchase a maximum of two units. Seattle City Light will credit each customer’s bill a portion of the energy generated each year until 2020 when the Community Solar Project ends.
  • In addition to energy credits, each designated school will receive a recognition plate that will become a permanent part of the Community Solar Project picnic shelter.

The event is sponsored by Umpqua Bank, CoolMom, Honest Tea, Gregg’s Cycle and Bicycle Heroes. Shine On Seattle is alsosupported by Washington Green Schools, Northwest SEED, Solar Washington, Sustainable Ballard, Sustainable Magnolia, Sustainable Queen Anne, Sustainable Wallingford, and Spokespeople.

“CoolMom is happy to support Shine on Seattle,” said Terri Glaberson, Executive Director of CoolMom. “What an innovative energy saving project!”

“This fun ride is an opportunity for families to come together in support of green energy in our local schools,” said Lisa Allen, co-chair of Sustainable Queen Anne. “It is going to be a great event!”

For more information, please visit www.shineonseattle.org.

Canning Class @ West Seattle Library (Admiral)

The Seattle Library is hosting a new series on self reliance.  The audience is children, teens and adults.

Of interest to SWS members is a course at the The West Seattle Branch — Learn to preserve the summer’s bounty and stretch your grocery dollars by canning your own produce with Susan Helf. The class will take place on October 17, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the West Seattle Library, located in Admiral District between the Metropolitan Market and California Avenue SW.

Learn about canning equipment, how to can safely, resources for recipes and instruction and recommended tips from a pro. A demonstration of water bath canning with seasonal fruit will be included in class.

This workshop is presented in partnership with The Seattle Free School. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This program is part of the 2011 Urban Self-Reliance Series: check out over 50 free classes this fall at a Seattle Public Library location near you!  Contact West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 for more information.

Eat Local Now: An Evening of Great Local Food, Chefs & Music

Eat Local Now!  This year it’s again at the Herban Feast SODO and it’s October 24, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm with Silent Auction items available earlier and throughout dinner.  Musical entertainment this year will be Bahia Rowan, contemporary folk singer and songwriter from Seattle.

Every year, for the past six years, hundreds of local businesses, residents, and farmers, ranchers, fisherman and chefs throughout the region come together over a great meal to celebrate and promote the importance of the local food system in Cascadia. This innovative community tradition—the Eat Local Now! Dinner—was started by BALLE Seattle (predecessor organization to the Seattle Good Business Network) in 2004, and Sustainable West Seattle, along with CoolMom and many others, have remained integral partners ever since.

It’s The Ultimate Collaboration – short history [and click here to see this year’s poster]

Eat Local Now! is an annual collaboration between several community organizations that care about increasing awareness and options for “good food close to home.” Participating organizations have included Sustainable West Seattle, Sustainable Ballard, Sustainable Cascadia, CoolMom, Chef’s Collaborative, EarthCorps, and Seattle Good Business Network (formerly as BALLE Seattle).

While the annual event itself is the reason for coming together, the process of pulling it off is where the mission of the project comes to life. It is a true collaboration among participating community groups: we each attend planning meetings, make consensus decisions, and share fund-raising proceeds equally.

Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.  The event is not only kid-friendly, there are special locations and activities for the younger set throughout the entire evening.

For further information contact Christina Hahs at 206-307-4860 or at info@eatlocalnow.org.

Learn How You Can Help The Sound and Your Community: Tox-Ick Presentations

Sustainable West Seattle is taking an hour long education event to community centers in West Seattle. We’ll investigate the biggest threat to Puget Sound, toxic runoff, and easy everyday solutions that people can engage in to stop it. As part of the incentive, Sustainable West Seattle has secured funds enabling us to provide audience members and participating schools with appropriate prizes including rain barrels and rainwater harvesting projects.

Why has Sustainable West Seattle launched this outreach effort?  Because Puget Sound is sick. Polluted runoff from hard surfaces like paved streets, sidewalks and rooftops is the number one source of toxics entering Puget Sound each year. This toxic mix threatens human health, the economic vitality of the region, and the survivability of the Sound’s most emblematic species: salmon and orcas.

High Point Community Center 3rd Saturday Fabulous Fun Family Series

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s High Point Community Center is hosting the Fabulous Family Fun Series the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year. The series features entertainers and music that is sure to amuse kids of all ages.

All events are held at High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW. Advance tickets are $3 per person and $5 at the door or $15 per family. For more information, contact High Point Community Center at 206-684-7422.

October 15: Louie Foxx, Magician

Louie Foxx’s one-man show is filled with tons of magic, comedy, cowboy tricks, juggling and more audience interaction than you can shake a stick at. Louie was recently on America’s Got Talent, and is a Guinness World Record Holder.

November 19: Jamtown

Experience the joy of hands-on music and art for children, families and music lovers of all ages. Become a part of the percussion instrument ensemble as we explore the music of Africa using hand-crafted indigenous musical instruments.

December 17: The Noise Guy

What bellows like a reindeer, jingles like a sleigh bell and flushes like a toilet? It’s the Noise Guy! Hear realistic noises you won’t believe! Join Charlie “the Noise Guy” Williams on a holiday sound adventure that will be sure to surprise and delight.


3 Upcoming Design Review Meetings for Roxhill Skatespot & Playground

Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation for the upcoming meetings for the Roxhill Skatespot and Playground project funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Parks is hosting a meeting for the skatespot schematic design on Wednesday, October 12, for the play area schematic design on Monday, October 17, and for the final designs of each project on Monday, November 14.

All meetings will start at 6:00 pm at Southwest Branch Library, corner of 35th Ave. SW and SW Henderson St.

At the first meeting on Wednesday, October 12, Parks’ design team will present the skatespot schematic design and invite the community to comment. Roxhill Park is located at 2850 SW Roxbury St., in southwest Seattle.

A skatespot is smaller than a full skatepark, but large enough to incorporate multiple skateboarding features. The skatespot is expected to be 8,000 square feet. For more information on Seattle skatepark planning please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/skatepark.htm.

Funding for this renovation comes from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy that Seattle voters passed by a 59% vote in November 2008. The new $146 million Levy provides acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.

For more information on this project, please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/roxhill/ or contact Parks Project Manager Kelly Davidson at 206-684-0998 or kelly.davidson@seattle.gov.

Parks & Rec Seeking Volunteer Service Award Nominations

Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Nominations for Annual Volunteer Service Awards, the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks system. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 18, 2011.

The awards will be presented at the seventh annual recognition ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S King St.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers, and recreation programs throughout the city. In 2010, more than 43,000 volunteers donated over 360,000 hours of service to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Volunteers do everything from pulling invasive ivy and planting native trees in our parks to coaching kids’ sports to working as docents at selected parks to serving on various advisory councils and boards.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources,” said Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. “Without the help of the community, we could not run the first rate park and recreation system that Seattle-ites depend on.”

The name of the awards reflects the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1864.

Denny Awards nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications. The nominee must have:

  • Demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and/or recreation;
  • Provided stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and/or recreation programs;
  • Demonstrated a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation, and
  • Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The nomination form for the award, specific criteria and related information (included with this news release) are available by contacting Adrienne Caver-Hall, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7710, or Adrienne.caver-hall@seattle.gov. To download an electronic version of the nomination form, visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/denny_awards.

The 2010 recipients are:

  • Patrick Jones
  • Mike Hemion
  • Paul Kurose
  • Natalie “Wolfy” Whithan
  • Heron Habitat Helpers
  • Darrell Glover
  • Seward Park Playground Improvement Foundation (featured in photo)
  • Fran & Bunny Wood
  • Freeway Park Neighborhood Association