Sustainable Healthcare: One Community At A Time

The next Sustainable West Seattle Community Forum is about Health.  We’ll again be at the Senior Center of West Seattle, on SW Oregon St. right around the corner from California Ave.  SW.   We meet upstairs in the large community room.

Our health care system is both more expensive and has lower quality than other industrialized countries. Many describe this as a sick care system because significant is not spent until after you get sick. Communities are now developing alternatives that cost less and move people toward whole health. By focusing on prevention and early intervention we can also drop the costs of health care.

Our speaker is Dale Jarvis, a healthcare consultant and West Seattlite who has worked at fixing the healthcare system in 20 states since the federal healthcare law passed in 2010. Dale will describe healthcare reform ‘triples’ and ‘home runs’ that can fit Seattle’s neighborhoods. Join this discussion of a new healthcare ecosystem for West Seattle.

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Aaron’s Bike Repair Hosting Customer Appreciation Day

Aaron’s Bicycle Repair is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day at their shop on California Avenue across from Thriftway in Morgan Junction.

Their manager, Gregg will be spinning some vinyl at the party as well.  There will be refreshments and snacks for everyone.

Join Aaron, Gregg and others at the bike shop Saturday, January 28th from 6:00 to 10:00 pm.

And, Aaron says if you miss this one, we will have another soon.

Also, April 7th, 2012 is the shop’s 15th anniversary. Aaron says they will have a party around then, too.

For further information contact Aaron Goss, President & Master Mechanic, Aaron’s Bicycle Repair, Inc., 6527 California Avenue SW.[mappress mapid=”473″]

Tool Library Offers “Handywoman for the Home: Basic Electrical”

Handywoman for the Home Series: Basic Electrical

Thursday, January 26th, 7-9 PM
The West Seattle Tool Library
Instructor: Amy Ecklund of

Whether you want to change light fixtures or need an extra outlet in a room, this women-only class will teach you the basic how-to steps for safe electrical repair. Learn how to use a voltage tester, change worn outlets and switches, label your circuits and more. You’ll also discuss larger jobs and get tips on doing it yourself. Hands-on experience will give you the confidence to safely try this at home.
Register Here!

DubSea Bikes Hosts Yet Another Bike Repair/Tune-Up @ White Center Food Bank

Once again DubSea Bikes will be hosting a free bicycle clinic.  Sunday, February 12, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 10029 8th Avenue SW (White Center Food Bank), the team will be taking bikes for repair and tune-up.

Our mission to increase cycling in White Center is gathering speed. Matthew Tilton’s beautiful metal bike racks along 16th Ave SW tell folks that White Center believes in the future of bike transport!

Now Rick Jump has offered the FREE use of the spacious, well-lit White Center Food Bank waiting room for our next DubSea Bikes repair event! Downside: no beer, no ice cream. Let’s keep things rolling.

Is your bike out of commission? Bring it to DubSea Bikes at the White Center Food Bank, 10829 8th Ave SW, White Center, 98106, on Sunday, February 12th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This free event will focus on minor repairs only to get more bikes on the street in White Center and beyond. More complex jobs may be referred out to a full bike shop.

For more information contact: Ellie Weiss, 860-1432,

These events are ponsored by:


Get caffeinated with Roast House Coffee at The Tool Library!

Get caffeinated with Roast House Coffee!
Saturday, March 24th, 10am-1pm

The West Seattle Tool Library and Roast House Coffee Roasters present a fun and informative class on coffee extraction. Melitta, french press, aero, toddy and syphon methods will be covered. Taste for yourself how each method highlights different flavors. If organic, socially responsible coffee is one of your daily “tools”, you need to be here! Each guest will leave with their own 1 lb. bag of organic, farm to cup beans for home.

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Help West Seattle HS Win $1,000 Toward a Rain Garden!

Thursday, March 22nd, 7-8PM West Seattle High School Library

Sustainable West Seattle has issued a challenge to the community… if 50+ people attend an hour-long presentation about things we can all do to restore Puget Sound, we’ll award $1,000 toward a school rain garden.

The school’s student-led Earth Service Corps is coordinating the rain garden project with other local nonprofits including Stewardship Partners and Sustainable Seattle. Rain gardens are an excellent first line of defense against the polluted runoff that threatens the health of Puget Sound and its most emblematic wildlife: salmon and killer whales. The students’ aim is to turn the rain garden into a permanent feature that can be used for science education for years to come. Please help them attain their vision!

West Seattle High School is at 3000 California Avenue SW

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The Seattle Share Fair: Celebrate the Sharing Revolution!

You may have recently heard the terms collaborative consumption, meshing, or the sharing economy.  Basically, this is just a fancy new vocabulary for the time honored practice of sharing with your friends and neighbors.

But now local services are springing up everywhere to promote the practice and provide inexpensive or even free access to almost all the various things you might need in your everyday life.  Through these services, it’s now more attractive and simple than ever to share with both your inner circles as well as neighbors you haven’t even met!

At Seattle Share Fair, you’ll learn how to use all these services to gain easier access to thousands of tools and household items, workshops, cars, media, and even land for gardening.  You’ll also learn how to personally start up similar services, just in case you’d like to have a Tool Library in your own neighborhood.  The Seattle Share Fair is the place to get started!

The Course of Events
6-7pm: Share Fair Tabling: Get Involved!
7-8:20pm: Feature Program
Facilitator: Gene Homicki, Local Tools
Speaker: Patrick Dunn, Share Starter
Community Panel:
Billy Thomspon, Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Ken Gollersrud, Seattle Public Libraries (Information/Stuff Sharing)

Max Hepp-Buchanan, Cascade Bicycle Club (Bike Sharing)

Micah Summers, West Seattle Tool Library (Tool/Stuff Sharing)
Peter Rothbart, We Patch (Land/Garden Sharing)
Willow Brugh, Space Federation (Space Sharing)
8:20-9pm: Socialize & Sign up!

Admission: FREE 


How to Share “The Gettin’ There”:
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street
[mappress mapid=”469″]If you can’t walk or bike, you might explore a few other options before you drive to the Share Fair by yourself:
Public Transit (Destination, Date, & Arrival Time Already Entered)
Zipcar (Car Sharing)
Avego (Ride Sharing)
If you’d prefer not to use any of these services but would still like to carpool, please comment to let us know and we’ll try to set something up the old fashioned way…by email.


Seattle Share Fair Reading & Resource List

It ain’t all reading and it is totally optional.  Just in case you’re the type that likes to do some prep work….

The Sharing Revolution

What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library.
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing
Hardcopy available at The Seattle Public Library
CD Audiobook available at The Seattle Public Library
Audiobook available on itunes.

The Sharing Economy, Fast Company

In A Down Economy, Sharing Takes Off, NBC Nightly News (video)

Steve Case, Founder of AOL, on The Sharing Economy , The Colbert Report (video)

Various Other Articles on The Sharing Economy 


Seattle Tool (and Stuff) Sharing

Share your Stuff, Yes! Magazine

Ten Ways to Save the World: Build a Local Tool Library, Popular Mechanics

Tool Library Grand Re-Opening At Youngstown, West Seattle Herald (video)

West Seattle Tool Library

Sustainable NE Tool Share

Phinney Tool Library

Seattle Farm Co-op

neigh*borrow Seattle


Seattle Bike Sharing

Seattle Bike Share Feasibility Study, Department of Urban Design & Planning, UW


Seattle Ride Sharing

Carpooling a Click Away with Online Ride Sharing, Seattle P-I

King County Metro Rideshare Operations

Avego’s 520 Ride Sharing Pilot


Seattle Land/Garden Sharing

Garden Sharing: Farming Meet Social NetworksGOOD Magazine

Seattle Urban Garden Share



Seattle Space Sharing & Co-Working

Shared Workspace Gaining Popularity, Seattle Times

The Space Federation

The Hub Seattle

Seattle Co-Working Spaces


How are you participating in The Sharing Economy?  Leave a comment and let us know!