Seattle Land Use Committee

Are you terrified, concerned, or at least interested in the development happening around West Seattle and Seattle in general? If so, check out Ethan Phelps-Goodmans new “Seattle In Progress” website and app. Its a cool way to see a birds eye view of development in the area. If you are interested beyond passively observing the buildings go up around you, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is having their monthly meeting on February 25th.

Agenda Items Include:

Here’s the announcement:

WSLUC February Meeting:
West Seattle Public Library (Admiral) Lower Meeting Room
Wednesday February 25th, 2015
6PM –  8PM
contact:Tod Rodman 
 Here’s some links to interesting drive-by video footage of the latest knockdowns in West Seattle:

WS TimeBank Event This Thursday!

The first WSTB members meeting of 2015 is upon us! On February 19th, come
reconnect with fellow timebankers and learn about the changes taking place
to make us a more vibrant community in West Seattle and Burien.Date:    Thursday, February 19, 2015
Where:   Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St. – parking in the lot off 42nd Ave SW
Time:    6:30 – 7:00 Potluck (bring a dish to share)
7:00 – 8:00 Members Meeting

Our meeting will feature:
–    The future of WSTB and how it affects you as a member
–    Inspiration with upcoming participation opportunities: future
speakers, timebank needs, and member interaction
–    An opportunity to provide feedback on WSTB member meetings and activities

All attendees who sign in at the meeting will receive an hour of timebank
credit.This month’s speaker will be from Weed Warriors

Look forward to spring with some of our current member’s offerings and
requests: Garden Planning * Bicycle Repair and Maintenance * Pet Care and
Walking * Organization and Downsizing Assistance * Software and Design
Projects * Yoga, Baking, and Canning Lessons

Solarize SW Seattle Results In…and Staggering!

There are some forward thinking people in our city aren’t there? A testament to this is the recent Solarize SW Seattle Project that, by May of this year, will have left South West Seattle with nearly 2700 solar panels powering the homes of local residents with clean, green, solar power. All of this in a matter of 5 months!

Were any of the Solarize SW Seattle systems installed in your neighborhood? Click below to see the map.


Aside from the cost savings, increased home value, and environmental benefits, the intangibles of the Solarize Project coming to town include:

  • More Education: 500 people attended the Solarize educational seminars and learned about how solar works in WA
  • More Visibility: You can’t go down 35th or California without seeing a solar array up!
  • More Philanthropy: Highland Park Improvement Club was the recipient of a 4.4kW solar system and the Burien City Hall received an electric car charging station!

This is what going solar looks like:

The 5.4 kW array was installed by Artisan Electric on Dec 15, 2014.
Sean and Cole from Puget Sound Solar installing PV on a Solarize SW Seattle roof
Sean and Cole from Puget Sound Solar installing PV on a Solarize SW Seattle roof
4.9 kW solar array in White Center that was installed by Artisan Electric on January 8, 2015.
Solarize SW Seattle system installed by Puget Sound Solar
Solarize SW Seattle system installed by Puget Sound Solar


Number Nerd? Here are some solar numbers to ponder:

  • Solarize SW Seattle came in 2nd place at 684 kilo-watt’s (KW’s) next only to Solarize Central/SE Seattle in terms of solar capacity.
  • 1 KW of solar = ~4 solar panels (@250 watts each)
  • Average Amount of electricity 1 KW produces in Seattle: ~1000 kWh’s per year (check your electric bill to get a feel for how much power this is)
  • Average system size of Solarize SW: 6.16 KW’s (~24 panels).
  • Number of Installations: 111

This Solarize Project happened because a core group of experienced non-profits and (50) neighborhood volunteers worked hard to get the word out, coordinate the educational sessions, and vet the installation contractors. A big thank you to the groups, volunteers, contractors, and homeowners who made this effort a big success. You’re pushing us forward and that’s a good direction to head!

The contractors who served the campaign were Puget Sound Solar and Artisan Electric.. Although this Solarize campaign is over, the Solarize contractors are still offering free home site assessments. Contact them directly to see if solar can work for you.

Board Meets to Elect New Officers For 2015

The 2015 Sustainable West Seattle Board of Directors has formed and Officers were determined at the February meeting of the board.
This year’s board consists of:

swskellie     swsbryan

EricSWS     swsanya

rsz_1tswsbrian_selfie_2     swsStu

From left to right
Kellie Phelan, Bryan Fiedorczyk, Eric Thomas, Anya Gedrath-Smith, Brian Fabella and Stu Hennessey.

The officers for 2015 are:
President: Bryan Fiedorczyk, Vice President: Stu Hennessey, Secretary: Kellie Phelan, Treasure: Brian Fabella.

Goals for this year include a revised website, more public engagement through our projects and partnerships and new membership benefits and involvement. If you wish to be more involved with this community organization there is still room on the board of directors and we are recruiting for new board members in 2016. Otherwise join one of our many projects and volunteer for our events. If you wish to find a volunteer position contact Stu Hennessey,

Love and Sustainability: Go Green this Valentine’s Day

Valentines day

With the hallmark of Hallmark holidays upon us, the pressure is building. This annual celebration of consumerism is the bane of sustainable and environmentally conscientious individuals everywhere. Americans spend about $3.4 billion on wasteful gifts like cards, candy, and stuffed bears, as reported by Investopedia.

Seattle residents are among the most eco-conscious folks in the nation, thus have a ton of options for avoiding this greedy grind. A haven of fair trade, organic retailers and charitable organizations, Seattle offers couples and singles ways to enjoy the tradition of Valentine’s Day without contributing to the wasteful customs associated with the holiday. Read on.

Eat local:

If you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, order organically. Instead of reserving a table at one of those big-business chain restaurants, support local business and head to a place like Tilth Restaurant on North 45th Street or Marjorie on East Union Street. Both are local favorites: Tilth offers seasonal American fare, all organic, while Marjorie is prime for fresh gourmet surf and turf.

Organic flowers:

Flowers are the staple of Valentine’s Day traditions. Naturally, these go-to gifts are biodegradable. However, you can go one step further this holiday and purchase your partner beautiful flowers from a company that is committed to supporting human rights and labor standards. Build a custom bouquet to reflect your loved one’s taste and represent the uniqueness of the relationship. Pre-designed Valentine’s Day flower bouquets are also a great idea for the lover of tulips, roses or Stargazer lilies. Then, when the bouquet starts to wilt, pressed flowers make beautiful memorabilia to immortalize a very special day.

Recycled Valentines:

Instead of buying a new gift, use recycled materials to craft one. Homemade vintage and old-fashioned valentines hold more meaning and allure for the eco-friendly Valentine. Construct a one-of-a-kind gift like homemade paper flowers, dried flower petals or scraps of fabric into heartfelt tokens of affection.

Fair Trade Chocolate:

Another Valentine’s Day tradition is chocolate. But no self-respecting conversationalist wants a box of carelessly crafted commercial candy. However, cocoa farming is tied to some very questionable environmental and ethical issues, so choose wisely. Theo Chocolate in Seattle roasts their own organic, fair trade certified cocoa beans, and create 70 percent cacao dark chocolate indulgences.

Date with a purpose:

The Friends of the Conservatory is hosting a romantic wine and cocktail tasting event on Valentine’s Day for couples to congregate under the starlit houses of the Volunteer Park Conservatory. The experience includes delightful cocktails concocted with spirits from The Hardware Distillery, a local craft distiller specializing in whiskies, bee’s knees, aquavit and fine gins in Hoodsport, Washington. Plus, the stellar wine selections will be presented by Grand Vin Win Merchants. Enjoy yourself knowing that the money you spend is going right back into the community.

Give kindness:

Instead of spending a lot of money on the one you love, try creating kindness together. Purchase a handful of King County Metro one-day bus passes and hand them out to passengers waiting to board to wish them a happy Valentine’s Day. It is a small gesture, but hey, who doesn’t love a free ride?

Seattle is a special kind of city, so don’t settle for normal this holiday. Break the cycle of ritual waste from thoughtless spending and make Valentine’s Day a distinct and delightful experience. Leave your carbon footprint at home and replace it with a gentle footprint on your love’s heart.