Longtime West Seattle neighbor and lifetime Seattle resident. Growing up surrounded by trees, mountains and seas the instinctive feeling of being one with nature will never leave my consciousness. I am on the core group of several Sustainable West Seattle endeavors. Carbon free transportation associated with West Seattle Spokespeople and DIY Bikes as well as growing food locally at Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP) are my passions and commitments to a healthier and happier community.
From coastal cities to our country’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how people are demanding and developing real solutions to the climate emergency. As the weather grows more deadly and destructive, many of us aren’t waiting on Washington, D.C., to act.
Directed by Sidney Beaumont and Micheal Bonfiglio; presented by National Geographic; 2018 60 minutes Trailer: https://www.paristopittsburgh.com
Also — Bob Allen, a young man from Sunrise, will tell us about the Green New Deal. (Sunrise is a movement of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.) Sunrise is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.
6:30 – doors open for refreshments 7:00 – movie, followed by optional facilitated discussion At High Point Neighborhood House 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126
Announcement: Please come to a gathering of Sustainable West Seattle partners and project leads. The public is invited to come and learn about the many things that are happening in their sustainable community. Where do we fit in the Green New Deal?
As a special guest, Diver Laura James will be giving tours of Virtual Salish Sea. You gotta see this!
We will also be bringing in pizza, YUM, so don’t worry about dinner as SWS will provide this. Drinks are available to purchase as we will be gathering at The Beveridge Place, 6:30 pm on Wednesday March 13th. See you there! 6413 California Ave SW MAP
Sustainable West Seattle once again is open for web traffic to discuss, inform and inspire, thanks to the help once again of Gene Homicki. Stay tuned for much more discussion to come including the SWS involvement in the Green New Deal as a local contributor.
As Seattle evolves as a world class bicycle city people are unable to use safety as an excuse not to ride two wheel transportation. In Seattle however there is another excuse that is very commonly referred to is THE HILLS!
Well, use that excuse no more. As electric bikes evolve into real everyday transportation the hills have gotten a lot easier. You may, in fact, find yourself passing up those racer bike riders with their more expensive bikes and clothing.
As stated above, electric bikes are in a period of evolution. The modern electric bicycle has been available to the public for about ten years. During that time that electric systems have gone from barely helpful 24 volt, 250 watt systems to very helpful 52 volt, 1700 watt systems. The electric bicycle like the standard bicycle has the same freedom of regulations. The electric bike power is subject to regulations however starting with the wattage maximum at 1,000 watts and speeds unassisted by the motor at 20 mph.
Because of the Seattle hills an E Bike that is to be used as a car replacement needs to have sufficient wattage to make the system handle the hills and not overwork, leading to early wear. This class of electric bike is class 3 model and will have a minimum of 48 volts with 350 watts. The more watts you have the less the system has to work to get up our hills.
The need for power will very with the size of the rider or the E Bikes cargo loads. These two factors also determine the range of the bike per each charge. The battery is the heart of the system and is rated on voltage and amp hours. The more amp hours the more range you will have. All the systems have multiple choices of power outputs. The higher the power selection the more power you will have but the range will come down as well.
The price range on Electric Bicycles is from 2,000 to 5,000 dollars or the price of a used car that needs a lot of expensive work. With the E Bike however you will get exercise, make it to your destination refreshed and be able to get around any congestion. Next time you are stuck in traffic remember that.
Welcome to a new reality and a plethora of reasons to be involved at a local level with grassroots groups and organizations.
Yes, we are starting the year off with many challenges and with some heavy hearts as well. Let this not dismay you because here in West Seattle we have a variety of ways to keep moving forward and not backwards.
As Sustainable West Seattle moves forward into its 10th year let us celebrate the many accomplishments that have been born or supported by our efforts. Let us move forward to do much more and have a greater public involvement. The first change for this year will be that Sustainable West Seattle will no longer have a paid membership. You are ALL members through your past and future involvement as well as being citizens of West Seattle. You can however feel free to make small donations to our cause.
Here is a way to get involved as Sustainable West Seattle is looking for new board members. The commitment to the board of SWS has been designed to be easy on the time budget but does allow opportunity to start new initiatives and projects. If you have been sitting on a good thought you would like to have help with turn to SWS to help facilitate it. A once a month board meeting with brief committee reports and help with a quarterly newsletter is all that is required. Over the past couple of years we have cut the administrative work down to a minimum. As a 501c3 we are required to have annual elections for officers including President, Secretary and Treasurer. Vice Presidents can play a role to help with the role of president and to fill in any absence but are not required for a 501c3.
“As we start 2017 I believe we all can agree it is a time to RALLY.”
The main focus for SWS will be communication. We will communicate for our various projects and all forms of other community initiatives through social media, email alerts, quarterly news letter and our website. Most updates will be done at our monthly board meetings. Therefore SWS is looking for people who love to communicate on the internet. I know from my social network experience there are many of you out there.
Our biggest annual event as always will be the Greenlife Festival connected with the West Seattle Street Fair. This is a BIG opportunity for public outreach and to offer the alternatives on display and on Main Street. From nonprofits to healthcare, we have a lot of information to share that is not readily available in other contexts.
As we start 2017 I believe we all can agree it is a time to RALLY. It is time to come together as a community and support grassroots efforts to make a difference. The remainder of this newsletter will be reports from the leaders of working projects that are partnered with SWS.
Let’s give credit to these leaders in our community and give them volunteer support where they need it.
Happy and invigorated New Years to All of you and thanks for being a part of Sustainable West Seattle.
Mayor Ed Murray inspired us all this week when he unveiled his Vision Zero traffic initiative. The plan is to eliminate all traffic fatalities which is a lofty goal indeed but there could be other refreshing results. The main component of the plan is to lower speed limits throughout the city which would lessen the impact in the case of an accident as well as provide a greater reaction time to avoid accidents. These lower speed limits drastically increase the chance of survival, especially for vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists but will only increase the daily travel time by mere seconds and minutes. This slower pace may also be what our community needs at this time. The way our society has been moving ever faster through life is an ill that many of us bear. A slower pace may do us some good as described by Cecil Andrews in her book “Slow is Beautiful” . The slower pace also has the potential for reducing individual transportation carbon emissions. Let’s embrace this idea.
Sunday was a nice warm day in February reminding us all why we walk to encourage individual climate change action. Up to a dozen participants held signs of encouragement as we occupied the Alaska Junction intersection during the all walk crossing. We had a very favorable response from the public.
All Walk Encouragement rally to encourage personal action on climate pollution and climate change.
Join West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice along with West Seattle Meaningful Movies and Sustainable West Seattle to encourage our neighbors to take personal action to reduce the effects of Climate Change. We will march during the the All Walk right of way in the Alaska Junction intersection from noon to 1pm this Sunday February 8th.
Bring your own signs with messages or use the ones provided. Please help us create meaningful change.
A very informative series of shorts about urban food in 3 cities across America. The connection between food and social justice became very clear. There were also informative displays about Seattle Tilth, Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS), and Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP) Next month the movie is a very in depth documentary about money in politics.
Saturday, February 7
West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents
Urban Gardeners & Social Justice Heroes
We will screen a number of short videos that highlight the work of innovative urban farming leaders who grow food in cities AND help make their communities greener, healthier, more socially just, and happier.
6:30 Doors open for snacks and social time.
7:00 Movies start. Followed by community announcements and a facilitated conversation.
Meet local urban gardeners and hear about their efforts in West Seattle and other neighborhoods.
Learn how you can participate or get support to grow your own garden.
At High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126
Bus numbers 21 and 128
NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.
The videos will feature the work of these heroes and others:
Will Allen with Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist
Stephen Ritz with Green Bronx Machine, which works with high school students