New South Park Transfer Station Open House

Come Celebrate!

Seattle Public Utilities is building a new transfer station in South Park!  Come to the Open House, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, from  5:00 to 7:00 pm at the South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S.

Join Seattle Public Utilities staff and your neighbors for an evening with information, displays, food, and kids’ activities. Come learn about

  • The design for the new solid waste transfer station in South Park
  • Recycling
  • Project schedule

Materials and information will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

SPU has contracted with the team of Mortenson Construction, URS, Reed Wagoner, The Miller/Hull Partnership, Swift Co. LLC, O’Brien & Co to design and build the new South Transfer Station. The new station will be built on a 9-acre site on South Kenyon Street, which is immediately northwest of the existing South Recycling and Disposal Station. Site preparation work will start in April and construction of the new facility is expected to start in November.

For more information, please visit our website at or email or leave comments and questions on our phone message lines and someone will get back to you.

  • English: 206-733-9650
  • Spanish: 206-733-9649
  • Vietnamese: 206-733-9648
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Green Seattle Sets Forest Restoration Training Series

The Green Seattle Partnership education committee has put together a series of trainings on Forest Restoration for current and future Forest Stewards. The 7 trainings will run about monthly at community centers across Seattle. Trainings will involve classroom learning as well as hands-on experiences, and will be taught by experts in the field of ecology, entomology, education, volunteer management, data collection, and plant propagation.

The trainings are based on the needs of our current Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards, but are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about our community forest restoration. Participants can sign up for one or all 7 of the trainings- there is no limit or requirement. Register online at to secure your spot in any of the classes, as well as to learn more about the classes, instructors and date/locations for the trainings.

Help SPU with Combined Sewer Overflow Plans

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking community members who would like to serve on a Sounding Board to help guide the development of a long-term plan (LTCP) to control Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the City of Seattle. The Clean Water Act requires that Seattle reduce CSOs. Seattle Public Utilities is developing a comprehensive Long-term Control Plan (LTCP) to lay out the capital investments necessary to meet that goal.

These actions will include retrofitting the system for greater efficiency, building storage facilities, and green stormwater infrastructure where appropriate. The Sounding Board will provide a diverse set of perspectives from across the City. SPU is seeking individuals who can see the big picture, as well as effectively represent a particular point of view and provide constructive advice about important investment decisions. Further, SPU is hoping to identify people from each quadrant of the city (northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest) to represent interests in those geographic areas.

Sounding Board members will be asked to:

  • Quickly develop an understanding of the data and rationale for projects
  • Assist in developing and applying criteria to make decisions about the best alternatives
  • Review and comment on the elements of the LTCP
  • Provide guidance on public involvement activities and communications designed to engage stakeholders throughout the development of the LTCP

The first series of Sounding Board meetings will be from May to early July, 2010, with a meeting held about every other week. The meetings will resume in the fall with another set of meetings and then again in early 2011.

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the Sounding Board, please send an e-mail to CSO Program Public Involvement Coordinator Susan Stoltzfus ( by April 2, 2010. Please include “Sounding Board” in the subject line and include your name, address, and phone number. Provide a brief description (2-4 paragraphs) that includes: 1) your background, 2) your current affiliations and how you would represent your quadrant of the city, and 3) why you are interesting in taking part. Please feel free to contact Susan if you have questions or would like to suggest others who may want to be considered.

Hippity Hop Down the Bunny Trail with Seattle Parks & Rec

As sure as the cherry trees and daffodils are blooming, it’s time for spring egg hunts and celebrations.

All events take place on Saturday, April 3, are free and begin at 10 a.m. – unless otherwise noted. Prices for optional pancake breakfasts at select locations and the underwater egg hunt vary from $1 to $5. For more details on any of the spring egg hunts, please contact the facility directly.

Boys and girls ages 3 to 11 will have a great time at the spring hunt searching for chocolate eggs, candy and prizes. The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Please come early to find the hunting area for your child’s age group.

West Seattle Locations

Seattle Green Festival

The Seattle Green Festival®, is a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America. Named one of the top 10 green cities in the U.S. in 2005 by National Geographic’s The Green Guide, what better place to celebrate an urban community’s vision of green than Seattle? Led by the Office of Sustainability and the Environment, the City of Seattle is proud to co-host the Green Festival in the Pacific Northwest.image of Seattle with Space Needle and Green Festival wording

Discover some of the best green products and services the Northwest has to offer. And through Seattle Climate Action Now, Clean & Green Seattle, and the city’s many other climate projects, you’ll learn how neighbors, community nonprofits and city departments are working together to make their city a healthier place to live.

The event covers two days, Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6, and is at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center downtown.


Sightline Publishes Simple Rainwater Garden DIY Instructions

Sightline has published a simple set of instructions for Do-It-Yourself rain gardens. Rain barrels, French drains and swales are all terms depicting a way to capture runoff. Green solutions to stormwater runoff sound fancy and complicated, but they’re not.

The basic principal for controlling stormwater in an Earth-friendly way is to keep the water where it falls and help it soak into the ground. Homeowners can do this by following any or all of the low-impact development strategies highlighted in this Sightline guide published online.

Sustainable West Seattle March General Meeting

Join us at the Senior Center for West Seattle on Monday, March 15, at 7:00 pm, for an evening of permaculture with Laura Sweany, a member of SWS, the owner of Terra Flora Farm, and a certified permaculture instructor.  You will learn how to prepare an area, what to consider planting, how to manage sun, water and other environmental elements, and how to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your efforts.

We will be meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle, at 4217 SW Oregon St., around the corner from California Ave. SW.  This is a temporary location necessitated by the renovations being made to the Lodge at Camp Long, our long-standing meeting location and a West Seattle landmark.

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1st Conference on Sustainability for Pacific NW Region

The Institute for Sustainability presents the First Conference on Sustainability for the Pacific Northwest Region at Seattle University on Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26.  More information is available at both the Seattle City Green Building website and at the Institute for Sustainability Conference website. The technical program is available at this link, and abstracts for the conference papers are available at this website

The Institute for Sustainability is an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Technological Community.  The Puget Sound local chapter is sponsoring this.

You must RSVP to attend which you can do at this website

SWS Seeks Guest Bloggers

Sustainable West Seattle is seeking individuals in a variety of fields who have a passion for, an interest in, and some degree of expertise in a specific area of sustainability.

Fields of interest include

  • Energy (see Andy Silber’s blog here on the SWS website)
  • Transportation
  • Food and fitness
  • Permaculture
  • Bee-keeping
  • Waste and rain water containment and systems
  • Wind power
  • Solar power
  • Electric vehicles
  • Sustainable cultural components of a society such as reusable art
  • Or, just about anything which has a sustainable link or edge to it.

If you are interested in being one of the guest bloggers, please contact Sustainable West Seattle at and tell us a bit about yourself, your experience and area (or areas) of expertise and what you would expect your blog to explore and how often you would like to or expect to post.  Submissions for continuing blog entries should also be made to the email.

SWS is continuing to respond to community input and suggestions about evolving our website from members of SWS, from organizations  such as Sustainable BallardSCALLOPSSustainable Seattle and from many others.  If you have suggestions, use the comment feature and leave them here.

Seattle Climate Action Now Announces Carbon Coach Training

The City of Seattle has a special announcement for climate action supporters!

Are you ready to take your passion for environmental action to the next level? We are looking for community leaders to help Seattle continue to lead in the field of sustainability — and we have a great opportunity for you!

Seattle Climate Action Now is currently recruiting for our next class of Carbon Coaches. This is a free training program where you will learn about reducing carbon emissions from transportation, waste generation, home energy use, and materials purchasing as well as how to teach those lessons to others. Download the application at this link  Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12.

The course objectives are the following:

  • Educate Carbon Coaches on the fundamentals of climate change science.
  • Increase understanding of local impacts of climate change and potential actions related to energy-use, transportation, solid waste, green purchasing, and citizen action.
  • Secure commitments to change behaviors related to mitigation or adaptation to climate change.
  • Increase awareness of climate change and social justice and the value of public engagement.

Class instruction will be delivered by the course trainers and by guest presenters. Class materials and resources will be provided electronically. A combination of lectures, group activities, in-class exercises, optional “homework” assignments, video clips, and reading assignments will reinforce concepts presented in class.

Course Participation includes full participation in all six sessions and one Saturday field trip. In-class activities as well as homework are expected of all trainees.

Carbon Coaches also are expected to conduct outreach projects in their community and as well as work with individuals to conduct a carbon footprint analysis using the City of Seattle’s Carbon Calculator.

For more information, contact