Great City Lunch Brownbag – Bike Sharing

Join Great City for their next brown bag this Thursday with Mike Hulscher of The Bike Share Group, a local organization whose goal it is to implement a public bike system in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest corridor.  For this brown bag session, Mike will bring the audience up to speed with their concept for bike sharing by briefly presenting bike and station design and their ideas for a sustainable bike sharing community. With the understanding that we do not have to limit ourselves to the current bike share model out of Europe, Mike will focus the remainder of his discussion around this topic. He will draw on the expertise in the room and share thoughts on what a public bike system could look like and how it could be implemented, connecting these concepts specifically to how The Bike Share Group can better meet the community’s needs.

About Mike Hulscher – he was born in Tacoma and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has worked for The Boeing Company, Festo Corp, Physio-Control, and has run his own engineering/mad scientist company Monster Concepts. He started The Bike Share Group with 12 colleagues this year.

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350.org Chill Out: For Health & the Climate

SWS Members – Help by biking from Alki or busing from anywhere to Seattle Center – read on…

What is 350?

On Oct 24 1000’s of events in 141 countries will be carried out to raise awareness that if carbon in the atmosphere tops 350 parts per million we threaten our childrens’ future and all life on planet earth. 350 is the number we want to make sure our climate negotiators reach in the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit. There is an abundance of material about 350 and about local and international actions at www.350.org and on our 350 Washington Facebook site (must already have Facebook account for link to work).

What is going on in Seattle?

For a listing of ALL events being held in Seattle, click here.


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Voices for Peace & Justice Class

Voices for Peace and Social Justice (SSCC Class)
Wednesday, October 14, 21, and 28, South Seattle Community College, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
6000 16th Ave SW
This class will be taught by Joseph Aprile, President and Co-founder of the Seattle Institute of Peace Studies (SIPS). In this course the lives and works of notable proponents of peace and social justice will be studied in considerable detail. The individuals to be studied in this light include: Sojourner Truth, Desmond Tutu, Dag Hammarskjold, Mahatma Gandhi and others. To register go to http://www.learnatsouth.org and Click on Courses in the left panel, then Click on Personal Interest – Art, History, Psychology & Literature,then Click on Voices for Peace and Social Justice to see a description of the class. Click on Aprile to obtain more information about the Instructor. Finally, if you are interested in attending this class, click on Add to Cart. If you plan to attend please send an email to josephaprile@comcast.net using the word Class in the subject line and we will provide an link for accessing an optional reading list for the course. Note: Handouts will be provided during each session. The cost for all three classes is $39.00 and the proceeds will go to the Seattle Institute of Peace Studies (http://sipsworld.org) to help further its primary goal of advancing education in regards to peace and finding peaceful alternative to conflict resolution.

South Seattle Community College is offering a new class to be taught by Joseph Aprile, President and Co-founder of the Seattle Institute of Peace Studies (SIPS). In this course the lives and works of notable proponents of peace and social justice will be studied in considerable detail. The individuals to be studied in this light include: Sojourner Truth, Desmond Tutu, Dag Hammarskjold, Mahatma Gandhi and others.

To register go to http://www.learnatsouth.org and Click on Courses in the left panel, then Click on Personal Interest – Art, History, Psychology & Literature,then Click on Voices for Peace and Social Justice to see a description of the class. Click on Aprile to obtain more information about the Instructor. Finally, if you are interested in attending this class, click on Add to Cart.

If you plan to attend please send an email to josephaprile@comcast.net using the word Class in the subject line and we will provide an link for accessing an optional reading list for the course. Note: Handouts will be provided during each session. The cost for all three classes is $39.00 and the proceeds will go to the Seattle Institute of Peace Studies to help further its primary goal of advancing education in regards to peace and finding peaceful alternative to conflict resolution.

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Triple Bottom Line Reporting

Measuring Environmental, Social and Economic Performance

Triple Bottom Line Reporting – Measuring Environmental, Social and Economic Performance
Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16, NWETC HQ, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220, NWETC – Headquarters, for information call 206-762-1976
There is a growing trend of governmental agencies and non-profit organizations issuing triple bottom line reports. Accountability for environmental, social and economic impacts of a company is increasingly becoming a part of every manager or governmental official’s job. However, there is much uncertainty and inconsistency in the field. Triple bottom line reporting is emerging as an important and necessary part of an organization’s disclosure. Two main issues addressed are 1) what a triple bottom line report is and 2) the areas addressed in a triple bottom line report. The first issue involves establishing an understanding of the triple bottom line and a structure for accountability. The second issue deals with identifying boundaries, a methodology for reporting and development of an understanding of the issues around subject areas in reporting.
This is a paid-for course, $320 business / $275 government rate / $240 Native American Tribes, Student & Non-Profit Rate. To register, go to http://e2ma.net/go/2212959340/2013256/75442457/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-404_10-09_seattle/registration.htm.

650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220

NWETC – Headquarters, for information call 206-762-1976

There is a growing trend of governmental agencies and non-profit organizations issuing triple bottom line reports. Accountability for environmental, social and economic impacts of a company is increasingly becoming a part of every manager or governmental official’s job. However, there is much uncertainty and inconsistency in the field. Triple bottom line reporting is emerging as an important and necessary part of an organization’s disclosure. Two main issues addressed are

  1. what a triple bottom line report is and
  2. the areas addressed in a triple bottom line report.

The first issue involves establishing an understanding of the triple bottom line and a structure for accountability. The second issue deals with identifying boundaries, a methodology for reporting and development of an understanding of the issues around subject areas in reporting.

This is a paid-for course, $320 business / $275 government rate / $240 Native American Tribes, Student & Non-Profit Rate. To register, go to https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-404_10-09_seattle/registration.htm.

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Podcasts from 2009 SWS Festival

Podcasts from the 2009 Sustainable West Seatle Festival Online
See the Program Guide or the Festival Schedule for the 2009 Sustainable West Seattle Festival to review the speakers and musical acts. Click on the links below to listen to the presentation (MP3 files):
Opening Ceremony, Cecile Hansen and Duwamish Drummers and Dancers
Opening Remarks, Building Resiliency in our Local Communities Bill Reiswig, President/Co-Founder, Sustainable West Seattle
Jim McDermott, US Congressman, Washington – 7th District
Vic Opperman, President/Founder of SCALLOPS
Dow Constantine, West Seattle Transportation
Panel on Local Food Resilience
Erick McWayne, Reskilling for the Green Economy
Madeline Ostrander, Community Resilience
Stacy Noland, Growing Green Collar Jobs for All
A History of West Seattle: From Loghouse to Longhouse
Mike McGinn, Building Resilient Cities
Closing Ceremony
Also, the Cool Moms produced an eco-story Puppet Show, the audio of which is as compelling as the live performance. Listen again to the characters of the Cool Moms puppet show as they describe their world.
Several of the musical performers at the Festival have also given permission to publish the recordings of their music:
Robert Stewart Acoustic rock & soul. Stewart is the founder of, and front man for popular Seattle-area band The Fiasco
$4 Shoe Boot-stomping bluegrass jam and old-time Southern hootenanny

Podcasts from the 2009 Sustainable West Seatle Festival are now online.

See the Program Guide or the Festival Schedule for the 2009 Sustainable West Seattle Festival to review the speakers and musical acts. Click on the links below to listen to the presentation (MP3 files):

Several of the musical performers at the Festival have also given permission to publish the recordings of their music:

  • Robert Stewart – Robert Stewart Acoustic rock & soul. Stewart is the founder of, and front man for popular Seattle-area band The Fiasco.
  • $4 Shoe – $4 Shoe Boot-stomping bluegrass jam and old-time Southern hootenanny,

Self-Reporting Bike Hazard/Crash Website

New Self-reporting Bike Hazard/Risk/Crash Website Operational
bikewise.org
Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. It’s based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. Bikewise was started with the conviction that biking could be made safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong. To navigate the site, select one of the focus areas (cited below) and then click “change location” to view Seattle, Bellevue and other areas.
Crashes: It’s estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we’ll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we’re still putting this part of the system in place.)
Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We’re currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.
Contact the group through support@bikewise.org and check out the website – http://bikewise.org.

A newew self-reporting bike hazard/risk/crash website is now operational at bikewise.org.  Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. It’s based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. Bikewise was started with the conviction that biking could be made safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong. To navigate the site, select one of the focus areas (cited below) and then click “change location” to view Seattle, Bellevue and other areas.

  1. Crashes: It’s estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we’ll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
  2. Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we’re still putting this part of the system in place.)
  3. Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We’re currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.

Contact the group through support@bikewise.org and check out the website – http://bikewise.org.

SWS May Meeting – Building Community Podcast

Podcast of SWS Monthly Membership Meeting for May
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) Founder and past Executive Director Paul Fischburg gave his thoughts on sustainability and volunteerism at May’s monthly general membership meeting. Listen to this month’s featured speaker and the interactive audience session which followed. Paul Fischburg speaking on sustainability and volunteerism.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) Founder and past Executive Director Paul Fischburg gave his thoughts on sustainability and volunteerism at May’s monthly general membership meeting. Listen to May’s featured speaker and the interactive audience session which followed. MP3 file is SWS-Monthly09-05-18-PaulFischburg

2008 King County Environmental Report

2008 Annual Report of King County Environmental Stewardship Published

Environmental Stewardship in King County, the 2008 Annual Report for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, describes the department, what it was tasked to do and what it accomplished in 2008. The report provides maps, facts and figures to convey the breadth of department responsibilities and includes overviews of executive initiatives, performance measures and results, and awards won by the department in 2008. The 2008 Annual Report describes accomplishments by the department’s four divisions including: Wastewater Treatment; Water and Land Resources; Solid Waste, and Parks and Recreation. The report also outlines the 2008 achievements of the King County GIS Center, and includes an overview of finances for the department and its divisions.

Environmental Stewardship in King County, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ 2008 Annual Report, is available in Adobe Acrobat format, and is available in sections for faster download. To request a paper copy of this report, please call 206-296-6500 or e-mail anna.matte@kingcounty.gov. Download the document at this URL: http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/natural-resources/annual-report/2008.pdf

SWS Bylaws

Sustainable West Seattle Bylaws are linked here. You can separately download the file as a PDF file by going to the About page.

Sustainable West Seattle Bylaws
You can download the SWS Bylaws here, they exist as a PDF file.

Sustainable West Seattle Bylaws are linked here.  You can separately download the file as a PDF file by going to the About page.