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.

Delridge Produce Coop

Delridge Produce Co-op
A new food co-operative in the Delridge area has begun. It’s an offshoot of the King County Food & Fitness Initiative project being adminstered by Delridge Neighborhood Development Association. To get involved please contact Galena White, galenawhite@gmail.com

Delridge Produce Co-op

A new food co-operative in the Delridge area has begun. It’s an offshoot of the King County Food & Fitness Initiative project being adminstered by Delridge Neighborhood Development Association. To get involved please contact Galena White, galenawhite@gmail.com

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Citizen’s Climate Lobby
A national non-partisan citizen’s group, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, is creating a local chapter here in Washington’s 7th Congressional District, and plans to focus on developing relationships with congressional representatives and the local media through letters, phone calls, and meetings. Here’s a blurb from their flyer:
…”As the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, our goal is to generate the political will to address climate change. We do this by engaging citizen’s groups to lobby for legislation at the national level. Working with Phinney-Greenwood CCAN, we are starting a local chapter of CCL here in Jim McDermott’s district. Our work here is particularly important because of Representative McDermott’s appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of taxes.”…
To get involved, please contact Anne Engstrom at (206) 784-1850, achelan@aol.com or Guillaume Mauger (925) 784-7156, guillaume.mauger@alumni.ucsd.edu.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

A national non-partisan citizen’s group, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, is creating a local chapter here in Washington’s 7th Congressional District, and plans to focus on developing relationships with congressional representatives and the local media through letters, phone calls, and meetings. Here’s a blurb from their flyer:

…”As the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, our goal is to generate the political will to address climate change. We do this by engaging citizen’s groups to lobby for legislation at the national level. Working with Phinney-Greenwood CCAN, we are starting a local chapter of CCL here in Jim McDermott’s district. Our work here is particularly important because of Representative McDermott’s appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is in charge of taxes.”…

To get involved, please contact Anne Engstrom at (206) 784-1850, achelan@aol.com or Guillaume Mauger (925) 784-7156, guillaume.mauger@alumni.ucsd.edu.

Eat Local Now

6th Annual Eat Local Now Dinner Celebration
Sunday, October 11, Alki Mason Lodge, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
4736 40th Ave SW
For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/73073 adults $25. kids $10. For more information: http://eatlocalnow.org
Always a sell-out, this year Sustainable West Seattle and West Seattle CoolMom will be joining BALLE Seattle in hosting the Eat Local Now! fundraising dinner promoting and educating about local food systems – featuring local chefs and locally produced food. Start the evening with a beverage and appetizers, bidding on silent auction items and chatting with local organizations about local food efforts, how to grow your own edible garden, and connect to your local food community. Dinner will be served around 6/6:30, followed by presentations until 8 or so including Dave Muehleisen of 21 Acres and the announcement of the recipient of the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award. Top off the evening dancing the night away.
Please join us! Education * Dinner * Chefs from West Seattle and City-wide * Food from WS Farmers Market participants and others * Silent Auction * Dancing (after dinner) * Kid’s Activity Corner
The goals of this event (in no particular order) include :
promotion of year-round support of local food
promotion of the growing of food in West Seattle,
increasing access to locally grown foods to all income and social groups,
strengthening the connections between local food growers, producers, and consumers, and
giving neighbors the opportunity to share in community with those who feed them.

6th Annual Eat Local Now Dinner Celebration

Sunday, October 11, Alki Mason Lodge, 5:00 – 10:00 pm

4736 40th Ave SW

For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/73073 adults $25. kids $10. For more information: http://eatlocalnow.org.
Always a sell-out, this year Sustainable West Seattle and West Seattle CoolMom will be joining BALLE Seattle in hosting the Eat Local Now! fundraising dinner promoting and educating about local food systems – featuring local chefs and locally produced food.  Start the evening with a beverage and appetizers, bidding on silent auction items and chatting with local organizations about local food efforts, how to grow your own edible garden, and connect to your local food community. Dinner will be served around 6/6:30, followed by presentations until 8 or so including Dave Muehleisen of 21 Acres and the announcement of the recipient of the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award. Top off the evening dancing the night away.
Please join us! Education * Dinner * Chefs from West Seattle and City-wide * Food from WS Farmers Market participants and others * Silent Auction * Dancing (after dinner) * Kid’s Activity Corner
The goals of this event (in no particular order) include :
  • promotion of year-round support of local food
  • promotion of the growing of food in West Seattle,
  • increasing access to locally grown foods to all income and social groups,
  • strengthening the connections between local food growers, producers, and consumers, and
  • giving neighbors the opportunity to share in community with those who feed them.

New West Seattle P-Patch

A location for a new P-Patch has been approved for West Seattle. The project is in its beginning stages, and the P-Patch has not yet been created. The new site will be located near the West Seattle Christian Church near the Junction. The project manager is in need of volunteers to help build the plots. Volunteers will have a better chance of getting a plot, especially if they are WS residents. Please e-mail Aaron (wscc.grounds@hotmail.com) if you are interested, and include “WSCC P-Patch” in the subject line.

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