Celebrate the start of spring!

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Celebrate the start of spring!

This month we officially say goodbye to winter and welcome the the start of spring. This means that it’s that time of year when our forests will be getting greener, giving us all the more reason to get outside. Check out how we are celebrating the spring season by spreading awareness about invasive species and learning about Washington’s early bloomers.

Invasive Species Awareness Week

Last week, we celebrated Invasive Species Awareness Week by featuring insights from local ecologists on their “favorite” invasive plants. Click HERE to see what Seattle Parks and Recreation’s own Bridget Kelsh has to say about invasive blackberry and her time spent tackling it on Seattle’s Natural Areas Crew.

See it? Report it!

The Washington Invasive Species Council has created an easy-to-use app to report sightings of invasive plants, animals and other pesky organisms anywhere in Washington State. Just take a photo and upload it to the app, and your report will be sent directly to the right agency. Learn more about the app HERE.

Signs of Spring

It may be hard to believe, but the official start of spring is just two weeks away! Forterra wants you to know which native plants will be blooming in the month ahead, and to get to know Washington’s true first signs of spring. Click HERE to learn about Washington’s early-bloomers, and get to know more about our state’s native plants.

UPCOMING WORK PARTIES

Kick off the start of spring by getting outside and giving back to Seattle’s forests! Check out some upcoming events below, and many, many more can be found here online.

Hitts Hill Park

(S. Brandon St.)

Sat, March 11

10am

RSVP!

Martha Washington Park

(Warsaw St.)

Sun, March 12

10am

RSVP!

West Duwamish Greenbelt

(12th Ave. SW & SW Myrtle St)

Sat, March 18

10am

RSVP!

Licton Springs

(97th & Ashworth)

Sat, March 11

10am

RSVP!

SW Queen Anne Greenbelt

(12th W. & W. Blaine)

Thur, March 16

9:30am

RSVP!

Ravenna Park

(NE 55th St.)

Sat, March 18

10am

RSVP!

It’s time to come out of winter hibernation and get out into Seattle Parks! We hope to see you in the forest this spring.

– The Green Seattle Partnership team

Images: Green Seattle Partnership, Forterra, Nicole Marcotte, Ben Mawhinney

Keep Your Pet Safe from Lawn Chemicals

Animals love to explore the outdoors and your pets will jump at the chance to chew and sniff their way around your garden. If you are conscious of the environment then your pet should stay safe, but be aware that it could eventually venture further afield. Chemicals sprayed on the lawn can be extremely harmful to pets, inducing symptoms of vomiting, drooling, diarrhea and breathing trouble among others. The chemicals may find their way onto your pet’s fur, which may seem harmless but there is still a risk your pet will ingest it while preening or cleaning themselves.

If these chemicals are ingested by your pet, their waste may reach the water system, harming you and others. It is important to dispose of waste appropriately to avoid this and stick to pet-safe products in your garden. Read on to find out more about how your pet could be affected by the chemicals used in your garden.

Welcome To 2017!


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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.

January 2017 newsletter

Tour a Tiny Home at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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Have you heard the BIG news about tiny homes? These low-impact dwellings are all over the media and minds of people looking to live smaller. There is only so much room on this planet and the more space we give to nature, the cleaner our air, water, and soil will remain. With so much development going on around Seattle, it is a breath of fresh air to see companies like Seattle Tiny Homes bringing the reality of low-impact living to our community.

Seattle Tiny Homes is a featured sponsor of this year’s GreenLife area at Summer Fest. They will have a Tiny Home on display all three days of the event (July 8th, 9th, and 10th) and be giving a talk about what it’s like to Live Small:

Living Small Community Presentation:

About Seattle Tiny Homes:

The way you live in a tiny space is different from everyone else. So why settle for a home that’s not designed with you in mind? Since 2010, Seattle Tiny Homes has offered a full range of options to create the perfect tiny house for you. We completely customize your home to meet your specific goals and dreams, and build it to the the highest standards of quality to last a lifetime.

Seattle Tiny Homes specializes in tiny structures on wheels. We believe smaller abodes create serenity and simplicity, and are better for the environment.  Depending on location, you can use a tiny structure as a dwelling, a mother-in-law apartment, a retirement cottage, an extra bedroom for a college student, a home office, or a studio. All our completed structures are licensed as RV travel trailers. Learn more about us at www.seattletinyhomes.com.

Visit the West Seattle Nursery Garden Stage!

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You probably already know, but if you don’t, the West Seattle Nursery and Garden Center is a wonderful place to get plantings, supplies and advice. They employ great people that are very knowledgeable about what to plant, where to plant, and when to plant it. This cool garden shop is sponsoring (and decorating!) the GreenLife Garden Stage this year.

Picture: fragrant hanging baskets, nice lush saplings, a billion 4″ plantings…and BEAUTIFUL music bellowing about! That’s what we’re picturing too! Come on by and visit, both the Nursery and the stage.

Meet Organic Grocer PCC at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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If you are new to the area you may not know, but PCC Natural Markets is a great grocery store, we are very lucky to have them in the neighborhood. They have very conscientious buyers and by being a member and reading their rag, The Sound Consumer, I know their due diligence in regards to sustainable food practices. I trust them with my family’s health and am very happy to have them as a GreenLife area sponsor this year.

PCC will have a “Build Your Own Trailmix” booth which highlights how to combine nummies from the bulk section to create great tasting, energizing trail mixes.

Get Solar at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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Visit the GreenLife area of Summer Fest this year to witness solar power in action and find out how to get solar for your home. Local solar installer and GreenLife sponsor West Seattle Natural Energy will be powering the GreenLife Garden Stage with a solar trailer! (Solar powered music and dance, yeah) If that’s not enough, visit their interactive booth to see solar panels up close and in action. WSNE’s own, Keith Hughes will be presenting Solar Works! on stage as well.

Solar Works! The truth about costs and benefits of going solar in the NW:

About West Seattle Natural Energy:

West Seattle Natural Energy only employs the best installers and electricians. Our eight- person team is comprised of full-time and on-call employees who share the highest standards of excellence. This camaraderie is especially evident when the WSNE staff unites to donate time, skills and materials to great causes such as Master Builders Ramp-a-thon. We maintain a sterling reputation of 100% Customer Satisfaction by employing an honest sales force, setting manageable schedules and delivering premium quality installations. Every employee on our team delivers every single day. By anticipating common installation issues and fully educating our customers, we guarantee jobs that have no frustrations, no bait and switch — and no financial surprises.

Try an Electric Bike at GreenLife July 8-10th!

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Why do those old, out of shape, non racing bike riders keep passing me? Perhaps they have a secret weapon. Come hear more about electric assist bicycles from Stu Hennessey owner of Alki Bike and Board. He’ll guide you through the latest models and features to look for when considering an electric bike.

Alki Bike and Board is a featured sponsor of this year’s GreenLife area at Summer Fest. They will have a many electric bikes for you to demo all three days of the event (July 8th, 9th, and 10th) and will be giving a talk about what it’s like to Ride Clean:

Electric Bike Community Discussion: 

About Alki Bike and Board:

Located in the heart of the Admiral Junction in West Seattle, Alki Bike and Board is a staple community business. Not merely selling bikes and boards, they support sustainable business practices and advocates for carbon neutral policies and lifestyle. Along with other area non-profits, they host many community safety and awareness rides. Truly a shining example of local business in action!