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Rain Gardens and Green Infrastructure Transformation

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Greening Highland Park Improvement Club - From rain gardens to permeable pavers, Sustainable Seattle and HPIC have been busy transforming the grounds and keeping rain water runoff outof the stormwater system.

Building Green Blocks: Holy Family and White Center - Holy Family Parish and School is receiving a green infrastructure makeover - and building a model for large scale projects all across Seattle. 

Green Blocks Blue Sound - Do you and your neighbors want to take the next step with rain gardens in your yard?  We can help you bring a team of neighbors together and understand if rain gardens are a good fit for your yard.

Moving Green Infrastructure Forward - In partnership with King Conservation District, Geologica LLC, Port of Seattle, and Splash Boxx LLC, Sustainable Seattle is participating in a research project to test new methods of reducing stormwater pollution.

Past Projects: 

- The Garden at Madison Inn - Blog Post

- Sustainable Rain - Learn about the 5 Demonstration Rain Gardens we installed in 2011 and 2012


Community Events and Education


The Big Green - Every year in August, Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Greendrinks partner to host a family-friendly community picnic.  With games, music, and a beer garden (and usually solar powered ice cream cooler!) - there is something for every enviro to enjoy.  Join us this year at Hunter Farm Gathering Place on August 12, learn more. Check out pictures on our Flickr from last year's event.

Rain Gardens Through Art - This summer, Sustainable Seattle is hosting an art competition to inspire pieces that convey the function of a rain garden.  Winning pieces will be installed at rain garden demonstrations in South and West Seattle.  This is funded by the Russell Family Foundation - more information coming soon.

Zero Waste Events - We work with you to help keep your event zero waste!  From working with vendors to manning waste stations, Sustainable Seattle can help your reduce your impact.  More information coming soon - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more.

Past Projects:

Go Beacon! Green Hood, Clean Water - In partnership with Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition, Sustainable Seattle is putting on a stormwater action walk!  Join us on June 28 to see what Beacon Hill is up and how you can take action to protect our waterways and our river.  Plus the walk will end right as the Beacon Rocks! Festival kicks off - so stick around for music, food and fun! View photos on Flickr.

Capital Hill Sustainability Walk - In August 2013, Sustainable Seattle led a walk to highlight projects and green technology making "The Hill" a resilient neighborhood.  A map of the sites is still available. View photos on Flickr.

Sustainable Neighbors Action Program - Funded by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, this program empowered 20 Neighborhood Advocates to perform mini-energy audits on homes and teach their neighbors how to become more energy efficient without spending money!


Recent Events

Beacon Hill Clean Water Walk - Now available in a virtual edition!

walk imageOn June 28, Sustainable Seattle and Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition led a walk through the Beacon Hill neighborhood to see how organizations, businesses and homeowners were taking action to keep the Duwamish River and other local waterways clean!  Participants learned about rain gardens, cisterns, oil leaks, where our stormwater pipes flow, and more.  Now you have a chance to take the walk online, complete with pictures from each stop.  Just head here!  Questions about what you see?  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




Art 4 Puget Sound - A Call for Art Inspired by Rain Gardens

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Do you enjoy the waters of Puget Sound? Do you want to inspire to take action to take care of them?  "Art 4 Puget Sound," a public art competition, was inspired by rain gardens and aimed at reducing polluted runoff flowing into our sound.  Click on the link above to learn more about the competition

Individuals, community groups, and school groups are ecnouraged to submit their idea for an art piece that is educational and engaging, demonstrating the function, beauty, and purpose of rain gardens.  Two proposals will receive up to $1000 to develop and install their pieces.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.






August 12, 5:30pm - The Big Green - Sustainable Seattle's 3rd Annual Picnic with Seattle Greendrinks

You are invited to the Big Green 2014, the 3rd Annual Community Picnic and Festival hosted by Sustainable Seattle and Seattle Greendrinks.  This year, we are teaming up with Sustainable NE Seattle to bring even more hands-on green fun to the event.  From making your button to making your own compost to getting a FREE quick fix for your bike – there is no end to the activities you can dive into.  Don’t leave your kids at home for this one!  They can jump into the fun. Businesses, organizations and neighbors will be there sharing info to green your home, giving electric bike test rides, and more!    Plus, for all you Greendrinkers, in the center of all is a beer garden featuring pours from Sierra Nevada, Fremonth Brewing, Wilridge Winery, and more.     This can’t miss evening is brought to you by BECU, a community credit union.  FInd all the details here.

Interested in tabling at the event? Learn more and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up!

Check out pictures from last year's event.



Community Partners and More

Northwest SEED: An organization working with communities to develop alternative energy solutions.  Sustainable Seattle has worked with them on Solarize campaigns here in the city of Seattle.
SCALLOPS - This network provides a connecting point for sustainability groups around Puget Sound.  Check out if your community is part of it!
Puget Sound Starts Here -  A partnership of cities, counties, state and federal agencies, non-profit groups, and local organizations dedicated to improving water quality.  A great source for education and inspiration.
Neighborhood Newsletter

Through newsletters, we tell the story of one projects, how it get started, and the lessons we've learned along the way. Through workshops, we look to bring neighbors together to learn about and discuss projects that support long-term sustainability—such as rain gardens, tool libraries, and home energy audits. 

We will travel around to Seattle neighborhoods, and through newsletters and workshops, showcase innovative projects and document best practices.  Any of the projects might inspire you to get involved, to start a similar one in your neighborhood, or even think about your existing project in a new way.   Don’t let the thought stop there—talk with your neighbors or the project developer to take the next step!


Here are some of the recent newsletters:

Sustainable Capital Hill lives into its mission of being a network of neighbors dedicated to making Capital Hill a sustainable community.  Learn more about this organization that has monthly potlucks and a consistently full calendar of activities.

As a relatively new organization, Sustainable Renton has done a lot, focusing on turning interest into action.  Learn about what they are doing to connect people with community gardens and to support the local food system.

In Northeast Seattle, neighbors are returning to the times when you repaired your clothing and baked your own bread. Learn more about how Sustainable Northeast Seattle brings people together every year to build community and share their skills.

"A Community Garden in Burien" March 2012 Edition
When members of Sustainable Burien realized the need for a community garden in their city, they did something about it. The city's plans for a garden wouldn't be realized for a few years, so volunteers moved the idea forward quickly. Learn how they worked in partnership with a local art group.

“Sharing the Bounty”  February 2012 Edition
At Sustainable Ballard, volunteers started an effort to glean produce from the Sunday afternoon Farmer’s Market and donate it to Ballard Food Bank.  Can you think of a food bank in your neighborhood that could benefit from some produce?  Read about how Sustainable Ballard made their project a success

“Building Community” January 2012 Edition
Community is not always an easy thing to build—especially in large cities like Seattle.  In the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods, Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney was there to fill the gap.  Every week, community groups formed around different aspects of sustainability to discuss ideas and learn from each other.  Learn about how the groups are launched and what brings people together.


Neighborhood Workshops

Ever wonder what a home energy audit actually looks like?  Or what you might do with a Tool Library?  In our monthly neighborhood workshops, participants will have the opportunity to learn about these topics and gain some take-home skills.  While you might decide to get involved with this project, you might also decide to launch a similar project in your neighborhood.  Whatever the case, these workshops provide a place to connect with your community-members, hear about best practices, and learn about resources that can help your idea become a reality.

On the second Tuesday of every month, Sustainable Seattle distributes a newsletter featuring a community-oriented and environmentally conscious project.  The newsletter will provide insight into what makes the project tick. We cover issues of community involvement, marketing, and specific challenges. For example, were there issues around regulations or did the project lack focus?

Subscribers will learn the ins-and-outs of active projects throughout the region, as well as stay up-to-date on the happenings of Sustainable Seattle.


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