Now to July 31, 11:59pm - Art 4 Puget Sound - A Call for Art Inspired by Rain Gardens
Do you enjoy the waters of Puget Sound? Do you want to inspire to take action to take care of them? You are invited to participate in the "Art 4 Puget Sound," a public art competition inspired by rain gardens and aimed at reducing polluted runoff flowing into our sound.
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 â€“ there is no end to the activities you can dive into. Donâ€™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 canâ€™t miss evening is brought to you by BECU, a community credit union. FInd all the details here.
Check out pictures from last year's event.
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Sustainable Neighborhoods focuses on using tangible actions as catalysts for community building. Our on-the-ground work results in stronger and healthier communities. From green infrastructure to water resource management to energy efficiency, we work with communities to implement projects and campaigns that fit the needs and interests of their neighborhood. Do you need support to move a project in your neighborhood from idea to action? Tell us about it and we will support you where we can!
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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 sustainabilityâ€”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. Donâ€™t let the thought stop thereâ€”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
â€śSharing the Bountyâ€ť February 2012 Edition
â€śBuilding Communityâ€ť January 2012 Edition
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.