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NE Greenways meets at NE Library for safer streets at Seattle NE Public Library Branch

November 3, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
If you are interested in improving the safety of our neighborhood streets and have a couple of hours available tonight, the NE Greenways organization would like your input at their meeting: Nov 3 at NE Seattle library branch, at 6 pm. Familiarize yourself with some of their recent activities at Streets are for all citizens and Greenways are one way to make them safer AND connect communities. In the past 2 years,…See More
Nov 3
Joann Kerr commented on Joann Kerr's event RainWise Information and Orientation
"I will ask for info on these questions"
Oct 17
Dorothy Neville commented on Joann Kerr's event RainWise Information and Orientation
"Their flyers are misleading. If you don't have an alley or appropriate front yard, forget about it. I wish they would START the discussion with this information instead of wasting people's time. You must have overflow onto city property no…"
Oct 17
CK commented on Joann Kerr's event RainWise Information and Orientation
"Hi, I will be out of town and unable to attend but I'm interested to know whether this program covers my home. I live b/w NE 120th and 125th and 35th Ave NE and Sand Point Way. Is there a coverage map for this program online?"
Oct 17
Joann Kerr posted an event

RainWise Information and Orientation at Northeast Seattle Public Library

October 20, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Come find out what a rain garden is and how you can benefit (rebates) from having one installed, not to mention the benefits to Puget Sound.This is a program through Seattle Public Utilities and King County. This program is a win-win-win for homeowners: our storm water is safely managed on site, we get enhancements to our yards and property, and the average RainWise rebate is $4,400.If you want to check out how this project has panned out in Seattle go to …See More
Oct 16
Joann Kerr posted an event

Oct General meeting - What Local Economy, and other groups are doing at wedgwood presbyterian church, fireside room

October 16, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm
It has been awhile since we gathered and discussed what the Big "Sustainable NESeattle" Picture is and what you want to make happen. If you are new to our community or have become a regular, come and tell us what you are working on and rally supporters, helpers, or get something started. We will report on what is happening, and if you are interested in getting voting membership, we will let you know how. Find another member on this site and invite them to come along. The more the merrier.Please…See More
Oct 14
Maggie Chin commented on Joann Kerr's event Community Barter Fair & Cider Pressing
"We are new to SNES and Barter Fairs!  Planning to come tom with some fresh grape juice and canned grape butter, but probably after 2p when our little one is up from nap.  How does it work?  Not sure how much we will have, probably a…"
Sep 26
Joann Kerr posted an event

Strategic Plan for SusNE Going Forward at Keith Mastenbrook's house

August 27, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
What events do we feel are most important to achieving our goals and how do we make them happen? Which ones can we develop into sustained projects? How do we increase involvement across more demographics? How do we get things done most efficiently and without burnout?These and other questions will be a part of our strategic planning meeting. If you have energy to share and time to be involved, come be a part of the discussion.Potluck- bring a dinner dish to share. We will chat while we eat.See More
Aug 20

Profile Information

What parts of our mission are you interested in (for example, growing food/food security, appropriate energy technologies, transportation, community building, etc.)?
All aspects however in the interest of focusing, community building, farming and getting the word out to help empower people
How do you see yourself being involved with Sustainable NE Seattle? What skills, talents and passions are you willing to share?
I will help with organizing meetings, making contacts with support groups and organizations, and facilitating gatherings when required. As I am a graphics designer I will help produce materials to help us spread the word. I will also help in outreach projects and show up for work where needed.
List other affiliations/groups that you participate in with similar missions.
Green Sanctuary committee at the University Unitarian Church, SCALLOPS, and Sound Alliance

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Another HandsOn! Fair Built Skills

Well our annual HandsOn! fair is done and more people can now:  sharpen their own tools rather than send them to the dump; make their own feta, lip balm, toothpaste, soap, lotions, deodorant, nut milk, jam, tortillas, gluten free pasta and sourdough starts, mushrooms, soil, vegan food, beeswax candles, and pickles instead of buying them pre-packaged in plastic; prune and plant their gardens better; grow veggies in containers and homemade coldframes or aquaponic systems; understand why mason…


Posted on February 11, 2013 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

Free Emergency First Aid Training to 90 people

Some openings left, and this should hit the news tonight.  Please feel free to distribute this to your hub teams and neighbors....

The Ballard Prepares team, a committee of the Ballard District Council, with the funding of a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant and community donations, is offering free emergency first aid training to 90 people.  Our objective is to have 90…


Posted on January 18, 2013 at 2:41pm

All Fun, No Waste - Ideas for the holidays

About a dozen NE neighbors showed up to share in Stone Soup Salad, the film "What Would Jesus Buy?" and discuss alternatives to high stress, high consumption holidays. We thought those of you that were not able to be there might want to add your ideas and read what thoughts we had.

Notes from General Meeting…


Posted on November 16, 2012 at 2:01pm

Transition US has a little snippet about Planet:Home

Check out this link from TransitionUS about all the recent things happening in the Transition movement across the US. Including our summer festival, Planet:Home. "If we wait for government to make the changes, it will be too little too late. If we do it alone it will be too little. If we make the changes together, it might be just enough, just in time."

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 2:04pm

A Big Shout Out to this membership, and the little things

I want to send a big shout out to all the members of this organization that participated in our Planet:Home Urban Country Fair yesterday. Whether by coming as a vendor, getting the word out, attending as a member of the community, or helping on-site as a volunteer or organizer, you contributed to building relationships within this community. The point of this kind of event is getting to know one another by having conversations that inform our lives and choices while having fun in the…


Posted on July 22, 2012 at 2:05pm — 3 Comments

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At 9:40am on July 23, 2014, Janet Seki said…


I am willing to table a topic like Neighborhood Emergency Prep at the Green Community Picnic on Aug. 12, 2014. Please contact me if you need my help

Janet Seki   flotilla23educate@yahoo,com

At 1:48pm on November 16, 2012, Rita Howard said…

Dear Joann:


Thanks for friending  me on Susainable NE Seattle.  I went on the website to upload my picture but when I tried to “open” the picture the program kicked me back to my documents file.  Not sure what the problem was. 


At any rate, I have several things I’d like to do on the site, but am not sure how to.  I’m wondering if I might gt together with you for an hour Saturday afternoon or Monday at Third Place Books to work on these things:


Uploading a picture

Sending out my own friends requests

Joining some guilds

Creating an event to discuss seed saving with others


As well, I saw the poster at the library for the events of the group for the fourth quarter.  The December event is a potluck and crafting gathering.  However, the poster doesn’t say how the crafting comes into the picture.  Are we to bring crafting projects to work on at the event?  Crafts we have made?  Is it an exchange.  I would like to sign up for this event, but don’t want to show up with the wrong thing in terms of the crafting segment.


Please call me if you are willing to meet for a short time.  I will not check email anymore until Sunday or Monday.  206-877-3545.


Thanks, Joann.


At 4:51pm on November 14, 2012, Sylvan Bonin said…

Hello, Joan,

I have a message from another fake "member" that is clearly phishing. (I sent you a message in September about the first one, and you booted them.) Are other people getting these messages as well? I'm wondering why our little group, which seems too small to attract much attention, is being targeted. Weird, and a little creepy. I don't have this problem in any other group I'm in.

The message I got:

Hello Dear,

How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile and deemed it necessary to write you immediately.I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.
Have a nice day.

Pauline Atta


Sylvan Bonin,

 P.S. I tried to send this as a message, but the "send" button wouldn't work. So I decided to post it as a comment. When I came over here, I saw the same message to you. I guess that answers one of my questions.

At 11:16pm on September 10, 2012, nikki nichols said…

Is there going to be a barter fair this year?

At 6:28pm on September 10, 2012, Nancy Bowen-Pope said…

Hi Joann,

I've missed seeing you and have wanted to reconnectt. I thought I'd check out what's happening here before calling you and found out about the Emergency Preparedness Kits. I'd like to attend. Is there a fee? Will you be there?

Hope to see you soon,


At 11:47am on August 6, 2012, Jeff M. Hall said…
This message is primarily for Bill Aston. I'm Jeff Hall and I'm interested in volunteering for the green drinks and Ice Cream making. My phone number is 425-315-5912 and my email is and the website for The Sustainable Living Institute is

Peace and Harmony
At 8:55pm on May 1, 2012, Alex Snyder said…

Hi Joann,

I see from your profile info that you are a graphic designer! I was wondering if you'd have any interest in using your skills to help make a Transition-related computer game as part of the Awareness Guild here. I am a game programmer, and I would like to lead an effort to develop computer games that would help spread awareness and understanding of issues such as peak oil, soil erosion, sustainable agriculture, and financial systems.

If this sounds interesting and you'd like to know more about it, send me a reply on my page!



At 7:56pm on January 11, 2012, Trudy James said…

Thanks, Joann,  Yes, I wish I could have been with you at that event last summer. I look forward to becoming more family with the group and contributing my skills and talents where needed. Warmly, Trudy

At 9:32am on November 11, 2011, Jim Mathieu said…

Thanks Joann. Yes, Sander's leading a Spokespeople NE, Nov 19. I plan to post it -- may call you if I cannot figure out how-to. Jim

At 9:23am on June 27, 2011, Monica Wood said…

Thanks, Joanne.  Not only did I find my way into registering on the site ... but also joined the emergency prep group :-)  Saturday meeting was great.  Thanks again. 



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