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Food and the energy-water nexus

You could describe my job as an environmental engineer as getting clean water to people and dirty water away from people. This takes some energy, and so it can be expensive. We try to take advantage of the fact that water goes downhill - especially on the Columbia and Snake rivers, from which Pacific Northwesterners get the majority of our energy (followed by coal and natural gas). Some quick Google searching turns up other…


Added by Erin Thatcher on February 21, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Spring Veggie Start CSA Crop Preferences Deadline-Act Now!

Dear Cascadia Food Lover ,

The deadline for choosing crop preferences for our wonderful veggie start CSA program is February 22nd, so if you want to ensure that you get the cream of the crop, sign up now for Spring, and choose from our extensive list of delicious varieties. Members who do not enter preferences by February 22nd may…

Added by Michael Seliga-Soulseed on February 14, 2013 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Sign my petition to fight climate change by divesting from fossil fuel companies

Hi sustainable friendsl!

The climate is changing rapidly and irrevocably. Fossil fuel companies ALREADY have the rights to more than enough carbon-based fuels to drive our planet past any possibility of recovery if they are burned. It is economically short-sighted and morally wrong for our state to invest in companies whose business model is incompatible with a sustainable…


Added by Polly Freeman on February 14, 2013 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

2013 Guatemala Immersion: Studying sustainable community and permaculture in an indigenous rural village.

How often have you heard  ‘God helps those who help themselves!’  But what if the way we ‘help ourselves’ actually makes things harder for others?

The globalization of economies and cultures creates both danger and opportunity at home and abroad.  For some of us, the issues feel academic.  To those on the edge of economic survival they are anything…


Added by Ken Rieman on February 12, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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…


Added by Joann Kerr on February 11, 2013 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

Bring the World to Your Home!

I am volunteering with an amazing nonprofit organization in our community called EarthCorps. We are currently recruiting homestay families/individuals for the international corps members. Given how close our neighborhood is to Magnuson Park where the corps members do their environmental training during the week, it would be great to find some good homes for them while they are in Seattle!

Please feel free to pass this…


Added by Kimberly Rakow Bernier on February 10, 2013 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Red Cross' "Safe in the Sound" campaign (aka SITS)

Today marks the beginning of the Red Cross’ “Safe in the Sound” campaign.


Below is a truncated description of the preparedness campaign:


“Safe in the Sound is a three-year regional initiative which aims to better prepare 1,000,000 individuals in Western Washington for emergencies and disasters.  We want the public to take tangible steps toward preparedness through making a…


Added by Theresa Edwards on February 4, 2013 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Tool Library Now Open!

 The NE Seattle Tool Library celebrated its Grand Opening on Jan 19, 2013, and is now open for business.

For more photos, see the Tool Library blog.

And don't miss member Justin William Almeida's personal…


Added by Leo Brodie on January 21, 2013 at 8:34pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Joann Kerr on January 18, 2013 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Unique Veggie Start CSA Now Open for Sign-Ups!

Greetings Cascadia Food Lovers

Its seems like not a day passes without a new story breaking about abuses within the agricultural system. The brands that you once trusted to provide you with organic foods turn out to be owned by big ag, grocery stores are selling GMO fruits and vegetables, factory farming is destroying the environment, etc. Where do you turn to, who can you actually trust? The answer is…


Added by Michael Seliga-Soulseed on January 17, 2013 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Climate Change, Beach Erosion And What We Can Do About It

Until recently many of us thought that pristine beaches and beautiful weather were part of our daily live, and would be forever.

Well. superstorm Sandy taught us an important lesson when it attacked the eastern seaboard in October and damaged many beaches in a short period of time. If we would like to enjoy our shorelines, we must protect them. Our beautiful beaches and their surroundings will suffer severe damage from erosion by these storms if we will stay…


Added by Kate Deliso on January 9, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Seattle Sketcher draws the tool library!

Check out Seattle Times article on the tool library -

Added by Nancy Rauhauser on January 6, 2013 at 10:52am — No Comments

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…


Added by Joann Kerr on November 16, 2012 at 2:01pm — No Comments

SNAP Sustainable Neighbors Action Program

"What is the most energy efficient - using a dishwasher? Or handwashing?  How much energy does a plugged in computer take?   On October 4 and 6, you will have the opportunity to learn the answers to these questions and receive other tips on how simple changes have a big impact on energy use.

SustainableWorks and Sustainable Seattle invite you to be a part of the Sustainable Neighbors Action…


Added by Susan Gregory on September 28, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

A post for National Plug-In Day: Electric Vehicles have become Affordable!

Hi all,

A month ago we bought a Nissan Leaf, not a day too soon! there are good deals out there right now in the Seattle area, especially for the Leaf but also for other vehicles, and this city is perhaps the place where buying an EV or PHEV makes the most environmental sense!

Here's a link to a lengthy post I wrote discussing our experience, and exploring some of the ins and outs of going Plug-In:…


Added by Assaf Oron on September 24, 2012 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting - Trees!


If a Tree Falls in Thornton Creek, Does Anyone Hear it?


Thursday, Sept. 27th, 7pm – 9pm


Meadowbrook Community Center

10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle 98125


Please join TCA’s discussion about the importance of trees to the…


Added by Ruth Williams on September 21, 2012 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Great historical resource about Wedgwood

Valerie Bunn as been writing about the history of Wedgwood for many years, and posts her stories on this blog.



Added by Leo Brodie on September 14, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Little Free Libraries in Pinehurst

Pinehurst has its first Little Free Library (see and there will be more to come! Read about it and see a photo at:

Ours has been up three days and already people are coming by to leave a book and take a…

Added by Nancy Rauhauser on August 20, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Urban foraging and botanical illustration class

Say friends - I'll be co-teaching a class on "Urban Foraging and Botanical Illustration" at the Frye Art Museum for three consecutive Saturdays in October. In the mornings, we'll be visiting three different special places to gather plants a

nd learn about the social and ecological histories at each one. The afternoons will be devoted to studio time, where Justin Gibbens will teach basic drawing and painting skills. …

Added by Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook on August 10, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

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