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Buy Nothing Northeast Seattle

Do you know about the Buy Nothing Northeast Seattle group on Facebook? It is a marvelous place to post when you have usable things you want to give away, or to ask for something you need. In other words, it's a forum for micro-local gift economy in action. I got rid of a big pile of (useless to me) rocks this week to a guy who was excited to have them for landscaping, and I gave a pair of shelves to a woman who wanted to build steps for her cat. Last month a fellow gave me a…


Added by Nancy Rauhauser on December 4, 2013 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

StowThat: Peer-to-Peer Self-Storage Site Starts in Meadowbrook

In August of this year, my wife and I started a new peer-to-peer self-storage company right here in Meadowbrook called  The basic premise is this: if you have extra space to spare – like a garage or basement or shed – we have an online marketplace where you can rent it out to people looking for local, less expensive, and safer self-storage space. helps support sustainability in a number of ways.  By helping people put to use underutilized space as…


Added by Joe Mele on December 3, 2013 at 12:28pm — No Comments

The Future of 35th Ave NE: Survey Out Now

For more than a year, a community-driven planning effort has been occurring for the 35th Ave NE corridor.  We started off the planning process by hosting a series of community meetings, called Coffee Talks, to learn about various planning topics.  Since that time, the steering committee has been behind the scenes gathering data on…


Added by Per Johnson on June 17, 2013 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Progress Report on By-laws from our 5th Anniversary Meeting

Our monthly general meeting on May 16, 2013, was both a celebration and an outline for our future.  As part of our planning for the future, Sustainable NE Seattle is applying for 501(c)3 status. The steering committee has been working to come up with by-laws to form a framework for our work together.

For those who couldn't make it, here's a summary of the presentation.


›Becoming a 501(c)3 Corporation
We are taking…

Added by Leo Brodie on May 20, 2013 at 10:02am — No Comments

Paint Collection Event- May 12

Second Use is hosting an event to gather unused portions of paint - there's a sight fee to drop off paint, but worth it to keep paint out of our waterways and landfills!

Added by Susan Gregory on April 27, 2013 at 3:50pm — No Comments

21 Acres: Cooperative Growing in Your Neighborhood

When: Saturday April 27th, 1pm-4pm

21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living

13701 NE 171st Street

Woodinville, WA 98072

What: One of the best ways to ensure a sustainable future is to take charge of growing your own food, and with the help of others, it's also a great way to bring neighbors together. Cooperative Growing will teach neighbors how to combine…

Added by Cascadia Edible Landscapes on April 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

BEEKEEPERS Support Group Forming, Join Us

"Hi, my name is Keith, and I am a beekeeper."  

Does this sound familiar?  Sometimes that's the way it feels, like I have to admit that I am hooked on keeping bees and I need help.

Are there others, keeping bees in Northeast Seattle, that think they could benefit from working together rather than alone, with their bees?  Regular monitoring of the bees and doing what's right to keep them happy goes a long way towards achieving a successful harvest of honey.  And I would like to…


Added by Keith Mastenbrook on April 22, 2013 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Sustainable New Ways to Fight Beach Erosion

All over the world we are confronted with rising sea levels and more frequent hurricanes and tropical storms. We will see more heavy rains and low lying regions and coastal areas will get seriously affected by flooding. Rising sea levels and current action will allow waves to reach further on to our beaches, and our fragile beach and dunes systems cannot always cope with these forces and have no time to adjust. This is when beach erosion will occur, and we will have to protect ourselves and…


Added by Kate Deliso on April 21, 2013 at 6:29am — No Comments

Step-Dad looking for a room in NE Seattle

I hope this is the right place to post such a thing.

My husband recently left us - our 9yo son Oliver, and me. He is living with his mistress now.  :(  Because of this, my stepfather, Max, is planning to move back to Seattle from Ecuador, for emotional support and etc.  

He is in his 60's, and quite handy. Plumbing, carpentry, gardening, computers, pet care, etc. He wants to move back in May.

He is hoping to find a room in a house, or some space in a MIL etc in exchange…


Added by Holly Girouard on April 16, 2013 at 3:35pm — No Comments

Fermentation & Community Economics

I found that there is a Lecture & Fancy Fermented Foods Dinner with Fermentationist Revivalist and Author Sandor Katz in Olympia,WA on April 10, 2013 starting at 6:30pm.

I am new to Seattle, and in a middle of looking for a car.  If I can find a group of people who are also interested in going to this event, I would like to go together and share the gas cost. (I live in Seattle area)



Added by Junko M on April 2, 2013 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Grow Food Not Grass! Join the Sod Cutting Spree on April 6th and benefit the Just Garden Project!

Remove your lawn and benefit the Just Garden Project (JGP), sponsor of Spring into Bed!

When:  April 6th

Who:  Anyone who want to remove their lawn/sod! Neighbors are preferred!…


Added by Cascadia Edible Landscapes on April 1, 2013 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Permaculture Nursery Expotition

The Sno-Isle Permaculture Network has developed a regular project oriented work party and potluck schedule, a model for what we are doing in SusNE.  It's not just a lot of talk, but a chance to help your friends or host a project yourself.  The next one in March 20th and I'm attending.  If anyone is interested in going along, I'll be driving and would welcome the company.

Added by Keith Mastenbrook on March 14, 2013 at 12:02pm — No Comments

First Earth video

Check out the video "First Earth" by David Sheen from the Seattle Public Library. It's all about cob architecture. Not how-to, but why-to. It shows people in Ethiopia building traditional homes, and Yemen, as well as the movement in the U.S., England, etc. Even the extra features are great - interviews, slide shows.

Added by Nancy Rauhauser on March 10, 2013 at 9:44pm — No Comments

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 Cascadia Edible Landscapes 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…


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

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