As part of Sustainable Seattleâ€™s mission we seek to support the individuals and organizations working towards positive change in their neighborhoods. Maybe you are one of those people or maybe you are just starting to get involvedâ€”either way, you are bound to find something to interest you!
Our Sustainable Neighborhoods program focuses on using tangible actions as catalysts for community building. Our on-the-ground work results in stronger and healthier communities. We also highlight other projects and efforts that may otherwise go unnoticed from throughout the city in our educational resources,
There are many ways to be sustainable and we want everyone to participate in that conversation. You can find us out in the neighborhoods helping at an urban farm, hosting a round of pub trivia, and tabling at your neighborhoodâ€™s festival. When you see us, let us know what you do to be sustainable and you may just see it featured in a blog post!
Check out pictures from the summer Community Picnic!
Green Blocks Blue Sound
Green Blocks Blue Sound is Sustainable Seattle's rain garden program, an effort to work with residents and communities to install natural infrastructure and take other steps to prevent pollution from reaching our local waterways. Learn more.
Sustainable Neighbors Action Program
Interested in saving energy? Want to tell your friends and neighbors about tips to do the same? You are invited to be a part of the Sustainable Neighbors Action Program to do just that! Learn more here.
This program is made possible through a Climate Action Now grant from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
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.