Sustainable South Seattle

Sustainable South Seattle (S3) is a volunteer-run organization working to promote sustainability in Seattle's south-end communities. We've defined sustainability as living in a manner that allows current and future generations of all life on Earth to thrive.

We design and implement projects to preserve the diversity of our community's businesses and residents, increase transit and transportation choices in our neighborhoods and to provide outreach and education about environmental, social and economic choices that enhance our community.


Sustainable South Seattle is a member of Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound (SCALLOPS) who connect neighborhoods taking local action to make their communities more sustainable.

schedule of events

the S3 blog

Pick fruit! Share it with others (and take some home)!

posted 17 Jul 2009 21:47

The Community Fruit Tree Harvest in south Seattle is looking for volunteers to pick fruit and deliver it to food banks, meals programs and others who can use it. Unharvested fruit often falls to the ground and goes to waste. Help rescue it!

Orientations for harvest volunteers will be held at two times: Wednesday, July 29, at the New Holly Library , and Tueday, August 4, at the Columbia City Library. Both meetings start at 6:30 pm.

If you would like to help but can't make one of the orientations, contact Gail Savina at moc.liamg|anivasliag#moc.liamg|anivasliag .

Had a Manicure Lately?

posted 17 Jul 2009 20:35

If you or anyone you know frequents nail salons (in South Seattle or any other neighborhood), take a few minutes to checkout the Youtube video from the State of WA about what you can do to keep nail salons safe and enjoyable for all.

This video discusses the potential health hazards from improperly managed salons, suggests ways you can stay safe when pampering yourself, and offers information about what to do if you see something that isn't quite right.


posted 17 Jul 2009 20:27


Rev. Robert Jeffrey Sr. is participating in the Group Health Bicycle Ride from Seattle to Portland to raise funds for the Clean Greens Farm & Market Project on Saturday & Sunday. We have a beautiful Farm that have all kinds of non-chemical Collards, Mustards, Turnips, Kale, Spinach Tomatoes and other produce. I have attached a pledge sheet. If everyone this goes out to will donate just 5 or 10 dollars or as much as you can, it will help us tremendously. On August 15th we will have a grand open of the Market right in the Central Area, 116 - 21st Ave. in Seattle.
You will be able to purchase the best greens you have ever had at a price you have not seen in the Seattle area. (We will have vendors. (Call for vendors information 206-324-3114) We need your help to assist in helping everyone to eat healthy produce that everyone can afford. The ride is approximate 200 miles. I am pledging $2.00 per mile. I am challenging you to join me. All Donations are Tax deductible. Thanks you in advance.

We accept Visa and Master cards also. Name, card number, expiration date and 3 digits on back of card. Make check payable to BDDTF/Clean Greens and mail to:

Attn: Lottie Cross
116-21st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Check out the [ ] website

Link Light Rail Opening

posted 08 Jul 2009 16:48

After years of waiting for the start of Seattle's Sound Transit Light Rail, you will be able to catch a free ride on Saturday, July 18.

Light Rail fans can affirm their commitment to non-car transit on opening day by getting an Undriver's License at the Othello Light Rail Station. Sustainable South Seattle(S3), Sustainable Ballard, and Transportation Choices Coalition(TCC) will issue Undriver's Licenses with a creative picture of you on them. They were a huge hit last year on Rainier Avenue during the Car Free Sunday.

We need volunteers on the 18th. If you can help issue Undriver's Licenses, please contact Richard Wilson at moc.loa|1modrahciR#moc.loa|1modrahciR or 206-722-0548.

There are many events at stations and neighborhoods all along the rail route - too much to mention here. See Sound Transit's website for more info:

S3 Potluck/Picnic Wednesday 7/8

posted 08 Jul 2009 00:16

Please join Sustainable South Seattle for our 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park. Kids and dogs are welcome. Please bring something to share and a smile. We'll talk about upcoming events and activities and hopefully get your input of what else we could be doing in our southend community to make a difference. Feel free to extend an invite to anyone else that may be interested.

We look forward to seeing you! Find us at Genessee Meadows near the playground, under the covered picnicing area at 6:30pm Wednesday 7/8.


Call for Volunteers RV Heritage Festival Aug 8th

posted 02 Jul 2009 16:57

August 8th is the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival, and we're going to need some helping hands to give sustainability the attention it deserves. This year it will take place in conjunction with a Car Free Day on Rainier, and will include good food, music, a street soccer game and whatever else the community brings to the street. Sustainable South Seattle is hoping to maximize recycling and composting, host an alternative vehicle rally, show a solar panel demonstration, create Undriver's Licenses and give folks an opportunity to plan a bucket garden to take home. To top it off, we're organizing a wheel barrow drill team for the parade. In order to pull this off, we'll need lots of help the day of. If you can donate a few hours of your time on August 8th to help with one of these great activities, please contact Josie Clark at moc.oohay|eisojkralc#moc.oohay|eisojkralc. Thank you!

International Campaign for Justice

posted 22 May 2009 16:26

The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, in collaboration with numerous Seattle-based organisations, is organising a double-event with the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak tragedy in Bhopal, India, as the backdrop to discuss corporate crime, environmental racism and toxic trespass. One young person — Safreen Rafat Khan, a second-generation victim of Union Carbide's poisons — will be visiting Seattle with Satinath Sarangi, a long-time activist associated the Bhopal struggle, on 29-30 May, 2009. We look forward to your participation in the events. Kindly attend, and circulate this message to your friends and family.

Event 1: Film and Q/A Program (*Suggested contribution $5 to $10)
When: Friday, May 29, 2009. 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: 911 Seattle Media Arts Center,
402 9th Ave. North (South Lake Union - 9th & Harrison)
What: Film screening and Q&A. Details of films and speakers below
Local Sponsors: Tasveer, Association for India's Development (Seattle)

  • Contributions will go towards organising event. Any amount in excess of costs will be donated to the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.

Event 2: Panel Discussion on "Corporate Crime, Environmental Injustice and Toxic Trespass: Lessons from the 1984 Union Carbide Gas disaster in Bhopal, India."
When: Saturday, May 30, 2009. 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Where: Communications 120, Stevens Way E, University District, University of Washington
Safreen "Rafat" Khan: A 16-year old second-generation victim of Union Carbide's poisons, Safreen is co-founder of Children Against Dow Carbide, a children's group that has committed itself to keeping the fight for justice in Bhopal alive for as long as it takes.
Satinath Sarangi: A long-time Bhopal activist, and founder-trustee of Sambhavna Trust clinic, an award winning free holistic clinic for survivors of the Bhopal disaster.
Dr. Sheela Satyanarayana: Asst Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Univ. of Washington. An accomplished physician with expertise in pediatric environmental health, Dr. Satyanarayana has been a forceful voice of science in advocating for more stringent regulations on toxic chemicals, including Bisphenol A and phthalates.
Local Sponsors: South Asia Center of University of Washington, Association for India's Development, Washington Toxics Coalition, Tasveer, WashPIRG (Students - UW), WashPIRG, SEED (UW), South Asia Students Association (UW), Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Amnesty International, Collaborative on Health and Environment - Washington, Commonweal-Northwest

Unused Computers?

posted 07 May 2009 20:34

I am out on the Makah Indian Reservation at Neah Bay (widely known for its Shi Shi Beach trail access). The last time I came here, I gave my old laptop, which I had wiped of personal files, to a 25-year-old Native American woman.

She text messaged me a month later to tell me that she had begun attending college online thanks to this laptop, which would otherwise have been sent to a recycling agency and probably shipped to China to be melted down for its minuscule bits of gold. That made quite an impression on me.

Do any of you have functioning computer equipment that has been hanging around, unused, in your basement or home office? Do you know of anyone else who does? I have met the Makah's computer support technician, who rehabs computers for just this purpose. It makes a real difference — for school kids, would-be entrepreneurs, lonely isolated people, would-be college and grad school students, and elderly folks hoping to speak with family members scattered by circumstance and the economy. It doesn't cost you a thing, and can even save you the recycling charge.

I am going to be in Seattle on Monday, May 11th and Tuesday, May 12th, when I would be happy to come to your home and pick up your unwanted equipment. If you would like to post this computer drive request to your work place's internal bulletin board, please do so — I can stop by offices and other areas. Please forward this email to as many people as you like. I also, come into Seattle often so if you can't make this date, email me and I'll come by my next time through town.

1) Each monitor must go with a functioning modem and keyboard, unless the monitor is a newer flat screen.
2) If the computer is infected with a virus, please disclose that with a post-it note on the computer.
3) Please only donate equipment that can be salvaged; working poorly is ok. Working not at all is not.

Kristen Young

Neighborhood Indicators to Action and Green Energy

posted 06 May 2009 17:23

Columbia City Library - May 13th at 6pm

Sustainable Seattle’s Neighborhood Indicators-to-Action Project

The Scorecard’s purpose is to be used in establishing baseline neighborhood health and sustainability assessments, comparing neighborhoods, and informing community action-planning. The indicators included in the report will include tree coverage, access to bike facilities, access to fresh food, and community inclusivity, among others.

Informed by the Scorecard, the neighborhood will identify and complete a small project that seeks to improve the neighborhood’s levels of sustainability, specifically related to climate protection. Specific project ideas will be selected by participating community leaders. This project is meant to build on- and not compete with or duplicate- existing neighborhood efforts. Ideas for projects include: hands-on weatherization workshops, establishment of a garden, installation of bike racks, and fruit-tree planting. About $1500 is available to each neighborhood for these projects.

Energy Policy

Come hear about developments on energy policy at the local, state and federal levels. Carrie Dolwick from the NW Energy Coalition and NW Sustainable Energy for Economic Development will be on hand for an overview of energy policy followed by a discussion on community energy planning and development.

Edible Garden Fair

posted 17 Apr 2009 20:13

Edible Garden Fair - Mark your Calendars - Saturday May 23

Want to learn how to grow heat-loving vegetables in our cool climate? Or maybe you'd like to know how to connect with neighbors to start a community garden? Perhaps you are considering getting chickens…or bees…or even goats. Come to a day of presentations and panel discussions on growing food. Learn how to provide more of your groceries from your own backyard. This free event will be held at South Seattle Community College, and is sponsored by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Check for more information.

Walkability Meeting April 8th

posted 06 Apr 2009 20:39

Greetings south Seattle!

Spring has sprung and members of Sustainable South Seattle (S3) have been busy as bees working to make Seattle's south end our neighborhoods better places to live, work, and play.

Please join us at our April 8th meeting to share your thoughts about how to improve walkability of south-end neighborhoods, and help plan events celebrating the beginning of Light Rail service (starting in July!)

S3 April Meeting: walkability and ST Light Rail opening
Wednesday, 6-8pm
Columbia City Library

A few other events are listed below. For a full list of upcoming S3 events, check out our wiki page:



Green Columbia City

posted 09 Feb 2009 22:14

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My name is Brooks Kolb. I'm a Columbia City, Lakewood/Seward Park neighbor and I'm excited by the opportunity that our historic new political era is bringing us
to re-power our nation with renewable energy within 10 years.

If we can make the conversion to renewable energy, we will be able to combat the threat of climate change, and what better place to start that in our own neighborhood? We need to show our state and national political leadership that there is a grass-roots demand for clean power, and what better way to do it than to lead by example?

Let's create a new organization called "Green Columbia City." The mission of our group will be to show the city, the state and the nation that our neighborhood's businesses and residences can:

1. Improve our energy efficiency by retro-fitting our homes and businesses
2. Reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by generating and purchasing clean power
3. Conserve and enhance our local urban forest and wildlife habitat
4. Generate jobs in clean power
5. Participate and partner with and WeCanSolveIt.Org.

All we need is the will and the determination to do it. So: I am writing to ask, who would like to join me in creating a steering committee to launch Green Columbia City?

Please write me back at moc.cllblokskoorb|skoorb#moc.cllblokskoorb|skoorb and we'll get started.

Sincerely, Brooks Kolb, ASLA
President, Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks

As President Obama says, "Yes we Can!"
Think Globally, Act Locally

Brooks Kolb, ASLA
Brooks Kolb LLC
Landscape Architecture
1101 East Pike St.
Seattle, WA. 98122
206 324-0858 tel. 206 324-8930 fax

S3 January meeting starts at 6pm

posted 12 Jan 2009 04:32

S3 is honored to welcome Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin to our meeting in January! Councilmember Conlin will discuss the Local Food Action Initiative, which was adopted by Seattle City Council in April 2008. Simply put, "This resolution brings together the critical issues around food to create a framework for food policy for Seattle government".

After Councilmember Conlin provides an overview of the initiative, there will be a question and answer period, followed by a discussion about how S3 can promote smart choices in all aspects of our food system - from where and how our food is produced, how it's packaged and transported, to its place on your table…

We will also hear from Diana Vinh, who will give an update on a project to increase urban and community gardening opportunities in the south end.

Please join us:

S3 January Meeting
Wednesday, January 14, 6-8pm
Columbia City Library

If you want to do your homework a good overview of the initiative is here:

And here's the full text of the resolution.

Focus Group on Justice and Environmental Sustainability

posted 09 Jan 2009 01:49

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 6-8pm

Sustainable South Seattle (S3) and Sustainable Central District are planning and organizing to create an action agenda for issues at the intersection of race and justice and the sustainability movement (S3 has defined sustainability as living in a manner that allows current and future generations of all life on Earth to thrive). The objective is to identify and build support for a community movement that meets the mutual goals of increased "sustainability".

'Solar Power in the Northwest'

posted 09 Jan 2009 01:44

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

The Northwest Environmental Education Council will be hosting 'Solar Power in the Northwest'. Come to this informative seminar to learn about producing your own clean, renewable energy with solar power. Yes, solar works in the Northwest! Learn how going solar can help you reduce your carbon footprint, save money and promote energy independence. Eric Teegarden, of Sunergy Systems (, an environmental engineer and solar expert, will present an informative seminar on the many benefits of adopting solar power.

The event is FREE and will be held at NWEEC's offices: 650 S. Orcas St., Suite 220, Seattle WA 98108. Directions:

Please RSVP to gro.ceewn|stneve#gro.ceewn|stneve

Dr Bullard on 12/10 at the CCEJ

posted 03 Dec 2008 19:27

Dr Robert Bullard, the "father" of the Environmental Justice movement, is coming to Seattle during the second week of December. CCEJ will host a "Town Meeting" with him on Wednesday, December 10. If you would like an invitation to this event, please email the office at [ ]gro.jecc|ecitsuj#gro.jecc|ecitsuj .Dr. Bullard was one of the first national organizers of the EJ movement, and wrote fourteen books that explained the situation to the public. A tireless organizer for the cause, Dr. Bullard founded the Environmental Justice Resource Center in Atlanta. Newsweek magazine recently named him one of the Environmental Leaders of the Century. CCEJ is honored to host Dr. Bullard for this event!

Maple Valley Restoration Project

posted 01 Dec 2008 22:54

Maple School Ravine Restoration Work Party

NWEEC will work to restore the Maple School Ravine, a 15-acre Beacon Hill greenspace and pedestrian corridor that has been devastated by invasive ivy and blackberries.

Join us to remove these invasive plants, lay down mulch, and replant native species to create a beautiful and healthy community greenspace.

Bring yourself and work clothes; tools, gloves, snacks, and instruction will be provided.

Maple School Natural Area
S Lucile St and 18th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

Meet at the base of the stairs
Directions can be found on our website

December 6, 2008
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Please RSVP via email to gro.ceewn|stneve#gro.ceewn|stneve or by phone to Sarah at 206-923-1980.
Hope to see you out there!

Thundering Hooves

posted 25 Nov 2008 05:04

Dear Neighbors,

I am happy to announce that Southeast Seattle is now a delivery location for Thundering Hooves pasture finished meat. Thanks to the many families and individuals who shared their interested in eating foods raised locally and sustainably.

If you are interested in purchasing from Thundering Hooves, (or just learning more about them), go to <> and click go shopping. When you find the items you'd like to purchase, click buy now then choose the Beacon Hill Buying Club as your delivery location.

The first delivery date is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th at 8am. Be sure to place your order by the Monday prior to the delivery day (in this case, by December 1). There is no minimum order, so order as little or as much as you want keeping in mind our orders are delivered monthly. The next order will be delivered January 10th. Feel free to pass this information along to anyone or any other group you think might be interested.

Thank you everyone, and happy ordering!


Seattle Human Rights Day

posted 24 Nov 2008 01:43


Thursday, December 11, 2008
7 – 9 p.m., Town Hall Seattle (8th and Seneca)

Guest speaker: Dr. Robert Bullard
Dr. Bullard is a pioneer in environmental justice, and the author of “Confronting Environmental Racism.”

Dr. Bullard also will speak on Wednesday, December 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Seattle City Hall’s Landes Room.

Both events are free and open to the public!

For more information, call 206-684-4500 or visit

Presented by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, United Nations-Seattle and other co-sponsoring organizations.

Restoration Work Party on Beacon Hill

posted 24 Nov 2008 01:38

The Northwest Environmental Education Counci organizes community events that promote biodiversity, sustainability and resource conservation.

On December 6th they are leading a restoration work-party, from 10am - 2pm in Beacon hill. They will be planting native trees, laying down mulch and continuing to remove invasive species. Contact Sarah Klages <gro.ceewn|segalks#gro.ceewn|segalks> for more information.


For more information contact

Kate — moc.liamg|gnik.c.etak#moc.liamg|gnik.c.etak
Murph — ten.tsacmoc|hprumfm#ten.tsacmoc|hprumfm

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