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January Meeting – Tacoma Plume, Toxics Cleanup, and Burien Soil

Posted January 2nd, 2012 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien January Gathering

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Burien KCLS Library
2:00pm – 4:00pm (doors open at 1:30)

Elizabeth Weldin, of the Toxics Cleanup Program with the Washington State Department of Ecology, will be speaking about the “Tacoma plume,” from the ASARCO plant in Tacoma. “For almost 100 years, the Asarco Company operated a copper smelter in Tacoma. Air pollution from the smelter settled on the surface soil over more than 1,000 square miles of the Puget Sound basin. Arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals are still in the soil as a result of this pollution.”

Learn how this affects you. How safe are we? Who is at risk? How does this impact the sustainability of Burien? Can I grow my own food? Can my kids play outside in the dirt? What businesses might be impacted? Land value? What steps can we make to mitigate the presence of arsenic and create a healthy and resilient community?

Please join us!

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Sustainable Burien Holiday Potluck & Roundtable Discussion

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien Holiday Potluck & Roundtable Discussion
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Burien KCLS Library
2:00pm – 4:00pm (doors open at 1:30)

Please join us for our yearly holiday potluck and roundtable discussion.  Bring something to share – food and your thoughts about Sustainable Burien and some possible directions for 2012.  We will have some utensils available, but it would be helpful if you could bring your own.

Our January speaker (January 8th) will be talking to us about the “Tacoma plume,” the toxins in our soil from the Asarco plant in Tacoma that affects so many of us.  The Department of Ecology is presenting a public information meeting (and asking for comments) about a cleanup plan on December 6th from 6:30-8:30 at 2045 South 216th at the Des Moines Activity Center in Des Moines).

Note re this month’s Walk ‘n Talk on December 4th:  Eric Mathison, editor of The Highline Times, will lead this month’s walk to Mathison Park.  Meet at the grassy knoll at Burien Town Square.

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November Meeting: Emergency Preparedness and Map Your Neighborhood

Posted November 4th, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien Gathering
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Burien KCLS Library
2:00pm – 4:00pm doors open at 1:30


  • Emergency Preparedness and Burien’s Walk ‘n Talk. Nancy Barry will share her experiences in CERT training this fall and we’ll talk about getting more neighborhoods interested in Map Your Neighborhood emergency preparedness.
  • Maureen Hoffman will talk about the fun community members have been having on the Walk ‘n Talk outings and bike events. She’ll also talk about an effort to get bike racks placed in strategic places in Burien. (This coming Sunday’s walk – November 6th — will meet on the grassy knoll at Town Square at 2 p.m.)
  • We may also be doing a short report on desired efforts to make Burien a certified Wildlife Habitat Community.

Come join us for learning, exploring and more!

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Sustainable Burien Joins the BratTrot for October Meeting

Posted October 5th, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien is doing something different this month!

Rather than our usual 2nd Sunday monthly meeting at the library, we’re going to join a fun community event which is happening on the same day. It’s Burien’s yearly Brat Trot, which raises funds for two local non-profits Safe Kids King County South and Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence. It looks like a lot of fun and a great way to get to know each other better as well as other community-minded folks in Burien! Check out this link for information about the “trots,” a 5K and a more leisurely 1.2K. Afterwards, we can join the fun in Olde Burien.

Those who’d like to run, walk or trot need to register. We can register as a group of 10 or more for a discount – let me know before Friday, October 7th, if you’d like to be part of a Sustainable Burien team. Also let me know if you’d like to pay an extra $10 for a t-shirt. Otherwise, I believe it will be $15 (goes to good causes!) and I can pick up the registration packet on Saturday.

Hope you’re not bummed about not getting to go to a SuBu meeting that day! We’ll be back on track in November and hope we’ll have made more friends who’ll join us!

Contact us by email if you have questions!

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September Meeting: Solar Panels & Electric Cars

Posted September 8th, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien Gathering
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Burien KCLS Library
2:00pm – 4:00pm
doors open at 1:30


Sustainable Burien will have two presenters for our September meeting:

Ready to go solar? Not sure if your home is right or if you can afford it? Come by Sustainable Burien for answers to all your solar questions. Presenter will be Eric Thomas, NABCEP Certified Solar Installer and founder of Seattle solar company Solar Epiphany, a local electrical contractor focused on solar power. Bring your electric bills for a free solar analysis of your home.

Electric cars! Steven Lough, President of the Seattle EV Association, will be speaking on the past, present, and future of Electric Tranportation. Steven has been working on education, demonstration, and proliferation of electric cars for 30 years. Bring your questions and comments.

Please join us!

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NBIS Eco-Hour at Elliot Bay Brewery

Posted September 7th, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

The Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS) has invited members from Sustainable Burien to join them at their next networking Eco-Hour on September 29th at the Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub in Burien. They’ll be celebrating the sustainable efforts of NBIS member company, Elliott Bay Brewing. If you would like to attend, please RSVP info on their site at: as space is limited.

 When: Thursday, September 27, 2011
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
255 SW 152nd St.
Burien, WA 98166

Cost: Free to NBIS Members
$15 for non-members

From the NBIS Website:

NBIS provides Businesses and Professionals who are serious about Profitable Sustainability with the connections, skills, tools, programs, and resources that are vital for success in the Green Economy.

NBIS convenes a diverse membership that spans industries and supports and highlights innovative companies and best practices. NBIS members are passionate, dedicated people with much talent to be shared. By providing a hub for this talent and opportunities for people to meet for social and professional networking, we create valuable links between companies and the technical assistance and expertise provided by our members. Members include academic institutions, government agencies and the collaborative resources of individuals and businesses charting the path to sustainability.

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Burien’s Walk ‘N Talk To Build Community

Posted August 2nd, 2011 in Community, Upcoming Events by subuadmin

This article was featured on the B-Town Blog this morning and looks like an excellent way to build community! Visit the Burien Walk ‘N Talk article at the B-Town Blog for more information.

Burien’s first-ever ‘Walk-n-Talk,’ will start this Sunday, Aug. 7th, beginning at 2 p.m. at Town Square, then continue the first Sunday of every month.

Meant to inspire locals to meet up, then walk and talk while enjoying the sights of Burien, as well as local businesses or whatever else participants encounter, this is another new, innovative, artist-inspired idea.

“Put on your comfy shoes and come for a casual Walk-n-Talk with friends and neighbors,” reads a press release. “On the first Sunday of every month, meet up at Burien Town Square with friends, old and new. Enjoy conversations and a walk through town. Grab a local coffee or snack before or after your stroll.”

WHAT: Burien’s first-ever ‘Walk N Talk’ begins this Sunday, Aug. 7th.

WHEN: First Sunday of every month; meet at 2 p.m., then start walking at 2:15 p.m.

WHERE: Start at Burien Town Square; then take a 2.25 mile loop around Lake Burien and back to Town Square.

Burien Walk 'N Talk

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July Meeting: What Does Living Sustainably Mean to You?

Posted July 5th, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

What Does Living Sustainably Mean to You? Please Bring Your Input!

WHAT: Sustainable Burien meeting

WHEN: Sunday, July 10, 2011, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Burien library, corner of SW 152nd & 4th SW

Sustainable Burien wants to broaden its outreach. Please come and help us brainstorm the key principles of sustainability. We’ll be asking you to share your thoughts on how we can make Burien a place that is resilient, healthy, sustainable, fun and . . .

Please join us in a creative and stimulating conversation!

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June Meeting – Garden Sustainably with Native Plants

Posted June 2nd, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien Gathering
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Burien KCLS Library
2:00pm – 4:00pm
doors open at 1:30

Garden Sustainably with Native Plants.

Our June speaker is Jean Spohn, who will show us how native plants have evolved together to nourish and sustain the soil, the air and all of the native animals that live in the Pacific Northwest. She will show photos and bring some native plants with her to the presentation.

Jean is a Board Member and Program Chair for the Environmental Science Center, a member of City of Burien Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, a Volunteer Steward for Salmon Creek Ravine through City of Burien’s Adopt-a-Park program, and a Land and Watershed Steward.

Bring your questions about gardening with native plants. There may be adoptable native plants available.

Come join us for learning, exploring and more…

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Seattle Tilth Offering Gardening Classes in West Seattle

Posted May 20th, 2011 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Our friends at Seattle Tilth are offering a number of great  classes in the West Seattle area this summer and we thought we’d point them out.  All of the classes listed below are taking place at the White Center Cultural Community Center, located near downtown White Center.

Grow Heat Lovers

Get the scoop on growing the biggest and most flavorful tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.

Go Vertical

Learn how to grow your veggie garden vertically to maximize your space and harvest.

Start Your Fall and Winter Garden

Learn how to plant veggies now for harvest in the lean months of fall and winter.

Pests & Diseases – How to Manage Problems Organically

Learn how to tackle pest and disease problems in the garden organically.

Put Your Garden to Bed

Learn how to replenish your garden soil all winter long.

Composting 101:  Free Food for the Garden

Learn how easy it can be to create nutrient-rich compost for your garden.

See a full list of Seattle Tilth’s upcoming classes and programs throughout Seattle on organic food growing, urban livestock and sustainable landscaping.