Upcoming Events


Upcoming Meetings are posted in the News Section, and on the home page in the Upcoming Meetings section. We occasionally post non-Sustainable Burien events in the News section as well when we think they will be of interest to our members.

Information on Upcoming Meetings:

Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Sunday of each month 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. We normally meet in the large Media Room on the ground floor of the Library, the same room that is used for City Council meetings. This Google Map will show you where the library is. There is surface parking in the lot on the north side of the building, on the streets North, West and South, and in the underground lot on the north side, accessed off of 4th Ave SW.

Please be sure to check this page for updated information before the meeting in case we’ve had to make any changes. Room reservations are only available on a first come, first served basis. Starting in March of 2010 rooms can only be reserved a maximum of 30 days in advance instead of 3 months like it used to be, so there may be times we have to meet somewhere else. A reminder email is usually sent out the week before each Gathering and includes a proposed agenda and confirmation of the meeting location. If you’re not already getting it you can sign up for that email on our Newsletters page.

At our meetings we collect burned out CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) bulbs and dead rechargeable and alkaline batteries. Please keep the two battery types separate, they go to different places. We will consolidate them and turn them in for recycling. Small batteries only. Undamaged CFL bulbs only: no broken bulbs and no fluorescent tubes please. Check our FAQ page for where to take these yourself, and ways to recycle more items.

People are also welcome to bring any extra food items they have and barter with others. If you have lots of apples from your tree you may be able to swap with someone who has too much garlic from their garden. Any leftovers can be donated to the Food Bank.

Feel free to invite friends, family, neighbors and business people who have an interest in helping create Sustainable Burien. You can pass out this PDF flyer.

If you have questions, please ask and we’ll do our best to respond.


A listing on this page does not constitute an endorsement by Sustainable Burien unless we specifically say so. Events are listed here because they sound useful, informative or interesting and contribute in some way to sustainability. If you are aware of any problems please let us know.

We do not accept payments of any kind from anyone who is listed on this site.

Building The Bee-Patch

There’s a B-Patch Photo Album now!

We’ve been helping set up the Burien Community Garden and with the exception of a few small items, it’s finished and the gardeners have taken over. This section will be updated anytime there’s new information. Last updated July 31, 2010.

  • We prepared the one raised and 3 ground level beds.
  • Spread and compacted a lot of gravel.
  • Built a grape arbor in the NW corner and planted grapes and other plants around it.
  • Built compost bins near the house.
  • Built a privacy screen along the west fence.
  • Prepared and planted the landscaping areas around the fence line.
  • Laid down a lot of cardboard and spread wood chips.
  • Landscaped the NE corner of the lot, leaving room for a sign.

Overall we moved about 40 yards of compost, gravel, top soil and wood chips and hauled in almost 300 cinder blocks to build the raised beds. A lot of material moved from one part of the site to another, sometimes more than once. For instance we scraped off a lot of sod and piled it up in two areas. Some of it was replaced with compost and tilled in, other areas had gravel laid down. After we built the raised bed most of the old sod was moved again to fill the lower part of the beds, topped off with compost and soil.

Support for this project, in the form of donations, time and materials comes from members of Sustainable Burien, the Burien Parks Department, Burien Bark, Cedar Grove Composting, CalPortland, Roger’s Spray and Tree Service, and Big Fish Concrete. Burien Bark has donated the delivery of 15 yards of Cedar Grove Compost, and delivery of a load of gravel from CalPortland. Cedar Grove donated 5 yards of compost and sold us the rest at a big discount. CalPortland gave us a discounted price for gravel. The Parks Department has done a lot of the planning and will be doing the administration for the garden. Members of Sustainable Burien helped with the planning, and have been providing tools and equipment, and doing the physical work of preparing the garden. Roger’s Spray and Tree Service delivered a load of good quality maple and alder wood chips and later a large load of mixed cedar and pine wood chips. Ben from Big Fish Concrete helped level and compact the gravel pathways, and donated the use of his mechanical compactor.

Some notes about Past Events

The notes from some of our past gatherings are available as PDF files.