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Changing Seasons
 
As summer comes to an end and school starts up again, what better time to get a new habit started? We’re lucky to live in Ballard, where we have quite a few options to try new things with our neighbors. Let’s face it, sometimes it takes publicly declaring our intentions to keep us honest. In October, Sustainable Ballard is again creating a team for the NW Earth Institute EcoChallenge -- we hope you’ll join us. You can double dip by choosing a challenge to reduce landfill waste and help Ballard win the Think Green Challenge or by getting a Wildlife Habitat Certification for your property to help NW Seattle become a Community Wildlife Habitat.

Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Presents "Poverty, Inc." - Sept. 25

Fighting poverty is big business. But who profits the most? From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, this film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem? Free screening; donations gladly accepted. Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.

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RainWise 101 Workshop - Sept. 27

Learn about how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water, hear from delighted RainWise homeowners and get inspired by slides of their yards, meet trained RainWise contractors who can offer a free consultation, learn about big rebates from SPU and King County (up to 100% of the total cost), and get set to take the next step. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Ballard Sunday Dinners - come volunteer with us!

Ballard Sunday Dinners was created to offer weekly hot meals with dignity to our homeless neighbors on the one night of the week that a seated, indoor dinner had not been offered nearby. Volunteer positions are now open for preparing, serving the meal, and clean up in September and October. If you’d like to learn more before volunteering, join us for a healthy meal, every Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

NWEI EcoChallenge Oct.14-28 - Join the Sustainable Ballard team!

If you’re looking to live more sustainably and make a difference, the NW Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge is a fun step toward a lower impact lifestyle. And Sustainable Ballard has a team! You'll choose one action to reduce your impact, set a goal that makes a difference for you and the planet, and stick with it for two weeks. Join us!

Saving Ballard Market receipts? Bring them to the movie!

As a charitable organization registered with Ballard Market, Sustainable Ballard receives a donation of 1% of pre-tax subtotals from receipts we send in to them. Please save your receipts, then come to our next Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard event to drop them off -- or send them in the mail.

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Interested in Little Free Libraries?

We are getting ready for the fourth edition of our Little Free Libraries map, so it's time to scout out new libraries and take photos. If you're interested in getting involved with Ballard’s Little Free Libraries, let us know!

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Are you interested in influencing the direction of the Ballard Tool Library?

We’re looking for a new Project Lead for the Ballard Tool Library. Take on a supported leadership role -- don't worry, we have a dedicated group that will help you along the way. Let us know if you're interested.

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September Waste Reduction Tips

Good-bye summer and hello autumn! Back-to-school time is here. This year, consider these suggestions for reducing many different kinds of waste (lunch, snacks, electronics, clothing and more) as you launch into the school year.

Other Community Events

U.W. Botanic Gardens class - Eat Native: Identifying Edible Native Plants - Sept. 19

Learn to safely identify many of our native edible plants as well as ways to incorporate them into your home landscape. This class will include a small tasting of different native plants as well as a short walk through a natural area to compare native edibles to invasive look-alikes. Monday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

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Public Talk: "Going to Extremes: Is it Climate Change or Just Bad Weather?" - Sept. 21

Come learn more about the science of climate change and how it may impact the Pacific Northwest in coming decades, ask questions, learn what you can do, and enjoy a fun, engaging discussion around the tables in Peddler Brewing’s beer garden. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.

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Environmental Citizen Advocacy 101 training event - Sept. 21

Do you care about climate change and the environment? Have you ever wondered what you personally could do to effect political change, even though acting as an individual seems hopeless? We can’t wait for politicians to make bold moves. We have to do it now, ourselves. Join 350 Seattle for an evening at a brewery and learn how we can act together. Wednesday, Sept 21 at 7 p.m.

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Sierra Club film screening: "Sweet Crude" - Sept. 22

In a small corner of the most populous country in Africa, billions of dollars of crude oil flow under the feet of a desperate people. Immense wealth and abject poverty stand in stark contrast. "Sweet Crude" tells the story of Nigeria’s Niger Delta, a region that is seething and where the global stakes are high. Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Bringing in Ballard Friday Night Social: Meet Your Ride - Sept. 23

Meet a bridge tender, test-ride an electric bike, explore all the ways to get around Ballard and beyond. Potluck dinner and crafts for the kids, too. And don’t forget to bring a donation of packaged food for the Ballard Food Bank. Friday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Neighborhood Recycling Event - Sept. 24

Clean out your basement and garage and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items, metal, styrofoam and clothing. Recycling is free! Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Seattle Tilth class: Backyard Beekeeping 101 - Sept. 24

Raise your own bees to pollinate your garden and produce delicious honey! As the first part of our three-part beekeeping series, this lecture-based introductory course is designed for people who are considering keeping bees. Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m.

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Groundswell NW: Sunset Hill - Shilshole Gateway work party - Sept. 24

Please join us to weed the landscaped ends of the 36th Ave NW median. We’ll start at the north end, just south of NW 62nd St. Bring work gloves, water and any favorite weeding tools. We’ll have some gloves and tools, safety vests and refreshments. Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 - 11 a.m.

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Tuesdays @ 21 - Biochar: Creating Clean Energy and Building Healthy Soils - Sept. 27

This presentation will illustrate how biochar technology can increase sustainability in Pacific NW food production, including a demonstration of the burning stove and an interactive presentation of its use. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

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WNPS Fall Native Plant Sale - Oct. 1

Washington Native Plant Society's plant sale features a large selection of native bulbs, seeds, trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers that are ideal for gardens in Western Washington. Native plant experts will also offer gardening advice. Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Town Hall: Alan Mallach - Building Smart, Sustainable Cities - Oct. 6

Seattle is inundated by sustainably minded trends, such as attempts to shift away from car dependence and the demand for walkable neighborhoods. But most U.S. metros continue to follow old patterns. City planner Alan Mallach will share his recommendations for U.S. cities as they develop progressive policies and strategies. Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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