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Act locally!

Our new year’s promise to you is to make it easy for you to take positive action with Sustainable Ballard in 2017. As a result of our Annual Planning Meeting this month, we’ve formed a new Projects & Events Group whose primary goal is to help neighbors find projects or events where they can plug in and collectively "act locally" for positive change. Just email and we will get you on your way!

January waste reduction tips

The new year is a time to think about the person you want to be. With these simple waste reduction tips, you can easily resolve to be a greener you this year.


Ballard Tool Library planning meetings - 3rd Thursdays - Jan. 19

Join us for updates on the Ballard Tool Library, learn how you can become involved in making this dream a reality for Ballard, and bring your ideas to the table. Thursday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m.


Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard presents "Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness" - Jan. 29

Join us at Royal Drummer for this documentary about a tent city under a bridge, a man named Maurice, and the criminalization of homelessness in the U.S. The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m.


Join the gleaners!

We're looking for volunteers to help collect fresh produce from the generous farmers at the Ballard Farmers’ Market every Sunday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and deliver it to the Ballard Food Bank. Extra hands with vehicles (pickups or vans) are needed to help collect this wonderful bounty; teams rotate so the commitment is no more than once per month.


Interested in Little Free Libraries?

Help us put together the fourth edition of the Ballard Little Free Library™ map! The lead for this fun project is looking for folks who may be interested in walking our neighborhood later this spring to find any new boxes that have been installed since the third edition was published.

Our 9th Annual Edible Garden Tour is coming up - join the planning team!

We welcome more people to the planning team for this year's Edible Garden Tour. Help us select the date, decide which quadrant of Ballard will be featured this year, work on special features and bring your own ideas to the table.


"Voluntary Simplicity" discussion group forming, to start in March

Sustainable Ballard is forming a Voluntary Simplicity discussion group to discover ways to slow down and live simply. Voluntary Simplicity helps participants examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet. Together, we will explore how consumption patterns have an impact on us and our relationships, as well as the environment. Join the conversation!


No clothing, shoes or linens to the landfill!

Damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore. Up to 95% of clothes, shoes and linens thrown in the garbage could have been reused or recycled. Many local organizations want all your clothes, shoes and linens for reuse or recycling – even damaged items.


Stop junk mail

The new year is here -- time to stop all of those uninvited catalogs and advertisements piling up in your mailbox! You can stop unwanted junk mail by using the free opt-out service provided by Catalog Choice. A small investment in time now can save you a lot more in the long run.


Other Community Events

Seattle Tilth class: Start Seeds Indoors - Jan. 21

Get a head start on spring and summer by starting your organic veggie garden indoors now. Save money, grow varieties you can’t find in stores and be more self-sufficient by growing your own plant starts. Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon


EBCA Work Party - Jan. 21

Since 2009, rain gardens at the intersection of NW 58th and 14th Ave NW have been absorbing storm water runoff from the street. Through the years, the NW corner rain garden has been thriving, but the NE garden has not. Join the East Ballard Community Association for a work party to fix it up. Saturday, Jan. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.


1 Sustainable Planet (1SP) public meeting - Jan. 22

If the inauguration of a climate denier to the highest office in the land has left you worried about climate change, come put your energy into action. 1SP is focusing on solutions and the long-term task of building a sustainable way of living, no matter what happens with climate. All are invited to the first public meeting to learn more. Sunday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m.


Great Seattle Seed Swap - Jan. 28

Join the King County Seed Lending Library for their 4th annual edible Seed Swap. Browse and take seeds of your favorite vegetables, herbs and edible flowers; bring seeds to swap (open-pollinated and heirloom only, please); attend short workshops; and browse the library’s catalog. Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.


21 Acres class: Winter Wellness - Feb. 2

Join 21 Acres culinary instructors as they teach us which foods and herbs can support our immune system through the cold/flu season, including bone broth, sage steam, spicy cider and winter tea. Thursday, Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Help Amazing Grace win the Soup-er Bowl! - through Feb. 5

Amazing Grace Spiritual Center is participating in the Soup-er Bowl competition with similar centers across the United States. The center that collects the most cans of soup, chili and stew (per capita) by Super Bowl Sunday wins! Amazing Grace is the defending champion, having won two years in a row. They’re going for three! All donations go to the Ballard Food Bank.

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