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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.
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.
Upcoming Events, including meetings:
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 have listing guidelines and contact options on our About Us page.
Sunday, May 8, 2011 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rainwater Harvesting for Garden and Home
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 6 to 8 PM
$40. Presented by Burien Parks and the Cascade Bicycle Club. Download the Parks Department PDF brochure for details.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th, 2011. Seattle’s city-wide garden build day and celebration, Spring into Bed!, is building momentum for a second year. This year Spring into Bed! will be building and celebrating our thriving local food system throughout all of King County. We will organize over 500 volunteers at over 30 sites, tally over a square mile (27,878,400 ft.) of activated food growing space, and raise over $30,000 to build free and subsidized gardens for low income families. You are an essential element of this celebration! Read more about it at Urbanfarmhub.org.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 6 PM to 8 PM
June 15-18, 2011 6 to 9 PM
$80. Presented by Burien Parks and the Cascade Bicycle Club. Download the Parks Department PDF brochure for details.
Movie Nights are temporarily suspended due to some scheduling issues. We'll post a notice when they resume.
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.
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.
Sunday, July 11, 2010 Sustainable Burien gathering.
December 12, 2008 and January 10, 2009
In spite of temperatures hovering right around freezing, occasional heavy rain and a wind storm, nearly 50 people showed up for the December 12th Beach Walk. Kids, parents and interested citizens spent about an hour and a half exploring the beach with flashlights, finding the creatures that are normally hidden. They learned about beach etiquette, marine life and much more. People for Puget Sound set up an awning at the top of the ramp so there would be a reasonably dry place to sign in and get oriented. And where coffee and hot chocolate were available to help warm people up.
The weather was better for the January 10, 2009 beachwalk. Over 60 people participated and had a great time. There are photos from these and the two previous beachwalks on the Environmental Science Center web site.
People For Puget Sound and various partners are also sponsoring several others, including on Vashon Island, on Bainbridge Island, in Olympia and Anacortes. See their Events page for details.
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