Sustainable Capitol Hill Resources

Here you can explore notes and recipes from past events and tips and resources on how to live more sustainably.

A Beginners Guide to Gardening in the City

A Beginners Guide to Gardening in the City

by Emily Mandaville While Washington is known for ample rain and rich soil, gardening in the city can pose some challenges, unless you know where to look.  All it takes is a little digging (get it?) and some creativity to get started with your urban gardening project....

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3 Ways to Make a More Sustainable Thanksgiving Dinner

3 Ways to Make a More Sustainable Thanksgiving Dinner

by Emily Mandaville The holidays are expensive. And sometimes it seems like there’s just no way around it. Not only do the holidays often put extra stress on our wallets, they also take a toll on the planet! Between the months of November and December, the average...

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YOU Are the Capitol Hill Tool Library: Eleanor Doughty

YOU Are the Capitol Hill Tool Library: Eleanor Doughty

After seeing some of the amazing pieces Eleanor has created at the Tool Library, we sat down with her to find out more about her projects, her process, and why she’s become a regular. How did you hear about the Capitol Hill Tool Library? After moving into my current...

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DIY Gifts Are Awesome — We Got You Covered

DIY Gifts Are Awesome — We Got You Covered

This holiday season, your imagination and our tools are all you need to tackle your gift list. Create a vase or a guitar pick on our 3-D printer. Use our lathe to make a wooden spatula. Build a book stand with our table saw and drill press. And we have more cool DIY...

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Find Volunteer Opportunities

Find Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to get connected in your community. For 2015, our metropolitan area ranks #8 (out of 51) in terms of the number of volunteers with 31.1% of residents getting involved. See more interesting volunteer facts on the governments website. There...

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Tips for Creating Your Own Herb Garden

Tips for Creating Your Own Herb Garden

While herbs can be grown in any outdoor garden setting during the summer months, they are an ideal option for growing indoors and on balconies or porches all year long, since they enjoy the same temperatures we do—typically between 65 and 70 degrees during the day....

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Composting at Home!

Composting at Home!

In addition to using a curbside food scrap recycling bin (see the Local Recycling Page [link] for more info), composting at home is a great way to recycle your food and yard waste, and to create your very own compost to use in your garden or houseplants. Take a look...

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Local Recycling Information

Local Recycling Information

The City of Seattle has one of the most advanced recycling systems in the country. Make sure that you are taking advantage of what our city's recycling programs have to offer by keeping up-to-date on all program changes and additions! Seattle Public Utilities:...

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Honey Bee Swarm Rescue

Honey Bee Swarm Rescue

Often people will see bees as pests that will sting their children and call an exterminator, who will spray toxic chemicals everywhere to kill them off. Please don't let that happen to our pollinators! If you see a swarm of bees hanging out, on the street, in your...

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Top 10 Reasons To Grow An Organic Food Garden

Top 10 Reasons To Grow An Organic Food Garden

Growing your own food reduces the distance your food travels from the farm to you (10 feet, say, versus 250-2,500 miles). That means you're eliminating the petroleum products used in farming equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, packaging, storage, and transportation....

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Top 10 Benefits Of Eating Local, Seasonal, Organic Food

Top 10 Benefits Of Eating Local, Seasonal, Organic Food

Supporting local farmers & local food diversity will be increasingly important in an economic crisis, as energy prices rise, as our climate continues to change, and as our food supply continues to become threatened by a loss of biodiversity. Eating local food...

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Top 10 Ways For Local Businesses to Go Green

Top 10 Ways For Local Businesses to Go Green

Connect with, and support, your local community Sustainability Group (like Sustainable Capitol Hill)!  The more invested you are in your community, and vice versa, the more likely it is that residents will shop local, supporting your business and keeping you a part of...

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How to Brew Kombucha

How to Brew Kombucha

On Jan 6, 2014, SCH hosted a Kombucha brewing tutorial, presented by Jacob Rusby. Below you will find an overview of the presentation, including the recipe and tips on brewing your own kombucha. The material below is from...

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Bread Baking Recipes

Bread Baking Recipes

Starter Starting a starter from scratch: Use a small plastic container that seals and will have room for approximately 2 or more cups of liquid (I like to use a heavy duty Tupperware) This is so there is room for the gas in the starter to escape without exploding your...

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Sustainable Food Potluck Notes

Sustainable Food Potluck Notes

On August 23, 2013, Sustainable Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, and Domonique Juleon hosted a discussion on food in our neighborhood. It was exciting to talk about not only the current food system but also what kind of food system we hope to create moving...

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Fruit Trees of Capitol Hill

Fruit Trees of Capitol Hill

The Capitol Hill neighborhood is lucky to have a tremendous quantity and variety of trees.  The Fruit Trees of Capitol Hill will help promote awareness and, by extension, conservation of all of Capitol Hill’s trees. Thanks to Domonique Juleon and Gregory Waggoner for...

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How to make Kimchi

How to make Kimchi

from February 2013 meeting Ingredients: 3 heads of napa cabbage 1½ cups of salt 1 gallon of water Paste: 2 bulbs garlic 1 cup red pepper powder 1 knob fresh grated ginger 16 oz julienned carrots ½ T fish sauce 3 T sugar enough water to form paste Misc: Gloves (chili...

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Natural Herb Identification Walks

Natural Herb Identification Walks

Periodically, Sustainable Capitol Hill's Dr. Jake Felice, Naturopathic Physician, leads a "Backyard Herb Walk." Come learn over 20 native medicinal species that grow all around us! The class is great for beginners and anyone wanting to learn more about natural...

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