Sustainable Eastlake

How sustainable is our Eastlake neighborhood and how can it be moreso? The Eastlake Community Council invites your suggestions and involvement. Since its founding in 1971, ECC has pursued official purposes to enhance the neighborhood’s welfare and environment and to build community among those who live or work here. Below are an overview and some resources; comments and suggestions are welcome and needed, as is your volunteer help.

What makes Eastlake sustainable? Eastlake is a community of about 4000 residents and 4000 workers in the heart of Seattle, Washington. It is one of the very few neighborhoods with a jobs-housing balance, including many residents who work in the neighborhood. A large number of Eastlake residents and workers travel by bus, bicycle, or on foot. Eastlake has many parks, including more shoreline parks than any other neighborhood–almost all of which were built by volunteers.

The Eastlake Community Council is one of Seattle’s most active neighborhood organizations, and it depends upon the efforts of volunteers. Our frequent public meetings and other events are open to your involvement, as are ongoing projects that can always use your assistance or leadership. For more informaton about Eastlake and the Eastlake Community Council, see other pages on this web site.

A coordinated vision for a sustainable Eastlake emerged in the 1998 Eastlake Neighborhood Plan (done under contract with the City government, and available elsewhere on this web site). The plan has occasioned countless neighborhood-enhancing improvements, among them safer street crossings, new and renovated parks and pathways, and freeway noise walls.

In recent years, ECC has added opportunities for community such as frequent public meetings; promoting mutual assistance for public safety and emergency preparedness; and organizing fun activities such as fairs, celebrations, cruises, and an annual outdoor movie.

How can we do better? We can always do better. What more can we do to reach out to involve and help our neighbors? What more can our neighborhood do to have a net positive impact on the world environment?

Please review the many parts of this web site that tell of our neighborhood’s efforts to build community and protect the environment. And please help us evaluate how we are doing. Toward sustaining Eastlake as a place worth calling home, please send your ideas and/or offer of volunteer assistance. Contact us at info@eastlakeseattle.org) or c/o ECC, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle 98102-3278, or (206) 322-5463.

You can join, donate, or volunteer by those connections, and also on-line here on the ECC web site. Dues and donations help support our efforts in the public interest. But you do not need to be a paid member to volunteer, participate, or be heard. Please join our efforts to ensure a Sustainable Eastlake!

RESOURCES

Bus service Eastlake residents and workers have among the City’s highest rates of transit use. For information about Metro bus service, see http://metro.kingcounty.gov. Bus riders are organized citywide in the Seattle Transit Riders Union at www.transitriders.org. Be sure not to miss ECC’s Tuesday, Nov. 19 public meeting (TOPS-Seward School, 7-9 p.m.) to defend and improve Eastlake’s bus service, and to organize an Eastlake bus riders coalition. And please let us know if you would like to help organize the coalition.

Car ownership and its alternatives Among the greatest pollution and energy impacts we have is in driving. Can car use be reduced by combining trips or by sharing with a friend or neighbor? What are the full costs of car ownership (including maintenance, fuel and insurance)? Could one avoid car ownership by renting a car when needed?

Car-sharing An alternative to car ownership or traditional renting is car-sharing services. Car sharing companies available in Eastlake include Zipcar (www.zipcar.com/seattle) and Car2Go (https://seattle.car2go.com). Car2go’s little blue and white cars are parked on many City streets. Zipcar.com/Seattle has designated locations, which along Eastlake Avenue include Martin St. (across from Ship Canal Grill); Lynn St. (near Eastlake Market), and Garfield Street (near Puget Sound Blood Center).

Shorelines ECC welcomes volunteers to help with its shoreline restoration efforts, and to suggest new ones. For more about best practices for green shorelines, see http://www.govlink.org/watersheds/8/action/greenshorelines, a web site of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Water and Land Resources Division.

Spills To report spills, noise, and other environmental problems, see the section at right which has hot line phone numbers and on-line links to report spills, pollution, and other environmental problems.

About ECC and how to get involved

Neighborhood resources

Social media and blogs

Emergencies, public safety, and government