Host a Screening of Sound and Vision

People For Puget Sound has a new documentary called Sound and Vision.  They are inviting communities to host screenings of the movie.  This is a great way to introduce your community to the issues impacting Puget Sound.

Excerpt from the People For Puget Sound website:

“Sound and Vision, a film in eight parts, explores issues facing the near shore environment. It is a film about the oceans, told through the stories of people working to clean up, protect, and restore habitat in Puget Sound and beyond.” Learn more!

Help Tox-Ick Go Viral: Friday March 30, 10-11AM


We want to see Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster go viral.  To support that goal, Cate White will be giving a presentation at the 2012 Storming the Sound Conference (produced by People for Puget Sound and the WA State Department of Ecology).

During the hour-long presentation, Cate will discuss how individuals and community groups all around Puget Sound can adopt the education campaign.  The presentation will include an overview of the free resources that are available, tips on helping the outreach campaign take root in your community, and advice on how to find funding to support outreach efforts.  The conference will be held at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, 9AM-4PM.


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West Seattle High School wins $1,000 to battle Tox-Ick Monster with rain garden

On Thursday, March 22nd, Sustainable West Seattle awarded The West Seattle High School Earth Service Corps $1,000 toward a new rain garden for the school.  The Corps earned the award through its public outreach efforts by getting more than 40 new people to attend a Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster education event.

Sage Taber, WSHS student, and her fellow Earth Service Corps members have built momentum for the rain garden at the school.  The Corps will coordinate with Stewardship Partners and Sustainable Seattle to plan and build out the rain garden.  We will be putting out a call for volunteers to help plant the garden in the next month.  Once the garden is built, the Corps will work with Sustainable Seattle and Friends of the Cedar River Watershed to integrate the rain garden into the school’s science curriculum.

Help West Seattle HS Win $1,000 Toward a Rain Garden!

Thursday, March 22nd, 7-8PM West Seattle High School Library

Sustainable West Seattle has issued a challenge to the community… if 50+ people attend an hour-long presentation about simple things we can all do to restore Puget Sound, we’ll award $1,000 toward a school rain garden.

The school’s student-led Earth Service Corps is coordinating the rain garden project with other local nonprofits including Stewardship Partners and Sustainable Seattle. Rain gardens are an excellent first line of defense against the polluted runoff that threatens the health of Puget Sound and its most emblematic wildlife: salmon and killer whales. The students’ aim is to turn the rain garden into a permanent feature that can be used for science education for years to come. Please help them attain their vision!

West Seattle High School is at 3000 California Avenue SW

Tox-Ick.Org Revamped

For those following the Tox-Ick Monster… the website has just been revamped.  The new structure is now:

  • Home
  • Events
  • Simple Solutions (with resources integrated into the page)
  • Learn More (video and website links)
  • Tox-Ick Presentation (for community groups interested in adopting the Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign)
  • Press
  • Blog

I welcome people to send cate at information to post on the Blog or Events page or links to include under Learn More.  This site was developed to become an open resource for people/groups that want to educate their communities about steps individuals can take to reduce polluted stormwater runoff.

Thanks for your interest!


Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster: NEXT STEPS

Sustainable West Seattle’s first phase of its Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign is winding down.  We created a 45-minute PowerPoint presentation about solutions to stormwater pollution, we trialed the presentation at a number of community venues, and now it is time to help other groups throughout the region adopt the campaign so that they can teach their communities stop stormwater pollution.

The next steps we are taking to help other groups adopt the campaign include:
•    March 11th introduce Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign at Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound (SCALLOPS) Spring Forward Meeting.
•    March 30th workshop on using the Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster campaign in your community at the Storming the Sound Conference.
•    Develop video segments of the presentation that will be available on this website as a basic education resource and to help train new groups that want to adopt the campaign.

If you, or someone that you know, would like to bring this campaign to your community, contact cate at

Schools win $1,000 for fighting the Tox-Ick Monster

On Thursday, March 8th, Sustainable West Seattle teamed up with the Garden Cycles and Puget Creek Watershed Alliance to teach the community about stormwater pollution.  We put a challenge to the community to get 50 people to attend an event at Sanislo Elementary. The reward: $1,000 toward a native plant education project at the school.  We are happy to report the challenge was met!  (see WS Blog coverage )

Our next West Seattle Don’t Feed the Tox-Ick Monster event will be held on Thursday, March 22nd, from 7-8PM at West Seattle High School.  For this event, if we get an audience of 50 people or more, we will award $1,000 toward a rain garden for the high school.  Free Pizza will be provided.