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New Meeting notes posted!

Hey there all you Earthshipians! We have a new meeting note document posted to our Resources > Meeting notes page! You can download all the discussions we have for our monthly meetings so you can stay caught up! Download it now to see the latest talks and topics we covered and where we need help!


Earthship community get-together on May 5th!

Join us to learn about Earthships, meet people interested in sustainable living and building, and get involved!

We are excited to bring people together, new and old. Bring a dish you enjoy and a friend if you like!

Taos Mesa Brewery

Taos Mesa Brewery

Timeline:
7:00 Arrive
7:20 Eat and Greet
7:45 Intro to Earthship Seattle
8:00 Video about Earthships (changing monthly)
8:30 Volunteer Opportunity Sign Up and Questions
9:00 Head home or stay and mingle!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sophie Suberman via Meetup or Facebook!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!
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An Aquapon’s Delightful First Earthship Meeting

Earthships. What are they? Are they talking about the Earth as a ship, or what exactly? Makes sense right? Sailing thru space and such. While I already knew the answer, I figured why not learn more locally if I can, so I did. Running ‘Anything Aquaponics’ here in Seattle, I have been interested in integrating Earthships into system designs for some clients, and having seen it done on a small scale I reached out to ‘Earthships Seattle’. They encouraged me to join their Meetup group and attend a meeting.

This past Monday I had the great fortune of dropping in on an Earthships Seattle meeting. Some attendees and myself were greeted by the host Florian at the door and ushered inside. Being among the first to arrive, we mingled while consuming the delicious appetizers as more members poured in. The food was just as diverse as the group; Individuals from all over the country, Central America and Europe. Stuffed peppers, pressed chocolate, and fresh bread from a Ballard bakery were among the many delightful hors d’œuvres. Once the group swelled to just over 20 folks the meeting formally began.

Event Organizer Sophie initiated a ‘fill-in-the-blank’ style of introductions to go around the room. Most people appeared to be new to the ‘ships’ as they are referred in these circles, but we privy to the concept and were inspired to drop in and learn more. A few members of the group have completed the Earthship Academy workshops and have built multiple ships all over the world. Tele-conference was also conducted for those who could not physically attend, but were still interested.
Following the introduction session a video clip from Democracy Now on Earthships was put on. The piece was on Michael Reynolds (the father of Earthships) the story behind the movement. One topic he covered that I bring up in my aquaponics classes is establishing local food security as a social dissent deterrent. Put more succinctly: feed hungry people and they are less likely to commit crimes.

Seth R. Connell

Seth R. Connell

Mr. Reynolds’ sense of humor was acceptably dry and industrious; poking fun at the global market machine by referring to glass bottles, soda cans, and used tires as ‘indigenous to all continents’. When questioned about his Architecture license being revoked by the government he confirmed the case. Reynolds went on to describe that because Earthships are so efficient and different that they do not abide by modern architecture’s international building code standards. After losing his license he came up with the term ‘Biotecture’, which ended up being the latter half of his new business ‘Earthship Biotecture’.

Other key points on the video to bring up for anyone not familiar are rather unbelievable to newbies. Benefits such as year-round indoor gardening, constant regulated temperature, solar/wind/alt power sources, and Eachship boasting a utility bill grand total of under $100 per year; those are the main head turners. Structures are on average comprised of 45% recycled or upcycled materials, and the rest purchased.

Upon the videos end, hearing their stories over the course of the night was rather inspiring. Some of the certified ship builders had actually spent months with Reynolds. From what I was able to gather, these homes average out to the same expense per square foot as a modern home. While that may be true, to this writer the benefits of Earthships drastically outweigh the plain functionless structure of the cookie-cutter boxes most of us call home.

Local Earthship events were mentioned as well if you feel like getting involved. What the group has dubbed the ‘Trash Studio’ is located in the Columbia City neighborhood of South Seattle. It is near completion and they have setup the final few workshop days on their Meetup.com page. Upcoming workshops are on the following dates and you can RSVP on their Meetup page: 3/16, 3/20, 3/27, and 3/29.

There are a variety of other opportunities for Earthships to be built in Western Washington which were mentioned, many of which are still up in the air, and our state’s legislators make it very difficult to approve plans. There are ways to work with city/county inspectors to get these projects accomplished and I’m sure there will be more information available as those respective projects move along.

About this time the meeting concluded and some people disembarked for home. I stayed and talked more in depth with those who stuck around, as well as signed up for some volunteer positions on the board. My aquaponics company keeps me busy, but there is enough downtime to contribute my time to helping this group get these ships in the ground (not off it).
If you are one of the people who actually practices being the change you want to see in the world, rather than just saying it, then you should definitely join this group! There are many other positions available for people to join this great group of skilled enthusiasts and certified builders. Workshops, meetings, and even road-trips to Earthships are among the activities they hold.

I personally had a fantastic time and am excited to play a role in the group. Can totally see myself turning from a professional Aquapon into a bit of a E-shipper/Shippie or whatever the proper moniker is. Please find them on meetup.com or on Facebook.
http://www.meetup.com/Earthship-Seattle/
https://www.facebook.com/EarthshipSeattle/


Earthship community get-together on April 6th!

Join us to learn about Earthships, meet people interested in sustainable living and building, and get involved!

We are excited to bring people together, new and old. Bring a dish you enjoy and a friend if you like!

Taos Mesa Brewery

Taos Mesa Brewery

Timeline:
7:00 Arrive
7:20 Eat and Greet
7:45 Intro to Earthship Seattle
8:00 Video about Earthships (changing monthly)
8:30 Volunteer Opportunity Sign Up and Questions
9:00 Head home or stay and mingle!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sophie Suberman via Meetup or Facebook!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!
Click here to RSVP on Meetup!


Earthship community get-together!

Join us to learn about Earthships, meet people interested in sustainable living and building, and get involved!

We are excited to bring people together, new and old. Bring a dish you enjoy and a friend if you like!

Earthship construction

Earthship construction


Timeline:
7:00 Arrive
7:20 Eat and Greet
7:45 Intro to Earthship Seattle
8:00 Video about Earthships (changing monthly)
8:30 Volunteer Opportunity Sign Up and Questions
9:00 Head home or stay and mingle!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sophie Suberman via Meetup or Facebook!

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!
Click here to RSVP on Meetup!


Recycling Center Tour

This is an event from the “Minimalism & Simplicity” Meetup group, which I’m duplicating here because it looks awesome!
Original event here: http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Minimalism-and-Simplicity-Group/events/226471305/
RSVP on Earthship Seattle’s Facebook page (click here) or Meetup group (click here).

Recycling Center

Recycling Center

“Hi everyone!

Have you ever wondered what happens to the huge amount of plastic, glass and paper we empty into the dark green recycling bins and place at the curb each week? What happens to all the lids less that 3 inches, the food containers that still have food stuck to the sides, or shampoo bottles with that last inch of stubborn soap at the bottom? Seattleites are strong recyclers but often fall victim to the act of “Wishcycling” or throwing things in the recycling bins because we “hope” they will be recycled or think they “should” be recyclable. But how does this affect the sorting process at the recycling centers? Does it do more harm than good?

Come find out more about the recycling process in the Seattle area and get these and other questions answered!

During the tour we will dive into the entire process, how everything is sorted and what they do at the facility. More information:

The visit will include about 45 minutes in our conference room, where we will discuss recycling procedures and observe sorting activity on closed circuit television. We will then watch the sorting process from the observation deck for about 5-10 minutes. Sturdy shoes: Visitors must wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. Photographs: Visitors may take still photographs, but video cameras are not allowed.

Accessibility: The conference room where you will be for most of the visit is wheelchair accessible. However, it is necessary to climb 24 steps to watch the sorting process from the observation deck at the end of your visit.

The address is 14020 NE 190th St, Woodinville, WA 98072. You can access directions at http://wmnorthwest.com/cascaderecycling/directions/. Please park in the upper parking lot off of NE 190th St and 142nd Ave NE. Walk down the hill and enter the building through the double doors with a WM decal on them. Use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor, and you will see the classroom on your right.

Call (425) 652-0862 if you have any questions. More information about the CRC is available at http://www.wmnorthwest.com/cascaderecycling/index.html.

NOTE FOR CARPOOLING: For people driving from Seattle, we will plan to meet up at a central location at 2pm (TBD) so we can drive over together in less cars.”


November East side Meetup

Join Jamie at this beautiful coffee emporium for fun social discussion about Earthships, and related topics. It will be my pleasure to tell you all about the local projects we have going on. Bring your questions, dreams, visions, and plans to the table. I am excited to meet you.

East Side Meetup & Screening

East Side Meetup & Screening

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Time Bank orientation meeting — featuring Earthship Seattle

Earthship systems

Earthship systems


Come learn more about Time Banks, and how they can interact with Earthship Seattle!
You can also register to become a Time Bank member. It’s free!

Monthly Meeting: November 19th, 2015
Member Orientation at 6:00 PM. Bring ID.
Member potluck 6:30pm, followed by member meeting at 7:00 pm – 8:30pm.
SPEAKER: Florian of Earthship Seattle

Learn how you can earn Timebank hours by helping (volunteering) at partner organizations.

Monthly meetings are held every third Thursday at the West Seattle Senior Center.
4217 SW Oregon St, Seattle, WA 98116

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East side meetup

Join us at Soulfood coffee house in Redmond for a fun open conversation about Earthships. We will get you all connected with local projects, and fun things you can do to live more sustainably.

East Side Meetup & Screening

East Side Meetup & Screening

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July 28th Earthship Meetup in Seattle!

Earthship construction

Earthship construction

Join us at 6pm at the library, and at 7:30pm stay with us as we go for a drink!

We’ll be meeting up to discuss our interest in Earthships and the ways in which we can help each other realize our goals of building Earthship structures. Zarna and Roxanne will host.

Our community continues to grow. With the “Trash Studio” build in Columbia city edging closer to completion, Earthship Seattle is looking at ideas for new projects so come share your thoughts and possibilities! Do you want to learn more about solar panels? Do you want to learn more about catching rainwater and installing a cistern? Do you already know a community that is looking for help with their sustainable construction and might be interested in the possibility of Earthships?

Join us to learn what you can do to advance the cause of sustainable artistic creative housing in Seattle!

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6:00 pm — Capitol Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library: 425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102

7:30 pm — Summit Public House: 601 Summit Ave E, Seattle, Washington 98102