Dec 20, 2010

Annual Event a Tremendous Success

Sustainable Seattle had its annual event at Hidmo this part Thursday December 16, 2010 and it could not have gone better.

The event was the brainchild of Sustainable Seattle, POAGP(Pursuit of a Green Planet), Sustainable Central District and the many contributors and donors. It was an evening of fun, food and games and the ambiance at Hidmo was as per usual wonderful, homey and welcoming. (By the way the food at Hidmo is fantastic and I highly recommend the vegetarian plates.)

We had a large number of preregistered folks who signed up for the evening and more than expected showed up on the night of the event. The evening went swimmingly with the seven different "acts" flowing from one to another like tributaries to a great river. There was laughter, conversation, alcohol and connection and it was very good.

The night also featured performances from local music artists that included Young N Brave, a group of hip hop artists with a message of hope who happen to be on BET on December 22 on the networks landmark show "106 and Park."

We also were honored to have another local star Yirim Seck give us a performance that reminded me of a young Mos Def.

I can't explain how happy I am that this event went so well. We have been in rebirth for this last year and like the phoenix I see bright things for the organization moving forward. I'm not the only one as these comments from other members of Sustainable Seattle can attest.

Andrew comments:

As far as I could tell, everybody was having a good time and enjoyed themselves throughout the night. That was the clearest measure of success, but it wouldn’t have been possible without such great performers and attendees. It was a pleasure speaking with and getting to know many of them. Yirim Seck and Young-N-Brave’s conclusion to the evening was nothing short of awesome. Both artists were that much more impressive live than on record.

Tysan comments:

The annual event was a great way to recognize all the work that so many people have put into sustainability this past year. A crowd of our supporters and new friends gathered over music, laughter and drink to see performances and recognize amazing individuals and businesses who have made it part of their practice to be able to sustain not only themselves, but the planet. The mind-boggling number of contributors to our silent auction and the wealth of talents that the Sustainable Seattle family has got to be shown off, and I was so happy to be able to be a part of this organization for 2010. Collaboration with the Take Back Your Time and the ideas moving forward for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative make me excited to begin work in 2011!

Tim comments:

There are so many parties to thank for the success of this years annual event I don't know where to begin. I will start by thanking those who were able to attend the event. The number of attendees was impressive and the hard work of many has paid off in grand ways! This event was a fantastic demonstration of the support Sustainable Seattle has again begun to receive throughout the Seattle community and I am confident this will continue to grow in future months.

The awards program and ceremony was deemed a huge success by all parties involved and would like to acknowledge and thank all of the nominees for their work towards improving the sustainability of the Puget Sound region. With all but one award recipient present we received great feedback and thanks from all award nominees and winners. I would again like to thank the judges for their brilliance and expertise, without them the program would not have been possible.

With so much momentum moving into the New Year I am excited for what the future hold at Sustainable Seattle and can truly say what an exciting time it is to be involved with the organization.

Congratulations and thank you to all! Sustainable Seattle ROCKS!

Contributors and Sponsors

Without the support and contribution of the following people this event would have not been as successful as it was. Many, many thanks for all your aid and assistance!


Macrina Bakery, PCC Natural Markets, Grand Central Bakery, Gelatiamo, Columbia City Bakery, 23rd & Jackson Starbucks, Honest Tea

Silent Auction Contributors:

Ballard Bee Company


Seattle Tilth

Maritime NW Garden Guide (book)

Cedar Grove

Two yards compost & 10 bags potting soil


$150 gift certificate

David George Gordon

The Secret World of Slugs and Snails/one hour consulting time


4 Passes/SAM membership

Burke Museum

Entrance passes

Eldan Goldenburg

Signed copy of Four Fish

$50 certificates towards STARs workshop, Desk space

Hannah Ahmed

Quilceda Creek red and Amavi Semillon white wine

Brian Allen

Urban Beekeeping lessons

O'Brien & Company

2 hrs sustainability and green building consulting time

Tysan Dutta

Forest Moss soaps, dinner at Herb Farm, WEB Assessment

Al Runte

signed copies of National Parks: The American Experience


4 passes to David Garrett at Paramount Theatre


Moving package: 2 bedroom bundle for 3 weeks

John de Graaf

Afluenza DVDs and books

Aisha Kaba

French lessons, Salsa lessons

Samadhi Yoga

2 months unlimited yoga


Handmade recycled cashmere & wool patch scarf & arm warmers

Hazel Salon & Organics

Care package

Twig Landscape Design

2hr gardening/landscape design consultation

Catalyst Designs Alena Fisse-Karr

Hand crafted jewelry


Photographs by Eldan Goldenburg

Two art series by Laura Musikanski

Peas! by Elizabeth Sheets

Sarah Jane Lapp New York Party & '04 GOP convention cartoon

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