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Celebrating Think Outside the Car

CoolMom and several local West Seattle schools celebrated our projects success!
Celebrating Think Outside the Car

No-Idling Please

On Tuesday, January 15th CoolMom and our Think Outside the Car Steering Committee celebrated our carbon saving Walking School Buses and No-Idle Campaign. Those in attendance were treated to our Think Outside the Car video and a thank you ceremony for our volunteers.

Our Think Outside the Car (TOC) team partnered with businesses, groups and individuals to spread awareness about car-idling and inspiring walking and biking to school.

Think Outside the Car gets Results

The project:

  • Started three walking school buses and there is more to come!
  • Paid for 6 bike racks at Lafayette and Gatewood Schools
  • Created a No-Idle campaign at Gatewood school, posting signs and reducing idling behavior by over 90%
  • Presented our project in 10 community events educating families about TOC, including a large community tabling event created by our TOC team partnering with five other environmentally conscientious organizations.
  • Engaged over 35 motorists lined up for the Fauntleroy Ferry -educating, inspiring and confirming that car idling creates 20 times more pollution than a car traveling 32 miles per hour!!!

Because this project can make such a big impact on carbon savings and engaging communities on the importance of clean air, CoolMom will continue this work.

CoolMom plans to help create additional Walking School Buses and to establish No-Idle Zones at schools and within the community by educating motorists and posting no-idle signs at local businesses.


A large thank you to the Department of Neighborhoods and especially Laurie Ames for helping us navigate through the grant process and supporting our efforts! We also owe a big thanks to our Walking School Bus Monitors, No-Idle champions and all the kids that participated in the project.

Special thanks to Terri, Laura, Barb, Fletcher, Peter, Gene and Christina -our TOC Steering Committee Team!

And thank you to Safeway for supporting our project through sponsorship and Organic Valley for donating items for our TOC Kick-Off event!

Department of Neighborhoods logo

Safeway Logo


Volunteer to Expand Think Outside the Car!

CoolMom will continue working on the project Think Outside the Car. We need volunteers to help create new Walking School Buses and furthering our No-Idle campaign. Contact Sonja Nash, CoolMom Program Director, at sonjanash at cool mom dot org.

January 15th Celebrate TOC

West Seattle CoolMom and the Think Outside the Car Steering Committee invite you to celebrate our project Think Outside the Car!
January 15th Celebrate TOC

Join a Walking School Bus!

Our Think Outside the Car project is winding down and we have lots to share! Come out to C&P Coffee on January 15 at 6:30 pm for some nibbles and toast to our successes.

West Seattle CoolMom is hosting the event at C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave. SW, in West Seattle. We will be celebrating our accomplishments at our three schools, Arbor Heights, Gatewood and Lafayette Elementary and giving our volunteers a token of our appreciation. We also will be showing our nifty video we had made as part of the project.

Bring the family and grab a bite while we honor our volunteers. Children are welcome. Wine, beer, coffee and tea may be purchased at our lovely venue.

Please carpool, bike or walk to our event please.

RSVP to:
Terri Glaberson, Program Manager, 206-280-2828


When: January 15th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Where: C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave. SW, Seattle WA 98136
What: Watch our Think Outside the Car Video, share hors d'oeuvres and beverages and help celebrate our volunteers.

Hope to see you there!

Fauntleroy Ferry- No-Idle Event, 11/17

Did you know that 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it? And, that an idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling 32 mph?
Fauntleroy Ferry- No-Idle Event, 11/17

Think Outside the Car

Learn more on Saturday, November 17th and help educate motorists lining up for the Fauntleroy Ferry.

You can help us educate those motorists waiting to board the Fauntleroy Ferry by handing out our No-Idling book mark while drivers wait for the ferry. You can sign up for a hour and a half shift here. Also, on Friday, November 16th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm volunteers will be canvassing the Fauntleroy Neighborhood with flyers about the event happening on Saturday. Contact, Terri or sign up here to help out.


  • 11:30 a.m. to noon, learn the facts and what to say to drivers (Pizza to be served to volunteers)
    • Volunteers will be given information to pass along to motorists and a simple script
    • Volunteers will administer a quick 3 to 5 question survey to motorists
    • Volunteers will be assigned a certain section of the sidewalk
    • Kids ages 6 and up are welcome
    • *Kids ages 6 to 10, must be accompanied by an adult/parent volunteer
    • There may be groups (2-5) of kids assigned to a volunteer
  • noon to 4:30 pm, educate drivers along Fauntleroy Way SW with your children**

Meet up in the parking lot at Lincoln Park, closest to the Fauntleroy Ferry Doc. A white canopy with the CoolMom sign will be visible near the park -parking lot.

*Parents will be responsible for their own children, unless specifically arranged through contacting Terri Glaberson, Program Manager for Think Outside the Car,

**Some children will be the prime communicator to the drivers, but will have an adult present at all times.

Please sign up for a shift.

Please consider walking to the event, biking, taking the bus or carpooling. There is a bus stop right at Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Cloverdale Street, across from Lincoln Park.

Questions? Please contact Terri at

Thank you!

Energy conservation and an alternative fuel truck

“Housewarming Party” 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at Jefferson Park will feature troupe of singing bears and gnomes.

SEATTLE — The mobile artwork There’s No Place Like Home, also known as the Blue House, is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Created by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, the 13’9” tall Victorian house will roam the streets of Seattle on an alternative energy truck with accompanying singing bears and gnomes delivering messages of energy conservation and sustainability. Neare, recipient of a 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for her acclaimed, large-scale, whimsical theatrical performances, created the installation to celebrate home stewardship through energy conservation in recognition of Seattle City Light and Community Power Works, the city of Seattle’s energy upgrade program. The first stop on the tour is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., 98108. All performances are free.

“Part of the Community Power Works mission is to encourage people to engage in home stewardship through energy efficiency and conservation,” said Joshua Curtis, Community Power Works program manager. “Lucia’s project enables us to communicate with a wide group of people about how Community Power Works can help them to do that.”

"As I was creating There’s No Place Like Home I was thinking about the values of stewardship, nurturance, and care for our homes and planet,” said Neare. Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders is known for creating site-based, participatory outdoor performances that involve hundreds of performers, huge mobile sets, larger-than-life costumes, and live orchestra and dance.

The “Housewarming Party” on Oct. 21 will be followed by a number of tours through Seattle neighborhoods and other performances including Nov. 24 for Seattle Center’s Winterfest and Dec. 8 for the Greenlake Festival of Lights. Specific dates, times and locations can be found at Seattleites are also encouraged to follow the Blue House’s adventures via Facebook at and on Twitter @BlueHouseSEA.

There’s No Place Like Home is inspired by Community Power Works, a program helping homeowners and businesses save energy, often with specialized rebates, incentives and financing. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, the program complements the energy efficiency and conservation work of Seattle City Light. Community Power Works runs until June 2013 and businesses and homeowners must sign up in the next few months to take advantage of the program. The Blue House is taking its message to the streets now to encourage enrollment.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle City Light and Community Power Works, commissioned Neare to create the artwork as part of an effort to bring awareness to the city’s energy conservation programs. The project is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and is administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The Blue House is built on a bio-fuel truck from the Sustainable Fuel Coop.


About the Organizing Agencies

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community.

Community Power Works delivers energy efficiency solutions to Seattle’s residential and business communities while working to create economic growth. The program helps Seattleites save energy while making their homes and businesses healthier, safer and more comfortable.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents.  City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

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