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Watch the TOC Video!

Our Think Outside the Car (TOC) video is now complete. Can you watch it and spread the word about this great project? Please view it and let us know what you think.
Watch the TOC Video!

spread the word

Think Outside the Car was created about a year ago to help the West Seattle Community create Walking School Buses, No-Idle Campaigns and Bike to School Programs with the hopes of promoting non-motorized transportation to schools and get automobile owners thinking about their own car idling behavior.

CoolMom received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to create these programs in several West Seattle schools. Although our project is being carried out at Gatewood, Lafayette, and Arbor Heights Elementary Schools, this project could be done in your community too!

As part of the grant project, our team of volunteers and the expertise of Riverbed Design and Hand Crank Films created this amazing video to help promote the project and spread the word about starting Walking School Buses, Bike programs and No-Idle Campaigns in neighborhoods.

CoolMom is asking that you spread the word about our project by sharing this video with family, friends, neighbors and at your school and in your community.

To find out more about our project go here on our website.

Thank you for passing along our video!

The Think Outside the Car Team

CoolMom needs a Program Director

Program Director needed for CoolMom to run exciting programs!
CoolMom needs a Program Director

Join the CoolMom Team

After 3 years as CoolMom Executive Director, Terri Glaberson is stepping down to spend more time with her family and the family business.

I feel very blessed to have had worked with and for such a wonderful and unique organization. It has been an amazing experience to help lead CoolMom as the Director. In helping lead the organization through its 501(c) (3) approval and creating projects such as the Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale and Think Outside the Car, I have gained such wonderful connections and have been in awe of what a small community of strong devoted Moms can do. Thank you for the inspiration, dedication and generosity you have given me over the past three years. -Terri Glaberson

We, the CoolMom Board of Directors, has considered a few options and decided to seek a new volunteer Program Director to manage the organization’s ongoing programs, such as Think Outside the Car, and keep CoolMom’s inspirational stories, tips and resources online.  We need your help in keeping the organization moving forward and would appreciate your consideration in spreading the word about this position.

Thank you,

The CoolMom Board of Directors


Program Director Position

Please share this Program Director Position Announcement:

CoolMom is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, WA whose mission is to unite moms and families to make informed lifestyle choices, protect our climate and advocate for a healthy planet. Established in 2007, CoolMom's vision is a healthy planet for kids and families. CoolMom works with the environmental community to help moms and families reduce their carbon footprint through our programs. Climate change is shaping our children's future. It is the most important issue of our time. If we do not take important steps in all levels of government and in our communities and homes we will leave behind little resources and challenging times for our children. CoolMom is directed by a volunteer board and operates with the help of neighborhood chapter leads.

We have many wonderful volunteers and successful programs. For example, our Think Outside the Car project helps educate and connect a community. The program allows for families and residents to get involved through their school or the larger community. It promotes better health, cleaner air, money and energy savings for families. We also encourage families to start Walking School Buses and Bike to School Days. One elementary school took on a piece of this campaign in the Spring of 2011 and reduced their car idling by more than 88%! Our newest project is the Local Low Waste Lunchbox. The project promotes local low waste lunches in partnership with local food suppliers and low waste products.
The Need: CoolMom needs a Program Director who can promote and implement our successful programs.
Your Mission:
• To encourage Moms in the Seattle area to implement our successful programs such as Think Outside the Car / Walking School Bus; Local Low Waste Lunchbox; Toy Swap, etc.
• Expand programs, such as Think Outside the Car or Local Low Waste Lunchbox, that receive grant funding
• Gather and write inspirational stories for the website including the Tip of the Month
• Send out a monthly email newsletter
• Keep Board of Directors informed of funding opportunities and public inquiries beyond the scope of the job
• Conduct duties such as responding to inquiry emails, maintaining contacts, and attending monthly board meetings
Your Skills & Interests:
• Enthusiasm, energy and a passion for our mission!
• Ability to engage and work with the community, members and environmental non-profits in the area
• Excellent communication skills, written and oral.
• Knowledge of the climate change crisis preferred, Prior nonprofit experience preferred
Your Commitment:
• We anticipate 10-15 hours a week working from home
• This position starts as a volunteer position. A stipend may be offered. As program funding is secured by the Board, the program director position will turn into a paid position.
Please send letter of interest and resume to Sonja Ling at by October 30, 2012

Island Ingenuity Tour-Vashon

Visit Vashon Island on September 22 from 10 am to 3pm to see some Vashon Island landowners and business owners show their ingenuity in saving money, energy and simplifying their lives.
Island Ingenuity Tour-Vashon

Island Ingenuity Tour-Vashon 9-22

Have you ever wondered what people are doing behind those closed doors and garden gates? Now is your chance to take a peek! Your neighbors will be showcasing ways they have chosen to simplify their lives, save money, and conserve resources. Some people have found ways to make their vegetable gardens more productive, are growing their own meat, or using their own trees for construction. Others have cut down on their energy bills using more efficient utilities or by weather stripping their older homes. Many are collecting rain water to supplement summer irrigation or feed wildlife ponds. They are throwing open their doors and gates on Saturday, September 22.

Click here for the map and list of participating businesses and homes.

For additional information go here.

10th Annual Green Building Slam

Ten fast paced, mind-blowing talks about remarkable green building projects in your neighborhood!
10th Annual Green Building Slam

Green Building Slam

10 Projects. 10 Slides. 10 minutes


Saturday, September 15th, 6-9pm, Seattle

Presented by The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild &
the UW Enviromental Stewardship and Sustainability Department

5pm - Registration / Appetizers / Networking 
7pm - Slam Presentations 
9pm - Dessert, coffee 'n tea / Raffle Adventures

Be sure to secure tickets early for the best value.

Free parking on campus!

Celebrate the Northwest's most innovative usage of Green Sustainable Building building concepts. Come watch 10 of your favorite architects and builders showcase their deep green construction projects, as they quickly show you behind the scene accounts of their successes, lessons, or surprises with each 10-minute, 10-slide presentation.

This being the 10th year of the 10x10x10 Green Building Slam, we are excited to be at the cutting edge of Green Building and Sustainability. Come help us share a moment of the past, present and how the future is going to grow and change.

We are delighted to announce our partnership with the University of Washington - Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Department for the event. So mark your calendars to be at UW Kane Hall for registration, networking, and viewing student works on campus. 

Chef Kevin Davis, chef/owner of Blueacre Seafood and Steelhead Restaurants Seattle, will be presenting his award winning sustainable menu.

Adventure Getaways Raffle: We know you have been waiting to see just what this year will bring. Get ready to mark your calendar and pack your bags for a visit any one of these great luxurious destinations: Waldorf Astoria-Maui, Puerta Vallarta - Mexico, Ultimate Seattle Getaway, Glorious Relaxing Peninsula, Fantastic Escape North.

Saturday, September 15th, 6-9pm 

University of Washington, Kane Hall, 2nd Floor 
1410 NE Campus Parkway 
Seattle, WA 98195 

For Cost and Registration go to Brown Paper Tickets

Phone: (206) 575-2222 

About Northwest EcoBuilding Guild: 
The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a 501(c)(3) community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest.

Join the Real Cheese Revolution

Join Organic Valley and sample the NEW Organic Valley American Singles and sign the Real Food Pledge and support Healthy Child Healthy World.
Join the Real Cheese Revolution

Real Cheese for Real Kids!

Organic Valley is launching this incredible new cheese and they’re heading to the streets and grocery stores in Seattle to lead the revolution!

Participating Locations Include:

Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair

September 8, 10-4 pm


Whole Foods Bellevue

September 9, 11-1:30 pm


PCC Issaquah

September 9, 4-7 pm


Matthew’s Thriftway

September 10, 11-1:30 pm


PCC Edmonds

September 10, 4-7 pm


Central Market-Shoreline

September 11, 11-1:30 pm


Whole Foods Lynnwood

September 11, 4-6:30 pm