About

Our Mission & Vision

raingardenSustainable Ballard, a blueprint for Everytown, USA, educates, inspires, and engages neighbors to take action to live more sustainably both individually and collectively. Our vision is an inclusive, joyful, sustainable community co-creating a world for this and future generations where eco-systems are healthy and peace is inevitable.

About Us

festinfobooth2012Sustainable Ballard is now 16 years old.  Formed in 2003, we were the first neighborhood sustainability group in Seattle and a founding organization of SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound). We’ve gained local, national and international recognition for our grassroots approach to community action addressing climate change.

SewfunThe goal of Sustainable Ballard is to help prepare ourselves and our community to sustain and thrive in a post-peak-oil future, by supporting and inspiring each other to build a healthy and joyful life that is environmentally, socially and personally sustainable. To achieve this resiliency, we believe some key ingredients are: Getting connected with our neighbors to strengthen the social fabric of the community; learning new skills; getting educated on sustainability related matters; building a local food supply and a local economy, and sharing resources.

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We invite all of our Ballard neighbors and friends to become more connected with others and the community by participating in Sustainable Ballard activities, including learning opportunities, community service, resource sharing, social events, and more. When we engage, we become part of creating the thriving community and lifestyle we want and need.

Our Team

Andrea Faste  Board of Directors, Interim President, Projects & Events Group (email Andrea)

Andrea was born in Tacoma before the Baby Boom, and came of age during the height of the hippie era. She grew up in Edmonds in an idyllic setting, swimming in Puget Sound, skiing, taking part in clubs. As a student at Scripps College in southern California, Andrea rejoiced on days that it rained. Her graduate work in Chinese language and literature included a year in Taiwan. Andrea came back to the U. of W. at the time of the Kent State tragedy, and became involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement. Andrea married in 1975 to a fellow grad student and their daughter was born in 1983. The family moved to Ballard in 1985 and Andrea has been here ever since. She has participated quite a bit in the life of our community: PTA, gardening, helping to build neighborhood parks through Groundswell NW, serving 19 years on the board of Fremont Public Association (aka Solid Ground), and eventually ended up attending the founding meeting of Sustainable Ballard in 2004​. Andrea has been involved with strategy sessions, the festivals, the old energy committee, edible garden tour, and is currently helping cook Sunday Dinners for those who need a hot meal. It’s all good. Andrea brings board experience, time, enthusiasm and an abiding faith that building sustainable activity strengthens community for the long haul.

Bev Beppler  Free Letters Home (email Bev)

2015 fair croppedBev was a volunteer at the Seattle Animal Shelter for ten years when she decided it was time to connect and help serve the homeless population of Ballard instead. er desire to serve and the opportunity to connect with Sustainable Ballard aligned to create a Ballard chapter of the Free Letters Home program, running since 2013. You can’t solve all of someone’s problems with a letter and a stamp, but if you can offer dignity and respect, that connection brings intangible benefits that are tremendously meaningful. Bev has lived in Ballard going on 20 years, and is grateful for the opportunity to love and validate all people in her community.

Camilla Walter  Board of Directors; Meals With Neighbors (email Camilla)

Camilla lives in Ballard and works to coordinate volunteers for Meals with Neighbors.  She is an activist, a book-lover, a coffee-drinker, and a sister who cares deeply about making our neighborhood livable for all. Camilla is the Development Director for Real Change, on the Board of Directors of Earth Share Washington, a mentor for the If Project and has a weekly program on KBFG.  She brings years of experience in nonprofit development and volunteer management to this role, and can’t wait to meet you at the next Ballard Sunday Dinner or over breakfast at St. Luke’s!

Gladys Lineng  Board of Directors, Projects & Events Group, Community Outreach Team,  Instagram Lead (email Gladys)

Gladys is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia.  She came to Seattle in 2015 to restart her life.  Gladys graduated with a double major in English Literature and Modern Communication, worked in Xiamen, China for about three years (where she taught The Art Of Business Communication at Jimei University) and met her coworker who is from Seattle.  She then quit her teaching job and moved to Seattle with two pieces of luggage, a tourist visa and no job.  Now she is married and has her green card and a paying job.  She loves music, meaningful movies and stand up comedy.  Also, her love for bagels and coffee are endless and she is extremely happy and excited to see and meet new people especially in the Sustainable Ballard community!

Jacob Childs  Board of Directors, Community Outreach Team (email Jake)

Jacob is passionate about finding ways to live sustainably with his natural and human environment. After calling Seattle home for five years and Ballard for two, Jacob joined the Sustainable Ballard Board to work to address sustainability challenges in the local community. Prior to coming to Seattle, Jacob was a nomad of sorts having grown up in Michigan, Missouri, and Georgia and having lived in various parts of the Mountain West. He is a former engineer, consultant, and is now a technology strategist. He enjoys putting his skills and experience to good use to help those around him. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, walking to the Ballard Locks and Shilshole Bay Marina, reading, and playing music. He is also a proud cat dad.

J.B. Harmon   Ballard Tool LIbrary Manager (email JB)

J.B. Harmon graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007.  While in school, he worked at a machine shop for five years in order to gain hands-on manufacturing experience.  This proved to be a formative time that followed him throughout his career as he managed or established workshops at several companies.  In addition, J.B. Harmon also served in the Peace Corps in Ghana for two years where he gained experience in teaching, grant writing, and community development.  As Ballard Tool Library’s manager, J.B. is excited to put his experience to good use in order to build a vibrant and sustainable tool library.

Jenny Heins  Executive Director, RainWise, Festival Organizer, Game & Puzzle Swap
(email Jenny)

PresidentJenny has been practicing conservation since she was a child, thanks to Ranger Rick and the Keep America Beautiful campaign of the early 70s, but she only became an activist when she discovered Sustainable Ballard in 2004 and now is very “active.”  Within Sustainable Ballard, she heads up a number of our activities, including the Annual Festival, the Ballard Tool Library, our RainWise work, and the administrative work of our Board. Outside of Sustainable Ballard, she is a works with the NW EcoBuilding Guild to produce the NW Green Home Tour and the Northwest Green Building Slam + Summit.  Jenny produced the Seattle Green Festival as Regional Director for four years, and had her own business:  Small Wonder Farm – a small local nursery growing gourmet vegetable and herb starts and educating neighbors how to grow their own food.  Jenny has been a Ballard resident since 1991.

Jody Grage  Board of Directors, Ballard Knitters for People Experiencing Homelessness, Community Outreach Team
(email Jody)
Jody was part of both the original Sustainable Seattle and Sustainable Ballard organizers.  She is a retired special education teacher who owns and lives in the oldest house in Ballard which is surrounded by vegetable garden.  Jody has been a part of the Green Party at the national, state, and local levels since the 1980s.  Other interests include knitting and other needlework, Norwegian folk costumes, voluntary simplicity, peacekeeping, vegetable gardening, winter, and community.

Julia Field  RainWise, Bakery Gleaning, Help Our Orcas, Strategic Advisor (email Julia)

juliaJulia found Sustainable Ballard in 2006, and got right in up to her elbows! Through participation in SB festivals, projects, and other learning adventures, she’s remodeled her life, home, and garden to be more and more green. Julia is part of SB’s RainWise team, helping more Ballard neighbors manage stormwater at home, she leads the Bakery Gleaning project, and initiated the Help Our Orcas project at last year’s festival. She is the founder and former program director of Undriving, the innovative car-use-reduction organization that was born in the creative cauldron of Sustainable Ballard in 2007. She’s a designer, artist, and instigator, and Sustainable Ballard is one of her mediums.

Kate O’Flynn  Board of Directors, Projects & Events Group, Free Letters Home (email Kate)

Kate joined Sustainable Ballard in 2018, when she moved to Ballard from Dublin, Ireland.  Joining the Sustainable Ballard community has allowed Kate to combine her interests of environmental issues and homelessness. Within Sustainable Ballard, Kate is part of the Free Letters Home team, which helps homeless individuals connect with loved ones by mailing letters, cards or postcards.  She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, science and music.

Katie Shinn  Market Gleaning Lead (email Kate)

Katie has been involved in the Sustainable Ballard Market Gleaning Project for four years and in 2018 stepped into the project lead role. She is a Seattle native and lives in Ballard. A former special education teacher, she raised her kids in Ballard and enjoys being involved in the Ballard community. In her free time Katie enjoys being outdoors, hanging out with her teenage children, walking her dog, reading, and any type of live performance

Margaret Wetter  Administration & Publicity, NWEI Discussion Group (email Margaret)

Sustainable Ballard came to Margaret’s attention while working on a project with the EarthCare team at her church. A 26-year resident of Whittier Heights (and lifelong Seattle-area resident), Margaret had been looking for ways to combine her interests in sustainability, social justice and community, and Sustainable Ballard brings much of these together!  Now retired after 30 years with the City of Seattle at Seattle Center, Margaret spends her time as the contracted administrative assistant and publicity coordinator for Sustainable Ballard, volunteering on the social justice initiatives at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, gardening, quilting and spending time with her 22-year-old daughter.  She is also a member of the Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Team, a film series on “all things sustainable”.

Mary Olson  Board Member (on Sabbatical), Group Operations Team (email Mary)

mary o 110 x 110Mary discovered Sustainable Ballard after moving to Ballard in 2013. After moving all the way from Boston, Mary was looking for a new, sustainably-minded community.  Beginning as the Treasurer, Mary took on the VP role in late 2015.  

Paula Jenson  Board of Directors, Projects & Events Group, Ballard SproutsLittle Free Libraries, Edible Garden Tour (email Paula)

paulaSixteen years ago, Paula clearly remembers being jazzed by the first mention of Sustainable Ballard’s formation, by which time she and her husband had been in Ballard for 19+ years, watching two kids grow up and moving into the community. She’s always been a gardener, and has been involved locally with SB’s urban crop circle, gardening guild, community cooking and gardening projects and the Edible Garden Tour. Paula proudly shares a great variety of books in her Little Free Library; she lives in Loyal Heights and is actively involved in grand parenting, writing, Buddhism and gardening.

Stu Frothingham  Board of Directors, Community Outreach Team (email Stu)

Stu has lived in Ballard since the early 90’s and inherited his parents’ interest in the environment, conserving energy and resources, recycling, and re-purposing.  Stu has a degree in Clean Energy Technology, a Certificate in Sustainable Business Management and a BA in Communications.  He’s worked in the solar industry as a marketer for a manufacturer and for an installer. He also has a background as a clinician and researcher. Stu installed his own solar PV system and drives an all-electric Nissan LEAF as part of his effort to reduce his carbon footprint.  Stu is active with local solar organizations, Seattle Parks and spent many seasons coaching youth basketball. He’s motivated to help to save the planet for future generations and believes sustainability is something we can all embrace.


Julia Park  

Valued Board member Julia Park passed away on July 11, 2018. She will be sorely missed as a friend to Ballard and to our board members. For more info on Julia visit In Memoriam: Julia Park