What we're about

Sustainable Capitol Hill is a network of neighbors, businesses and community groups dedicated to making Capitol Hill a sustainable community and a vital neighborhood - one with strong connections between people, place and the local ecosystem.

We host monthly events for folks to meet neighbors, learn a skill, and become just a bit more sustainable along the way. We are also currently heading two main projects: The Capitol Hill Tool Library and the Fruit Gleaning project.

The Capitol Hill Tool Library is similar to a book library, but will loan tools instead of books. Imagine borrowing a food dehydrator, a ladder, a fishing rod, much like you would borrow a book from SPL. Imagine learning how to fix your broken toaster, building a worm bin, preserving your summer bounty. Enjoy a local community of knowledgeable fixers, tool lending, and workshops at the new Capitol Hill Tool Library. The CHTL is due to open in the Fall of 2015.

We are also heading a Fruit Gleaning project. Capitol Hill is home to many fruit trees that are not always fully harvested by their owners. Sustainable Capitol Hill is partnering with these owners to harvest the fruit that would otherwise go to waste, while creating a mess on the sidewalk. This fruit is donated to food banks in the area, to help provide fresh produce for the food insecure.

Find out more:

Sustainable Capitol Hill (http://www.sustainablecapitolhill.org/)

Capitol Hill Tool Library (https://caphilltools.wordpress.com/)

Facebook: Sustainable Capitol Hill (https://www.facebook.com/SustainableCapitolHill?ref=br_tf)
Twitter: @sustcaphill

Upcoming events (3)

Intro to 3D Printing

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In celebration of our Tool Library’s new printer, we’re inviting you to get to know the ins and outs of this machine. Our volunteer will walk you through how to print simple projects, design your own projects with a brief into to 3D modeling software, and access our documentation for more info and troubleshooting.

Our Bambu Lab X1 Carbon 3D printer can be used on-site when the Tool Library is open.

Safety First: Intro to Woodworking Tools

Capitol Hill Tool Library

Get to know some of the tools at the Capitol Hill Tool Library in this two-hour intro led by volunteer Natasha. Come learn all the basics of safe cutting, drilling, and sanding wood, along with best practices for working in a community shop. Specifically, you’ll get familiar with the miter saw, bandsaw, table saw, drill press, and belt sander.

No prior experience needed. All tools and materials will be provided for this free class!

Intro to Backpacking

Capitol Hill Tool Library

Join this class to get all the tips you need for planning your first backpacking trip in the great outdoors. Your volunteer instructor has backpacked more than 3,000 miles, including the Pacific Crest Trail and the Colorado Trail! We’ll cover the following topics to get you on the trail:

  • Gear of all types (and how to choose what’s worth splurging on)
  • Trip planning
  • What a backpacker eats in a day (and meal planning tips)
  • Managing unpredictable weather
  • How to be and feel safe, even when hiking solo
  • How to poop in the woods (everyone’s favorite)

No background knowledge necessary for this free intro.

Past events (253)

Repair Café

Capitol Hill Tool Library