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501c3 Granted

It's official! Sustainable Bainbridge is now an IRS, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. Our 501c3 status allows us to seek and accept private and public donations in order to better support the goals of a sustainable community. If you would like to make a donation contact:

New Board Members

We're happy to welcome five new Chuck Estin, Kat Gjovik, Matt Keller, Lisa Macchio and Molly McCabe to the board of Sustainable Bainbridge. They join continuing board members: Van Calvez,  Maradel Gale, Sallie Maron. Donna Mohr,  Barry Peters, and Neva Welton.

SB Recommends

Check out OnePlanet Living, a well-articulated, comprehensive approach to sustainability.

Finally, a safe, environmental way to get rid of old medicine. Article by Keith Ervin, Seattle Times staff reporter.

Be inspired! Check out the video from Path to Freedom's and learn about their impressive urban gardening techniques and philosophy.

Bainbridge Island Shoreline Stewardship Program

Employment Opportunity- F
unded by the City of Bainbridge
Temporary Appointment

Contact: or 206-780-3745


Sustainable Bainbridge is on the move in 2008! With five new board members, our 501c3 status, a 300+ mailing list, and a new public forum series, Sustainable First Mondays, we are excited by the many projects, events, and partnerships on the horizon. Thank you for your support and your actions on behalf on a sustainable Bainbridge.
Upcoming Events

Sustainable First Mondays!
February 4, 7:00-9:00pm, The Commons, Bjune Drive

Join us for another stimulating evening in our regular public forum series. In January (see below), with 60 people present, we screened the transportation segment of the film, A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil.

This month, by popular demand, we will screen the final segments: recycling, affordable housing and open space. A Convenient Truth focuses on innovations that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. 


Following the film we will participate in a creative, brainstorming activity with students from Bainbridge Graduate Institute who are working in partnership with Sustainable Bainbridge to create a community inventory of sustainability resources. We will also share general announcements, and end with Open Space (a great way for participants to network, build relationships and organize projects).


Contact: or call Van at 206.780.0276

The Bainbridge Island Land Trust Annual Meeting
Friday, February 1,
6:30-9:00pm, St. Cecilia's Conger Hall

Featured speaker Russell Link, author of "Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest" and "Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest".  Includes potluck dinner, silent auction, and presentation of the Phyllis Young Award to Dave and Alice Shorett.  

Contact: 842-1216 or

The Fundamentals of Sustainable Design & Construction 
Saturday, February 9, 2:00-5:00 pm, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo

A comprehensive presentation of sustainable residential design for those looking to redecorate, remodel or build in an environmentally friendly manner. Presenters include Molly Erin McCabe, A Kitchen That Works; Pam Worner, Green Dog Enterprises; and Tim Taylor, Ecohaus. All proceeds go to fund educational programming for students at West Sound Academy, a not-for profit independent school dedicated to educating students in earth stewardship and social justice. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request.

Contact: Molly McCabe at 206-780-1906 or molly@ or Amy Weber at 360-598-5954 or

Toby Hemenway, author, Gaia's Garden
Evening Presentation and Half-Day Workshop

How Permaculture Can Save Humanity and the Planet -  but not Civilization: Saturday, February 16, 7:30pm,  Bainbridge Commons

Retro-fitting the suburbs: Permaculture food production & plant guilds: Sunday, February 17, 9:30am- 1:00pm, Bainbridge Commons

Admission for the Saturday talk is $10.  The Sunday workshop fee is $30.

Contact: Chuck Estin at
Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sustainable First Mondays

At the January Sustainable First Mondays public forum, we showed a portion of the film A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil.

Here are a few ideas that came up from watching the film:

  • Organized hitchhiking/instant ride sharing
  • Integrated bike lanes, paths and bus routes
  • More walking paths
  • Winslow Way as a pedestrian only street
  • Figure out a smart transportation plan for the island before determining parking needs
  • Leverage "empty seat capacity"

The following are topics discussed in the Open Space portion of the evening:

  • Whole community well-being
  • Instant Ride Sharing 
  • Zero-Waste 
  • Solar Powered Satellites 
  • Sustainability Stories 
  • What can our city government do to be an exemplar for sustainability? 
  • Bike Friday
  • Ways to slow down traffic 
  • Growing food 
  • Electric transportation for the island 
  • Earth day preparations 
  • OnePlanet Living

Asset-Mapping with Bainbridge Graduate Institute

As a networking organization, it is vital that SB do its best to understand how other organizations, institutions, and leadership projects contribute to the overall sustainable picture on Bainbridge. To that end, we are in the process of designing a process with BGI that will help us compile a comprehensive list of our "social capital," not just for our use, but for the entire community. We consider this the initial step toward compiling and sharing a variety of sustainability resources and assets on Bainbridge.

Sustainability Stories

What is more inspiring then hearing your neighbors tell stories about what they are doing to live more sustainably and seeing those stories come to life before your eyes?  What if we employed the powerful medium of film/video to capture many of these inspiring stories happening in our community and presented them to the community in a public way?

Please join us in this grassroots effort to capture and share local stories in both video and written format.

Sound Food

Our new web-based local food and farming map will be ready to launch in March with it's own 'Sound Food' e-news and website.  This will be a guide to food that's local, seasonal, and fresh--the what, where and how of local abundance.  We think you'll be as excited about this tasty project as we are!  Stay tuned for more information next month. 

Paper and Plastic Bag Reduction

Get involved! Next meeting is Feb. 7th, 10:00 am at the meeting room at Town and Country Market. Contact Els at

Volunteer Opportunities

Earth Day Planning
Only three months until Earth Day! Get in on the ground floor of planning one of the most family-friendly events on Bainbridge Island.

Sustainability Stories

Here are the ways you can participate:Contribute your own story! Make a film! Share a resource! Volunteer! Currently, we are searching for professional or amateur filmmakers to get us started.

Sustainable Bainbridge Organizational Needs
Have a knack for outreach, public relations, or volunteer coordination? We need you!


Sustainable Living Tips

Avoid unnecessary engine idling. Turn off your vehicle engine when parked for more than 30 seconds, waiting in lines or for passengers. When you leave your car or truck running while it's parked or sitting still, the engine produces air pollution. This pollution contributes to problems like smog and global warming, besides being harmful to health. It is more gas-efficient to turn off most warmed-up vehicles than to idle for more than 30 seconds. For more information on cars and buses, see EPA's anti-idling Web site.

Bundle your errands. Save gas money and reduce carbon emissions by making a list of the car trips you need to make each week and doing them all at once, whenever possible. Even better: combineyour errands with those of a neighbor!