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Newly Elected 2008 SB Board Officers

Maradel Gale: President

Sallie Maron: Vice-President

Els Heyne: Treasurer

Matt Keller:

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Imagine the Future

No one knows what our city will look like in 2108. But why not have fun imagining?

By John King (San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 29, 2008)

Marine Critical Areas on BI

A petition was filed with the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board challenging the legality of the City's revised Critical Areas ordinance (CAO). The primary issue raised in the petition is whether the protections afforded by the City's CAO and the Shoreline Management Master Program provide adequate protection to the marine critical areas of Bainbridge Island.

COBI is currently accepting

public comment
until March 15, 2008.


Coming in March, the Board of Sustainable Bainbridge will engage in our yearly assessment of our mission, goals, and policies. If you've had ideas or comments, yet unexpressed, please email us at: and let us know how we're doing and what else we can be doing to promote sustainability on Bainbridge. Many thanks! 
Upcoming Events

Sustainable First Mondays!
March 3, 7:00-9:00pm, The Commons, Bjune Drive

Would you like to know where to find local food that's seasonal and fresh?  Please join us to preview the new local food map, meet the farmers, and talk about creative ways to connect producers and consumers.We're eager to hear your ideas about how to grow a vibrant and sustainable local food economy.We'll also share information about our upcoming local food newsletter and about plans for a terrific tasting event with Islandwood Chef Jim White on March 20.  Whether you're interested in growing, buying, cooking or  eating good food, this will be a great evening for making connections.

Contact: or call Sallie at 206.842.5306

Cooking with Local Foods
Thursday, March 20th from 7:00-9:00pm, Islandwood

Islandwood Chef Jim White has accepted the challenge of showing what can be done with local foods in March - a month notorious for the paucity of its pickings!

Contact: or call Sallie at 206.842.5306

The Bainbridge Permaculture Guild
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Saturday, March 15,1:00-5:00pm, Holly Lane Gardens.
We'll learn several techniques for grafting, provide ample opportunity to practice, and how to graft onto existing trees. Purchase your own baby grafted trees ($5 each) to take home with you. All materials and tools provided. Grafting knives available for purchase as well. If you have collected scionwood, you may bring it to the scionwood exchange.  If you want to purchase scionwood, it will be available at $.25/stick. Workshop cost: $25. Please RSVP to Chuck Estin at


The Bainbridge Permaculture Guild
Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00-9:00pm, Holly Lane Gardens
Bring your open pollinated seeds for a seed exchange, if you have any.  Open pollinated seeds will be available for purchase so you can save your own seeds for a fall seed exchange. We'll also share information and discuss seed saving and how to save different varieties of plant seed. It would be great to create our own community seed exchange-each of us taking different seeds to grow out for the others. Hope to see you there.

For More Info: Chuck Estin at

Electronic Recycling
Saturday October 18, 2008, Woodward Middle School

Mark you Calendars and save your electronics!  Electronics recycling is scheduled for Saturday October 18 2008 from 9 to 1 pm at the Woodward middle school.  For more information, contact Els Heyne at

The Great Peninsula Future Festival
August 2-3, 2008, Port Gamble

The first annual Great Peninsula Future Festival, August 2-3 in Port Gamble, will feature world-class entertainment, hand-made crafts, delectable food, interactive displays and educational booths organized around the theme of sustainable living.  Planners expect between 5,000 and 8,000 to "come for the entertainment and stay for the message."

For detailed information on how you can become a sponsor, exhibitor or supporter, visit the GPFF website at  Or you can contact Sandra Bauer at 425-788-7496.

Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sustainable First Mondays and Asset-Mapping

From Bainbridge Graduate Institute Students: We would like to all those who participated in the January Sustainable First Mondays. We sincerely thank you for welcoming us to your meeting and for sharing valuable insights about your visions and reflections of Bainbridge Island. As mentioned in the Monday meeting, our Team developed several surveys that will help us gather data and determine relevant fields for the website tool we plan to develop. We believe this tool is an essential part of helping Bainbridge Island foster sustainability through collecting and sharing local information to network and engage the community.

We would like to ask you for your expertise, as a resident, community member and professional to please fill out one of these surveys.  Select the survey that best describes where your interests and expertise lie.  Also, feel free to send it along to friends to fill out!

The Food and Farm Survey is for those who produce and/or consume local food.

The Business, Organization, and Institution Survey  is for anyone on Bainbridge Island who works in a business, organization, or institution.  It is intended to collect information about their relationship to the BI community.

The Individual Sustainability Survey is for any citizen of Bainbridge Island who is  interested in a thorough evaluation of their personal sustainability.

The Sustainable Energy Solutions Survey is for anyone on Bainbridge Island who has experience or interest in sustainable energy solutions.

The Green Building Survey is intended for anyone who provides or contributes to the creation of green building or low impact development on Bainbridge Island.  The survey also pertains to consumers or future consumers that are personally interested in green building or low impact development practices within the community.

For more information contact:

Paper and Plastic Bag Reduction

Bring Your Bag Day! We want to help our fellow islanders get into the habit of using reusable bags when they shop-- not just in the grocery stores, but for all their shopping.  We're ready to launch a community-wide initiative on Earth Day, and we're asking the Bainbridge City Council to declare April 19, 2008as "Bring Your Bag Day".  We'll also have reusable bags available at a great price during the Earth Day events on April 19.

Americans consume more than 10 billion paper bags each year. Some 14 million trees are cut down annually for paper bag production.

The U.S. uses 100 billion plastic bags annually, made from an estimated 12 million barrels of oil. (Washington Post, 2007)

This initiative is a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Bainbridge, Town & Country Markets, and other community members.  For more information, contact Els Heyne 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!

For all three volunteer requests, please contact:

Trust for Working Landscapes
Help is needed In the fields Saturday, March 1 to finish an irrigation project- -  piping and filling in Brian McWorters area, Akio's new raspberry field, and Karen's corn patch. The pump house project needs an extra oomph to transport premanufactured shed components to the pond and to do a real shed-raising! Wear boots, jeans, gloves - stuff for dirt work. Not a bad idea to bring a shovel but there are tools there too. Park by the PUMPKIN PATCH/ Berry stand area.

If you have any questions, please contact  Beth Balas at
Sustainable Living Tips

Reduce In-Home Catalogue Delivery

You can save trees and reduce green house gasses by decreasing the amount of catalogues you receive at home., was launched by a coalition of environmental groups, including the National Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation. Already, more than half a million people have become members and have opted out of more than 6 million catalogs.