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Action News
Sustainable Living Tips
SB Board News

SB Board Member Barry Peters recently attended
the Bainbridge Island Housing Resources Board (HRB) eco-charrette on green-built affordable housing.

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Kids Rule! Check out these three great kid-friendly sustainable activities and videos.

New Video from Free Range
It's becoming clear that if anyone can save the world from global warming and pollution, it's today's kids. And the hot new web series,
Gorilla in the Greenhouse, shows kids how to make real change in the real world.

We're Ready!
A one-minute video produced by young people. Inspiring!

Trash Art Contest
The Great Peninsula Future Festival will feature a "Trash Art" Contest for children and adults. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Ages 10 and under; 11 to 16; and adults.
Groups or individuals can enter artwork, sculptures, murals, etc., made from clean, sanitary trash-materials that would otherwise be recycled or discarded. Entries will be displayed during the two-day festival and prizes awarded August 3 in the afternoon.

Gene Bullock at 360-394-5635

Summer time is for kids of all ages and we hope you'll take the time to enjoy this month's Sustainable Bainbridge E-news and one or more of the many activities planned for July. Enjoy the warm weather and soft breezes!

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb
Upcoming Events 
Sustainable First Mondays!
An evening of information and conversation!
July 7, 6:30-9:00pm, Waterfront Park, Bjune Drive
Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge

This month, Sustainable First Monday's is moving OUTSIDE and changing our format a bit to suit the beautiful weather! We will be meeting in Waterfront Park to have a waste-free potluck picnic.
  • Bring your food or drink offering in a reusable container.
  • Bring your own plates and utensils.
  • Bring blankets to sit on and/or tablecloths.
  • Carpool with friends as much as possible.
We'll have a bucket for any food waste, and Kathy Morse will use it for a Bokashi demonstration-- a Japanese technique for composting all your food scraps. AND, we will be having a lively discussion about waste and consumption and how we can reduce waste in our lives. 


2008 ASES Summer Solar Tour 
Saturday, July 12 , 10 am - 4 pm
Various Locations in Port Townsend and Jefferson County

There will be a kick off event occurring at the Power Trip Energy shop at 2343 Thomas Street in Port Townsend.  We will have maps and other tour information available at this event.  There will also be classes held throughout the day on solar PV, solar thermal, and working with your utility. 


Great Peninsula Future Festival

August 2-3, Port Gamble

The outdoor festival will mix nonstop family entertainment by top performers, wide-ranging activities for children, healthy local foods, hand-made crafts and educational displays of green products, concepts and technologies. Sustainable Bainbridge will have a display at the SCALLOPS Commons Cafe!

Information: GPFF website or call 425-788-7498

Arms Around Bainbridge
2nd Annual Round-the-Island Swim Relay Benefit
Sunday August 10th, 2008

Here is an event that helps us remember the importance of "social sustainability". Please help us embrace the challenges within our island family as we swim to raise money for a friend or neighbor who faces the financial obstacles that accompany medical treatment.
All proceeds from this year's event go to Bainbridge Island resident Kristi Rudolph help pay medical bills associated with her stroke and cancer recovery.

For more information, visit:

Seattle Bioneers Conference 
Early Bird Registration through July 4th    
October 17-19, 2008                                             
WA State Convention & Trade Center   
The Seattle Bioneers Conference includes a mix of live satellite broadcasts and local speakers discussing practical solutions to environmental and social challenges. Register now to get 50% off the regular price!                

For more information:                                                      

For More Events off Bainbridge see our Events page!

Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Community Asset-Mapping
On June 19th Bainbridge Graduate Institute students presented their year long project to the Board of Sustainable Bainbridge. In short, the design they presented will be amazing sustainability tool for all of Bainbridge. Stay tuned as we make their plan come to life! And please consider volunteering to help us make this a reality. Call Neva at 842-9582.

Sustainable First Monday June Report
June's Sustainable First Monday event was well attended and enthusiastically enjoyed. We learned about winter gardening and had lots of opportunities to share knowledge and ideas. Presenter Chuck Estin will be giving us his handouts on Winter Gardening as soon as he returns from vacation! You can read recorded notes from the past three SFM on our the SB website.

Sound Food
The Sound Food Ferry Farm Stand opened June 25th and sold out completely within 20 minutes! Read the Bainbridge Review article
and purchase your locally grown veggies every Wednesday off the 4:40 pm and 5:30 pm ferries from Seattle to Bainbridge Island.

Volunteer Opportunities
Sustainable Bainbridge Communications Outreach Volunteer

Have a knack for public relations? Sustainable Bainbridge is looking for someone who can work about 8 hours per month helping us get the word out about all of the exciting things happening with the organization.


Sustainable Living Tips

Summer is vacation time which means lots of traveling!
Check out your carbon footprint for air and drive at Terrapass.

And, here are 10 things you can do to be more fuel efficient:

Follow the Recommended Maintenance
Fouled spark plugs, a dirty air filter or clogged fuel filter will all affect your fuel economy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), replacing a clogged air filter can increase your mileage by 10 percent, while replacing an oxygen sensor could result in an improvement as high as 40 percent. Proper maintenance also means using the right octane gas and the recommended grade of motor oil.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated
Underinflated tires require more energy to roll, which translates into more frequent fill-ups. You can improve your fuel economy by about 3.3 percent if you keep your tires inflated properly, according to the DOE. The psi number noted on the sidewall of your tires is the maximum pressure of the tire and is not the proper inflation level for your car. Your vehicle manufacturer will list the recommended tire pressure in your owner's manual or a sticker on the doorjamb of the driver-side door. Buy a tire-pressure gauge and check your tires monthly, adding air as necessary.

Take a Load Off
Empty out your trunk (or even your backseat) of unnecessary items. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk will reduce your fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent in the typical vehicle. If you have a roof rack or roof carrier, install it on your vehicle only when absolutely necessary. Not only does the carrier add extra weight, but it also increases the aerodynamic drag on the vehicle, which further contributes to a loss of fuel economy.

Don't Drive Aggressively
Mashing the accelerator pedal from a stoplight, braking hard and speeding all contribute to a decrease in fuel economy. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination and think "steady and smooth" as you drive. On surface streets, driving at the speed limit will give you mostly green lights, which improves your gas mileage as well as reduces the wear on your brakes. On the highway, the DOE says that every 5 mph you drive over 65 mph represents a 7-percent decrease in fuel economy.

Use the Highest Gear Possible
To improve your fuel economy, drive in the highest gear possible when you are cruising at a steady speed, such as on the highway. If your vehicle has an automatic transmission with a "sport" mode, it's most likely that this is a computer program designed to shift later (and therefore keep you in a lower gear longer). While this gives you greater performance, driving in "sport" mode will also decrease your fuel economy.

Use Cruise Control - Selectively
Using cruise control can improve your gas mileage by helping you maintain a steady speed, but only if you are driving on mostly flat roads. If you are driving in hilly terrain, using cruise control typically causes your vehicle to speed up faster (to maintain the preset speed) than it would if you were operating the accelerator yourself. Before you push that cruise control button, think about the terrain ahead.

Think Clean
Keeping your car washed and waxed improves aerodynamics and therefore affects fuel economy. Engineer Tom Wagner, Jr. reported to (as in stretching your dollars) a 7-percent improvement in fuel economy, from 15 to 16 mpg, during a 1,600-mile road trip.

Avoid Excessive Idling
When a car is idling, it is using fuel, yet not going anywhere. This translates to 0 mpg. When you leave your car running while you are waiting in line at the drive-thru, or as you wait outside your kids' school, you are wasting fuel. It is more efficient to turn the engine off while you wait and then restart the car. If that's not practical (like in the line at McDonald's), then park the car and go inside instead.

Think Before You Vent(ilate)
Running your air conditioner does cause your vehicle to consume more fuel, but driving with your windows rolled down can be even worse due to the increase of drag on the vehicle. If you are driving slowly, such as around town or in city traffic, then you are better off leaving your windows open, if at all possible. For highway driving, roll up the windows and turn the air conditioning on.

Combine Your Errands
A little planning can make a big difference in fuel economy. When your engine is cold, it uses more fuel than when it is warm. Combining errands can improve your gas mileage because your engine will be warm for more of the trip. It might also mean you travel less total miles. According to the DOE, several short trips all begun with a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a single, longer trip that covers the same distance.