In This Issue
Action News
Sustainable Living Tips
SB Board News

Sustainable Bainbridge will have a booth at the Farmer's Market on Saturday, September 27th. This is the first time we will be at the Market and we are excited to meet folks and talk about all of the work we are doing and including the great line up of events for Green October. See you there!

Consumer Consequences is an interactive game designed to illustrate the impact of our lifestyles on the Earth.  The game  asks  a series of questions about your lifestyle, and as you play, it will show you how many "Earths" of natural resources it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans if everyone lived like you.
Regional Actions
The Seattle Bioneers
Conference returns to Seattle on  
October 17-19, 2008 at the
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.

Link here for more information.


Summer may be over, but at Sustainable Bainbridge "green" is a year round commitment!

We are excited to tell you about Green October, a series of four events that offer an inspiring array of sustainable practices here on Bainbridge and in the greater Puget Sound region. See full details below.

And don't forget, there are still two great events in September: "Business Adaptation in the Face of Peak Oil, Climate Change and our Shifting Energy Future" on September 25, 7-9pm at Hyla Middle School and the Harvest Fair at Johnson Farm on Sunday, September 28, 11:00am-4:00pm. Visit the SB website for more information.

We hope you'll join us for one or more of these events in an effort to create a more sustainable Bainbridge.

Monday, October 6
7-9pm, The Commons, Bjune Drive
Sustainable First Monday Presents...
Sustainability Initiatives in Action: The Best of Puget Sound

Join Sustainable Bainbridge and special guests from all over Puget Sound bringing news of innovative, successful sustainability practices from their communities. Initiatives such as "Undriving" from Sustainable Ballard, Puget Sound Community Change Card from Interra Project, and Solid Ground's Lettuce Link Program from King County.

This inspiring, hopeful evening will also include time for everyone who wants to share their best practices, from personal lifestyle changes, to business practices, to systems change agents!

Thursday, October 9th
7:30-9:00pm, IslandWood
What Bainbridge Can Learn from Seattle's Green City Initiatives
Speaker: Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin 

Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council President, Board Member of YES! Magazine, and a founder of Sustainable Seattle will talk about his city's innovative green initiatives, promoting vibrant neighborhoods, sustainable community, fighting climate change and protecting the environment.  Learn about: his groundbreaking Zero Waste Program; the effort to eliminate disposable bags that the chemical industry is fighting; the city's bicycling and pedestrian projects; current work to promote local food; and Seattle's support for green building, and sustaining our urban forest. Following the presentation, there will be ample time for Q&A.

Saturday October 18th
9:00am-1:00pm, Woodward Middle School
Electronic Recycling (and CFL's!)

Co-sponsored with Kitsap County Solid Waste Division

Clean out your garage! This is a great opportunity to dispose of computers, TV's, cell phones, stereos, and more in an environmentally sound way. Download the form from the SB website to see a full list of items we are accepting. Proceeds benefit Sustainable Bainbridge.
For more information, contact Els Heyne at

October 18th & 19th
5 pm matinee each day, Historic Lynwood Theatre
Film: Good Food- Sustainable Food & Farming in the Pacific NW
With Filmmakers Melissa Young and mark Dworkin!
Co-sponosred with Sound Food (a project of SB), Bainbridge Island Farmer's Market, Green Sanctuary Program of Cedars UU Church, Grace Episcopal Church, and Trust for Working Landscapes

Something remarkable is happening in the Pacific Northwest; family farms are making a comeback, and food--where it comes from, how it is grown and how it is processed--is becoming more important for everyone.

Good Food, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival June 4th and 7th to enthusiastic audiences in sold out theaters., introduces us to the local farmers and ranchers, stores and restaurants that are building a sustainable food system. 
Visit the website:
Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sound Food
Tasting succulent fresh figs and warm vine-ripened tomatoes were two delicious perks at the Ferry Farm Stand on twelve consecutive Wednesdays this summer.  Our pilot program to bring the farm to the ferry commuters was a rousing success judging by the smiles and support of the friendly, fast-moving commuters.  We sold almost $11,000 worth of fresh produce grown by local farmers who received 100% of the sales money.
This project was possible because of generous community collaboration.  In addition to our local farmers, we're grateful to the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce and Kitsap Transit for allowing us to stage the farm stand at the kiosk area by the ferry terminal.  Our appreciation also goes to Bainbridge Community Foundation for a grant to pay for expenses, including the bright yellow aprons that added extra sunshine to each farm stand day.  And, finally, we had wonderful volunteers who did a terrific job of selling the fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers.
We're making plans for next summer, so stay in touch at!

Community Asset Inventory
Sustainable Bainbridge took another step forward in our plan to provide Island residents with a comprehensive tool for accessing BI organizations, initiatives, and know-how in the broad areas of sustainability.  We are working on the finishing touches with Justin Tillman of Bainbridge Graduate Institute and then will convene a team of ten islanders to help us train, collect and show data. Stay tuned for more details!

One Call For All
Sustainable Bainbridge is a proud partner organization and beneficiary of the Island-wide One Call For All annual fundraising drive. Look for the One Call For All red envelope which will arrive in your mail box in October and consider a generous donation to Sustainable Bainbridge. Help One Call for All reach One Million in 2008!  We get 100 percent of all donations made to us!
Volunteer Opportunities

Electronics Recycling
Sustainable Bainbridge is looking for a few volunteers to help take in electronic goods at Woodward Middle School on October 18th. Contact: Els at

Sustainable First Monday (SFM)
Do you have a sustainable "best practice" from your
business, organization, volunteer work, or personal life? October's SFM will feature "best practices" from around the Puget Sound and you are welcome to present your proven practice. Contact: Neva at

Monitor Salmon in BI Streams
Join members of the Bainbridge Island Watershed Council in their 4th annual program to monitor spawning salmon. From mid-October through the end of the year, volunteers walk in teams once a week to access conditions. Volunteers must attend the mandatory training, Saturday, September 27th, 10am-1pm, at City Hall. For more information or to register, call 780-3797.
Sustainable Living Tips

It's back to school time! Back to school means back to the sometimes arduous chore of packing school lunches. Save yourself (and the environment) repeated trips to the store in search of plastic baggies, "snack size" convenience foods, and water bottles. Think zero-waste lunches instead. Have a variety of reusable storage containers on hand for sandwiches, fruits, and veggies.

If you find a plastic baggie to be necessary, then keep in mind they may be washed and reused many times. By following these general guidelines, you are single-handedly helping to reduce the average of 67 pounds of packaging thrown away by American school aged children each year.

The biggest waste producers come in the form of plastic water bottles, juice boxes, sandwich baggies, yoghurt and fruit cup containers, and foil-type packaging of "snack size" convenience foods.

Contain all of your child's culinary delights in an insulated, (lead and mercury-free) reusable lunch bag paired with an eco-friendly (BPA-free) water bottle and cloth napkin. The good old-fashioned thermos and reusable ice pack should be used for keeping foods hot or cold. No need to pack unnecessary utensils, as those are usually made available by the school cafeteria.

Buying foods in bulk, not only avoids the excess packaging of convenience type foods, but also will save you money in the long run.

This article was written by Lori Alford from The Treehugger's Party Guide.