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Sustainable Living Tips
SB Board News

On February 7th, SB will once again spend a day evaluating our programs and services in order to make plans for 2009.

You can help us by taking 10 minutes to fill out our survey. The first 100 responses will be considered in our planning.

Thank you! Your feedback is very important to us.

Link here to take the survey

Note: Once you complete the survey, you will be automatically sent to Survey Monkey.


Bainbridge High's New 200 Building 100 Percent Green!
Read Article by Tristan Baurick

The City of Bainbridge Island is taking applications for the Farm Manager Position.

Regional Actions

White House Farmer

We usually don't go national for our recommendations, but we can't resist this...

Pierce County's Carrie Anne Little is in the running, along with nineteen other farmers nationwide, in a campaign called "Eat the View!", which will urge the development of an organic Victory Garden on the First Lawn, and to appoint an official White House Farmer.

Carrie Little is the owner and proprietor of Mother Earth Farm, located on 8 acres of farmland in Orting.  In 2007, Mother Earth Farm provided more than 162,000 pounds of organic, locally grown produce, herbs and honey to our neighbors in need.

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The new year has ushered in a renewal of civic participation and grassroots engagement. If you participated in the National Day of Service on January 19th, congratulations! If not, we have plenty of opportunities to reawaken the spirit of service in the name of sustainability, right here on Bainbridge Island.

Check out our Get Involved section, and February's Sustainable First Monday which will focus on sustainable neighborhoods. Organizing your neighborhood is an unbeatable way to be of service closest to home.

And, many thanks for all you do!


Saturday, January 31
Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium
Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way W.  
The  symposium is a unique, profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on Earth.  It provides leading edge information in an engaging format which combines live presentation and facilitation, video clips and group interaction drawing on the wisdom of some of the most respected global leaders of our time. A soup and bread lunch is provided. Suggested donation $5.  Register online at or contact Julie at the EHCC office - 206.842.4657.

Sunday, February 1

Underwater Neighborhoods: On The Big Screen
IslandWood, 7-9 p.m.

A stone's throw from shore is a world that very few get to see, yet it is a major part of our neighborhood.  Join underwater videographer John Williams for a breathtaking journey through our water wilderness and a discussion about how art, science, education, and recreation are involved in protecting and preserving the health of Puget Sound. Co-sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge. For More Information...

Monday, February 2

Sustainable First Monday: Neighborhood Sustainability and Preparedness.
7-9pm, Bainbridge Commons, (next to Senior Center on Brien Drive)

Join us for a discussion on emergency preparedness and strategies for defining and enhancing your neighborhood relationships. We will focus on building relationships, planning for short term situations, and preparing for long-term sustainable neighborhoods. Bring your neighbors and a cup for tea! Co-sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge, The City of Bainbridge, Association for Bainbridge Communities, and Health, Housing and Human Services Council. Contact: or 206-842-4439.
Friday, February 6
Bainbridge Island Moonlight Beachwalk
7:30-9:30pm,Fort Ward State Park, Bainbridge Island

People For Puget Sound and local Kitsap beach naturalists help you discover the strange shapes and fascinating colors of the sea creatures exposed during the nighttime low tide.
Bring a flashlight, wading boots and warm clothing. This event is free and family friendly. Advance reservation requested. Contact: Daoud Miller at (206) 382-7007x217 or

Sunday, February 8

Meet the Media: How Do Bainbridge Islanders Get Their News?
4:00- 6:00pm. Free. Bainbridge Public Library
Bainbridge Islanders are invited to meet the faces behind their local news providers and to participate in an important community discussion on the role of and challenges facing the Bainbridge news media. A panel including representatives from the Bainbridge Review, Kitsap Sun, BITV, and the blogging world will be moderated by former Seattle Weekly editor Knute Berger. Co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library, Association of Bainbridge Communities (ABC), and the Friends of the Library. Info: or 206.842.4162.

Yes We Must!: An Environmental Film and Discussion Series
Harbor Congregational Church (Madison and Winslow Way) Fellowship Hall, Doors open at 6:45 PM; program begins at 7 PM. For more details visit:
Feb. 13:  Everything's Cool - How can we (must we) create the political will to respond to the urgent threat of climate change in time? Speakers: Dr. Gary Lagerloef, Principal Investigator, NASA Aquarius Mission, Earth & Space Research and Kerri Cechovic, organizer for Washington Environmental Council Environmental Lobby Day.        
Feb. 27:  Liquid Assets - With water quality and quantity in doubt, is our water infrastructure up to the task? Speaker: Tom von Schrader, a Bainbridge resident and Principal, SvR Design, with expertise in green infrastructure for fresh water, waste water, and stormwater.

Matinees that Matter
Sustainable Bainbridge and the Lynwood Theatre are co-sponsoring a series of newly released documentary films on sustainability issues the last weekend of every month! Join us for our kick-off film...

February 21 & 22 ~ 4:30 p.m. both days, $8.75 all seats
Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE, BI
Speakers to be announced.

Oscar contender FUEL is an insightful portrait of America's addiction to oil and an uplifting testament to the immediacy of new energy solutions. Director Josh Tickell, a young activist, shuttles us on a whirlwind journey to track the rising domination of the petrochemical industry - from Rockefeller's strategy to halt Ford's first ethanol cars to Vice President Cheney's petrochemical company sponsored energy legislation - and reveals a gamut of available solutions to "repower America," from vertical farms that occupy skyscrapers to algae facilities that turn wastewater into fuel.

Saturday and Sunday March 7 & 8
BI Chamber of Commerce presents: Home & Garden Show - Going Green; ECO Elvis Concert; ECO Tour - Green Buildings and Sustainable Gardens; and ECO Village - Free trade show featuring Green Products and Services!
For complete schedule of events, visit  Vendor and sponsorship opportunities available, for more info,call Liz at (206) 842-3700.

For More Regional Events visit our Website!

Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Community Shellfish Farms-- New!
The Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Bainbridge Watershed Council, Bloedel Reserve and Sustainable Bainbridge are working together to connect community members directly with the benefits of a healthy watershed by growing, harvesting and eating clam and oysters from Community Shellfish Farms. Growing shellfish has many environmental benefits including improved water quality, species diversity and eelgrass growth. In fact, a single clam can filter 50 gallons of water a day. Shellfish can be part of the solution to cleaning up Puget Sound.

The CSF will involve many volunteers to help survey beaches, plant clams and oysters, maintain the garden, and eventually - harvest and deliver shellfish to local restaurants, community events and farmers markets! Learn more about the project at:

One Call For All
Thank you to all of our fellow community members who donated to Sustainable Bainbridge through One Call For All. If you are still considering a donation, you can do so through One Call For year-round! We get 100 percent of all donations made to us! For More Information...

Get Involved!

Sustainable Bainbridge is committed to supporting citizen engagement and fostering collaborations on behalf of the environmental, social and economic health of our community. Please contact us with your ideas and needs at or 206-842-4439.

WiserBainbridge is ready for you! We are looking for a team of volunteers to help us with the first two phases of development. Tasks include research, training development, contact/scheduling, and training. We are also looking for tech wizards who are ready for a new challenge! Contact:

Underwater Neighbor Road Trip with John F. Williams

Volunteers are needed for a one night event at IslandWood, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 1st, 2009.  This event will be a whirlwind video tour of our underwater neighborhood and include community discussion. Volunteers are needed to help unload and hang framed photographs and help exhibitors with tables and display materials before the event (from 6 to 6:45), to help with other logistic details during the program (e.g. helping arrivals find their way around), and to help pack up at the end of the evening (9-10). Contact:  John F. Williams at or (360) 598-4152.

ECO Tour 
Sustainable Bainbridge is supporting the BI Chamber of Commerce in their upcoming ECO Tour event, March 8 (11am-4pm). Two volunteers are needed to help at Sakai School as well as one volunteer at each of the destinations on the ECO Tour. The destinations include the Inn at Vineyard Lane, Bloedel Reserve, Matthew Coates LEED Construction site, Molly McCabe Residence, Grace Episcopal Church and more.  
Contact: Liz Gadbois at the Chamber of Commerce, (206) 842-3700.

2009 Community Earth Day - 10-Year Celebration!
Be part of organizing and spreading the word about the most exciting Earth Day celebration on Bainbridge Island yet!  Started 10 years ago by Town & Country, our Community Earth Day activities have expanded to include dozens of events organized by local groups - T&C's Festival, interactive exhibits, work parties, plant sales, presentations, a parade, and much more, over the course of a week. The planning committee is looking for great ideas and helping hands to work together to make this 10-year milestone extra-special! 
Please contact us at or 206-842-4439.

Sustainable Living Tips

TV Transition, Keep it Green!
On February 18, television broadcasters will transition completely from analog to digital broadcasting, meaning that any TV not equipped to receive digital broadcasts will no longer pick up a signal. Co-Op America's Real Green article helps you navigate the shift, showing you how to keep old TVs functional, telling you which models are the most energy-efficient and least-toxic when you need to purchase a new TV, and giving you the low-down on responsible electronics recycling.

Read "Green and Climate-friendly Televisions" ...