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Action News
Get Involved
Sustainable Living Tips
SB Board News

Office Hours

The office of Sustainable Bainbridge at the Marge Williams Center will now be "open" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. We hope you'll come by and visit!


Can't make it to our Matinees that Matter kick off film, Fuel ? You can still learn more about the issues and take action by visiting the Sustainable Bainbridge website the weekend of the film. You'll find lots action tips and links to relevant organizations, books, and articles.

Regional Actions

Environmental Lobby Day, Thursday, Feb. 19

The 4 priorities this year are: Moving cap and trade legislation forward;  improving energy efficiency of buildings through incentives, energy use labeling, and assistance for low income consumers; revising the state's transportation and land use planning frameworks to favor building affordable, livable, transit-oriented communities; and taxing oil and coal coming into the state to create a fund for water cleanup.

Registration is required. Link here to register or get more info.


Sustainable Bainbridge is excited to bring another great program to our community--Matinees that Matter.  Join us  the last weekend of every month at the Historic Lynwood Theatre for newly released documentary films, starting with the 2008 Sundance Award winner Fuel. 

Due to the timing of Matinees that Matter, we will now deliver this e-newsletter on the third week of every month so you'll have a great reminder of both Matinees that Matter and Sustainable First Monday.

We hope to see you at the movies!


Friday, February 27
Yes We Must!: An Environmental Film and Discussion Series featuring "Liquid Assets"
Doors open 6:45pm; program begins 7pm, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (Madison and Winslow Way)
"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.

For more details visit:

Matinees that Matter: FUEL (2008 Sundance Film Festival- Audience Award for Best Documentary)
Saturday and Sunday February 21 & 22 ~ 4:30 p.m. both days, $9 all seats
Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE, BI
U.S. Representative Jay Inslee will join us for the Sunday screening for a post-film Q&A.

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.

FUEL has been honored with the Environmental Media Association's Green Seal of Approval, as well as the Dove Foundation's Family Seal of Approval for kids ages 12 and up.

Saturday, February 21
Greening Your Home
10am - 12pm, Stillwaters Environmental Center (26059 Barber Cut Off Road, Kingston)

Local Eco-Designer, Bruce Glenn of Terra Sol EcoHomes in Pt. Townsend, will present information on greening your new or existing home, especially in relation to solar heating and energy efficiency. Bob Dickey will also speak about solar thermal hot water panels, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the participants. COST: $20 suggested donation.

For this workshop and other great "green" events from Stillwaters Environmental Center contact: 360-297-2876


Monday, March 2
Sustainable First Monday: Community Gardens, Pea Patches and Backyard Gardens
7-9pm, Bainbridge Commons, (next to Senior Center on Brien Drive)

If you're thinking about growing food this summer, join us for an inspiring presentation and discussion on community gardens, pea patches and backyard gardens.   Ann Lovejoy and others will share their gardening expertise, and we'll have a map to help connect gardeners with available land. Learn about the Trust for Working Landscape's new public pea patches, Helpline's Grow- a -Row program and more. It's an exciting opportunity to shake off the winter cold and make connections that will nourish you and the community!
Bring your neighbors and a cup for tea!

Contact: or 206-842-4439.

Tuesday, March 3
Sustainable Energy Community Forum
6:30-8:00pm, BI High School auditorium, 9330 High School Rd.

Learn about the pros and cons of developing energy resources and what you can do to help support the most promising ones.  Speakers include Will Einstein of Puget Sound Energy, Rick Lovely of Grays Harbor PUD, and Dave Warren from the Washington PUD Association. 

Info: Anna Kaminski at

Saturday, March 7
Home & Garden Show: Going Green
9am - 5pm, Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road, Bainbridge Island

Speakers, workshops and demos. For more information visit

Sunday, March 8
ECO Tour
11am - 4pm, Starts at Sakai Intermediate School, Sportsman Club Road, Bainbridge Island

View private and public buildings designed by renowned architects, including Matthew Coates, AIA,LEED AP, James Cutler, AIA, Peter O'Connor, AIA and Miles Yanick, AIA, LEED AP & Molly McCabe, AKBD.  Also included on the tour is Bloedel Reserve.  Presentations by architects and designers at each location.  For complete schedule of events and tour destinations, visit

Sunday, March 8
Eco Village
11am - 4pm, Sakai Intermediate School, Sportsman Club Road, Bainbridge Island

The first ever interactive trade show, featuring Green Products and Services, is free to the public, and full of family friendly activities and fun events.

For more information, contact or visit

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:

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.

Volunteer for the Seattle Green Festival, March 28-29. Co-produced by Global Exchange and Green America, this 2nd annual event features over 300 socially and environmentally responsible enterprises, over 125 leading speakers, live music, and delicious organic food and drink. Sign up for at here. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival for the full weekend and access to the volunteer lounge.

Sustainable Living Tips

Greener Refrigerator Habits

Even if you can't go out and purchase a new Energy Star appliance, you can substantially reduce the energy your refrigerator uses with these simple tips:
  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 35-38 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer temperature at 0 degrees. Temperatures any colder can use 25% or more energy and are not necessary for keeping food cool.
  • Choose your grub before opening the door. If you think about what you want to eat or drink prior to opening the door, you can shut the door faster and release less cold air.
  • Keep your refrigerator full but not overstuffed. Full refrigerators help the refrigerator recover more easily from opening the door. If you do not have much food in your refrigerator, place containers full of water  inside  in  order  to  have  the  same efficiency as a full refrigerator.
  • Keep the coils clear of collected dirt to keep your refrigerator running efficiently. Make sure you un-plug your refrigerator before you remove the cover panel at the bottom of the refrigerator to reveal the coils and vacuum.
  • Prevent  your refrigerator door from leaking valuable cold air. To test, close the door on a dollar bill, then see how easy it is to remove the  bill.  If  easy, replace seals to maximize insulation of the refrigerator.
  • Maximize air circulation around your refrigerator. Keep a few inches of space between the refrigerator, cabinets and counter tops.