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Office Hours
The Sustainable Bainbridge office at the Marge Williams Center is now open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. Come by and visit us!

Green Festival
Board member, Neva Welton will present the work of Sustainable Bainbridge as part of a Green Festival panel discussion focused on networking and regional sustainability,
Saturday 1pm, WA. State Convention Center.


Bainbridge Island Land Trust's Annual Native Plant Sale

Pre-orders now being taken  through April 1! Choose from 30 nursery grade native trees, shrubs, ground covers and more that will help attract wildlife, reduce room for invasive plants, and help our Island "go native."

Order your selection on line, then pick up your plants April 18, 9am-1pm, Eagle Harbor Church.

Contact: 206- 842-1216

Regional Actions

Earth Hour
On Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm, SB along with other local, regional, national and international organizations will take part in Earth Hour - a global event in which millions of people will turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change.



Our mission at Sustainable Bainbridge is to network and collaborate with individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses in order to advance the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of our community.

On tap in March and April, we are working with the business community to highlight the work of strengthening our local economy. Please join us for Matinees That Matter  followed by Sustainable First Monday, both focused on economic sustainability. Details below!


Thursday, March 19
Agenda for a New Economy
7:30 pm, Eagle Harbor Book Company

Local author David C. Korten will present about his latest book, "Agenda for a New Economy:  From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth."  The goal of "Agenda" is to "declare our independence from the predatory institutions of Wall Street and put in place a new policy framework favoring Main Street businesses and workers engaged in socially and environmentally production of goods and services that improve the lives of all." 

This is the first in a series of gatherings in which business leaders and organizations of Bainbridge will collaborate to expand and accelerate the implementation of sustainable "local living economy" concepts and practices.

More Information:

Friday, March 27
Yes We Must!: An Environmental Film and Discussion Series
Doors open 6:45pm; program begins 7pm, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (Madison and Winslow Way)
Eating Alaska: What happens to a vegetarian who moves to the last frontier?  Eating Alaska is a serious and humorous film about connecting to where you live ... and eating locally. It is about trying to break away from the industrial food system when that means not only buying fresh seasonal food from local farmers, but taking part in a world of hunting and gathering. Discussion Leader:  Jim White, chef at IslandWood.

For more details visit:

Saturday and Sunday March 28 & 29
Matinees that Matter: I.O.U.S.A ~ 5:00 p.m. both days
$9 all seats;
Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE
I.O.U.S.A. boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Since its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, I.O.U.S.A has garnered rave reviews from critics, and rich debate from pundits. 

The film will be followed by a lively discussion with special guest and local resident, Dr. Lewis Mandell, Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute, Initiative on Financial Security; Kermit O. Hanson Visiting Professor of Finance and Business Economics; Foster School of Business, University of Washington.



April 6
Sustainable First Monday: Strengthening our Local Economy
7-9 pm, The Commons

In these challenging economic times, a "local living economy" ensures that economic power resides locally to the greatest extent possible, thus sustaining vibrant, livable communities and healthy ecosystems. Join local business owners and citizens to learn more about this powerful approach to community business practices, policies and programs that is gaining traction around the country and in our region. We will explore what a living economy means for Bainbridge Island and next steps for building an effective network. Local business people are especially encouraged to attend. Bring your cup for tea!


April 11-29
10th Annual Earth Day Events on Bainbridge Island!

Learn, play, celebrate...and get your hands dirty! Be a good steward of the Earth! Sustainable Bainbridge joins many other local organizations and individuals to bring you a wide array of Earth Day events. A coordinated schedule will be available on the Sustainable Bainbridge website by April 3rd. Some events are listed below.

April 11

Second Annual Enviropalooza! A Celebration of National Environmental Education Week and Earth Day

Join us for an afternoon of family fun focused on taking out the trash - learning how to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Scheduled events include a presentation on the JUNKraft Project; musical performance by Seattle-based performing artist Benjamin Doerr; The Trash Critter Zoo; and the Enviro-Fair with exhibits from Puget Sound environmental organizations. Additional art and educational activities for the whole family are happening throughout the day. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day with your family and friends.

For more information, visit or call 206.855.4300.

April 18
Weed Pulling
10 am to 2 pm, Pritchard Park

Free t-shirts to the most enthusiastic weeders! Service hours for students (8 maximum). This weed removal (mostly ivy) event is co-sponsored by the Association of Bainbridge Communities, Weed Warriors, Town and Country, the Watershed Council, the BI Japanese American Community, The BI High School Honor Society, the BI High Earth Service Corps, the Interfaith Council, the BI Parks Department, Friends of Pritchard Park, Sustainable Bainbridge, IslandWood, and Ron's Walking Groups.

More Information:  Len Beil 780-2111, or Jeannette 855-0911

April 19
Getting Started With Food Gardening with Ann Lovejoy
1:00-3:00pm, Eagle Harbor Church Fellowship Hall

Ann will talk about soil prep, plant choices, pests and problem solving. This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Eagle Harbor Congregational Church and Madrona School.

Contact: 206-855-8041

April 19
Youth! Awakening the Dreamer, Be the Change Symposium
3:00-8:30pm, IslandWood, Bainbridge Island
For Grades 9-12 $10/student (includes dinner). Scholarships available.

Join students from around the region for a profound inquiry into our global crisis and an inspiring opportunity to BE THE CHANGE for environmental sustainability, social and economic justice, and human wellness. Co-sponsored by IslandWood, the Heritage Institute, and the Pachamama Alliance.

For more information & to register contact Cynthia Bolin at 206.855.4340 or You can also register online at

For More Regional Events visit our Website!

Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sustainable First Monday (March Report)
With Spring just around the corner, you can practically here the sound of shovels hitting the ground all over Bainbridge Island! If our March Sustainable First Monday is any indication (it was standing room only), we predict a banner year for growing vegetables locally. You can find a full report on Community Gardens in the next Sound Food News - now delivered to your inbox the last week of each month.

Matinees That Matter
Our kick-off of Matinees that Matter was a great success! Over 300 people turned out to see FUEL! If you missed the film, check out the Resource page associated with the film.

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!

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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, an online directory and networking forum for sustainability work on Bainbridge Island, needs your help to get launched. We are looking for a team of volunteers to help us with the first two phases of development. Tasks include research,  scheduling, and training. 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.

Sustainable Living Tips

Stimulus Plans Brings Green Home Improvement Tax Breaks
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Energy-saving systems for the attic, basement, and in between have effectively gone on sale, courtesy of the United States Congress.

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