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Regional Actions

Kitsap the King of Low-Impact Development?

By Christopher Dunagan,
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Kitsap County and all four of its cities are rapidly embracing cleaner stormwater systems, commonly called low-impact development.



April is Earth Day month on Bainbridge Island! At Sustainable Bainbridge, our focus is on water. Please join us for the film "FLOW" followed by May's Sustainable First Monday--all about water conservation, of course!

We hope to see you at one or more of the many Earth Day activities around the Island. Please stop by our booth at the T&C Community Fair on April 18th to say hello.

Read on for more details, and Happy Earth Day!


Earth Day on Bainbridge Island! A Ten-Year Tradition!
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.  Highlights include: Pritchard Park weed pulling, T&C Annual Community Fair, food gardening with Ann Lovejoy, films, book readings and more.

Link here for an amazing list of events now through April 26.

Tuesday, April 14

Michael Shuman- Author of Going Local and Small Mart Revolution
7:00pm - 8:30pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 6512 - 23rd Ave NW, Ballard

Nationally recognized author, attorney, economist, & NPR radio guest Michael Shuman will speak on the timely topic of engaging local communities into collective action during these trying economic times and present solutions for keeping dollars in our community.

Tickets are $10 ($15 day-of), and are available at

Thursday, April 16

Stormwater Workshop -- "Fixing Puget Sound" Series
7pm, Stillwaters Environmental Center, 26059 Barber Cut Off, Kingston

Spend an evening learning about the problems and solutions of stormwater runoff. You will be part of an interactive experience of transforming a watershed from pristine to inhabited. Discussion will focus on water quantity, water quality and what we all can do for clean runoff. Participants will receive a "Clean Runoff Kit". The speaker is Mindy Fohn, Water Quality Manager, Kitsap County Public Works, Surface and Stormwater Management Division. The cost is a suggested $20 donation.

Contact: Stillwaters Environmental Center at 360-297-2876

Saturday and Sunday April 25 & 26
Matinees that Matter: "FLOW" ~ 5:00 p.m. both days
$9 all seats; Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE
FLOW is an award-winning investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?" Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions and new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Post-film discussion with Susan LaSalle, Board Member, Corporate Accountability International.

Contact: or 842-4439 or 842-4439.

Saturday, April 25
Awakening the Dreamer / Changing the Dream
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Suquamish UCC, 18732 Division Street, Suquamish

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. The symposium will begin with a welcome by Leonard Forsman, Suquamish Tribal Chairman. It is presented in partnership with the Pachamama Alliance.

Suggested donation, $20: includes a lunch prepared by Judith Weinstock and her students from West Sound Academy - locally grown & organic. Advance registration is required: please send a check to Sound Spirit, P. O. Box 318, Suquamish, WA 98392, or call the Church office at 360-598-4434.

Sunday, April 26
Yard Waste Amnesty Days
8:00am- 4:00pm, Emu Composting Facility, 7890 Ecology Road
(between Kingston and Hansville off the Hansville Highway)

Residents may bring yard waste for free disposal. There is no volume restriction for homeowners. Commercial businesses and landscapers or commercial haulers will be charged at normal rate.

For more information please visit and click on Yard Waste Amnesty Days.

Monday and Tuesday, April 27 & 28
Sociocracy: Introductory Workshop (I and II) with John Buck, author of: We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
7-10pm, Greenwood and Fremont

Dynamic Governance, also known as Sociocracy, is a cutting-edge system of running organizations that uses systems and chaos theories. Organizations using this model are powerful, flexible, efficient and fun. Using old and new forms of structure and decision-making means it is a hybrid of efficiency and equality. Dynamic governance was developed in Holland, is beginning to be known in the U.S. and Canada. $20 per night (or whatever you can pay). Attend one or both nights.

Contact:Tim Anderson - 206.604.8284 or link here to Register


Monday, May 4
Sustainable First Monday: Water Conservation - It Begins with Us!
7-9 pm, Bainbridge Commons, 402 Bjune Drive SE (Waterfront Park)
Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge. Free.

Join us as we explore simple and affordable ways to conserve water inside and outside the home. Presentations by Cara Cruckshank (Bainbridge Island Watershed Council and the Natural Landscapes Project), and sustainable residential designer Molly McCabe, AKBD (Sustainable Bainbridge) will share a variety of water-saving actions and resources. In addition, Jalyn Cummings with the City of Bainbridge Island will present information on the joint project between the City and United States Geological Service (USGS) designed to help us assess our ground water resources-How much ground water does our island have? How much will we have in the future? Bring your curiosity and you own cup for tea!

Contact: or 842-4439.

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Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sustainable First Monday (April Report)
Strengthening our local economy was the topic for April and we had a full house! Along with two great presentations, the small group conversations were insightful and will provide good food for thought for all of the Bainbridge Island organizations working together to strengthen our local economy.

Link here to read the "Table Top" notes.

Matinees That Matter
I.O.U.S.A. spurred on passionate discussion about economics. From what we hear, people are still buzzing from the stimulating film and post-film discussion. If you missed the film, check out the Resource page for actions and more information.

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:

Sustainable Living Tips

Bottled Water: It's simple; just say no!

Over the past few years, more and more people have become aware of the downside of bottled water production and consumption. Roughly 70,000,000 PET bottles end up being dumped in North American landfills every year and producing bottles for U.S. consumers requires more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, not including the fuel required to transport the bottles.

Globally, an estimated $100 billion US are spent every year on bottled water. Yet it would only take $30 billion to halve the number of people who do not have ready access to clean, safe, drinking water, and achieve one of the Millennium Development Goals established by the UN in 2000 (Earth Policy Institute, 2006).

Visit the New American Dream website to find out five ways to break the habit, calculate cost savings, and more!