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A New E-News Feature!

Each month SB Board member Jon Quitslund will write about exemplary Bainbridge business people who are committed to sustainable practices.


This series of feature articles begins with a visit to the Real Foods Market and Café.

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SB Board News

Archived E-Newsletters

Great news! You can now access old Sustainable Bainbridge e-newsletters--still chock full of good information--on our website!

Link here to read copies starting from January 2009.

Website Search

Interested in water or energy? Looking for resources on alternative fuel or rain gardens? We have just added a "search" feature to our Sustainable Bainbridge website. We hope this makes it easier to access all of the great resources within the site!

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The Bainbridge Island Community Energy Challenge

In response to the energy challenges we face as a community, a Community Energy Task Force (CETF) was organized by islanders on May 5, 2009. Membership is open to all, and includes the island's electricity provider, Puget Sound Energy.

Link here for more information.


Regional Actions

Rally for the Climate, Green Jobs and Clean Air

Thursday, May 21st at noon, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 Seattle.

The EPA is holding two public hearings nationwide to seek public input on global warming pollution, and one of them is in Seattle. Help show the EPA that the public is counting on them to recognize global warming as a threat to public health that needs to be dealt with now!

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Greetings!

This month, Sustainable Bainbridge is proud to announce two new developments that further our goals to help foster a local living economy: a series of on local business
people who are sincerely committed to sustainable practices; and the formation of the Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge.

Read all about it below...
Events

May 23
Soup Kitchen
5-7pm, Madrone Lane (across from Mora Iced Creamery)

Join your friends and neighbors for free soup, entertainment and camaraderie.  There will be bands on hand along with the Island's Community Singers, and children are welcome. The soup, bread, and drinks will be provided by local chefs and volunteer cooks.

You can read more about the event at the Soup Kitchen blog

May 26
Invitation to New Energy for Kitsap County Summit
9:30am-1:30pm, Evergreen Room, Silverdale Community Center, at 9729 Silverdale Way 
 
Join with Kitsap business, community, and government leaders to discuss how we can step up to the challenges and opportunities for a Kitsap-centered new energy economy.  Discussion will center around
how we can position ourselves for this unprecedented opportunity, to create family-waged jobs, provide business opportunities for contractors, reduce our  utility costs, and cut greenhouse gases emissions. Organizers and sponsors of this Summit include Senator Phil Rockefeller, Representative Larry Seaquist, and Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Cost of the event is $20 including lunch.

Register by May 22 at 206-261-5259 or info@cenergysolutions.org.

May 28
Underwater Neighborhoods: On the Big Screen
6-8 p.m, Poulsbo Marine Science Center, 18743 Front St. NE, Poulsbo

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. John will be showing excerpts from "SEA-Inside: Pacific Northwest" -- the Northwest's only TV series about what's below the surface.

For more information: Still Hope Productions

May 30 & 31
Matinees that Matter features... Addicted To Plastic: The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle
5:00pm, Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island, $9.00 all seats

ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is an award-wining, feature-length documentary about solutions to plastic pollution. The point-of-view style documentary encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic debris accumulates. The film details plastic's path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions in recycling and biodegradability. Vancouver International Film Festival,  Runner-Up for the  Audience Award for Most Popular Documentary Film,  NFB Most Popular Canadian Documentary Award, and Environmental Film Audience Award.

After the film on Sunday, please join us for our post-film discussion with Heather Trim, Urban Bays and Toxics Program Manager for People For Puget Sound.


JUNE

Monday, June 1
Sustainable First Monday: Are You Ready for Zero Waste?
7-9 pm, Bainbridge Commons, 402 Bjune Drive SE (Waterfront Park)
Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge. Free.

Join Sustainable Bainbridge to explore the possibilities of moving toward "zero waste" as individuals and in our community.  Hear directly from Bainbridge Disposal and from local businesses that are reducing waste. Learn what's happening at the City and County level as well as efforts in the Puget Sound region. Share your ideas for mobilizing our community to reduce waste! Bring a friend and you own cup for tea!

Contact: info@SustainableBainbridge.net or 842-4439.


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Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge Island
Sustainable Bainbridge is proud to partner with the business community to explore and promote ways in which local businesses and our economy can flourish, while supporting the health and well-being of our community and acting as good stewards of our natural systems.

The Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge (SBN) will focus on education, communication, networking, and the promotion of business practices and policies that are socially, environmentally and economically responsible, with the best interests of the network and the whole community in mind.  

The intention of SBN is to work in a spirit of partnership and collaboration with local businesses (retail, professional services, food, manufacturing, etc.), entrepreneurs, existing organizations, the City and individuals, to accelerate the adoption of living economy concepts, practices, and programs. 

SBN is guided by the vision and principles of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and is in the process of becoming an official chapter.

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Sustainable First Monday (May Report)
Water Conservation was the theme, and once again the Bainbridge community turned out (even in the pouring rain) to find out the latest information on local water issues and solutions. Great comments and discussions took place at the end of the event, including a suggestion that we find ways to centralize more of our information on water conservation information; link and collaborate with the momentum that is getting under way with the Bainbridge Island Energy Challenge; and an announcement about the recently formed Water Resources Action Committee chaired by Charles Schmidt of ABC.

Link here to find resources and information about water conservation.


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 info@sustainablebainbridge.net or 206-842-4439.

WiserBainbridge
WiserBainbridge, an online directory and networking forum for sustainability work on Bainbridge Island, needs your help to get launched. We are looking for two or more programmers who are experienced in php coding. Contact: info@sustainablebainbridge.net


Sustainable Living Tips

Compost it!

Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 24 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. That's a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead! Composting offers obvious benefits of resource efficiency and helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better.
  • Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally.
  • Food scraps and kitchen waste also make good compost, and you save money on fertilizers or other additives. Start a worm bin or utilize Bainbridge Disposal's food and yard waste program.