In This Issue
Action News
Get Involved
Sustainable Living Tips
Businesses Leading the Way!

Each month SB Board member Jon Quitslund writes about exemplary Bainbridge business people committed to sustainable practices.

This month, Jon interviews the owners of Paper Products, Etc.


SB Board News

SB Around Town

Stop by the BI Farmer's Market June 20th to say hello and share your sustainability concerns, ideas, and questions.

SB will also have a booth at this year's Grand Ole' Fourth. Hope to see you there!

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.


The Bainbridge Island Community Energy Challenge

A Community Energy Task Force (CETF) has been organized in response to the energy challenges we face as a community.  Membership is open to all, and includes the island's electricity provider, Puget Sound Energy.

Link here for more information.

Regional Actions

Water Calling

See public art projects throughout Seattle featuring artists and filmmakers creating a series of temporary artworks and short films about water.

The projects reflect Seattle Public Utilities management of Seattle's water resources from drinking water through drainage, and Restore Our Waters, the city's initiative to protect and restore Seattle's urban waterways.

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This month, there are many ways to express your commitment to sustainable practices! Support our local food movement; conserve water; buy from local, independent businesses; help recycle at the Grand Ole' Fourth Celebration; and join us for a post-July 4th community potluck. Read more below...

June 18
County Weed Control Program
10:30am-1:00pm, Bainbridge Island Library, Bainbridge
Come learn how to spot and stop noxious weeds in our County. Find out about the most effective way to control these alien invaders and when and where to use or not use herbicides. Bring plant samples for identification and your curiosity about new invaders!

June 18
Build Your Own Rain Garden
6:00-8:30pm, Valley Nursery, Poulsbo

The rain runoff from your roof, driveway or patio has to go somewhere. Why not use it to water a beautifully functional low-maintenance landscape feature? Colorful, lush rain gardens reduce flooding, recharge our drinking water supply, treat pollution, and provide habitat for backyard wildlife. Sponsored by Washington Sea Grant, Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management Program, WSU Kitsap County Extension and other local partners.

Link here or call 337-5777. Free. Register early as space is limited.

June 25
Low Energy Buildings and Sustainable Communities: Designing for the Zero Carbon Economy
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.; doors open at 5:00 p.m. Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium

Guy Battle, Director, Battle McCarthy Ltd. is a British environmental and building engineer known for his work in low energy sustainable buildings and urban environments. His consultancy engineering practice has worked on a vast range of projects and has an international reputation for its work in delivering cost effective, eco-friendly buildings.

COST: $10. No one will be denied entry based on ability to pay. Contact Angie Morgan (206) 223-2028 for scholarship opportunities.

June 27 & 28

Matinees that Matter features... Food Fight with Homegrown Revolution
5:00pm, Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island, $9.00 all seats

FOOD FIGHT: A fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. WINNER: Audience Award 2008 International Documentary Association; Best Documentary 2008 HD FEST Los Angeles; Best in Show-Documentary Indie Fest 2008

HOMEGROWN REVOLUTION: In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead. They harvest nearly 3 tons of organic food from their 1/10 acre garden. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Green Lifestyle Film Festival, Earth Dance Environmental Film Festival, and Eco Films Festival. Clips featured on "Oprah," April 2009.

Join us for the post-film discussion with special guests Lari Seltzer, Owner, Real Foods (Saturday) and Annie Willhoit, Sound Food (Sunday).

June 27 & 28
Sociocracy: Full Weekend Workshop with John Buck, author of: We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
10am-6pm each day,, Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Ave N.

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.

Sponsored by Sustainable Ballard.  Cost: $100-200 with lunch. For more info and to register
visit Next Step Together.  Nobody turned away for lack of funds. Contact Tim Anderson - 206.604.8284 to make arrangements.


Monday, July 6
Sustainable First Monday: Community Potluck
7-9 pm, Bainbridge Commons, 402 Bjune Drive SE
Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge.
In lieu of our regular SFM programming, Sustainable Bainbridge will host an ole' fashioned community "Sustainable Potluck."  Please bring your own plates, utensils and beverages along with a dish to share. In sticking with SB's mission, participants are encouraged to bring a dish featuring local ingredients from local farmers or culinary artisans (or leftovers from your 4th of July festivities!).  If you are musically inclined, please bring your instruments and talents for impromptu performances. 

Contact: or 842-4439.


August 1-2
The Great Peninsula Future Festival
10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday; 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, Port Gamble  
This second annual festival will host scores of green exhibits, hand-made crafts by local artists, delicious food, informative speakers and practical workshops on such topics as alternative energy, beekeeping, weaving, sustainable gardening," buy local" opportunities and heritage trees.  There will also be a trash art contest and science fair open to all ages.  The festival will offer lots of fun stuff for kids, including FIN, a walk-in mobile salmon.
Admission is $7.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are free.  Youth 13 to 18 - $5.00.  Parking is free. 

If you would like to participate as a sponsor, exhibitor, vendor or volunteer visit, or call 425-788-7496.

For More Regional Events visit our Website!

Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sound Food
Sound Food's Ferry Farm Stand opens for the season on Wednesday, June 24, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. Stop by and purchase a wide variety of fresh produce from farmers on Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, all of which use organic methods and sustainable farm practices. Everything is sold in $5 increments to make transactions quick and easy! The Ferry Farm Stand will be open Wednesdays, June 24 - September 30, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m.

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.  

Contact for more information.

Sustainable First Monday (June Report)
An engaged group of citizens heard Dave Peters, Kitsap County Recycling Coordinator, describe the chemical process for making the ubiquitous "clamshell' plastic containers and explain why they cannot be recycled.  It was just one fascinating piece of information in a lively evening focused on Zero Waste. Link here for Zero Waste resources. We're also planning a follow-up meeting with interested individuals who signed up that evening.  Please let us know if you'd like to be included in this community effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. Contact

Community Shellfish Farm
The City of Bainbridge Island has made a final decision to approve the Shoreline Conditional Use Permit as of June 9th, 2009. The CSF project now moves to Ecology who will send COBI a letter approving the project or requesting additional info. Link here for more updates about this exciting initiative.

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!

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.

Volunteer Opportunity with the Earth Service Corp
July 3rd and July 4th 
Help the Earth Service Corp manage the recycling effort for Bainbridge Island's Grand Ole Fourth Celebration! Have fun and help provide this invaluable community service. For more information contact Sharon Negri at 206-780-9718 or Tucker at 206-842-3102.

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:

Sustainable Living Tips

Conserve Water in your Garden
From May through September, water use in our region nearly doubles, primarily for lawns and gardens. Experts estimate that 50% or more of this water goes to waste, due to evaporation, runoff, or simply over watering.
  • Landscape your yard with native, drought-tolerant plants that reduce water use.  Link here for a list of plants that thrive in a variety of NW conditions.  
  • Build better soil with compost and mulch. Good soil absorbs water easily, drains well and retains moisture. Mix compost into the soil when planting, and mulch   established beds with organic material each year to improve your soil.
  • Water early in the morning to avoid excessive evaporation from the midday sun.
  • Link here for more ideas on conserving water throughout your home.