In This Issue
Action News
Get Involved
Sustainable Living Tips
Business Leads the Way!

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

While there is no new article this month, we highly recommend you read both of Jon's prior articles, if you haven't already!


SB Board News

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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.


On August 18th, Seattle voters will vote on a referendum that will encourage use of reusable "green" bags.

Right now, the average Seattle resident uses over 500 plastic bags per year, many of which end up littering our streets, endangering Puget Sound wildlife, and creating a market for highly toxic, petroleum based plastic bag production.
The purpose of the green fee is to discourage the use of disposable paper and plastic bags and encourage the use of reusables. This fee, modeled after a similar law in Ireland is expected to reduce bag use by up to 90%.

Is this a good idea for Bainbridge????




Don't forget to mail in your ballot! Or,
link here to see ballot drop off points on August 18th only.


We hope everyone is experiencing the abundance of this amazing summer here in the Puget Sound!

Sound Food's Ferry Farm Stand is overflowing with locally grown food, as are the hoards of backyard and community gardens.  SB hosted its first ever harvest swap for the August Sustainable First Monday (SFM), and the evening was both informative and yummy (read more below).

While there is no SFM planned in September (due to the holiday weekend), there is still plenty to look forward to. Did we mention abundance???

August 18
Get to know the Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge
6-8pm, Victor Alexander Winery, 120 Madrone Lane

Hear about SBN's goals and how you can be part of a local network where businesses come together to transform and model an economy built on sustainable practices. Business owners and others committed to building a strong local economy are encouraged to attend.

RSVP appreciated so we can assure adequate food supply! RSVP to

August 19 & 20
Learn to Preserve Food
6:30-8:30pm both evenings, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way East

Classes are part of a grassroots-inspired nationwide event called Canning Across America, which honors the revival of the time-honored art of canning. Co-sponsored by Sound Food and Trust for Working Landscapes (TWL), the Bainbridge classes will be taught by Susy Hymas, Nutrition Educator, WSU Master Food Preserver and Safety Advisor who has more than 30 years of experience in preserving fruits and vegetables. The first night Hymas will offer the basics about canning and preserving and the second night she will demonstrate how to safely pickle the season's bounty.

The cost is $20 for one class, $30 for both. Class size is limited! To register, send an email to or call 842-4439.

August 22
Tracing the Depths- Bainbridge Island Public Art Dedication
4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal

This project is funded by the Bainbridge Island Public Art Program, managed by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council.
Please come celebrate the opening of Tracing the Depths, a new multi-media art installation for the Ferry Terminal Walkway by artist Gregory Glynn. Discover how the artist uses underwater sound and photography to connect passengers with the vibrant, unseen marine environment beneath them as they travel on the ferry. Additionally, the artist has also established a blog to document the project, with links to resources for people to explore Puget Sound further or connect with local environmental groups. 

Contact: 206-842-8715 for more information.

August 25
An Evening of Compost
6:00-8:00pm, Real Foods Café, Harbor Square
Join the Bainbrideg Island Permaculture Guild for this informal, but informative conversation and sharing of ideas about composting-a great way to meet others who are interested in gardening, practicing permaculture, and living more sustainably.

Contact Chuck Estin at

August 29 & 30

Matinees That Matter: A Sea Change
5:00pm both days, Historic Lynwood Theatre, $9.00 all seats

Did you know climate change affects the ocean? Some of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is dissolving into seawater. It's changing the pH, making seawater more acidic. This water actually dissolves the shells of certain shellfish and coral reefs. The effects are working their way up the food chain. Imagine a world without fish: it's actually a possibility if ocean chemistry continues to change. A Sea Change is the first documentary about ocean acidification, directed by Barbara Ettinger and co-produced by Sven Huseby of Niijii Films. Chock full of scientific information, the feature-length film is also a beautiful paen to the ocean world and an intimate story of a Norwegian-American family whose heritage is bound up with the sea. Special Guests include: Dr. Richard Feely, ocean acidification expert from Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, and one of the star scientists from the film, and Eric Rehm, a graduate research assistant at the U.W. Ocean Physics Department, who recently co-authored a study for the journal Science on the effects of ocean acidification on the single-celled algae that are major players in the ocean's cycling of carbon.

August 30
Squeaky Wheels "Bike for Pie"
10:30am, Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way W. to Fort Ward

Bring  donations of food for Helpline House to the Marge Williams Center. Choose a short or long ride, or just ride from your house to Fort Ward. Co-sponsored by Helpline House, Trust for Working Landscapes, and Sustainable Bainbridge

Link to Squeaky Wheels for more information.


Sept. 29 - Nov. 17
Choices for Sustainable Living
7 pm - 9 pm,  8-week series, Kingston, WA

Every day we make countless choices, as individuals and as communities. How do these decisions affect the future generations, both human and wildlife? The cost includes your book from Northwest Earth Institute. $30/per person, $40/household.

For this event and much more, contact Stillwaters Environmental Center at 360-297-2876.

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Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

Sound Food
The Ferry Farm Stand made the cut for Seattle Weekly's "Best of Seattle 2009!"  As the article says, "This commuter-tailored market offers a quick, grab-able way not to plop down a lot of money to get green-in food and deed." Read more here. Sound Food's Ferry Farm Stand is open Wednesdays, through September 30, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal.

Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge Island (SBN)
SBN, SB's new project partner, is now an official chapter member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Join us on August 18th for our first public gathering. Link here for more information.

Sustainable First Monday (August Report)
The "Harvest Swap & Ice Cream Social" was just the kind of community gathering we love to host! Gardeners of all stripes brought their bounty to share with others, as well as recipes, seed varieties, and other tidbits of interesting information. Leftovers were donated to Helpline House. Thanks to all who made it a great evening!

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.

Sustainable First Monday
Have a great topic idea or expertise you would like to share with the community? Sustainable First Monday may be the right venue for you. Contact us!

Sustainable Living Tips

Buy Local and be Eco-Friendly for Back-to-School Supplies!

Read the Seattle Times article that features items from Northwest companies (including one right here on Bainbridge) that promise their products will promote reduce, reuse, recycle. You can also purchase eco-friendly school supplies at our very own Paper Products,Etc,

Here's some more ideas:

1. Shop consignment and thrift stores.
2. Reuse last year's backpack and unused school supplies.
3. Use mechanical pencils instead of wooden pencils.
4. Buy refillable pens.
5. Use recycled notebook paper, green binders and notebooks.
6. Send your kids to school with reusable water bottles.
9. Put rechargeable batteries in your electronics.