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.

This month Jon features Classic Cycle.


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.


October is Housing Resources Board Appreciation Month!

In celebration of the 20 years of service that the Housing Resources Board has provided to Bainbridge Island, the City of Bainbridge Island has proclaimed that October is HRB Appreciation Month. Join HRB for these fun and inspiring events, "Building Community through Housing



International Day of Climate Change

On October 24 thousands of "350" events, large and small, will be carried out around the world to raise awareness that if carbon in the atmosphere tops 350 parts per million, we threaten our life on planet earth. We expect hundreds of 350 actions in Washington State. School, church and non-profit groups, companies, clubs and individuals are signing up on the website.  The list of local actions is exciting, inventive, and rapidly growing.

Stay tuned to the Sustainable Bainbridge website for Island 350 events.


In the spirit and tradition of "Green October," Sustainable Bainbridge is partnering with Community Energy Solutions and the Community Energy Task Force to shine the solar-powered spotlight on National Energy Awareness Month.  We hope to see you at Sustainable First Monday on October 5 where we'll get a sneak preview of the exciting new Community Energy Challenge campaign, as well as a host of other green events. Details below!
Cheers, to everything Green in October!

September 26 & 27

Matinees That Matter: Red Gold
With short film, Intertwined: People, Salmon & Place

5:00pm both days, Historic Lynwood Theatre, $9.00 all seats

Red Gold documents the growing unrest among Alaska Native, commercial, and sport-fishermen. It's a portrait of a unique way of life that will not survive if the salmon don't return with Bristol Bay's tide.


September 27
Harvest Fair
11am-6pm, Johnson Farm

Come one, come all to the annual Harvest Fair at the Johnson Farm. Help support the Trust for Working Landscapes, working to preserve and enhance local farming, by celebrating with us during this free event, donations welcome throughout!! New this year, park and ride shuttle with pick-up at each Seattle ferry arrival from 11 am with a final return drop off for the 6:20 ferry.

For more information: Elizabeth Berg (360) 540-0787.

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.


October 3
4th Annual Kitsap County Solar Tour
10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Self-Guided Tour

All things solar and green! This is the largest real life demonstration of solar powered and energy efficient homes and non-residential buildings in the County. There are over  20 sites in this year's tour, more than double from last year. These are spread across Kitsap County: Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Kingston, Port Orchard and Poulsbo. The tours are self-guided. Tour kick-off is at Sakai Intermediate School at 10:00 am.

Click here for details about the 21 sites.

October 3
Celebrate the Housing Resources Board
1:00pm, Winslow Green (Madison Ave. and Winslow Way)

The Housing Resources Board is celebrating 20 years of building community through housing.  Everyone is welcome for music, cake, and activities.

October 4
The Great Zucchini Race
High Noon, Market Square in front of BPA

Please note that the race will be held on a Sunday, not the usual Saturday. For rules etc, please call BIDA at 842-2982.  As usual, our growers are letting some of their zucchini crop grow to oversize just for the race -- be sure to shop with them for the best picks!

October 5
Sustainable First Monday: The BI Energy Challenge
7:00-9:00pm, The Commons

October is National Energy Awareness Month, and we're "Facing the Challenge Together" on Bainbridge Island.  Join us for an update on the exciting initiatives underway in our community, including a special pre-launch peak at the ambitious Community Energy Challenge, a campaign for electricity conservation, energy efficiency, peak use reduction, and eventual carbon neutrality, with an emphasis on green jobs along the way.  This session will be presented in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Community Energy Task Force, a group of volunteers who have been working diligently since May to organize the "Challenge," and Community Energy Solutions, a leader in bringing positive power solutions to our area. 

October 15 & 16
Design for Livability: Sustainable Cities Forum
University of Washington, Seattle

Now in its second year, this forum brings our region's planning, design, development, and civic leaders and advocates together to better understand what we can do to build a stronger future. Today, more than ever, we are faced with environmental and economic challenges that will define our generation, shape our future, and test our resilience. Join leaders from across the region as we tackle these challenges head-on and demonstrate solutions to building more livable, walkable, and healthier communities.

More information... 

For More Regional Events visit our Website!

Sustainable Bainbridge Action News

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 October 12th for our second public gathering. Link here for 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!

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.

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!

WSU Extension and Washington Sea Grant  - Beach Watcher Program
October 23 - November 20, Module 1 (of 3) - Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Beach Watcher Program is a volunteer educator course to educate and empower volunteers who will then select, with direction from WSU Extension and Washington Sea Grant, where they feel their talents can best be utilized to: preserve, protect and enhance our Kitsap County Eco Systems, Riparian Zones and Shorelines. Volunteers will become leaders in this program and will work closely with staff from WSU Extension Kitsap and Washington Sea Grant.  The course is $40 to cover the cost of materials. Please register for the class on or before October 16.

Please contact Peg 360-337-7224 with questions and/or to sign up.

Sustainable Living Tips

Save Energy! Save Money! Reduce your Carbon Footprint!
  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STARŪ label.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Visit to download their "Energy Savers Booklet."