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"Dirt: the Erosion of Civilizations" by author David R. Montgomery

David Montgomery is the keynote speaker for the upcoming 9th Annual Environmental Conference on Bainbridge Island.

Download the book review by SB board member, Jon
Quitslund, from the SB website. (Scroll down under the What's New section.)

Read more about the conference under our Events section.


Make a GIANT 350 to be seen from space! 

On October 24, at 3:00 pm thousands of Puget Sound citizens will form the numbers 3, 5 and 0 on the Fountain Lawn of the Seattle Center.

For more information on this event and the educational opportunities to follow visit:
350 International Day of Climate Action at Seattle Center



Fall is always a wonderful time to settle back into community activities after a summer perhaps spent doing things farther afield.  Below you'll find many local events and opportunities, perfect for these chilly days of Autumn.
The Sustainable Bainbridge (SB) Board of Directors also invites you to consider a one- or two-year term of service with SB, beginning January, 2010.  The Board meets monthly for two hours, currently on the second Monday of each month.  Most Board members become involved with a specific project of personal interest, such as Sound Food, the Community Energy Challenge, or water conservation, to name a few areas.  Others serve as officers of the Board.  If you are interested, or would like more information, please call Maradel Gale at 842-5133 or email

October 22
Film- Time To Heal
7:00pm, Islandwood

The Bainbridge Island Watershed Council invites the community to view "Time to Heal," a 28 minute documentary celebrating two decades of stream restoration activism on Bainbridge Island.  The showing, will be followed by a discussion of active stream restoration and salmon protection projects on Bainbridge Island and information on how anyone interested can help.

The documentary, produced by Island resident Michael Sciacca, features panoramas of island streams, rare historical photos, and close-ups of salmon thrashing their way through island streams, including Taylor, Issei, Manzanita and Cooper Creeks.  About ten island residents and volunteers, including Wayne Daley and Al Cooper, are shown in action at the streams they championed.  The sound track includes haunting Native American chanting from the opening of the estuary at Lynwood Center; original musical by Sciacca; and a stirring summary by activist Sally Metcalf.

October 24 & 25

Matinees That Matter: CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil
5:00pm both days, Historic Lynwood Theatre, $9.00 all seats

Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, this award-winning film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking as it examines a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.


October 24
350 for 350: Community Energy Task Force - Day of Climate Action 
9:00am - 1:00pm, Bainbridge Island Farmer's Market

Be one of the first 350 Island residents to take action by signing up for the Bainbridge Island Energy Challenge!  By taking part in the Challenge, organized by the Community Energy Task Force, we can all help reduce the Island's peak energy load and increase energy efficiency, both of which help contain global warming by reducing CO2 emissions and create a clean energy community.

Residents will have the opportunity to learn about and sign up for Puget Sound Energy's Island Demand Response Program, home energy efficiency audits and home solar assessments, and learn about small changes you can make in your home to save energy and save money.

And, bring the whole family to meet the Bainbridge Island Energy Challenge Polar Bear and listen to him talk about how climate change may affect the habitat of his Pacific NW friends!


November 7
Strawberry Plant Park Project: Community Meeting
9:00am -2:00pm, Bainbridge Island City Council Chambers

The City of Bainbridge Island is holding a community meeting on the Strawberry Plant Park to gather ideas for the City Council on ways to meet the community's interests in the development of the park.  This will be a facilitated meeting, with desired outcomes to include an understanding of the constraints involved with park development, the various key interests regarding the park and an action plan for the next steps for the Strawberry Plant Park.

November 7 & 8

Every Life is a Story and a Story Can Change the World- Join in a community exploration and celebration of the role of myth and storytelling in our lives, a weekend engagement of movies, workshops, a reception and more. Proceeds benefit Youth and Arts programming in our community.

November 7- Mythic Journeys movie screening and Q&A with  Filmmakers, 5pm, The Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Road NE, immediately followed by a benefit reception with f
ilmmakers, Steven and Whitney Boe, at KiDiMu, 150 Madrone Lane, Bainbridge Island   

November 8- Engagement Forum - Explore your relationship to Myth and Story with guest speakers and in mini-workshops. Glen Slater, of Pacifica Graduate Institute, explores the importance of myth in our lives, with many other guest-speakers and thought leaders from the community. Held at Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North

For more information visit the Mythic Journeys website or contact Judy Whitehead at 206-842-0521.

November 11
Film: Texas Gold 
7:00pm, Stillwaters Environmental Center, 26059 Barber Cut Off Road, Kingston
TEXAS GOLD is an award winning short film that profiles the brave actions that have earned Diane Wilson the title of "unreasonable woman": waging multiple hunger strikes, starting up a business bottling toxic water taken from a superfund site - chaining herself to a DOW chemical tower. Diane believes that "...putting your life at risk is where change happens."

Please RSVP to Stillwaters, 297-2876 or

November 15

The 9th Annual Environmental Conference- The Truth About Dirt: Caring for our Island's Soil
1:00-5:30pm - Conference, 6:00-7:30pm - Optional Supper at IslandWood

Keynote Speaker - David Montgomery author of "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations." Workshops and a showing of the just released movie "DIRT"

To register or for more information, call the Bainbridge Island Land Trust 842-1216

November 19
"Loving the Recession" Workshop with Steve Motenko
4:00-7:00pm, Location to be announced
Sponsored by the Sustainable Business Network

Is business slow and revenues down?  Are clients and customers more conservative with their spending?  "Loving the Recession" is a workshop about pursuing possibility and opportunity in these challenging times.  Steve Motenko's highly acclaimed workshop, which was inspired by his top-featured article for Biznik, is designed to help people in all types of business - shop owners, professionals, artists, consultants, etc. - who want to position themselves, when the recession ends, to "ride the wave to success." Steve is a Harvard-educated leadership trainer, certified personal coach, and author and lives on Whidbey Island. 

Cost for SBN Members - $20; non-members - $30.  For information and to register: 

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. After two "get to know us" events, SBN is proud to say they are 32 members strong... and growing! 

One Call For All
Please consider Sustainable Bainbridge in your One Call for All red envelope donation. SBN receives 100% 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!

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

Winterize Your Home

Did you know the average family spends $1,400 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that spent on heating and cooling? Energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment sized and installed correctly, with properly sealed ducts, can save homeowners as much as 20 percent on their annual energy costs.

Change Furnace Filters:  Before cranking up the heat be sure to replace or clean furnace filters as dirty ones can restrict airflow and increase energy use.  It's very important to replace them once month when in use.  Next time you go to change it or go to the hardware sortie, consider purchasing an electronic filter.  These filters are much better at controlling the bacteria, mold, viruses and pollen that causes illness and irritation.  Another good choice is a genuine HEPA filter, which can remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles. HEPA filters are based on Department of Energy standards. But avoid "HEPA-like" filters, which can be vastly less effective.

Run Fans in Reverse: Switching your ceiling fan to clockwise pulls warmer air trapped at the top down to the living space.  Many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades.  This can cut your heating costs as much as 10 percent.

Install storm doors and windows: Installing storm doors can increase energy efficiency by 45 percent as it seals off drafts and reduces air flow. Equally as important is to install storm windows as they make a huge difference as well.  If you have old storm combination windows, further seal up air leaks by installing film between the storm and window to give your home an extra layer of protection against the cold. 

Caulking and weather-stripping:  Along the same lines of installing storm doors and windows be sure to seal off gaps that can sap home energy efficiency by 5 to 30% a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Some key places to eye are corners, around chimneys, where pipes or wires exit and along the foundation.