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Action News
Get Involved
Sustainable Living Tips
SB Board News

Each year we say goodbye to some board members, and welcome new faces around our table.   Leaving us this year are Matt Keller, Molly McCabe, Neva Welton and Chuck Estin.  Sustainable Bainbridge sincerely appreciates the time and energy these concerned citizens have devoted to the organization and the broader community. 
We're excited about our new board members who will be joining us in January, and look forward to introducing them in next month's newsletter!

Business Leads the Way!

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




The Bainbridge Island Road Map to Zero Waste, now online, and the 2009 Bainbridge Island Sustainable Holiday Guide online on November 27th.


This can be counted as a year of advances in sustainability of our island, our state and our country, as well as the world.
On our island, Sound Food is continuing to support the growth of a local food system.  The Community Energy Task Force has made strides in raising awareness about energy conservation.  Local businesses are gaining strength through alliance with the Sustainable Business Network.  Our monthly Matinees That Matter have brought important issues to the big screen at Lynwood Theater.  And our Sustainable First Monday programs have involved people in a variety of issues leading toward personal and societal responsibility for topics as diverse as local shellfish farms to zero waste.  Our latest initiative, the Zero Waste group, launches its program at the Nov. 27 and 28 screening of "No Impact Man." 
As always, we welcome your involvement!  Email us if you'd like to be connected with an ongoing initiative or have an idea you'd like to share.

Nov. 27
Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now
3:30pm, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church

Amy Goodman, independent journalist and host of Democracy Now, introduces her new book, "Breaking the Sound Barrier." A book signing will follow at Eagle Harbor Books.

November 28 & 29

Matinees That Matter: NO IMPACT MAN
5:00pm both days, Historic Lynwood Theatre, $9.00 all seats

A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no long avoid pointing the finger at himself, author Colin Beavan, leaves behind his liberal complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. What began as one man's environmental experiment quickly becomes an experiment in how much one woman is willing to sacrifice for her husband's dreams. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film provides both a front row seat into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, and a behind the scenes look at the marital challenges that result from Colin's and Michelle's radical lifestyle change.


November 27-29
The People's Summit
Seattle University, New Hope Baptist Church & Town Hall, Seattle

WTO+10: Global Justice Forward!  On Nov 30th the World Trade Organization (WTO) will host a "restart" meeting in Geneva - 10 years to the day from when we shut down the WTO!  On Dec 7th, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change opens in Copenhagen.  These are uncertain times and much is at stake: Join us to reclaim and amplify our voices with the vision we have for a healthy planet and people.  Let's harness the spirit of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle with a renewed commitment to move global justice forward!  Friday Nov 27 through Sunday Nov 29: three days of plenaries, workshops and a cross-sector strategy session, held at Seattle University, New Hope Baptist Church & Town Hall.

Visit for a full list of speakers, plenaries, and workshops!


December 7
Sustainable First Monday Presents...
Creating "Eco-municipalities" with The Natural Step
7-9pm, The Commons, Brien Drive (next to the Senior Center)
Join us for an evening with Mary Rehwald to hear about "Eco-municipalities"* as described in The Natural Step for Communities by James and Lahti, and consider how this framework might apply on Bainbridge Island.  Mary was instrumental in founding the Wisconsin Eco-municipality movement and, as a five-term City Councilor in Ashland, WI, successfully led the effort for the city to become one of the first eco-municipalities in the U.S.  Mary traveled with two delegations to Sweden to study how business and government applied The Natural Step in their communities.

Co-founder in the mid-90's of the Alliance for Sustainability in the Chequamegon Bay, Mary has received awards for her sustainability work from the Lake Superior Binational Program and the Wisconsin American Planning Association. She is a Sustainable Community Consultant and an Instructor at Northland College.  

December 3
Open House Celebration of Local Farming and Education
5-8pm, Bainbridge Island Vineyards and Winery, 8989 Day Road East 

Help us honor and say thanks to the farmers at Day Road for their stewardship and dedication to local sustainable agriculture, along with their support and commitment to local K-12 education.  Enjoy award winning, locally grown wine from Bainbridge Island Vineyards.  Food will also be served. 

This event benefits the EduCulture Project on Bainbridge Island, which provides local youth lived experiences on local farms that cultivate scholarship, stewardship, citizenship and sustainability.  There is no charge for this event, but donations to the EduCulture Project will be requested.   

Be sure to check out the 2009 Sustainable Holiday Guide which includes many local holiday events.  The Guide will be available on November 26th.

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!

Sustainable Living Tips

10 Ways to Change Your Life
(Not Just Your Light Bulbs)
by Colin Beavan (of the film "No Impact Man")

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES- All you have to do is stop eating beef. Worldwide, beef production contributes more to climate change than the ­entire transportation sector. The carbon footprint of the average meat eater is about 1.5 tons of CO2 larger than that of a vegetarian. Cutting beef out of your diet will reduce your CO2 emissions by 2,400 pounds annually.

DRINK FROM THE TAP- You can save money and your environment by giving up bottled water. The production of plastic water bottles together with the privatization of our drinking water is an environmental and social catastrophe. Bottled water costs more per gallon than gasoline. The average American consumes 30 gallons of bottled water annually. Giving up one bottle of imported water means using up one less liter of fossil fuel and emitting 1.2 pounds less of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

OBSERVE AN ECO-SABBATH- For one day or afternoon or even one hour a week, don't buy anything, don't use any machines, don't switch on anything electric, don't cook, don't answer your phone, and, in general, don't use any resources. In other words, for this regular period, give yourself and the planet a break. Every hour per week that you live no impact cuts your carbon emissions by 0.6 percent annually. Commit to four hours per week, that's 2.4 percent; do it for a whole day each week to cut your impact by 14.4 percent a year.