Food is a group of individuals dedicated to growing a local food system on
and around Bainbridge Island, Washington. Our work is based on a love of food, our community and the land.Sound Food
began with a
Sustainable Bainbridge farm mapping project designed to answer the
question: "How can I find local food?" As we gathered information, we found our vision expanding to include community gardens, pea patches and backyard gardens. Our next project, the Ferry Farm Stand, made it easier for commuters to obtain fresh locally-grown produce by creating a weekly farmers' market at the Bainbridge ferry terminal. In 2010, we look forward to finding new ways to expand the availability and accessibility of sustainably grown and produced food in the Westsound area.
Beginning in January, we'll be meeting the
first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Our January meeting
will be held at 9800 Sands Avenue. For more information,
please call Sallie Maron at 206/842-5306 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to have you join us!
In 2009, Sustainable Bainbridge supported the launch of the
Sustainable Business Network of Bainbridge Island to promote a thriving "local first" economy, business
practices and policies that promote local independent businesses, healthy
workplaces, environmental stewardship, and a strong sense of community. Since
August, 47 local businesses/organizations and interested citizens have joined SBN
representing a cross-section of retail stores, manufacturing, the arts,
professional services, and nonprofits.
We are a member-driven organization! A meeting for members to participate in developing
plans for our 2010 programs and projects will be announced soon - we hope you'll
join us! For more information, to sign up for e-mail, and to become a member of
SBN, visit Sustainable Bainbridge
e-mail email@example.com, or
call Kat Gjovik at 206/842-0223.
Zero Waste Program
Zero Waste Initiative is a newly formed group of individuals interested
in exploring how the concept of zero waste can be applied to the
various communities - business, school, government, homeowner,
religious, nonprofit, farming, arts - that comprise the make-up of Bainbridge Island. We're off to a good start with the publication of the Road Map to Zero Waste, found at Zero Waste. Please join us for the next meeting on Wednesday, January 20, from 7-9 pm at the Marge Williams conference room (221 Winslow Way W.). If you have any questions, please contact Diane Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206/855-9687.
Community Energy Conservation
Sustainable Bainbridge is working closely with the Community
Energy Task Force and Community Energy Solutions in efforts to increase
Bainbridge Island energy efficiency. Many island homes have enrolled in the Puget
Sound Energy demand response program. Additional homes are still needed for this program. It's easy, it's free and it really makes a difference. Call 1-877-287-3461 and ask to sign up for the Demand Response Pilot Program.
Next steps include comprehensive energy audits
for homes. This is where an energy
auditor identifies energy saving measures and prioritizes recommendations. Most homes can benefit from this type of analysis,
especially those built prior to 1980. Community Energy Solutions has created a special program bringing
auditors and interested homeowners together. Energy audits normally cost $600-700, but if
you participate in this innovative community program, the cost is $400. In return, you help encourage others to take
the same path by allowing them to observe the audit at your home. An added benefit is that needed upgrades can
be scheduled in concert with other homeowners who have been audited, resulting
in possible cost savings for multiple residences.
If you are interested in scheduling an audit, please contact
Tammy Deets at 206/261-5259. More information
is available at Smart Power
Board members serve for terms of two years. Leaving us this past December were Chuck Estin, Matt Keller, Molly McCabe and Neva Welton. We thank them for their dedicated service to Sustainable Bainbridge and the greater community. New to the board are Todd Johnson and Bill Luria. Todd brings a strong background in waste management, and Bill will bring strength to our social focus through his expertise in housing.
The Board holds an annual retreat and goal setting meeting in late January. If you have ideas you'd like us to consider, please let us know via email at email@example.com or a phone call to 206/842-4439.