Sustainable Bainbridge
March  2010
In This Issue
Sustainable FIrst Monday
Earth Day
Zero Waste Program
Energy Films
Sustainability Forum
Rebates for Clunker Appliances

Sustainable First Mondays are on the calendar.  Come and learn about a new topic or share information about something you are doing.
There's much going on in April connected with Earth Day.
Energy-related films are scheduled on April 24 and 30.
Matinees that Matter are held on a quarterly basis at the historic Lynwood Theatre; the next MTM is in June.
And there's more information about SB's Zero Waste initiative. 

 

April is almost here, and April 24 is Earth Day -- which is morphing into more of a month-long event rather than just one day!  You will find many activities in connection with Earth Day, and we hope you will participate in those of interest to you. 

If you don't find something that interests or inspires you, please let us know what matters to you.  Sharing ideas strengthens relationships, weaves a community together and becomes the heart of sustainability.  You can contact us at info@sustainablebainbridge.net.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Sustainable First Monday
April 5 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.
at the Commons on Brien Drive 

"Waste as a Resource Out Of Place "   Join us for this lively and engaging discussion with experts about strategies to eliminate "waste" in our world and on our island.  Followed by a Q&A session. Read More...


NOTE: If you were not able to make the March Sustainable First Monday about native pollinators, you missed great presentations by Dave Hunter on Mason Bees and John Tullis on raising Honey bees.   
 
But don't despair!  If you are interested in helping out by raising Mason Bees, contact Dave Hunter directly and get on his list to be a Mason Bee Partner for 2011.  He'll set you up with bees and equipment if you agree to let them pollinate your garden for the spring.  This is a no fuss way to contribute to the ecosystem while benefiting your neighborhood gardens.  Learn more at Mason Bees or contact Dave Hunter via email.

  Earth DayEarth Days!

The island is blooming with a myriad of events for Earth Day.  In addition to the always-wonderful Earth Day Fair at T&C, there are some new activities including a Grange Garden Fair on April 11, Bainbridge Island's first "Green Drinks party" on April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the BI Library.  Check out the complete list at Sustainable Bainbridge Events


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Zero Waste
Are you interested in helping our community become aware of ways to practice mindful consumption?  Are you part of a group that would like to reduce waste at your meetings and events?  Would you like to help move our businesses, schools, and government toward zero waste?  If so, we invite you to attend our next meeting on April 21, 7-9 pm, at the Marge Williams Center.  Be prepared for spirited discussions brimming with ideas!  

Our next public event is Earth Day on Saturday, April 24.  If you would like to be a recycling/composting monitor at this celebration, or if you have any questions regarding our committee, please contact Diane Landry.

Community Films about Energy

Join Bainbridge Island Energy Challenge, and co-sponsors Cedars UU Green Sanctuary, Grace Episcopal Earth & Spirit, and Eagle Harbor Congregational Church for two films in April.

"Who's Got the Power?"
and discussion with Rhys Roth, co-founder Climate Solutions
 
Time:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on April 24, 2010
Location:  Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island
 
"Who's Got the Power?" is a forceful documentary which shows the relationship between global warming and energy and proposes that the use of renewable energy systems are viable alternatives to our dependence on fossil fuels. Following the film, Rhys Roth, cofounder of Climate Solutions, will discuss ways communities like Bainbridge can take steps to create a clean energy community.

"Kilowatt Ours:  A Plan to Re-Energize America"  and Energy Efficiency Workshop
 
Time:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on April 30, 2010
Location:  Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island
 
"Kilowatt Ours:  A Plan to Re-Energize America" is an award-winning documentary that explores practical, affordable solutions to America's energy challenges. Following the film, Tom Balderston of Conservation Services Group will address energy efficiency and how it relates to our Island's energy issues, with simple steps to save energy, save money, and make our homes more comfortable.  

Community Conversation café and refreshments to follow each film.
The Natural Step

Sustainability Forum

On April 26, the BI Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Parfitt Way Management Co., Sustainable Bainbridge, and the Sustainable Business Network will host a Natural Step Forum, focusing on how our business community, and the community-at-large, can incorporate the Natural Step (NS) into our every day lives. We have invited local expert Jeff Leinaweaver, PhD, Global Zen LLC, and Holly Brunk of The Natural Step USA, to provide a primer on the Natural Step and moderate a World Café on how we can implement NS locally.
 
The event will be on Monday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to noon at Islandwood, and you are invited. The cost is $15. The reward: education, networking, and a Natural Step community plan.  For information and to register go to the BI Chamber of Commerce
website.


Old refrigeratorRebates for Clunker Appliances!!

Got a clunky old refrigerator or washing machine? You might be eligible for a rebate program that could help you buy a new, more energy-efficient one.

The federal government has given Washington State more than $5.6 million dollars in economic stimulus money to pass out to consumers who replace old appliances. This is part of an effort to remove energy-hog appliances from the grid.

The State expects that we will save about a million dollars in energy costs and reduce water use by 355 million gallons if the anticipated number of people respond.

Refrigerators and clothes washers were chosen because they're the ones likely to result in the greatest energy and water savings.

To get the rebate - $100 for washers and $75 for fridges - you need to buy a new Energy Star-certified appliance to replace an old one. Then you download an online application at Cash for Appliances and send it to Olympia for reimbursement.

The replacement has to have been purchased after March 15th. Only residential consumers are eligible; no businesses or landlords. And the rebates are first-come, first-served. They'll be given out until the end of 2011 or until the money runs out.
Enhance your life and that of your community by becoming involved with a project of Sustainable Bainbridge.
 
Sincerely,
 
Sustainable Bainbridge