Sustainable Bainbridge

April  2010
In This Issue
Sustainable First Monday
Energy Film
Green Drinks
Zero Waste Program
Shellfish Farming

Sustainable First Mondays are generally on the calendar.  Come and learn about a new topic or share information about something you are doing.
An energy-related film is scheduled on April 30.
Matinees that Matter are held on a quarterly basis at the historic Lynwood Theatre; the next MTM is in June.
There's more information about SB's Zero Waste initiative. 
And we have news about the shellfish farm near Bloedel Reserve.


After a month of wonderful activities celebrating our concern for the Earth, we move now into a more measured pace of spring and summer events relating to sustainability. 

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  We look forward to hearing from you!
Sustainable First MondayBiking Family
May 3 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.
at the Commons on Brien Drive 

"Island Greenways and Connections on Bainbridge Island" 
Come learn about ideas and plans for an Island wide trail system for bikes and pedestrians.  Find out the latest about the current and future trails. How are they acquired and built? Can we connect trails between North and South?   Learn about how to get from here to there on your feet and on your bike. Share your favorite walking/hiking/biking paths.  Speakers include Paul Bang-Knudsen, Park Board Commissioner; John Grinter, Trails Advisory Committee; Gordon Black, Squeaky Wheels and Chris Hammer, engineer with COBI.  Park District staff will have maps on display and available.

Community Film about Energy

Join Bainbridge Island Energy Challenge, and co-sponsors Cedars UU Green Sanctuary, Grace Episcopal Earth & Spirit, and Eagle Harbor Congregational Church for the film:

"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 the film.
Green Drinks a Huge Success!

The first monthly Green Drinks Bainbridge Island event was held at the Bainbridge Public Library on April 23, a Friday night.  WOW - more than 150 people attended to meet, mingle, and share common interests in environmental matters at this high energy gathering!  Join our Facebook Group and stay tuned for information regarding the date and location of our May event.

Green Drinks BI

Zero Waste News         Zero Waste logo

Plastic bottle cap recycling has begun! Just bring your clean and dry hard plastic bottle caps to the Vincent Road Station to be recycled. There is a cart available on site to for your caps. No soft plastic (yogurt, dairy products) lids please.

The May meeting of Zero Waste is Wednesday, May 19, 7-9 pm at the Marge Williams Center.

Have you accumulated more debris than your toter and/or compost bins can handle?  May 8 is yard waste amnesty day at Emu Composting.

If you've wondered about the terms "compostable" and "biodegradable," this timely article serves as an interesting primer.

To join the Zero Waste group, contact Diane Landry.

Pt Madison Shellfish
Shellfish Farming on Bainbridge

Bainbridge Island's first community shellfish farm is a reality. The new Port Madison Community Shellfish Farm (PMCSF), planted by volunteers April 3rd in the tidelands in front of Bloedel Reserve, may be harvesting and selling its signature oysters, "Port Madison Petites," possibly as early as this fall. The Bloedel Reserve, has leased their tidelands to Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) for a small-scale, community- based venture that will make locally grown oysters and clams available to the community, create tasty incentives for keeping the water clean and help re-connect people to one of the Island's great resources.

With PSRF's help, more than 50 homeowners on the island have created oyster beds on private land and PSRF is hoping for more.
Homeowners with tideland access can get free "seed" oysters from 8-11 a.m. May 15 at the PSRF office, 590 Madison Ave. with advance reservations. The event is scheduled during a particularly low tide so participants can pick up the oysters and plant them the same day. A demonstration is at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 780-6947 or visit the PSRF website.

Sustainable Bainbridge's Website
is undergoing revision.  We apologize for the outdated information on some of the pages of the current site.  Please bear with us through this reconstruction process -- we know it is a bit messy.

Needed:  Sustainable Bainbridge is seeking an LCD projector to use at our Sustainable First Monday Power Point presentations.  If you have a functioning projector that you are not using and that needs a new home, please consider donating it to us.
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