Sustainable Bainbridge

June 2010
In This Issue
Matinees That Matter
Sustainable First Monday
Green Drinks
Rotary Auction
Zero Waste Program
Buy Local Campaign

Matinees That Matter returns with a film about the social and equitable uses of architecture.
This month's Sustainable First Monday continues with the housing theme and what is happening here on Bainbridge Island.
There's  information about SB's Zero Waste initiative and its role in the Rotary Auction and the July Fourth Celebration. Volunteers are needed in both efforts.
And look for Green Drinks and a new "buy local" campaign.

Summer is fast approaching, replete with vacations, a wide variety of fresh local foods, and special community activities.  Sustainable Bainbridge is participating in many of these activities -- we look forward to seeing you out and about, enjoying our community.

We are involved in many projects relating to food, zero waste, energy conservation, and our shorelines.  If you find something that interests or inspires you, please let us know that you'd like to become involved.  Sharing our 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!
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Matinees That Matter Presents

Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

June 5 & 6 (Saturday & Sunday) at 5:00 PM 
Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd
All seats $9     
      The 60-minute film about the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio is the second 2010 offering of Matinees that Matter.
      The  post-film discussions will be moderated by several recent graduates of the Rural Studio along with Jason Gibson from the Bainbridge Island firm of Architects Thomas.
      In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, the film shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity, and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, destitute client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for R&B and Soul records.
  Interviews with Mockbee's peers and scenes with those he's influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture's role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship, and social change.

Ericksen Cottages

Sustainable First Monday

June 7 from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.
at the Commons on Brien Drive 

"Green Building Design; Innovative Site Planning, Affordable Houses, Promoting Development of Sustainable Neighborhoods"
The need for affordable additions to the stock of housing on Bainbridge Island has long been recognized, worried over, and worked upon by policy makers, architects and builders. This program focuses upon what's possible, and what is actually happening within the boundaries of Winslow. Charles Wenzlau will talk about cottage housing, with his Ericksen Avenue Cottages as an example; Julie Kriegh will describe her plans for affordable housing on Ferncliff Avenue which will be  administered by the Housing Resources Board; Jennifer Sutton will explain the Housing Design Demonstration Project (HDDP) Ordinance. Come to learn and to participate in a lively discussion.
Green Drinks BI
Bainbridge Green Drinks Returns on June 18

Save the date for the next Green Drinks.  Watch Facebook and your email for details about the location.

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Zero Waste Helpers Needed for Rotary Auction!

Calling all Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Volunteers!
This year's annual (the 50th!) Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale is looking for committed "recyclers" to help make the June 26th event as earth-friendly as possible. Over the past several years the Auction has become increasingly "green" primarily through greater recycling efforts and finding non-profit homes for the end-of-the-day unsold items.
To recognize the increasing importance of eco-awareness and sustainability, the Auction's Reuse/Recycle effort has become a separate "Department" for the first time this year. To ensure its continued success the Department is requesting passionate recycle/reuse volunteers to help accomplish the 2010 goals. Assistance is needed during the collection period: Saturday, June 19th through Thursday, June 24th
There are two ways to sign up:  Attend the annual Volunteer Dinner - 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 7th at Woodward Junior High or send an email to Department head Joanne Ellis
Volunteers can also simply show up at Woodward Junior High any time during the collection period, check-in at the Volunteer Desk and ask to be directed to the Recycle Department.
Thanks in advance for any/all support you can provide in this community-wide giant reuse/recycle event.

Make July 4th a Zero Waste Event!         Zero Waste logo

The island's biggest community celebration is fast approaching.  Can you lend a hand on the 4th of July (or at the July 3rd street dance) to help with the Zero Waste Initiative's composting efforts at these events?  Recycling will continue to be prevalent as we carry on Sharon Negri's legacy of diverting recyclable cans, bottles and cardboard from the landfill.  This year we will also be encouraging vendor patrons to dispose of their leftover food and soiled paper products in the large yard waste toters (as you can now do at home).  To help ensure the success of this undertaking, we need volunteers to monitor each of the three strategically placed compost receptacles all day on the fourth as well as the previous evening.  Can you spare a couple of hours?  No previous experience is necessary!  Please contact Diane Landry if you have questions or would like to sign up.

Did you know that Bainbridge Disposal is kind enough to provide free of charge the use and pick-up of all the recycling and yard waste toters for this celebration?   What a gift to the community that is!  There are also student groups that take responsibility for emptying, sorting and picking up the trash and recycling we attendees produce and dispose of.  If you as an individual or business would be able to help sponsor them, please let Diane Landry know.  Thank you.

To join the Zero Waste group, contact Diane Landry
Sustainable Business Network
Going Local
Sustainable Business Network, in partnership with the BI Chamber of Commerce and BI Downtown Association, is launching a unified THINK LOCAL FIRST campaign. The partnership hopes to make a big splash over the Fourth of July holiday with a "Celebrate Independents Week" roll out. Look for a new logo and other supporting materials in the weeks ahead, and remember with every purchase you make, think "local" first, whether it is shopping, eating, sewing, reading, or just hanging out. 

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 still seeking a projector to use for 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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