Sustainable Bainbridge

August, 2010
In This Issue
Watershed Council
Green Drinks
Sustainable Business Network
Communicating about Climate Change

Meet Bainbridge Island's Watershed Council, SB's newest initiative.
Look for Green Drinks coming right up!

This month we're delighted to introduce the Watershed Council as a new member in the Sustainable Bainbridge 'tent'.  Healthy watersheds are a vital element in a sustainable eco-system and we applaud the important work being done by the Watershed Council. 

In other activities, the Sound Food Ferry Farm Stand is in full swing on Wednesdays, Green Drinks promises a lively social evening this month, and the next Sustainable First Monday (SFM) is coming in October (there's no SFM in September, due to the date falling on Labor Day). 

If you have a sustainability issue that inspires or interests you, please let us know!   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!
Watershed Council booth
Welcome to Bainbridge Island's Watershed Council!

Citizens promoting clean and healthy watersheds

The Bainbridge Island Watershed Council is thrilled to be coming into the Sustainable Bainbridge tent! The Watershed Council is an all-volunteer group of citizens who are interested in sustaining the health and integrity of Bainbridge Island's watersheds.  We work cooperatively with the City and other Island groups to conduct education, research, and conservation activities for our Island's watersheds, streams, shorelines, and related wildlife habitat.  Some of our recent projects include:
-- a 4-year program to restore a self-sustaining salmon run to Cooper Creek, at the head of Eagle Harbor
-- coordinating the 2010 inaugural Bike Your Watershed Ride, which led participants on a ride to visit and learn about several of our Island watersheds
-- sponsoring education and outreach programs like the Edible Aquifer at Islandwood's Enviropalooza, where kids and adults made yummy treats that also taught them about how aquifers work and why we should protect them.

These activities are only possible through the wonderful volunteers that sustain our group.  We are very excited to be joining Sustainable Bainbridge because we know the additional opportunities, including reaching a larger audience and being able to draw on the resources of an incorporated nonprofit, will be incredibly helpful to our work.  The Watershed Council meets every other month to plan and discuss our activities and priorities, and we welcome anyone with an interest in our watersheds to join us! For more information, please visit the Watershed Council website or send us an email.

Green Drinks BI
Bainbridge Green Drinks on Friday, August 27

August Green Drinks

You are invited - and bring a friend - to meet and mingle with people who care about the environment!  This month our host is Thuy Nguyen at her new restaurant in the Seabreeze Building.

Friday, August 27, 2010
6:30 - 8:30pm
Roosters Cafe
123 Bjune (at Madison, next to Bon Bon in the Seabreeze Building)

Besides wine ($6 for 6oz) and beer ($3-4 per bottle), included is complementary finger food; other food and beverages including local ice cream will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP on our Green Drinks Facebook Group/Event Page - Green Drinks Bainbridge Island or email Kat Gjovik.

SBN LogoNews from the Sustainable Business Network

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) recently launched their new website as the on-line home for members and everyone interested in building a healthy, local living economy. While it's still under construction,you can learn about SBN and upcoming events/programs, find lists of Business and Affiliate Members, Member Spotlight, and explore information about becoming a member. You can also sign up for SBN's e-newsletter.

SBN is also launching a "Next Steps Task Force" of members to guide the development of the organization.  Stay tuned! 

Think Local First!
Thanks to the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (BIDA) and their fabulous display at the ferry terminal and on the ferries, people are buzzing about the new Think Local First campaign!  Several months ago, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), BIDA, and the Chamber of Commerce started a conversation which led to the development of a unified Local First campaign all three organizations could support and promote island-wide. After much creative discussion and iterations on the theme, the new logo emerged! 

Think Local First logo
Watch for more news from BIDA, the Chamber, and SBN as the campaign builds and grows!  And learn about "think local principles" from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) on the SBN website.

Improve Your Climate Communication

Saturday, September 11, 2:30-4 pm

Do you get frustrated talking about climate disruption?  Come get some helpful hints -- not on technical issues, per se, but on how to communicate about demanding global complexities. At the Katz Building (571 Ericksen in Winslow, look for a large rock wall). Jaco ten Hove will explore psychological barriers to processing scientific information and ways to encourage hopeful consideration of our climate dilemma. Jaco is on the Steering Committee of Positive Energy (Bainbridge Alliance for Clean Power, a part of Sustainable Bainbridge) and co-minister of Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church.
Please note: there will not be a Sustainable First Monday meeting on September 6 due to the Labor Day holiday.  We will resume SFM in October with a great program on energy.
Sustainable Bainbridge