Newsletter Header - NEW

October, 2010
In This Issue
New Website Launched!
Matinees That Matter
Sustainable First Monday
Kitsap Solar Tour
Environmental Conference

Attend a Matinee That Matters. Positive Energy presents October's Sustainable First Monday.
Kitsap County Solar Tour. 
Register for the Tenth Annual Environmental Conference.
Many activities for you in October.

We've been talking about it for months, and now it is here!  The new Sustainable Bainbridge website is on-line and ready to become a more useful tool for the community.  We hope you will visit it often, use it to introduce newcomers to the exciting array of activities on the island, and contribute information to be considered for inclusion on the website.

As always, 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 by email or by phone at 206/842-4439.  We look forward to hearing from you!
MTM ImageMatinees that Matter this weekend!
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, 5 p.m. both days  Historic Lynwood Theatre


BACK TO THE GARDEN captures a time-lapse view of early back-to-the-earthers told with moving personal stories of non-conforming tribal families -- with lots of freedom but little cash, of unflinching political activism in the midst of small-town, rural America, and hippie kids who today ask whether free love was really free. The film shows the reality of strong, responsible dedicated, human beings who are giving back to their communities as teachers, farmers, political activists and stewards of the earth.
Films are presented at The Historic Lynwood Theatre, 4569 Lynwood Center Rd. NE, Bainbridge Island. All seats are $9.
Filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson will lead the post-film Q&A session on both days. Tomlinson, who was raised on Bainbridge Island, has been an independent Seattle-based producer, director and cinematographer for over 25 years.As a cinematographer, Tomlinson has shot documentaries and travel programs throughout Europe, Turkey, Morocco, Haiti, Peru, Sri Lanka, Siberia and India. Many shows have been broadcast nationally on the PBS series Rick Steves' Europe.

For an extended introduction to the film and the filmmaker, see the SB website.

Sustainable First Monday, October 4th
7 - 9 p.m. at the Bainbridge Island Commons

Positive Energy News!

Come learn about and comment on an emerging campaign for local conservation and energy efficiency, led by the City of Bainbridge Island, Conservation Services Group, and Positive Energy (our Bainbridge Alliance for Clean Power), formerly the Community Energy Task Force.

Buoyed by a nearly $5 million federal stimulus grant to support home energy reviews here and in Bremerton, Positive Energy has ambitious plans to help transform our island into a model of efficient conservation and renewable energy, with a goal of being "net carbon neutral" by 2030.

A multi-media presentation will open up topics such as residential and commercial efficiency, visible community meter "dashboards," on-line home energy management, a low-interest loan fund program, peak use issues, clean energy jobs, "Home Energy IQ" trainings, neighborhood (and virtual neighborhood) challenges, and more.   

Let's rise to the Energy Challenge of our time!

Kitsap County Solar Tour, Saturday, October 2, 9:30 am to 4 pm.

Community Energy Solutions, a Bainbridge Island non-profit is hosting the 5th Annual Kitsap County Solar Tour this Saturday.  Our goal is to showcase different PV and solar thermal systems located around Kitsap County, with many of the sites located on Bainbridge Island. We have seven different locations, where home owners will be opening their doors to talk about their systems and answer questions that people might have. Along with the showcasing of different systems, will we be putting on several presentations including a full energy audit at a home in Winslow. The tour will begin at a Habitat for Humanity site in Suquamish. For more information, visit the Community Energy Solutions' website.

Ticket costs: $15/person or $25/family. All proceeds go to the benefit of the solar thermal system at a Habitat for Humanity home.
For tour map, click here.  

10th Annual Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference
Sunday, October 17th from 1 to 5:30 pm at Islandwood.

The topic of this year's conference, which is co-sponsored by the Association of Bainbridge Communities and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, will be "Protecting Bainbridge Island's Shoreline Environment" and will include a keynote address by Jay Manning, the Governor's Chief of Staff and former Director of the Department of Ecology, and a virtual tour of the Island Shorelines provided by Dr. Ron Thom, chief scientist at the Battelle Northwest National Laboratory.
Panel discussions on the Science of Shorelines, and the Policy and Managment of the Shoreline Master Program, will follow with leading scientists and experts. For registration and further information, please contact the BI Land Trust at 206-842-1216.
Now that fall is here, it's a good time to consider ways you can contribute to a more sustainable community right here at home.  Join us at our monthly Sustainable First Mondays, attend a Matinee That Matters, send us a suggestion about a focus on an economic, social or environmental aspect in which you are interested.  Get involved!
Sustainable Bainbridge Board