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April  2011   
In This Issue
Sustainable First Monday
Matinees That Matter
Mark Your Calendars for May 3
Shorelines: You Can Still Send Comments

April is Earth Day Month!  Our annual guide to Earth Day activities is going green, and will be posted on our community calendar soon.  If you have any activities to post, please send them to Kat Gjovik at


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!
Sustainable First Monday, April 4
7:00-9:00 PM
Bainbridge Commons (370 Brien Drive)

Winslow Way Construction:  Environment AND Economy 


The end results of the major Winslow Way construction project will be good - upgrades to underground systems, valuable ecological, design, and safety elements. But, what about our downtown businesses?

Join us on Monday to learn about the environmental elements of this major project (during construction and the end results) from Chris Wierzbicki, the City's Project Manager, and discuss the impacts on downtown businesses and our local economy with local business people and Sarah Wen from
Winslow Street Smarts


Our loyalty to local independent businesses and our commitment to a strong local economy will surely be tested - how much do we really love "Local?" What can we do as citizens/residents to ensure our downtown business community survives this major distraction? How can we use this time to strengthen our relationships with the people who keep the heart of our downtown beating and ensure the products and services we depend on are still available when the project is complete?

For more information: Sustainable Bainbridge or Facebook Event Page.     




Matinees That Matter,  April 9 & 10
5 PM both days
Lynwood Theatre

QUEEN OF THE SUN:  What are the Bees Telling Us?


This film takes a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk, and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.


Kate Ruffing, a board member of Sustainable Bainbridge and CFO (Chief Farming Officer) of Camp 4, LLC, will lead the post-film discussions. Camp 4 is a Bainbridge Island home where sustainable living practices, including beekeeping, are followed.


All tickets are $9. (Fifty percent of the net proceeds benefits Sustainable Bainbridge.)

Mark Your Calendars and Watch for Details!
Tuesday, May 3

Us Uncut, the Other 98%, and several other initiatives about inequality are gaining momentum and making headlines around the country. Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar and Director of the

Program on Equity and the Common Good for the Washington DC-based Institute of Policy Studies, will be on Bainbridge to talk about these growing grassroots movements, a new economy, and Common Security Circles.


Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge and YES! Magazine. Time and location TBA.


Shorelines: You Can Still Send Comments

The Bainbridge shoreline ecosystem is an essential part of our Island home and also plays a vital role in maintaining the health of Puget Sound for future generations. Citizens from our community, representing diverse interests, have been working hard since last October and have produced recommendations for policies and regulations for our Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to guide the protection and development of our shorelines.  


You can read the policy document which is posted on the City website. Comments received by Tuesday, April 26, will be summarized and forwarded to the Planning Commission prior to its deliberations on the SMP.  Send comments by email to: .


For more information, contact Ryan Ericson, Shoreline Planner, 780-3719,,  or Libby Hudson at 780-3767.


If you would like to learn about other opportunities to be more  involved in this process, please contact Lisa Macchio at 


For a thoughtful musing about where one might find the meaning of life, you can visit the Sustainable Bainbridge blog.


Sustainable Bainbridge Board