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September 2011   
In This Issue
Sustainable First Monday
No Impact Week!
Green Drinks
Local Investing
Electronic Recycling
Energy Opportunities
West Sound Water Course

It's not time to cozy up for the winter yet.  September and October are alive with activity and action!   From local events such as our popular Green Drinks, to participating in the national No Impact Week, or learning more about global climate change, these next weeks provide many opportunities to become involved.  You can recycle those pesky electronics that take up space in your garage, and you can learn more about the waters of our Kitsap Peninsula and their impacts on our Puget Sound.  If energy alternatives intrigue you, there are several options for engaging with solar power and our local electricity supplier.  And in a timely way, before we experience a storm-related power outage, learn more about what neighborhoods are doing to be better prepared.


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, October 3 
7:00-9:00 PM
The Commons (370 Brien Drive )

Prepared Neighborhoods  


Prepared Neighborhoods is a new citizen-led initiative from Sustainable Bainbridge to promote emergency preparedness for no-power and low-power situations. This initiative ties into and promotes the five-year emergency preparedness plan led by our Fire Department.  Come and learn what's happening in our community and share your ideas for greater involvement in your own neighborhood. 

Zero Waste logoNo Impact Week
September 18-25   

Join the No Impact Project, YES! Magazine,   

and the Sustainable Bainbridge Zero Waste  

Initiative for this one-week experiment, reducing our personal and collective impact on the environment with our consumption, trash, transportation, food, energy, and water - on the road to Zero Waste!  

And on Sept 24, be part of's "Moving Planet Day," a massive global volunteer day!


More information at YES! Magazine.

Green Drinks on Friday, September 30
6:30-8:30 p.m. at
Fork & Spoon (120 Madrone Lane)
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Meet and mingle with new friends and old at this "happy hour" for environmental enthusiasts at Fork & Spoon!  Sound Food says "The menu is built around local and seasonal ingredients, a logical outgrowth of owners Jeff Shepherd and Heidi Umphenour's longtime connection with local farmers." Now that's sustainable!  We can always count on great fare and a fun time with Manager Lena Davidson and the staff. They're planning a good happy-hour deal on wine and beer, and will provide some light complimentary snacks along with their regular delicious menu items.  


Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page, or direct e-mail to . Invite a friend - see you there!


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Interested in Local Investing?

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN), in collaboration with OfficeXpats, recently hosted another group viewing of a webinar and conversation, about Local Investment Clubs. (The 15 members of the No Small Potatoes Investment Club collectively fund and make micro-loans to farmers and food producers in Maine; their model is applicable to many types of small local businesses.)  The response was so positive that we're planning more sessions to explore other ways to invest local dollars in our local economy. Please let us know if you'd like to receive notices about these special sessions by sending an e-mail to

Free Recycling Opportunities!

 Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
COBI Maintenance Center (7305 Hidden Cove Road)
 Acceptable items (5 gallons or less) are oil-based paints stains, adhesives, aerosols, paint thinners, corrosive cleaners, yard chemicals, and pool/spa chemicals. Do NOT bring latex paint, oil, antifreeze, household or auto batteries, fluorescent bulbs/tubes or propane tanks.


Saturday, September 24,  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Island Church, 9624 Sportsman Club Road.  


Friendly Earth will be collecting all sorts of electronics, appliances and scrap metals.  Some examples are computers and peripherals, gaming systems, printers, radios, washers, dryers, hair dryers, cell phones, batteries and the like.  You can check out their website for a more detailed list of the items they accept.     


A portion of the proceeds from the electronics recycling will benefit Sustainable Bainbridge.


Coming energy events and news!Community Energy Discussion Logo

Sunday, September 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Community Energy Discussion
IslandWood Great Hall, 4450 Blakely Avenue NE

Puget Sound Energy President & CEO Kimberly Harris will address Bainbridge Island's energy-related concerns and PSE's resource alternatives.  Question and answer with Ms. Harris, representatives of local energy, business and environmental groups and the public follows the talk.

And, here are two great opportunities to learn about solar energy for your home or business!

Solarize Bainbridge Now! LogoSaturday, October 15, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m
Solarize Bainbridge Now! is Power Trip Energy's group purchase program, providing rebates of $300 per installed kW. Power Trip Energy has installed over 230 grid-tied solar PV systems on and around the Olympic Peninsula since 2003.  You can find out more about Solarize Bainbridge Now! at the kickoff for the Kitsap Solar Tour at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center (across from Waterfront Park).
Go Solar Bainbridge is another group purchase program coming to Go Solar Bainbridge LogoBainbridge Island in late September.  Bainbridge-based Community Energy Solutions (CES) has been selected by Synthesis as the community outreach partner for program, which features affordable made-in-Washington solar modules manufactured by Itek Energy as well as solar design and installation by Sunergy Systems.  Volume discounts will result in costs 15% to 20% off typical solar module pricing.  The campaign launch is set for September 23rd.  Find Go Solar Bainbridge at the Harvest Fair on 9/25 and the Farmers' Market on 10/15.
Bi Shore


Water Courses in our West Sound region


October 14 and 15, Keyport


Water Courses: Connecting West Sound
is on October 14 and 15 in Keyport. This course is sponsored by WSU Kitsap Extension, Washington Sea Grant and the Kitsap County Beach Watchers Program.  Please register now to attend this great two-day educational event. Anyone ages 12 through adult can attend.
The food will be terrific; Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Cafe is catering the first day and Keyport Mercantile is catering the second day.  The registration fees include these delicious box lunches.
The cost to attend is $30 for October 14 and $25 for October 15 or $45 for both days.  Register by clicking on this link.  If you encounter any difficulties in registering, contact Lisa Rillie.


If you are interested in working with great people and helping us coordinate some volunteer activity, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact us at for more information.

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


Sustainable Bainbridge Board