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August 2012    
In This Issue
Sound Food
Student Conservation Corps
GO! Bainbridge
Weed Warriors
Prepared Neighborhoods
Grow Community
West Sound Time Bank
SB's Blog

We're increasing grateful for all of you who are finding new ways of  respecting our natural resources and helping build a thriving community--whether community feels like your family, your neighborhood, the Island, or the world.  Each choice we make matters.  Thank you!
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!
Sound Food Wants You!


We want you to join us in celebrating and connecting to food sources close to home -- regional family farms as well as backyard and community gardens.  Sound Food logo


Here are three ways to connect--

  • You can use the Quick-Start Guide to Local Eating to discover new sources for locally produced food, and send us your own discoveries.  
  • You can contact us to sign up for one of the groups working to advance a more localized food system. 
  • You can share your local food story in the Sound Food News, or send us ideas for articles you'd like to read.

Sound Food meets the first Thursday of each month, at 9:00 a.m. in the Marge Williams Conference room. We'd love to have you join us!

Student Conservation Corps

Student Conservation Corps  (SCoCo) completed 12 days of invasive weed control work in three Bainbridge Parks this month. 
Twenty five students alongside three adult supervisors bushwhacked through 120+ acres at Blakely Harbor Park, Fort Ward Park and Pritchard Park.  
The primary objective was to cut ivy from trees, and over 2000 trees were cleared but scotch broom, holly, butterfly bush and wood laurel were also attacked with determination and passion. A terrific cast of speakers educated SCoCo on topics ranging from watershed stewardship to protecting large primates in the NW. 
Group photo taken by Charles Schmid after he spoke about the protection and clean-up efforts at Pritchard Park. Thank you Sustainable Bainbridge members for supporting  meaningful summer work and a Conservation education for local youth in this partnership program with the Bainbridge Park District!
GO! Bainbridge Connects

Winslow Way Charging Station 
Friday, August 3
6 to 8 p.m.  
Have you wondered about that somewhat mysterious box near Blackbird Bakery? It's an Electric Vehicle Charging Station, and you're invited to stop by during the Arts Walk this Friday, August 3, from 6-8pm, to see how it works. You'll get to see an electric car plugged into the station, and the car's owner will also be available to answer questions, and make people connections!
Weed Warriors
Bainbridge Waterfront Park
Saturday, August 18 
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join Weed Warriors and the Nature Conservancy as they pull invasive plants. Bring picnic, gloves, hand tools and a big smile. Help restore this green bridge from the ferry to downtown by removing non-native noxious plants.


For more information contact Jeannette Franks, 206-755-9461.

Prepared Neighborhoods
Prepared Party 
Sunday, August 19
4 - 7 p.m.
The Fireside Room at Vineyard Lane 
Are you interested in preparing for the coming winter's power outages and other risks? Has your neighborhood completed the Map Your Neighborhood plan?Join Prepared Neighborhoods as we celebrate our community connections and how these connections make us stronger during a crisis. Click HERE to learn more.
Tour the Grow Community

Model Home Tours 

begin August 10th

450 Grow Avenue NW 


The Grow Community, an endorsed One Planet Net Zero Energy project, will be open for public tours the weekend of August 11. This project has been designed, with the help of community volunteers and sustainability experts, as an intentional community meeting the 10 Sustainability Principles of the One Planet Living framework.You can visit and learn more about solar-powered, net zero energy homes, the net zero car share program and the community garden.  


Experts will be on hand to answer questions about each of the sustainability principles and to share information on how this project will meet our goals for reducing ecological footprints. For more information on location and hours, please visit the website.

West Sound Time Bank

 Informational Session




Gateway Fellowship

18901 8th Ave NE

Thursday, August 16, 7pm


For  more information, visit our website or contact us at or 206-842-4800. 

On the Sustainable Bainbridge Blog!

Jon Quitslund writes:

Responding to Global Weirdness & Local Brightness


Exploring 'macro' and 'micro' aspects of the sustainability agenda.  First the bad news: global climate change puts us in dire straits, and despite many warnings, little is being done to limit our dependence on fossil fuels.  The good news, evident in the crowd that gathered recently for Fixing the Future, is that locally, here and around the country, much is being done to transform our culture.


Watch for another blog post around the middle of August, titled "Individuality vs. Individualism."


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.


Sustainable Bainbridge Board