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November 2012    
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Zero Waste
GO! Bainbridge
Beach Naturalists
Carbon Nation
Weed Warriors
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One Call for All
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In a season of thanksgiving, we rejoice in each thoughtful action you've taken this year to create a more resilient community, and we invite you to join us for another month of action. We'll be handing out reusable bags, leading a rainy day walk, sponsoring a talk, showing a film, learning about beach critters, sharing time bank information,and posting on the blog. November has arrived, and promises to be a wonderful month!

As many of you know, Sustainable Bainbridge is funded through
One Call for All. The red envelope has arrived, and we thank you in advance for your generous support through this Island tradition!
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!
Remember to Bring Your Bag!

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The Bainbridge Island plastic bag ban ordinance goes into effect today!  


Because single-use paper bags are very resource, water and energy-intensive productsBI Zero Waste volunteers will be promoting reuse by offering free bags to customers outside Safeway beginning at 10am. One bag for each customer until we run out. Come down and get one! 


Key elements of Ordinance 2012-06:  

  • Single-use plastic carry out bags are prohibited. This includes all plastic bags less than 2.25 millimeters thick provided at check out or point of sale.
  • Customers (except those who document federal or state food assistance) must be charged 5 cents per large paper bag. Retailers keep the revenue from the 5-cent charge, which is taxable and must be shown on sales receipts.
  • Large paper bags requiring the 5-cent charge must be a minimum of 40 percent post-consumer recycled fiber and the fiber content must be marked on the outside.
  • Smaller paper bags may be provided with or without charge at the store's discretion.
  • Thick plastic bags - 2.25 millimeters or greater - are deemed reusable and may be provided with or without charge at the store's discretion.
  • Plastic bags used for restaurant take-out foods and meats and produce in grocery stores will still be allowed, because of the public health functions they provide.
First Poncho Walk--  
this Sunday, November 4!

We are starting a series of winter walks, and calling them Poncho Walks (bring your rain gear!). They will take place the first Sunday of each month, November thru March. Our goal is to showcase walking pathways and help you stay active all year - rain or shine!  

On Sunday, November 4, we will leave from the Bainbridge Island Library at 1:30pm. With the guidance of veteran walker and Strider member, Jean Otto, we will follow sidewalks and paths through Winslow. A highlight of the walk will be the visit to MiddleField Farm off Weaver Road. Larry Nakata will meet us and talk about the history of the farm and its current uses providing local produce to their family's Town and Country Market.

The walk is about 4 miles in length and will end with hot beverages at the library and a display of maps showing current and proposed trails. Chair of the Non-Motorized Transportation Committee, John Grinter, will be available to answer questions.


As there is always a chance of rain, wearing sturdy shoes and bringing a poncho or other waterproof clothing is advised. For more info. 

Bainbridge Beach Naturalists

BBN sm logo Join us for a nighttime low-tide beach
exploration on Monday
, November 12 from 8:30 to 10 pm at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal beach. Open to the public, wear boots you can wade in, bring a strong flashlight, and dress for the weather.

Park on Brien or Bjune, cross the wooden footbridge in Waterfront Park, follow the Waterfront Trail to Harborview Drive and then along the back of the condos to the beach. 

Look for the beach naturalists in neon green vests.

The New Sustainability Advantage 

with Bob Willard

Friday, November 16

6 pm - 7:30 pm 

Bainbridge Library  


Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies. Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities associated with environmental and social issues.   


Register here to attend this free talk. 

Carbon Nation
Carbon Nation 
Free Movie!

Friday, November 16th

7:30 pm

Bainbridge Public Library


Many call this the best film on climate change. Not only does the film cover the causes and effects of a changing climate, but focuses on pragmatic and innovative solutions that can be implemented now and in the near future. Check out the movie trailerSponsored by the Coal-Free Bainbridge Project & Positive Energy.

Why is English Holly bad?
Help Weed Warriors spread the word!

Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 to 3

Install native plants in the area we have prepared at Blakely.


Friday, Nov. 30, 1 to 3

The very exciting holly take-down at Ft Ward. Park by boat ramp.  Take some holly home for yourself.


Saturday, Dec. 1

Help distribute free bundles of holly and education at the Winter Market at Eagle Harbor church.

West Sound Time Bank 

Learn about time banking - what it is, services available, how to apply - at an Introductory Session:
Poulsbo - Wednesday, Nov 7, 7 - 8pm
Gateway Fellowship Church, Room # 272 West Wing, 18901 8th Ave NE

Bainbridge Island - Friday, Nov 30, 7 - 8pm
Marge Williams Center Conference Room, 221 Winslow Way W

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


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Volunteer opportunity for film buffs
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We're looking for one or more volunteers to research and coordinate films for Matinees That Matter.  Please contact us if you're interested in helping with film selections and showings.  
Our heartfelt thanks go to Gigi Leach for her three years of creative and diligent work as MTM coordinator!
On the Sustainable Bainbridge Blog!
Maradel Gale writes:
Filter feeders cleaning our waters...

Mussels will be watching our waters around the island for the next several months.  As filter feeders, mussels take in whatever is in the water column in which they live, including good things like plankton and bad things like chemicals that have found their way into our nearshore waters. 

Jon Quitslund writes:

Two very different perspectives on the big issues...


Coming soon in November, look for two substantial book reviews dealing with longstanding problems in our social structures, our economic systems, and our financial institutions.  


 Read more  

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