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February 2013
In This Issue
Student Conservation Corps
BASE - Food for the Middle
West Sound Time Bank
Weed Warriors
Beach Naturalists
IsLender's Library
RePower Bainbridge
SB Blog

This time of year, we take delight in any sign of spring.  And this month there are a fresh crop of "green" activities to add to your calendars and wonderful new resources for you to use.  


We celebrate the one year anniversary of West Sound Time Bank and are pleased to introduce the new Go! Bainbridge Facebook page and an IsLenders Library. And don't forget to mark your calendars for an exciting Beach Critter Dive and an engaging BASE lecture by Fred Kirschenmann. 

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!


2013 Student Conservation Corps Applications


Mark your calendar for 2013 Student Conservation Corps! SCoCo offers environmental work, a conservation education and volunteer opportunities to High School students this spring break and summer.


March 3rd & 9th -- Application Work Parties. Interested students, age 15-18, must attend one of the two training work parties in order to apply for the Spring and Summer SCoCo sessions. This is a volunteer activity and students may get community service credit for their hours. Interviews will occur and applications will be issued to students after these work parties. 


April 1-4 -- SPRING BREAK Scotch Broom Brigade, 12-4 pm


June 17-July 2 -- SUMMER WORK SESSION, 9:30-2:30 pm

Food for the Middle

BASE 2.13
 Friday, February 15th

5:30 to 7 pm

Bainbridge Public Library

Featuring Fred Kirschenmann, 

longtime leader in sustainable agriculture


Kirschemann explores the Agriculture of the Middle to understand how we can strengthen this nation's agriculture infrastructure for a more sustainable and ethical food system for all. A reception will follow the talk. FREE, please reserve your place

West Sound Time Bank 

Happy Anniversary!


Wednesday, February 20

7:00 - 9:00 pm


Seabold Hall

14450 Komedal Road

Join us for an informal potluck to celebrate the first anniversary of the West Sound Time Bank! Bring family and friends, a dish to share and tableware (we're "zero waste"), meet and mingle with time bankers, and listen to stories about all that's happened during our first year.  


Monday Munchies

February 11, 5:30-6:30 pm

Marge Williams Center, 221 Winslow Way W, Bainbridge Island 

Join us for a casual, Meet and Mingle with Time Bank members and interested friends. Bring a snack or something to share... we'll have the coffee on!


For  more information, visit our website or contact us at or 206-842-4800.
Weed Warriors' 10th year of 
Earth Day! 

Help restore native plants at Pritchard Park 


Sunday, April 21, 1 to 3 pm 


Save Sunday April 21 from 1 to 3! Come and remove noxious weeds to continue our restoration of native plants. Park at either lot. Bring gloves and tools for weed destruction, although we will have extras if needed. Or just come and pick up some current information about the benefits of native plants!

Beach Critter Dive

Saturday, 16 February

1:00 to 3:00 pm

Fort Ward Park beach


For several years, IslandWood has collaborated with Exotic Aquatics and Kayaking to provide opportunities for folks to see the marine life that dwells off-shore in an up-close and personal way. This year, the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists are joining this collaboration to provide additional information about the critters that the divers bring to shore. 


The animals are placed in kid's wading tubs so they can be observed and gently touched. After the event, they are carefully returned to their watery homes. Wear warm clothing; event will happen whatever the weather. Parking is available at the park. This is a great family activity and is a free event. 


Please register HERE 

New IsLender's Library


Ever wish you could borrow an ice cream maker for a back yard picnic, a drain snake for the evening, or a hundred plates, glasses, and settings of silverware? IsLenders Library has these items for you to borrow for free!


Or perhaps you have gear taking up space in your pantry, closets, or garage? A food dehydrator you use twice a year, or an electric hedge trimmer that is fired up once a summer? Lend them to others, and feel the joy in taking part in a circular economy on Bainbridge Island where neighbors believe households can share stuff, borrow stuff and stop buying more new stuff. 


Visit IsLender's to learn how it works.

Follow GO!Bainbridge on Facebook


Posts filled with fun ideas on getting around the island by bus, bike, carpool, foot or electric car. 


Spring time activities include a final Poncho Walk on Sunday, March 3 and Bike and Walk to School events in May. 


Check out the new large maps on display at Waypoint Park. GO! made these to highlight walking and biking routes of the island with a special focus on Winslow.


For more information contact Dana Berg.

RePower Your Home
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The RePower program ends in August!  If you move forward on an energy checkup for your house and make recommended energy improvements in the next few months, you could be eligible for cash incentives.  

Call 877-741-4340 for info.


Have you heard about the Coal-Free Bainbridge campaign?  A large percentage of the electricity we use on BI is generated at a Montana coal plant, and Positive Energy and Sierra Club want Puget Sound Energy to use a different power source with less carbon emissions to supply electricity to its customers. Join us the first Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Marge Williams Center. Or contact Erika Shriner at or 206-201-3420 to join our efforts.

On the Sustainable Bainbridge Blog!
Jon Quitslund's essays - Freedom & Defense 

"The Future of Freedom," on freedom and its discontents, took shape in response to the coincidence of the Martin Luther King holiday and President Obama's second inauguration.  A more recent post, "Our National Defense: Sustainable?" concerns the enormous size and almost sacrosanct status of our budget for 'defense' and our military establishment.


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