Thursday, July 11
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Eagle Harbor Books
Come join us to hear Lynda Mapes read from her beautiful new book. Learn about the removal of the Elwha Dam and the restoration of 70 miles of salmon spawning habitat. Buy a copy of the book and get it signed by the author. Cosponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge and Eagle Harbor Books, and featuring wine from the Eagle Harbor Wine Company.
Waste Zero On The 4th
Help our city maintain its excellent track record in recycling and composting festival waste at this year's 4th of July celebration.
Zero Waste still needs volunteers for 2-hour shifts to staff the eight waste stations we operate for ten hours that day. It's fun interacting with the public (guiding them to throw what where) and satisfying knowing our disposables won't get buried in a landfill but rather become new resources for future products. Please email Diane Landry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help out.
Tackle weeds at the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial at Pritchard Park
Saturday, July 6, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Come and have fun removing noxious weeds. Bring gloves and tools for weed destruction, although we will have extras if needed.
Root out Pepperweed at the Young Landtrust Easement on Battle Point
Saturday, July 13, 1:00 -3:00 p.m.
We'll be removing pepperweed, so any small digging tools such as a trowel will be helpful, as well as knee pads since we'll be crawling over the ground searching for the last remnants of it. We'll meet at the Battle Point parking lot on the southwest side of the park: Click here for a map and carpool down Skinner Rd to the private driveway. Please call BI Landtrust if you have any further questions.
Quaff A July Green Drink
Friday, July 26
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Hosted by Smallwood Design
8356 NE Day Rd.
Join us to meet the Smallwood team of building professionals and hear about their focus on environmentally responsible and resource efficient processes, and eco-friendly products that help reduce a building's carbon footprint. (They built the first LEED Platinum home in Washington State outside of Seattle, designed by Matthew Coates - on Bainbridge Island.) As usual, we'll feature locally-made wine - and beer - at the no-host bar, with savory snacks from a local purveyor. Save the date and watch for more details on our Facebook Page, watch our web page, or sign-up for our monthly notices at Sustainable Bainbridge (top of page).
RSVP (adults only - sorry)
It isn't too late in the year to stop the spread of invasive Scotch broom! Last year in July Let's Pull Together organized a Scotch broom sweep in the Fort Ward neighborhood. Neighbors cleared scotch broom and created roadside piles. Volunteers from the Bainbridge Island Rowing team transferred the piles to a huge dumpster. Repeated annual efforts like this will work to discourage large stands of unsightly scotch broom that threaten biodiversity.
Check your own yard for scotch broom. Pull small seedlings and cut woody stems to the ground. The dry days of mid to late summer reduce the chance of regrowth on cut stems. Pile cut broom on the site to dry without spreading seeds further, or take to Bainbridge Disposal for transfer to a hot composting facility.
News From The Student Conservation Corps
The Student Conservation Corps is in action again! The fourth annual summer program for "SCoCo" started on June 17th. Twenty-four high school students are putting in productive days battling invasive weeds through July 2nd.
In 8 days the group has cleared ivy from over 1100 trees at Fort Ward Park, Blakely Harbor Park and at Pritchard Park and performed "monitoring and maintenance" in 40 acres of previously cleared areas. With conservation career specialists visiting the crew during lunch breaks, and energetic field work achieving plant management goals, another generation of island and earth stewards are in the making!
RePower Your Home
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.
Help Bainbridge Win A Solar Array
The island's campaign to become the greenest city in Puget Sound is moving into full swing as summer begins. Bainbridge is one of five cities in the region competing in Puget Sound Energy's 2013 Green Power Challenge.
Each Challenge city has set a goal for increased participation in PSE's Green Power program; each city that reaches that goal will receive $20,000 for purchase and installation of a solar array on a community building. The city that signs up the largest percentage of available new Green Power members will receive $40,000. Look for Green Power staff during the coming months at the Grand Old Fourth, the Bluegrass Festival, the Harvest Festival, and other community events. Green Power customers help support generation of power from small, local, renewable energy projects. If you aren't already a participant, call PSE to sign up for Green Power now, and help Bainbridge win!