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Summer's Last Sustainable Events 
August 2013 
In This Issue
The Solar Sweepstakes
Weed Warriors
Monthly Monday Munchies
Green Drinks
Frog Hopper
Raspberry Time
RePower Bainbridge
The Discussion Circle

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This month join us in making sure that Bainbridge Island wins big in the Green Power Challenge. YOU are the key to our success! Just enroll in the Green Power program to support PSE'S purchase of green power credits for energy produced by solar, wind, biogas, and other forms of renewable energy. It's easy, it's fun, and every time you see the island's new solar array it'll make you feel good to know that you helped us win it.

After you enroll, have a Green Drink, munch while you learn about the West Sound Time Bank, pull weeds and Scotch Broom and be rewarded with BBQ, ride the new Froghopper bus around the island, and find out how you can trade your time for luscious raspberries. And enjoy a beautiful and sustainable August!


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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!
The Solar Sweepstakes


YOU can help Bainbridge Island win either a $20,000 or a $40,000 solar array, and you might win a $10,000 solar array for your own home!


Wow, how does that work? Puget Sound Electric is sponsoring a Green Power Challenge, and Sustainable Bainbridge is leading the charge to make sure that we win big! Five cities are in the running for a $20,000 solar array to be placed on a public building. All Bainbridge Island needs is to enroll 125 new Green Power members and we will automatically win this array. Even better, the Challenge city that enrolls the most new members will win the big prize: a $40,000 solar array for a public building.


You can enroll for a commitment of as little as $4 per month, you can increase that commitment in $2 per month increments, or you can enroll at a level equal to 100% of your power use, which typically increases your bill by $10-12 per month, depending on usage. Enrollment at any of these levels counts toward our goal of 125 new members!


And then there's the Solar Sweepstakes, which will award a $10,000 array to a lucky homeowner. To be eligible to win, enroll at any level, or upgrade to 100%. Current 100% Green Power members are automatically enrolled to win.


You can enroll online at Green Power Enrollment, or wherever you see a Green Power table staffed with folks that are knowledgeable about all aspects of green power. There are also enrollment forms at the Chamber of Commerce and at City Hall, so just stop by either place to sign up.


Become a member of Green Power - you know you want to!

Be A Double Weed Warrior
 Scotch broom - pull before it's too late! 
Saturday, August 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Dave Haley is leading a team of Boy Scouts and other volunteers in an effort to subdue Scotch Broom on the Grace Episcopal Church property (8595 E. Day Road).

At the job's end, BBQ will be served to all comers.

If you're available to help, please contact Dave Haley: 360 633-5652 or by email,


Join in a Weed Warrior adventure to beautify Waterfront Park!
1:00-3:00 pm on both Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10
Call Jeannette Franks at 755-8461 to confirm, as this event is tentatively scheduled as we go to press. Meet by the boat stage. 
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Monthly Monday Munchies
Monday, August 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Marge Williams Center conference room
221 Winslow Way West, Bainbridge Island

Join us for a casual, no agenda "meet and mingle" with Time Bank members and interested friends. Learn about time banking and how our local time bank works. A time bank transforms our ability to share the skills and talents of everyone in our community, providing a resource to enrich all of our lives. An on-line time banking system coordinates the services you give and receive, allowing you to spend your hour credits for any service offered. Everything each of us offers is valued equally: an hour for an hour. Bring a light snack, something sweet or savory, or a beverage to share...we'll have the coffee pot on! More info -, or 206-842-4800.

August Green Drinks

Friday, August 30 

Green Drinks BI


6:30 - 8:30 pm

Hosted by Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

100 Ravine Lane NE


A lot has changed since our first Green Drinks gathering at BIMA in July, 2011! Join us to raise a toast to this extraordinary building and community jewel, see the leading edge environmental features (geothermal energy, natural lighting, solar power, recycled materials, green certified carpets and paints, and more), and enjoy the ambiance.  As usual, we'll feature locally-made wine at the no-host bar, with appetizers from a local purveyor. Save the date, invite a friend, and watch for more details on our Facebook Page or our web page, or sign-up for our monthly notices at Sustainable Bainbridge (top of page). 

Hop To It!
We are very excited to report there is a new kind of transit on the island called The Frog Hopper Bus. It is run by the Chamber of Commerce with financial support from the City's Lodging Tax Fund and numerous sponsors and advertisers and it aligns perfectly with our mission of supporting sustainable transportation such as transit on the island.
Now, islanders and visitors will have a way to see the island without using a car. The bus does a north and a south loop every hour on Saturdays and Sundays stopping at the following:

The Bloedel Reserve 
The Japanese American Exclusion Memorial  
Lynwood Center neighborhood service center 
Fay Bainbridge Park 
Battle Point Park 
Rolling Bay neighborhood service center 
Bainbridge Gardens 
The Grand Forest 
Fort Ward Park 
Frog Rock

An all-day pass costs $7.00, but locals can get a whole season pass for $20. And the bus carries bikes. For more info go to 

 Raspberries You Can Bank On


Got raspberries? West Sound Time Bank member Bruce Barrus does! He'll pick and deliver a quart of raspberries for one time bank hour; that's about how long it takes him to pick a quart. He'll have another crop in September, so join the time bank, meet other members of your community and make fresh raspberry smoothies! (Photo: Bruce Barrus, on the right, delivers raspberries to time bank member Norm Keegel.)

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.

Blog On, Jon! 
A recent essay on the Sustainable Bainbridge blog describes Puget Sound Energy's Green Power Challenge.  There's plenty to learn, even if you have already subscribed for your share of PSE's alternative to electricity generated from fossil fuels. If you haven't already stepped up to the challenge, you'll find lots of reasons to do so. 
Jon Quitslund's latest essay, "My Sense of Place (II)," continues a theme that he developed back in May. Here's the beginning:

"In the bright and warm weather lately, I've spent the best parts of my days outdoors - walking on the tide flats, catching up on yard work, splitting and stacking firewood, or carrying a weighted backpack up and over Baker Hill to get in shape for a long hike in the Olympics. 
With my mind left free to sift through various convictions and impressions, I've been considering the place where we live from several points of view. I find that what I most want to discuss in this essay are not our island's natural advantages, important as they are.  
No, I want to develop some thoughts about the people of Bainbridge Island - past, present, and future. In tandem with the natural forces of time, tides, our long growing season, the sun in its cycles, it's our human population, generation after generation, that has made (for better and for worse) the place we occupy in Puget Sound."

Look for the continuation of Jon's essay here.  The Discussion Circle
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.

Yours for a brighter future,

Sustainable Bainbridge Board