So many ways to honor Earth Day this month! Pull some weeds, learn to dance, propose a toast or garden with native plants. Earth Day festivities will center around the Farmers' Market on Saturday, April 19; other events occur throughout the month.
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!
Senator Rolfes headlines Oil Train Event Today at 7 pm
Twenty-two miles of oil trains carrying highly flammable Bakken oil from South Dakota are planned for our state with many of these trains traveling along the Sound. Hear what we can do individually and as a community to address this potential danger to local waters.
A special event, Oil on the Sound, will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 7 pm to discuss oil trains in the Puget Sound area. It is free and open to the public. Senator Christine Rolfes will discuss the senate bill, Oil Transportation and Safety Act, she sponsored to regulate oil trains. Sightline's Eric de Place will talk about the impact of oil trains on Puget Sound and the surrounding area. This informative event will take place at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island. Wine and cheese will be served immediately following. Please see our Facebook invitation for more information.
Friday's BASE Lecture:
with Amy Cortese,
journalist and author
Explore how a small shift in investment to locally-owned enterprises can reap enormous benefits for individuals, communities and the country.
Friday, April 11, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bainbridge Public Library
Enjoy refreshments with Amy after the talk.
"Years of Living Dangerously" Watch Party at OfficeXpats this Sunday
Sustainable Bainbridge has organized a screening of "Years of Living Dangerously" this Sunday April 13 at 5 pm. We'll watch the first chapter in a 9-part series that aims to show the current and intensifying effects of climate change on everyday Americans and demonstrate how they can take action and be part of the solution.
Don't watch it alone! It will be more fun -- and more meaningful -- to gather with others in our community for the debut of this important series, We'll watch the show, tune into the video call afterwards, and make a plan for next steps! Snacks will be available, so come a few minutes early to claim yours (and if you are inspired, bring some to share).
OfficeXPats is located upstairs in the Bainbridge Pavilion at 403 Madison Ave.
|Earth Day Events: |
Here are only a few of the events scheduled this year. For more details and updates to the Earth Day Calendar, visit Sustainable Bainbridge's Earth Day page.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19:
Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market - Earth Day Special!
Town Square at City Hall Park
9:00am - 1:00pm
Groups that regularly participate in T&C's Community Earth Day Fair will be on hand to share information about their special programs and projects - Sustainable Bainbridge, Zero Waste, Weed Warriors, Squeaky Wheels, Sierra Club, Acupuncture & Wellness Center, Bainbridge Island Land Trust, City of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Community Broadcasting, and more, with music by Time and Tide!
19th Annual Earth Day Contradance, at Island Center Hall
Island Center Hall
8395 Fletcher Bay Road
Dance to music by local duo Country Capers - Jane Landstra and Ken Embrey. No partner or experience necessary. (Please wear clean-soled shoes to protect the hardwood floor.) Co-sponsored by Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, West Sound Contradance Coalition, and Dancing Bow Studio.
7:30pm - "How to" Workshop
8:00pm - Dancing begins!
FRIDAY, APRIL 25:Earth Day Green Drinks, at Bainbridge Public Library
6:30 - 8:30pm
A great way to kick-off the weekend of more festivities, with a Green Drinks toast to Earth Day, with wine from Victor Alexander Winery at the no-host bar, and complimentary locally sourced happy hour bites prepared by Stephanie, Of Course. Please RSVP on Facebook or to email@example.com. (Adults only)
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Weed Warriors Rescue Pritchard Park!
10:00am - 2:00pm near Eagle Harbor Drive and Taylor Ave
Continue the clearing of ivy and other invasives, especially the sprouting seedlings of the dreaded "Kitsap Kudzu" Climatis vitalba. We'll have a special T-shirt giveaway - bring a t-shirt you no longer care to wear (optional) and sort through the pile for one you would like to take home. (Not an exchange, but a re-circulation of shirts.) More info: Jeannette Franks at 206-755-8461 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 Free Workshop: Solving Landscape Problems with Native Plants
Learn about overly-aggressive non-natives to avoid and native alternatives to solve site-specific problems (boggy, dry, shady, deer resistance, wildlife enhancement, etc.). Includes a tour of an ongoing sustainable landscape renovation. Coffee, tea and snacks provided. Presenters are Sami Gray, botanist/landscaper/nurseryperson at Island Horticultural Services, and Sally Manifold, long-time eco-restoration manager. Contact Sami for more information, directions, and to reserve a spot: email@example.com
Beach Exploration at Rockaway Beach Park
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 noon
Bainbridge Beach Naturalists are holding their first-of-the-year daylight beach explorations. The event, which is open to the public and is free, will be at Rockaway Beach Park at the south end of Rockaway Beach. Parking here is very limited, so please carpool. And if you drive, park at an angle at the park to maximize the number of cars that can be accommodated. The beach is rocky and can be slippery, so a walking stick is useful here for stability. Wear Wellington-type boots so you can get into the water, and dress warmly as it feels cooler at the shore than inland. MORE: See the complete Earth Day Calendar at Sustainable Bainbridge's Earth Day page.
Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) Campaign comes to Island Coffee Shops
This month Sustainable Bainbridge, along with Zero Waste and Buy Nothing Bainbridge, is rolling out a waste-reduction campaign called BYOM (Bring Your Own to-go Mug). We're hoping you'll want to be part of it!
While some people already bring their own to-go mugs, many don't know that they can, or they need a little reminding. An avid coffee drinker can create 23 pounds of garbage in a year in coffee cups/lids/cozies alone. And, according to a study conducted by Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation (April 2000), each paper cup manufactured is responsible for 0.24 lbs of CO2 emissions.
Along with reducing the waste you produce, you'll receive a discount of 5 to 10 cents when you bring your own travel mug.
So, for the month of April, you'll see the BYOM graphic displayed in coffee house windows throughout Bainbridge. The following coffee houses have signed up so far: Bainbridge Bakers, Blackbird Bakery, Pegasus, Roosters, Rollingbay Café, and Boathouse Coffee. Come see our Earth Day display at the Farmers' Market on April 19th.
And, thank you for bringing your own travel mug. If you have extras, you can drop any unwanted travel mugs into the mug-bucket on the Marge Williams Center porch now through April 17th. Collected mugs will be given away at our booth at the Farmer's Market April 19th.
If your restaurant or store is not on the list and you'd like to be, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a cling and show your support.
Last Chance to Join Student Conservation Corps
Final chance to apply for the 2014 Student Conservation Corps: Saturday, April 19th 1-3:30 at Fay Bainbridge Park. Any students interested in joining the 5th annual program of SCoCo with up to four weeks of paid summer work with a conservation education must attend this application workparty. High school students 15 to 18 are eligible. Here is the SCoCo program and application
info for greater detail. Encourage your favorite student to apply!
"Great Give" coming to Bainbridge
Sustainable Bainbridge is participating in the Kitsap Community Foundation's Kitsap Great Give on May 6th.
What does this mean to you? Its an opportunity to help fund some of Sustainable Bainbridge's initiatives, such as Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (bestofbcb.org
) and have your donations go further with incentive pools and prizes. For example, $100 donated by you on that day could become $115 to $140. So, please mark May 6th on your calendar and stay posted on Facebook
, our website
to learn more as our Kitsap Great Give campaign continues. You'll be able to donate May 6th at this website:
Young hands make fast work of
Scotch broom control
It has been a busy month for Scotch broom control! At Woodward School 300 eighth-graders engaged in a capstone project in their Invasive Species curriculum focusing on Scotch broom control. Let's Pull Together led 10 classrooms in monitoring and gathering baseline information in 20 study zones, then removing Scotch broom in those zones around the Woodward campus and playfield. These projects will continue for the next 4 years, examining the effectiveness of pulling vs. cutting. So great to harness all that energy and introduce a new generation to the importance of controlling invasive species!
Volunteers from Camp Siberia combated broom at the Sakai Middle School campus, helping fill the large dumpster of broom debris heading to hot composting. Not to be outdone, 50 athletes and parents from Bainbridge Island Rowing joined up with LPT and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust to pull Scotch broom from the conservation easement farm at Day Road and 305. In the spirit of Earth Day, pull a bunch of Scotch broom seedlings or cut some big shrubs close to the ground. Mother Earth thanks you!
From the Sustainable Bainbridge Board
It's never too late to include us in your giving through One Call for All. Responding to the red envelope is a great way to support our community organizations.
We'd love to talk with you about our programs and plans.