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 Sustainable Events for  
November 2014  
In This Issue:
BASE Lecture: Air Quality Solutions
Conference: Trees on Bainbridge
Public Sessions re: Comp Plan Update
Discussion Circle
From the SB Board

This Friday's BASE lecture examines entrepreneurial efforts to improve air quality, an event on November 15 explores methods of safeguarding the Island's trees, and the public is invited to two visioning sessions related to the Comp Plan update. Read on to learn more.

 

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BASE Lecture
Featuring Yusuf Tura, Lauren Durand and Michael "Luni" Libes
Friday November 7, 8 pm
IslandWood

This first session of the 2014-5 Building a Sustainable Economy (BASE) lecture series features two entrepreneurs, Yusuf Tura and Lauren Durand, who are making a difference while making a living. Yusuf is the founder of Obamastove, a company that sells low cost, fuel efficient cookstoves while creating jobs and income for communities in Africa. Lauren is a co-founder of Seeder, a company that helps building owners, developers, and designers implement cost effective energy reduction solutions.

The conversation will be moderated by Michael 'Luni' Libes, Island resident, BGI at Pinchot Faculty, Entrepreneur in Residence, and Founder of Fledge, the conscious company accelerator.

RSVP for this FREE event HERE...  
The Future of Trees on Bainbridge Island 
The 13th Environmental Conference 
Saturday November 15, 1 pm to 5 pm 
Waterfront Park Community Center  
 
Over the past 15 years, we have seen a significant loss of our tree canopy on Bainbridge from developments both small and large, such as the recent clearing of the Visconsi shopping mall site. An event co-sponsored by the Association of Bainbridge Communities and Sustainable Bainbridge will focus on the importance of trees on our lifestyles, what the City of Bainbridge is planning, what is needed as part of a comprehensive tree retention ordinance, what other cities and counties are doing and how citizens can participate in the process.

Speakers at this event include:
  • Dr. Kathy Wolf from the UW School of Forestry, an expert on the benefits of Urban Forests, will present her findings.
  • Dr. Olaf Ribeiro, an expert on tree health issues, will present his findings on Historic Tree retention and loss of tree canopy on Bainbridge.
  • Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist, Department of Natural Resources will discuss Essential Elements of a Tree Ordinance.
  • Nolan Rundquist, Seattle City Arborist, will present information on Seattle's efforts to retain trees.

A panel discussion will include:

  • Citizen activists from Whidbey Island, which recently enacted an ordinance to protect trees. This may be a model we can use.
  • Jon Quitslund, a member of the Bainbridge Island Tree Ordinance Committee
  • Ben Thompson: Department of Natural Resources
Public Participation in the Comp Plan Update
 
There are two upcoming opportunities for the public to help shape the vision behind our Comp Plan Update:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014: Visioning Workshop
Time: 6:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: Council Chamber
Purpose: COMMUNITY DISCUSSION on the vision for Bainbridge Island moving into the future. Public input will be used to update the Comprehensive Plan vision and guiding principles. This important meeting will serve as a framework for future discussions.

Monday, November 17, 2014: Visioning Workshop
Time: 10:00am to 1:30pm
Location: Council Chamber
Purpose: Same as the meeting on November 12.

For more information visit the City's website and sign up HERE
to receive "Navigate Bainbridge" notifications directly via email.

For more information contact Jennifer Sutton, jsutton@bainbridgewa.gov or 206.780.3772.
This month on the Discussion Circle blog  
Jon Quitslund recently posted an item related to the Comprehensive Plan update, dealing with the Public Participation Program and the pair of "visioning" meetings in the Council chambers, Nov. 12 (6-9:30 p.m.) & 17 (10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Jon will continue to write about topics pertaining to the Comp Plan update, and look for a review of two books about the causes and consequences of our changing climate.
From the Sustainable Bainbridge Board
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