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PSE’s Energy Efficiency Advice During Heat Wave

Puget Sound Energy has more than 1.1 million electricity customers. As temperatures climb into the 90s, the company is encouraging those many customers to be energy conscious. PSE reports that excessive heat puts extra demands on the power grid but says our region uses more energy on cold winter days than we will during this heat wave. The…

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James Longhurst’s ‘Bike Battles': Is Bainbridge a Bicycle Friendly Community?

Although our Island was recognized as a bronze-level bicycle friendly community by The League of American Bicyclists in 2014, we didn’t make the 2015 list or even the list of honorable mentions. There are five levels, with bronze being the lowest. Washington is the #1 most friendly bike state, and there are 17 bicycle friendly Washington communities and 350 across…

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Do You Support Public Power? Island Power Wants to Know

In 2008 Jefferson County voted for public power. Five years later, they flipped on the switch. Now a group of people on Bainbridge is trying to follow in their footsteps and begin the long, complicated process of working toward a publicly owned power utility. Island Power, the entity behind the move, just took the first step,…

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Posted in Don't Miss This 5, Economy, Government, Green Living5 Comments

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It’s Eco Potty Time! (Seriously, This Is Cool)

The new ecotoilet at Blakely Harbor Park isn’t just a whole lot more attractive, clean, and unsmelly than your typical outdoor “place of easement.” It’s a model of environmental and economic sustainability. With donated funds, in part to provide facilities for nearby IslandWood’s regular class trips to the Park, the Bainbridge Island Park District began…

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Letter to the Editor: Is Public Power Right for Bainbridge Island?

It’s time for the Island to have a community discussion about how to reduce our carbon footprint. And public power may be just be the answer. Island Power is hosting a public forum Saturday May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Grange Hall on Madison Avenue to discuss the idea of an Island-owned electric utility. The…

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5 BI Tax Districts Pledge Green Commitments for 2015 in Honor of Earth Day

The Bainbridge Island tax districts—COBI, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bainbridge Island School District, the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District, and Kitsap Regional Library —are uniting in a big way for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. On April 14, the City Council proclaimed the first-ever BI Intergovernmental Recognition of Earth Day. What that means is…

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Bainbridge Celebrates Earth Day with Green Home Fair and New Community Center Solar Array

Tomorrow afternoon, April 22, the City of Bainbridge Island is celebrating a new solar installation at the Waterfront Park Community Center. The 5-kilowatt solar array has been funded in large part by a $20,000 grant from Puget Sound Energy. The City of Bainbridge won the grant as part of the PSE 2013 Green Power Challenge. The Challenge put cities in friendly…

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Bloedel Beats out White House for Greatest American Lawn

Grass Seed USA, a national coalition of grass seed farmers and agricultural educators whose mission is “to share the benefits of maintaining a healthy, environmentally friendly natural grass lawn,” has just named the Bloedel Reserve the Greatest American Lawn. Bloedel was up against the lawn at Central Park in NYC, The Lawn at the University of…

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City Considers Changing Electric Charging Station and Its Parking Rules

At last night’s (February 17) City Council meeting, Public Works Director Barry Loveless asked the Council to approve a capital improvements purchase of a new electric vehicle charging system for Winslow Way in front of Blackbird Bakery. The old system, explained Loveless, hasn’t been working for months. That’s because the company that installed it, Blink,…

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Posted in Don't Miss This 1, Government, Green Living, Transportation2 Comments

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Bainbridge Company Is Taking Nothing to the Super Bowl in Phoenix

Green Mountain Technologies, which is based on Bainbridge Island, is all about nothing when it comes to waste. The company, which was formed in 1992, helps organizations reduce their environmental footprint by making composting easy and affordable. Now GMT is taking its zero-waste philosophy to the Super Bowl. They’ve been contracted by the City of Phoenix to provide…

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Grow Community

Grow Village Wins Two Big Green Awards

The National Association of Home Builders just bestowed upon the Bainbridge Island Grow Community the 2014 Platinum Award in the Best in American Living Green Community Category. Grow also won the Best in Green Development Award. Both awards were presented at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week. The eight-acre Grow Community is the…

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Thanks to New Program You Can Recycle Your CFLs at Ace

Since 2010 it has been illegal to toss your mercury lights in the garbage but it hasn’t been easy to find ways to dispose of them properly. Because of a new program called LightRecycle Washington, 190 sites across the state are now offering free recycling for mercury-containing lights. One of those sites is the Bainbridge…

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Holiday Season Is the Time to Recycle—Find out How

Every year, Bainbridge Island Zero Waste issues a Holiday Recycling Guide to help you figure out what to do with all the extra stuff that accumulates at this time of year. That’s because every year over the Winter holidays Americans generate 25 percent more trash than they do at any other time, according to Zero…

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Curried Jade Dumplings? This Saturday Go from Farm to Fork to Cork (with Podcast)

Reading the menu is almost unbearable it sounds so good, and I may have to stop writing this at any moment to go get lunch. The EduCulture Farm to Fork to C0rk dinner this Saturday August 2 promises scrumptiousness of the locally grown variety. The EduCulture Partnership is an initiative of Global Source Education, which…

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Posted in Community, Eat+Drink, Farming, Food Events, Green Living, New 20 Comments

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Pump up the Tires and Ride Safely for National Bike to School Day, May 7

Tomorrow, May 7, is National Bike to School Day. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones. WSDOT also wants bikers to play it safe and reminds them that bicycles are legally considered vehicles on Washington’s roadways, which means bikers must…

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Bainbridge’s Island School Is Greenest in the State

The Island School on Bainbridge Island has become the first school in Washington to earn the highest level of certification from Washington Green Schools’ (WGS) innovative sustainability program. During its five years of work through the WGS program, the K-5 private school “where every child matters” has taught its students that every action matters and…

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Big Firry Deal: The City Spares a Tree

This 100-year-old Douglas Fir tree along quiet Cave Avenue in Winslow has been spared from cutting. What’s the big deal? Last spring a nearly 2.5-acre forested area in an ecologically sensitive ravine across the street from this tree was wiped out by a private party owner to build a multifamily housing complex. After losing a…

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Bainbridge’s Town & Country Market First in Nation to Get Green Power Boost from QEC Bonds

On March 6, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission issued $1.15 million in bonds for the Kitsap County Green Community Initiative. Town & Country Markets officers saw an opportunity and took it, securing a lower-interest loan for energy upgrades to the Bainbridge market as part of the remodel, making it the nation’s first private-sector project…

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Letter to the Editor: Council’s Green Power Decision Mars Bainbridge Environmental Rep

I moved to Bainbridge Island to be part of a community with a reputation for environmental stewardship. And one of the reasons I served on the City Council was to make sure that that our city continued to be worthy of that distinction. We’ve had some notable wins, but the Council’s decision on green power…

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City Commits (Partly) to Purchasing Green Power from PSE

At their meeting last night, February 26, the Bainbridge City Council approved Resolution 2014-01, authorizing the City to buy a limited amount of green power. Opting for green power from PSE represents a higher cost commitment. Specifically, the City Council voted to designate $3,000 a year toward this effort, representing about a one-third greater commitment to…

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