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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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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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CFL by Adam

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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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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Public TV’s QUEST Series Features Bainbridge’s Powel Family Land

KCTS 9, our local Public Television station, has just aired a Bainbridge-centered episode of its QUEST Northwest series, which presents stories about the science of sustainability. The episode featured the Bainbridge Island Land Trust-backed shoreline restoration of the Port Madison Powel property, which we wrote about in August of 2012. The QUEST article and video titled…

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After Some Bainbridge Input, State Commission Asks PSE to Reexamine Its Position on Colstrip Coal

In its 2013 Integrated Resource Plan released last May, Puget Sound Energy argued the long-term economic viability of relying primarily on power generated by its Colstrip Coal Plant in Montana, writing that “Colstrip reduces cost and market risk in most likely scenarios.” But just last week, February 6, the State’s Utilities and Transportation Commission said the…

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king tide bainbridge by joe michael

Climate Change on Bainbridge: We’re Talking Wyckoff, Visconsi, SMP & Waterfront Park

There isn’t much argument anymore that we’re well down the path of human-induced climate change. Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, tells us that as the results of our behavior remain the same, we have to change business as usual to keep from reaching…

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Letter to Editor: Thanks from the Scouts for a Record-Breaking Tree Recycling Year

Thank you Bainbridge! The recent Scout Troop 1564 Christmas Tree Recycling event was a great success. Despite the stormy weather, 34 Scouts and their parents picked up and recycled over 1,000 Christmas trees from across the Island. This is a record! The resulting mulch has been donated to BI Parks and Rec. We know the…

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