City News Bytes: Join Climate Smart Challenge, Cooking Smart, Recreation Catalog, Island Survey, Parodies! online
JOIN THE CLIMATE SMART CHALLENGE AND YOU COULD WIN A HOME COMPOST BIN!
With the start of the new year comes new Climate Smart goals! In 2022, the City of Bainbridge Island almost met its goal of signing up 250 households for the Climate Smart Challenge and reducing 100 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
In 2023, the City is aiming even higher, with a goal to sign up a total of 550 households and reduce 200 tons of CO2 by May 31, 2023! Everyone who has earned at least 10,000 points in the Challenge by May 31, 2023 will be entered in a drawing to win one of five outdoor or indoor composting bins!
If you want to be part of the solution to climate pollution, there are three simple ways you can help:
- Sign up for the Bainbridge Island Climate Smart Challenge.
- Complete new actions and watch your carbon footprint decline.
- Participate in special City events supporting the Challenge this spring.
Each month the City will focus on a new Climate Smart topic with supporting events and tips on how you can help create a Climate Smart Bainbridge. You can view weekly tips in the City Manager’s Report and learn more about upcoming events on the City website.
Why is composting important? Composting food scraps creates a rich soil additive and keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas. A home composting bin will also provide a great place to dispose of the home compostable food service ware used at local food establishments for to-go orders!
APRIL 12TH: CLIMATE SMART COOKING DEMO
Meanwhile, are you interested in reducing your kitchen’s carbon footprint? Looking for easy plant-based swaps that the whole family will love? Join the City of Bainbridge Island and islander Nancy Travis, vegan consultant, at COBI’s Climate Smart in the Kitchen cooking demonstration! It will be a night of learning with tasty samples to try.
Learn how you can make small shifts in your diet, lower your kitchen carbon footprint, and add healthier plant-based ingredients to meals, all while earning points in the City’s Climate Smart Challenge. Nancy will do a live cooking demonstration and talk about simple food swaps, followed by a short question and answer session with food sampling. Everyone who attends will get a handout on food swaps and recipes. This is a free event. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance!
- When: Wednesday, April 12, 6:00-7:30 PM
- Where: BARN Great Room (8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island)
- Register for this in-person class
BAINBRIDGE PARKS SUMMER CATALOG NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
Residents: Saturday, April 29 at 9:30am
Non-Residents: Sunday, April 30 at 9:30am
Find your favorite classes, camps, and events, or discover new ones! View Catalog Here
Put your favorite classes, camps, and events on your wish list before registration day. Please review your account to ensure your household contact information and health information is correct before summer programs begin.
On the Park District’s registration page, you can view its catalog, find program descriptions and FAQs, and watch how-to videos on placing classes and programs on your wish list before registration day.
Put these upcoming spring events on your calendar!
800 ISLANDERS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT BAINBRIDGE IN NATIONAL COMMUNITY SURVEY
A recent survey by Polco/National Research Center was sent out to 2,800 Island residents covering topics including: Government, Economy, Mobility, Community Design, Utilities, Safety, National Environment, Parks & Recreation, & Health.
More than 800 Islanders (73% of which were aged 55 or older) responded – and the results were recently presented to City Council.
- Top two areas of needed focus are utilities (91%) & transportation (83%)
- 66% approve of Bainbridge’s local government
- 94% feel safe on the Island
- 90% think Bainbridge is a good place to visit
- 90% enjoy the quality of island businesses
- Cost of living received a ‘deplorable’ 13% approval rating
Read the Review for More Survey Results here.
WELCOME TO A ROCK CALLED BAINBRIDGE ISLAND
Lots of folks enjoyed the April Fool’s send up about the proposed Bainbridge Airport at Battle Point Park. NOT! Another funny parody has also been circulating. Check out Alan Blackford and Dan Osborn’s hyper-local remake of an Eagles classic… You can check out any time, but you can never leave…
HIP, HIP, HOORAY: JULY 4 SEASON STARTS NOW – With exactly three months to go – another rite of spring is here! The countdown is now on to when we will all be celebrating the Island’s largest and longest-running island tradition – The Grand Old 4th!
As your hosts, the Chamber is delighted to officially open up registration for the Street Fair (all vendors, including food) & Hometown Parade, as well as to humbly ask for Community Volunteers to consider signing up to be part of the fun.
Last year, the event only happened thanks to over 100 volunteers who stepped up to make this community party a success!
Important Upcoming Dates:
- June 2 – Street Fair Vendor Deadline
- June 16 – Parade Deadline
Click here to learn all about the GO4th’s Activities
Information and images for this story was provided by the City of Bainbridge Island, the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District, and the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.
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