Sustainable Bainbridge is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Bainbridge Island Beach Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.! This annual stewardship event is held in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.
Sustainable Bainbridge, in partnership with many other Bainbridge Island nonprofits, is organizing this event to help clean our 53 miles of shoreline. We can all make a difference for our environment and our wildlife!
Everyone can get involved, whether it is supporting a team by entering data in the Ocean Conservancy CleanSwell app or picking up garbage along our shores and waterways–and even along our roadsides.
Sustainable Bainbridge’s History
In 2005, a diverse group of organizers sponsored a series of three brown bag lunches at Bainbridge Island’s City Hall in order to identify the sustainability needs, interests and concerns of the community. In July 2006, Sustainable Bainbridge was formed as a Washington nonprofit corporation.
In January 2007, the Sustainable Bainbridge Board met to make plans for the coming year. The first campaign, Saving Energy Together (SET), made a debut on Earth Day in April of that year. Other activities included a talk by Jason McLennan of the Green Building Council about sustainability in design and “living buildings” and the successful organization of a major recycling event for electronic equipment.
Throughout 2007, the number of subscribers to the Sustainable Bainbridge electronic email newsletter grew from a handful to many hundreds. The Sustainable First Monday (SFM) program was established to provide an opportunity each month for community learning and conversation around a sustainability topic. With no paid staff and minimal expenses, activities were organized and communicated by a hard-working, hands-on, all-volunteer board of directors. In November of 2007, Sustainable Bainbridge won IRS approval as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
A major breakthrough in 2008 was the launching of the “Sound Food” website, with its interactive map of sources of local food on and around Bainbridge Island. Since then, Sustainable Bainbridge has worked to incubate or incorporate a number of initiatives and projects including Matinees That Matter (MTM), Sustainable Business Network (SBN), Zero Waste, Green Drinks, Positive Energy, the Student Conservation Corps, Weed Warriors, the Watershed Council, Earth Month, the Trashion Show and Bainbridge Island Beach Clean-up. The SB tent continues to expand to include ideas and people committed to a strong, healthy and resilient community.
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