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Supporting a resilient and thriving community — environmentally + economically + socially

Our 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 and incorporate a number of initiatives and projects including Matinees That Matter (MTM), Sustainable Business Network (SBN), Zero Waste initiative, Green Drinks, Positive Energy, the Student Conservation Corps and the Watershed Council.  And the SB tent continues to expand to include ideas and people committed to a strong, healthy and resilient community.