Daily Archives: September 4, 2008

Preserving affordability for future home buyers

Vashon Island has one, as does Orcas Island and Lopez Island – but not Bainbridge Island. Despite having similar affordable housing challenges, Bainbridge has not yet tried a community land trust, which puts a home’s land in the ownership of a nonprofit and the house itself in the ownership of its residents.

But if all goes according to plan, Bainbridge will have 17 units built with the CLT model in the next couple years. To learn more about the island’s effort to establish a CLT on Ferncliff Avenue, read my story below.

But even with 17 units, Bainbridge will be far behind its less-populated island cousins.

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Environmental conference emits ‘postive energy’

The Association of Bainbridge Communities’ 8th annual environmental conference next week will focus on the topic of energy.

Billed as a “Postive Energy” event, speakers and discussions will focus on renewable energy and energy conservation.

Speakers include Sen. Phil Rockefeller, who will discuss state energy issues, and Institute for Environmental Research and Education director Rita Schenk, who will outline what Bainbridge can learn from Vashon Island’s clean energy initiatives.

Bainbridge City Councilwoman Hilary Franz will moderate a discussion about green transportation, and Sustainable Bainbridge’s Van Calvez will lead a discussion on home energy efficiency.

The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the IslandWood environmental learning center on Blakely Avenue. The $20 registration includes a continental breakfast. For more information, contact Connie Waddington at (206) 842-9483.