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They completed upgrading our lighting system. Using the PSE incentives, lighting was retrofitted throughout the building including nine offices, four meeting rooms, the dining room and kitchen area, with low voltage, energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. We are looking forward to lower electricity bills in our future, and based on last months’ savings its already happening.

SSIC is projected to save well over $2300 a year.

Taproot Architects: They were transitioning their office to all-LED lighting, and continuing to reduce our footprint on all fronts.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church: Organized and hosted Diocese of Olympia environmental retreat in Summer 2012.

  • Presented 4-week environmental forum series on Clean Water in November 2014.
  • Participated in interfaith gathering at Bayview Earth Day celebration in April 2014.
  • Provided clean up of Honeymoon Bay Rd., including noxious weeds, in Fall 2015.

Crafters Co-op: We ask our vendors not to use Styrofoam and to minimize plastic.

Best Friend’s Veterinary Center: They reduced their usage of paper, water and our energy demand throughout the clinic and replaced two very large windows with more energy efficient units.

Whidbey Playhouse: We have switched out many of the older stage lighting to the new LED lights. This is a grand improvement for our theatre. We are continuing to look for ways to improve our GREEN imprint.

Midway Florist: We are using a computer routing system to route our deliveries as efficiently as possible. My goal is still to get a hybrid delivery vehicle.

The Whidbey Institute: We have just completed the energy audit with Sustainable Connections, and will be establishing several next-steps with them. Also will be encouraging all staff to sign up for a workplace CSA program.

Clifton View Homes: We have recently learned that every home we have built in the last several years uses less than half the energy over the course of a year than is allowed by the Passive House Standard.  Most of our homes are using barely over a quarter of the allowable Passive House energy, before counting the energy produced by our Photovoltaic systems.  We are setting a whole new standard for energy efficiency of new homes right here on Whidbey Island, and across the country using our plans.  We are doing this with homes that typically cost about the same as every other home in their neighborhood!  Most of our homes are now Positive NRG™ Homes, which produce enough energy to power themselves, and the owner’s electric car for at least 5,000 miles per year, some as many as 20,000 miles per year.

We want to share our knowledge with other builders, so that every new home built can active these results.

Prairie Perks: We offer our coffee grounds for local gardeners to take home. If you would like some, just stop by and ask. We also encourage the use of reusable cups with a $0.25 discount!

Wind and Tide Bookshop: We decided that we needed to close off a passageway in the back of the shop but did not want to spend any money. We thought about a bead curtain but ended up using ribbons that we had in storage. Now we have a visual divider, for free, that is fun to walk through!   We have had our lighting retrofitted throughout the store, we reduce and recycle paper, we restrict water use,
we have done as energy audit with Community Energy Challenge and have completed suggested items, and we pick the blackberries behind the store!

Boomerang at Ken’s Korner: We save paper scraps from our printing jobs and make them into note pads. The pads are about 1/2″ thick and cost $0.25 – very inexpensive! Please stop by to help us repurpose our cut paper.

Over 30 of our Island County residents won a $50 cash card that was used at an Island County merchant of choice.We are happy to report that we were very successful in meeting our goals.   In fact the results significantly reduced the amount of gasoline used, reduced our carbon emissions and put A LOT of money back in our pockets!

  • Number of users registered on www.rideshareonline.com grew from 517 to 989.  That is just 11 people shy of our 1000 user goal.
  • Reported gallons of gasoline saved was 6,448 gallons in 2010 and 81,552 gallons  in 2014
  • Carbon emissions reduction of 1,566,543 lbs or 710 metric Tons in 2014 
  • Total money Saved $579,882  in 2014
  • Total Trips logged for 2014
    • Bike Trips;  2213
    • Bus Trips; 13,086
    • Carpool  Trips; 4,725
    • Vanpool Trips;  5,980
    • Walk Trips; 2,885

Donna Keeler, Island County’s Regional Transportation Planner, manages the Community Trip Reduction Program for Island County Community and Government Operations.  For Island County employees there are a total of 68 users who together saved 31,259 gallons of gasoline and $233,495 in 2014.

Maribeth Crandell, Environmental Education for the City of Oak Harbor, was instrumental in engaging the employees at the City of Oak Harbor.    There are 9 “users” on the Oak Harbor City staff who together saved 3,847 pounds of carbon.  Maribeth also organized a Bike to Work Challenge last May (sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club) and recruited help to bring this Whidbey Island wide.  A bike group of Navy Air Traffic Controllers from the Naval Air Base in Oak Harbor won a first place prize for getting the most new riders on their team and for the most trips logged.   We had several other teams across the Island participate in last May’s event.

The Town of Coupeville got special recognition from the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) for a successful first year with their Community Trip Reduction program.  The WA State DOT is especially interested in our programs here in Island County because they are voluntary, not mandated by the state as they are in many other Counties across the state.  This program, managed by Cathy d’Almeida, officially launched in August of 2010 with 161 new www.rideshareonline.com users who recorded alternative trips that resulted in 39,493 gallons of gasoline saved, 756,950 lbs of CO2 reduced and $281,644 saved.

Based on the successful results of 2015 we are excited to continue this program into 2016.    We are in search of new partners and funding sources for incentives to keep the program interesting!