Project Spotlight: Bainbridge Island Housing Plan Community Engagement

Project Spotlight: Bainbridge Island Housing Plan Community Engagement

In June 2023, the Bainbridge Island, WA City Council adopted its Housing Action Plan, which was informed by a robust community engagement process that Triangle led. The Housing Action Plan identifies steps that the City can take to meet its housing needs. It is based on a Housing Needs Assessment that included economic analysis of existing housing needs (conducted by ECONorthwest) as well as input from those who live or work on Bainbridge Island. 


In the summer and fall of 2022, Triangle connected with nearly 1,000 Bainbridge Island residents, workers, business owners, and developers via two surveys, five discussions at meetings of community-based organizations, 10 key informant interviews, and three focus groups. We carefully analyzed what we heard from these community members and summarized it into a visual report. As part of our equitable engagement approach, we highlighted key feedback from highly impacted communities, including those who have been displaced from the Island, seniors, people with low incomes, people of color, and families with children. 


Our team is excited to see the Housing Action Plan shape positive outcomes for Bainbridge Islanders, and we are grateful for this opportunity to ensure that decisions about the future of housing on Bainbridge Island center the needs of those most affected. 


Click here to view the visual report summarizing the Bainbridge Island community’s feedback about their housing needs:–af248ac7ba7799bdeea9680c5b3562b2e7f6d388/Bainbridge%20Island%20HAP%20Community%20Engagement%20Report%20and%20Appendix.pdf 

Examples of Triangle’s recent food waste reduction programs include: 

  • Conducting food waste audits, collecting data and reporting. In 2018 and 2019, Triangle conducted lunchroom food waste audits, developed an in-depth report on food waste in local schools and provided recommendations moving forward.
  • Promoting and reporting on bulk milk dispensers (BMDs) in schools. In the spring of 2022, Triangle conducted research and interviews, to generate a Milk Waste Reduction Case Study. WWF used this as the basis for their Business Case for Transitioning to Bulk Milk Dispensers from Single Use Milk Cartons in K-12 Schools. With support from Triangle educators, BMDs programs are underway with schools in the City of Auburn, and in Snohomish County.
  • Providing tailored assistance for lunchroom composting and share tables. Triangle has supported schools in establishing and maintaining share tables for over a decade. Share tables reduce waste by facilitating the redistribution of unopened or unconsumed foods within a school. For food that can’t be safely redistributed, Triangle helps schools establish compost programs, train staff and students, and address contamination issues.
  • Teaching classroom workshops to connect students with the “why”. Since 2005, Triangle educators have taught 1000’s of students throughout King and Snohomish Counties about food waste and climate connections. Through work on behalf of the King County Solid Waste Division among others, we’ve provided hands-on classroom workshops focusing on reasons for and impacts of food waste and promoting critical thinking.
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