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For Immediate Release:  April 11, 2011

Contact: Katie Fleming, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, KatieF@re-sources.org, 360.733.8307 or 360-370-5413

3rd Annual Youth Earth Summit inspires local high school environmental clubs

Skagit Valley College’s Environmental Club will host the 2011 Youth Earth Summit (YES) on Friday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at their Mount Vernon campus.  This conference provides regional high school environmental clubs from Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan Counties the opportunity to meet, exchange information, and be inspired about new projects to implement at their schools.  120 students, teachers, environmental professionals and community volunteers are expected to attend this year. 

“We tell students that individual actions add up to big changes. I bring my students to YES so that they know they're part of a bigger movement. It's great to see the synergism of getting these enthusiastic, green oriented kids together,” said Victor Garcia, a science teacher from Anacortes High School.

YES will include interactive breakout sessions featuring local experts in sustainable food initiatives, climate change, green careers, waste reduction, impacts of consumerism, alternative energy, environmental art and natural history.  Exhibits and resources from local environmental organizations will also be displayed. 

Gene Myers, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University will deliver the keynote presentation about the psychology behind decision making and behavior change in regard to sustainable choices. 

This event is supported by the Northwest Clean Air Agency, Puget Sound Energy, Skagit Valley College, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Skagit Beat the Heat, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Skagit Valley Food Co-op and the Climate Stewards of Skagit County.


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For Immediate Release: March 29th, 2011

Contacts:  RE Sources for Sustainable Communities - Hannah Coughlin,hannahc@re-sources.org,

Community Project: The RE Patch Community Garden- Greening our city and building relationships

Sponsors: RE Sources, Homestead Habitats, and BUGS (Bellingham Urban Garden Syndicate)

When: March 26th – April 30th (six courses)

Where: The RE Patch Community Garden will be planted in a “pocket park” behind The RE Store warehouse, on the corner of Kulshan St & Monroe St, in the Columbia Neighborhood.

Gardening classes will be held at the Sustainable Living Center, 2nd floor, above The RE Store, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham

The RE Patch Community Garden - greening our city and building relationships

RE Patch Community Garden endeavors to turn The RE Store's unused green space into an educational and food producing center where folks can gather and build community.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, parent organization to The RE Store, has offered their lawn to local gardeners to use for growing food.  This project will help the nonprofit, sustainability organization realize one of their goals: to model sustainable practices at our place of business.  Called the RE Patch, this garden will create a community space where relationships are fostered, education is shared, and community building takes place. “It’s important for us to model good stewardship of whatever space we have available to us,” says Hannah Coughlin, Outreach Coordinator for RE Sources. “We have a small lawn - we can demonstrate urban greening and sustainability by creatively utilizing what space and materials we have to produce food and a greater quality of life in our little sphere.”

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For Immediate Release: March 17th, 2011                                      

Contacts:  RE Sources for Sustainable Communities – Hannah Coughlin, hannahc@re-sources.org, 360-733-8307; Homestead Habitats - Seth June, sethjune@gmail.com, 206.355.9912

Educational classes & workshops: Sustainable Gardening Series

Sponsors: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Homestead Habitats, and BUGS                              (Bellingham Urban Garden Syndicate)

When: March 26th – April 30th (six courses)

Where: The Sustainable Living Center, 2nd floor, above The RE Store,

                  2309 Meridian St., Bellingham

RE Sources is teaching the community how to make its urban spaces green!

Learn how to make your world more sustainable from the ground up through our series of garden-based classes and workshops.  The six-part series will cover a variety of sustainable gardening techniques and put those skills to practice with hands-on workshops in RE Sources’ new on-site community garden. 

About the Classes:

In this six-week gardening series, you can learn about permaculture design, crop rotation, rain water systems, composting methods, forest garden planning, native foraging, and so much more! Take away skills from these courses to feed your household on your know-how and toil.

These courses are designed to help people learn the value of gardening in an organic, sustainable manner, honoring the natural processes of ecosystems. In permaculture, the needs of inhabitants (us) are harmoniously integrated with the needs and patterns of the land we eat from. The Sustainable Gardening Series endeavors to explain how the elements of a system are in relationship to one another, where “wastes” become resources, systems become stable and productive, and environments are restored to their natural functioning through honoring the patterns that naturally exist.

From design to installation, this series will empower students with the theory and hands-on experience to apply sustainable gardening techniques to their own garden spaces. We will teach about soil, how to nurture it and transform waste into rich compost. Students will learn how to design a forest garden that works with nature, growing edible plants native to our climate in a naturally supportive ecosystem. We’ll show students how to start vegetables from seeds, while developing a plan for healthy plant succession and crop rotation to suit their garden and kitchen needs. They will understand the components of permaculture and learn how to design holistically in each unique garden space.

Classes are open to the public, all ages. See below for dates and class descriptions. You can sign up for individual classes, or receive a discount when you enroll in the entire series. Enrollment fee assistance is available. If you're interested in learning how to garden sustainably, please email Hannahc@re-sources.org or call 360.733.8307.  

To read and download the full press release click here.

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2011
Contact: Katie Fleming, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, KatieF@re-sources.org, 360.733.8307 or 360-370-5413

3rd Annual Youth Earth Summit inspires local high school environmental clubs

Skagit Valley College’s Environmental Club will host the 2011 Youth Earth Summit (YES) on Friday, February 25th from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at their Mount Vernon campus.  This conference provides regional high school environmental clubs from Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan Counties the opportunity to meet, exchange information, and be inspired about new projects to implement at their schools.  120 students, teachers, environmental professionals and community volunteers are expected to attend this year.  

“We tell students that individual actions add up to big changes. I bring my students to YES so that they know they're part of a bigger movement. It's great to see the synergism of getting these enthusiastic, green oriented kids together,” said Victor Garcia, a science teacher from Anacortes High School.

YES will include interactive breakout sessions featuring local experts in sustainable food initiatives, climate change, green careers, waste reduction, impacts of consumerism, alternative energy, environmental art and natural history.  Exhibits and resources from local environmental organizations will also be displayed.  

Gene Myers, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University will deliver the keynote presentation about the psychology behind decision making and behavior change in regard to sustainable choices.  

This event is supported by the Northwest Clean Air Agency, Puget Sound Energy, Skagit Valley College, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Skagit Beat the Heat, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Skagit Valley Food Co-op and the Climate Stewards of Skagit County.

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