About Us

We promote sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington’s people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action. 

Our vision is to help people in northwestern Washington live satisfying lives in accord with the ecosystem we depend on — generation after generation. 

Our history

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a nonprofit environmental education organization founded in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling, the group responsible for curbside recycling in our state. Read more.

Our programs

This place we call home is a desirable place to live because of its remarkable beauty, recreation options and relative affordability. These are things we value, as do the newcomers who move here each year. But more people means more stress and strain on those resources — particularly our air and water — that make our home so attractive. That’s why our work is becoming increasingly critical.

We empower the people who live here to do all they can to protect our home. Our organization provides individuals with the tools they need to safeguard our marine waters, fresh waters, and air. Our staff oversee a number of programs that help reduce air and water pollution and encourage waste reduction and recycling.

Powering sustainable solutions and progress past bad ideas.
With your help, we oppose West Coast coal and crude oil export, protect our region from dangerous transport of fossil fuels, and advocate for clean energy solutions throughout our communities. Read more.

Making it easy for people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The RE Store diverts over 5 million pounds of waste from landfills while making projects affordable and green, providing job skills programs, and keeping construction spending local. Read more.

Monitoring and protecting our precious water resources. 
We use science, policy and education to reduce pollution and toxics in the Salish Sea and its uplands, including addresses water quality and quantity issues in rural Whatcom communities. Read more.

Helping all ages protect our ecosystem and live sustainably.
We provide hands-on education on waste prevention, water conservation, energy efficiency and climate change for all grade levels. Read more.

Providing resources for sustainable choices.
The Sustainable Living Center provides a community hub for meeting, organizing, and collaborating; as well as a community garden and a demonstration rainwater harvesting system. Read more.