OUR VISION: People in northwestern Washington living satisfying lives in accord with the ecosystem we depend on – generation after generation.
OUR MISSION: PROTECT. ACTIVATE. INNOVATE. THRIVE. RE Sources promotes sustainable communities and protects the health of northwestern Washington’ people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action.
OUR HISTORY: RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling, the group responsible for curbside recycling in Washington State. Read more.
RE Sources empowers the people who live here — children and adults alike — to do all they can to protect our home. More specifically, the organization provides individuals with the tools they need — key information, citizen trainings and workshops, and volunteer-led field programs — to actively safeguard our marine waters, rivers, lakes, beaches and air. In fact, RE Sources now oversees a number of programs designed to reduce air and water pollution and encourage waste reduction and recycling throughout the region.
OUR PROGRAMS: This place we call home is a very desirable place to live because of its remarkable beauty, recreation options — skiing, sailing, biking, kayaking, hiking, backpacking and more — 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 the work of RE Sources is becoming increasingly critical.
RE Sources stands ready to take action on issues that threaten our community or that advance its sustainability. By maintaining integrity and trust, RE Sources can stand ready to respond to unforeseen threats to our community, or opportunities to advance its sustainability, through action, advocacy and education.
WHAT WE IMAGINE
We asked our community what they hoped for a sustainable Whatcom County. Check out their responses.