Events

Whatcom Water Week Events!

RE Sources is hosting four events as part of Whatcom Water Week, September 16-23, 2017. Get the full schedule: whatcomwaterweeks.org.

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Locust Beach
Saturday, September 16th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Locust Beach, Locust Ave, Bellingham (map

​​Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day, hundreds of thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for trash. Join the Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, and RE Sources for a local beach cleanup. Trash bags and gloves provided. Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach. RSVP.

International Coastal Cleanup Day: Swinomish Spit
Saturday, September 16th, 10:00 AM - 1:oo PM
Location provided upon registration

Join the North Sound Baykeeper for a beach cleanup as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Learn how to utilize the CleanSwell App and paper data collection sheets to document debris and submit the data to the Ocean Conservancy. At the last beach cleanup at Swinomish Spit, we collected almost 850 pounds of debris! Vests, gloves, and trash bags provided. Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach.  RSVP is required. Driving and carpool instructions will be provided upon registration. Contact srussell@padillabay.gov to RSVP. 

Beavers in the Ecosystem: Benefits and Challenges
Tuesday, September 19th
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Throughout Whatcom County

Join RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper for a tour to learn how beavers benefit water quality and how their dams help retain water that supplements low stream flows in the summer. Talk with experts who can speak about ways to control beavers, and offer helpful advice about how humans and beavers can coexist. Please dress for weather and walking through wetlands. RSVP required.

Riparian and Headwater Wetlands tour of Fenton Nature Reserve
Friday, September 22nd
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location provided upon registration

Join RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper and Whatcom Land Trust for a tour of the riparian buffers and wetlands at the Fenton Nature Reserve and learn about the array of ecological functions that headwater wetlands provide. This Whatcom Land Trust property is home to a gorgeous beaver pond, extensive wetlands, a salmon-bearing stream, and is one of the largest natural areas in the northern part of the county. Please dress for weather and walking along uneven terrain. RSVP required.


Bellingham Central Waterfront Tour & Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 4th
Tour — 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Public Meeting — 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Technology Development Center
Douglas G. Smith Conference Room
​1000 F Street, Bellingham (map)

RE Sources, in cooperation with the Port of Bellingham, will offer a public tour of a portion of the Central Waterfront Cleanup site. Attend the tour for the chance to see what’s been done, and what will be accomplished during the site cleanup. For the tour, we will be walking for about one mile on sidewalks and public right-of-ways. 

Later that same evening, come back to the Technology Development Center for a public meeting held by the Washington State Department of Ecology to explain the cleanup alternatives and to solicit public comments. RSVP.
 


Port of Bellingham Forum

Wednesday, October 11th

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave, Bellingham (map)

Join RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, the Blue Green Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County, and the BlueGreen Alliance in Washington State for a forum with the candidates running for Port of Bellingham Commissioner.
 
As a 501(c)(3) organization, RE Sources does not directly or indirectly influence any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.


Cherry Point Forum 2017

Saturday, October 14th
Time TBA
Bellingham Technical College
3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham (map)

The 2017 Cherry Point Forum will again be held at Bellingham Technical College. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email eleanorh@re-sources.org or call 360-733-8307 x213. Stay tuned for information on speakers and other important details!


Local Ballot Issues Forum

Saturday, October 14
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Muni Court Building
2014 C St, Bellingham (map)

Join the League of Women Voters and City of Bellingham to discuss local ballot issues. Doors open and speaker check in at 9:30 AM, forum begins at 10:00 AM. This forum will be broadcast live on BTV 10 and repeated until the November 7th election.


Whatcom County Council Forum

Monday, October 16
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Muni Court Building 
2014 C St, Bellingham (map)

Join the League of Women Voters and City of Bellingham to discuss Whatcom County Council District 1, District 2, & At-large candidate positions. Doors open and candidate check in at 6:00 PM, forum begins at 6:30 PM. This forum will be broadcast live on BTV 10.


Port of Bellingham & Bellingham City Council Forum

Saturday, October 21
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Muni Court Building
2014 C St, Bellingham (map)

Join the League of Women Voters and City of Bellingham to discuss the candidates for Port of Bellingham Commissioner District 1 & District 2, and Bellingham City Council At-large & Ward 6. Doors open and candidate check in at 9:30 AM, forum begins at 10:00 AM. This forum will be broadcast live on BTV 10 and repeated until the November 7th election.


Whatcom County Council Forum

Monday, October 23
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Time TBA
Location TBA

Join the League of Women Voters to discuss the candidates for Whatcom County Council District 3 and At-large positions. Doors open and candidate check in at 6:30 PM, forum begins at 8:00 PM.


As a 501(c)(3) organization, RE Sources does not directly or indirectly influence any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.



Clean Energy Activist Meetings

First Monday of every month (except holidays)
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian St, Bellingham (map)

Our monthly Clean Energy Activist Meetings are a great place for community activists to come together and learn about our recent work fighting coal, oil, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in our community and throughout the Pacific Northwest, and what you can do to help. During the 2017 session of the Washington State Legislature, there will also be an update on legislative activity and environmental issues that impact our Clean Energy and Clean Water work. 

RSVP on Facebook to get the latest updates and meeting agendas. For more information, contact Eddy Ury at eddyu@re-sources.org or 360-733-8307.


Bellingham Green Drinks 

First Wednesday of every month

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location varies, visit our Green Drinks page or Bellingham Green Drinks on Facebook for monthly updates

Green Drinks takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at varying locations in Bellingham. Attended by 100+ conscientious locals, the networking event is a forum for people interested in environmental issues to gather to drink, talk and network. 

RSVP on Facebook to get the latest updates on next month's location. For more information about hosting or sponsoring Green Drinks, email greendrinks@re-sources.org or call 360-733-8307.


Public Comment Periods

Looking for information about public comment periods for cleanup plans or pollution permits in Washington state? 
Visit our Water Quality Permits page for more information.

In Washington, pollution permits are issued under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and regulated by the state Department of Ecology. When permits come up for review, citizens can participate in the public process and comment on the details of the permit, calling for stronger environmental regulations where necessary.


Host a Workshop or Event

Contact Polly Carpenter at pollyc@re-sources.org or 360-733-8307 for rental rates and information.

Location and Directions

Sustainable Living Center
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

The Sustainable Living Center is located just above The RE Store, on the NW corner of Broadway and Meridian in the Fountain District. You'll find a bike rack in the alley off Broadway and the stairs behind the RE Store.