Events

Not all of our events are listed on this page. For a more complete event list, visit our Facebook events page. You don't need a Facebook account to view our events!


Forum and Celebration of Environmental Progress

Saturday, August 24th
11:00 AM
YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N Forest St, Bellingham (map)
Free, refreshments provided
RSVP here. More details on Facebook

With 13 new WA State laws on the books that reduce carbon emissions, protect the Salish Sea and orca populations, and advance green technology, there is a lot to be proud of! Join us for a conversation with lawmakers and advocates to celebrate this years’ climate wins, learn more about the impact of these important laws, and how we can do even more in 2020. Hosted by RE Sources, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington Conservation Voters. Please RSVP.


Blaine toxic cleanup site tour and Q&A

Wednesday, September 4th
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Blaine Harbor, 218 McMillan Ave, Blaine (map

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will lead a public tour of a toxic cleanup site that was used to maintain and repair marine vessels for over 50 years. Staff from the Washington Department of Ecology and the Port of Bellingham will be present until 2:00pm to answer questions and encourage public comments on the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study plan released by Ecology. Investigations found cPAHs, PCBs, and metals in both soil and sediment as well as TBT in the sediment. The site currently supports boat maintenance and repair.

This is part of an ongoing tour series of the 14 Whatcom County cleanup near Bellingham Bay and Blaine Harbor sites listed under
Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act, which contain contaminants like heavy metals and petroleum byproducts left from decades of industrial activity.

You can also see details and comment on the cleanup plan online from September 3rd to October 2nd at:


Green Drinks at Boundary Bay beer garden

Wednesday, September 4th
5:00–7:00 PM
1107 Railroad Ave,
Bellingham WA 98225 (map)

Join your Whatcom neighbors who love thinking green at the Boundary Bay beer garden for Green Drinks! It's a great chance meet members of Whatcom County's environmentally minded community, hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, and try out delicious local brews.

Boundary Bay will also have food service open for you to order!

From the host: Independently owned and operated, Boundary Bay has been making award-winning handcrafted beer and fresh, local food for the Bellingham community since 1995. More at www.BBayBrewery.com



Learn to fight pollution with your smartphone


Wednesday, September 11th
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Potential sources of pollution aren’t always obvious. Is something on the ground near water that seems like it shouldn’t be? Is something other than water making its way down a storm drain? Pollution Prevention Specialist Kirsten McDade will lead a workshop on using the Water Reporter app to help you monitor pollution — anywhere, anytime.

Read more about the Water Reporter app here!




Critical Cherry Point public Town Hall: Chance to curb fossil fuel impacts

Thursday, September 12th

Whatcom County Council Chambers
311 Grand Ave, Bellingham (map)
6:00 PM: Sign up to speak
6:30 PM: Public Town Hall
RSVP and details


Come to an important public Town Hall on September 12th, where you can learn about the proposed land use amendments for Cherry Point and ask County staff to do everything they can to protect the Salish Sea. Let's make the most of this robust public review process we've been given!

Learn more and see a timeline of when you can engage the Council and push the Whatcom County Council to set common-sense standards on polluting industries at Cherry Point. These industries have been getting a pass to put nearby communities at risk and to harm air and water quality for over 60 years. 

The good news: The new rules the County Council is considering for approval this fall prohibits new coal, oil, and fracked gas shipment terminals at Cherry Point, and they empower the County to hold existing industry accountable for pollution. These proposed amendments to Cherry Point land use law would be precedent-setting. Huge thanks to all of you who added your voice this year to strengthen these standards! Take a moment to send the Council a thank-you for including these provisions and for setting a public review process in motion.

For questions and more information, email CleanEnergy@RE-Sources.org



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International Coastal Cleanup: Two locations, one time!

Saturday, September 14th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Locust Beach, Bellingham (map)
and Semiahmoo Spit, Blaine (map
Details and RSVP

Every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, hundreds of thousands of volunteers in 100 countries comb lakes, rivers, and beaches for trash. Over the course of 30 years, more than 9 million volunteers have collected nearly 164 million pounds of trash.

Join this global movement at a local beach cleanup, in one of two locations as part of Whatcom Water Week, alongside RE Sources, Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Surfrider Chapter, and Ocean Conservancy. Trash bags and gloves provided. Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach. We clean up both of these beaches and tally up marine debris data to enter into the global international coastal cleanup database to help us better understand what trash we're finding on our beaches.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided along with cleanup equipment — just bring yourself and dress for the weather on the beach! More details and RSVP



Clean Energy + Clean Water Activist Meetings

Fourth Wednesday of every month (except holidays)
6:30 - 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 get the latest on local actions to resist fossil fuel exports and promote the transition to renewable energy. 

For more info, 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 Jeanne Taylor at JeanneT@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.