Events

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Green Drinks at Plantas nativa

August 7th, 5–7 PM
315 E. Champion Street
Bellingham WA 98225 (map)

Join your Whatcom neighbors who love thinking green at Plantas nativa 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.

From the host: Plantas nativa, LLC is a retail native plant store offering native plants to retail and wholesale clients since 1994.  We also have an outlet in Mt.Vernon and offer consultation and installation services, as well as restoration and commercial native plant seed for nurseries. Online at plantasnativa.com



Critical Cherry Point public hearing: Chance to set high standards on polluting industries

Tuesday, July 9th

Whatcom County Council Chambers
311 Grand Ave, Bellingham (map)
6:15 PM: Sign up to speak
7:00 PM: Council meeting and hearing
RSVP and details
Wear red!

In the face of international pressures to expand oil shipments through Northwest Washington, the Whatcom County Council has proposed legal protections that would require fossil fuel projects meet standards that will protect our community’s public safety and the environment. Attend this hearing wearing red to show your support for stronger conditions on a polluting industry, and prevent new fossil fuel shipping facilities that imperil public health, salmon, and orcas!

After three years of preparation, new draft code amendments for Cherry Point land use are finally on the table for public comment. It's time to rally in support of legal protections for people and the environment that prevent new fossil fuel shipping facilities and hold oil refineries to stronger permitting conditions — reducing pollution and increasing safety when upgrading their facilities. 

The County Council will vote on July 9th to extend a temporary moratorium on permits to facilitate increased shipment of unrefined fossil fuels through the Cherry Point industrial zone. The moratorium is to be extended - for the seventh time - six more months while code amendments are finalized and voted on Fall 2019. 

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



Bellingham waterfront cleanup tour: Central Waterfront

Wednesday, July 10th
12:00 - 1:30 PM
1000 F Street, Bellingham (map)
More info. Contact Kirsten McDade with any questions, kirstenm@re-sources.org 

Get connected with Bellingham's waterfront and its history! This is your chance to learn about and give input on the future of a cleanup site along Bellingham Bay after its 100+ year legacy of industry left toxic contaminants in the soil, groundwater, and sediments.

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will lead a public tour of the Central Waterfront site, which holds contamination from industrial activity like lumber mills, bulk fuel terminals, foundry operations, a landfill, and more. Staff from the Department of Ecology, City of Bellingham, and Port of Bellingham will be present to answer questions and encourage public comments on the cleanup plan released by Ecology (how to comment on the cleanup here). 



Protect Whatcom's shorelines from climate impacts

OPEN HOUSES
Birch Bay: June 10th, 7-9:00 pm, at Birch Bay Bible Church, 4460 Bay Road, Birch Bay
Deming: June 19th, 7-9:00 pm, at Mount Baker High School, 4936 Deming Road, Deming
Bellingham: June 25th, 7-9:00 pm, at Civic Building Garden Room 322 N Commercial St, Bellingham

Shorelines along rivers, lakes, and marine areas are invaluable for fishing, swimming, protecting us from storms, filtering out pollutants, and salmon and herring habitat. Many of Whatcom's have been degraded since the late 1800s.

Now is the time for you to speak up for their protection and restoration.

Our local program that governs protecting our shorelines, called the Shoreline Management Program, is going to be updated soon — and Whatcom County needs to hear from everyone that this program must address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, protect Lake Whatcom, and protect the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. 



Salish Splash: We challenge YOU!


Thursday, June 13th
5:00–6:30 PM (Splash at 5:30)
Marine Park, Bellingham (map)


Take a jump (or come and watch others take the plunge) into the Salish Sea as RE Sources and partners celebrate orca recovery! This year, the Washington State Legislature passed a critical package of orca recovery bills that address the many threats faced by Southern Resident orcas. Together, we’re celebrating this win with the Salish Splash! Challenge your friends, family, and colleagues to jump into Puget Sound with us. 

Last year, we celebrated Puget Sound being designated a No Discharge Zone, prohibiting boats from dumping raw or partially-treated sewage right into the water. See the video here.




Tour Bellingham's waterfront by kayak

Friday, June 28th
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Waypoint Park, 1145 Granary Ave, Bellingham (map)
Reserve your spot here — Space is limited
Suggested donation for safety and clean water: $15-$35 

Celebrate Orca Month (June) with RE Sources and Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures out on the water! Register online here.

Tour leaders will show kayakers a perspective of Bellingham Bay that can’t be seen from land, and visit sites that illuminate the history of Bellingham Bay, its past industrial contamination, cleanup and habitat improvement opportunities, and how our local bay plays a role in the health of the Salish Sea and its endangered orca population.

No experience is needed for those renting kayaks, but participants must be physically fit to paddle, and those under the age of 18 must be with a parent or guardian. 



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.