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Workshops & Events

RE Sources offers a seasonal series of skill-building workshops, classes, films, seminars, presentations and facilitated discussions to help you build a more sustainable lifestyle. Scroll down to see what's upcoming at RE Sources Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store). 2309 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA. 

Proceeds from all workshops benefit RE Sources' environmental conservation and advocacy. Thank you for supporting our community. 

Whatcom Waterfronts Work; Presentations and Displays

Thursday, September 18
11:45 am- 5:30 pm
Port of Bellingham Commission Chambers
1801 Roeder

A series of speakers and displays will highlight shellfish health, working waterfronts, and climate change. The flyer for the event can be found here.

Don’t Drip & Drive. Fix That Leak!

Friday, September 26th
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bellingham Public Market (map)

Saturday, September 27th
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barkley Village Cinemas
3005 Cinema Place, Bellingham (map)

Did you know that here in Washington State, we're releasing 7 million quarts of motor oil into Puget Sound every year? This oil harms aquatic life and degrades water quality. You can help! Visit one of the locations listed above, starting on August 16th - we're offering free vehicle leak checks! If you have a leak, you will receive a 10 percent off (up to $50) coupon to get it fixed at a local repair shop. We're looking for volunteers to help assist with this effort. Contact if you'd like to volunteer.

Presentation - Marine Plastics Around the World

plastic oceansWednesday, October 1st
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
2309 Meridian St., 2nd floor

Join us as veteran underwater wildlife producer Jo Ruxton shares her insight into the problems of plastic in the oceans around the world, and how it affects marine life and threatens human health. Her current filming project, "Plastic Oceans" has taken 4 years in 19 locations, including some of the most remote places on the planet. An exclusive viewing of a trailer made for UNESCO, the film's patron will also be shown. Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee. 

More about Jo Ruxton: Underwater Wildlife Producer Jo Ruxton was a key member of the BBC’s world famous Natural History Unit diving team for many years and has been organising and directing underwater shoots since the first days of filming on the award-winning Blue Planet series in 1997.

Jo studied Zoology at London University and moved to Hong Kong in the 1980's. She joined the World Wide Fund for nature in Hong Kong in 1990 to establish their Marine Conservation Programme; a significant task in a place that had no legislation to protect the coastal waters and where massive development was taking place before the handover to China. During her tenure there, she was instrumental in setting up four Marine Protected Areas.

5th Annual South Fork Nooksack River Cleanup

Saturday, October 4th
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Acme to Van Zandt

We'll be walking the shores this year to clean up plastic and debris from summer adventures. Help us pick up trash that ends up in log jams and will eventually find it's way downstream. This event is especially fun because when we're done, we party down at Everybody's Store. Registration is required. To register, and to receive more information, contact Eleanor:

Making the American Dream Real Workshop and Meal

Sunday, October 5, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Workshop
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Community Meal and Dialogue
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
1207 Ellsworth St.

Join labor, community groups and RE Sources, as we co-host Mark McDermott, labor educator for a workshop and history of the labor movement in the United States, followed by a $5 tamal lunch by Cocinas Sanas Cooking Collective. A flyer for the event can be found here.

Little Squalicum Creek Restoration Work Party

Saturday, October 11th
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lower Parking Lot, Bellingham Technical College

Join us for our quarterly work party at Little Squalicum Creek.  We are investing in this beautiful new park and ecosystem.  We will weed, mulch, and care for a new section of the park every quarter.  This is a joint venture with City of Bellingham Parks Department.  We provide tools, gloves, mulch, snacks, and water.  Prepare to have fun, and meet new friends.

1st Annual Canoe Cleanup at Baker Lake

Sunday, October 12th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exact location TBA

Join RE Sources, North Cascades Institute, the US Forest Service, and Yeager's Sporting Goods for the first ever Baker Lake Cleanup and Flotilla!  This will be an all day affair, rain or shine.  In addition to collecting trash from summer litter bugs, we'll have time to admire the beautiful waters of the Baker River. We may even see the last of the sockeye salmon spawning on the lakeshore.  Reservations are mandatory, and canoes are provided first come, first served.  To register, contact

2014 Fidalgo Bay Science Conference

Thursday October 23rd
8:30 am - 4:00pm
Fidalgo Bay Resort, Anacortes

"From Research to Restoration, Setting an Example for the Salish Sea". The conference program will address current science, research, policy, and management of projects taking place in or that can be applied to Fidalgo Bay. Work of the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee on intertidal and forage fish surveys will be part of the program. Contact Erin Licata to RSVP at or 360.293.6404, x 111. 

Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Forum: A Report to the Community

Saturday, October 25th

9:30am - 3:00 0pm 
Bellingham Technical College
Building G 
Room 102A/103B
Examine risks posed to the Salish Sea by projected increases in vessel and rail transportation, and learn about Cherry Point herring and their role in the ecosystem. Sessions include experts speaking on Vessel and Railway Risk Assessment, Cherry Point as an Aquatic Reserve, and Forage Fish and Cherry Point herring. The forum is sponsored by the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee. See  a flyer for the event here and learn more about the committee here

Teach a Workshop 

RE Sources loves to collaborate with businesses, organizations and individuals to bring a well-rounded sustainability curriculum to our community. You can donate your time as a new instructor or charge a registration fee for seasoned skill building courses. 

Email for more info, or fill out an application form.

Host Your Own Event 

Please click here for more information on how to rent a room at the Sustainable Living Center. You can also email our office manager, Rebecca, at for rental information. 

Sponsor an Event 

If your business would like to gain exposure through sponsoring events at the SLC, please contact Hannah Coughlin at or call (360) 733-8307. 

Click here to see some of the events we've held at the SLC in the past. 

Location & Directions

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 of Broadway and the stairs behind the RE Store.


Check out past events at the SLC.
Wendy Steffensen,
Sep 16, 2014, 1:11 PM
Hannah Coughlin,
Jan 31, 2014, 1:08 PM
Lee First,
Apr 30, 2014, 2:02 PM
Lee First,
Aug 12, 2014, 10:33 AM
Lee First,
Feb 24, 2014, 9:56 AM
Lee First,
Mar 3, 2014, 9:29 AM
Matt Petryni,
Aug 23, 2012, 2:57 PM
Hannah Coughlin,
Feb 24, 2014, 2:24 PM
Lee First,
Apr 3, 2014, 2:31 PM
Peter Frazier,
Sep 16, 2014, 3:39 PM