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.
Tuesday, March 11th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
RE Sources Sustainable Living Center
2309 Meridian St, Bellingham (map)
Many composts/fertilizers contain toxic materials from municipal wastewater treatment plants, industry, or large animal feed lots in the form of sludge. Sludge contains a complex mixture of organic and inorganic chemicals and pathogens, pesticides, radionuclides and other environmentally persistent and bio accumulative poisons.
Darlene Schanfald, Ph.D. and Richard Honour, Ph.D. present the shocking documentary, "Sludge Diet", followed by Dr. Honour's presentation on the consequences of spreading toxic sludge on forestlands and group discussion on the risks to gardeners and farmers.
Darlene Schanfald, PhD is the Campaign Organizer for Sludge Free WA and representative of the Sierra Club WA State Chapter. Richard Honour has his PhD in Plant Pathology and Soil Microbiology and is the Executive Director of the Precautionary Group.
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Bellewood Acres Community Room
6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden (map)
The public is invited to attend ongoing public meetings sponsored by the Tenmile Creek Clean Water Project Stakeholder Committee. The mission of this volunteer, citizen-guided project is to set a path forward to reduce fecal coliform levels so they are below water quality standards and the standards of the Lower Nooksack River Basin Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load Evaluation (TMDL), and remain low. RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper program is coordinating this effort.
6:30 – 8:00 pm
1026 N Forest St, Bellingham (map)
with filmmaker, author, and activist John de Graaf
We know the dire impacts of coal mining, transport, and burning. We know exploding oil trains are destroying families and communities across the country. We know our colossal use of energy is changing the chemistry of oceans and affecting global climate patterns.
But do we really realize the demand for fossil fuel is created by our own consumption patterns? Our affluenza, defined by the book’s authors as “a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more,” is the cause. The appetite that drives us to spend most waking hours almost wholly dedicated to getting and spending has broken our connection to what it means to be creators, rather than consumers.
Join our community for an important conversation, led by author John de Graaf, on how we can work together to overcome affluenza and regain our creativity, control, and time.
John de Graaf is author of Affluenza: How Overconsumption is Killing Us and How to Fight Back, Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America, What's the Economy For, Anyway?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness.
Co-hosted by Village Books, Community Food Co-op, Sierra Club, Wild Whatcom, and RE Sources.
Friday, March 14
7:00 pm - 8:30pm
Northwest Educational Service District Building
1601 R Avenue, Anacortes
This is the beginning of the Friends of Skagit Beaches 2014 Lecture Series. During this presentation, chemical, physical and geological processes operating in the Salish Sea will be explored. These processes combine with Environmental stressors such as ocean acidification and low oxygen levels to make the Salish Sea a bellwether for climate change. Please Join Dr. M. Brady Olson, Marine Scientist at WWU, Shannon Pt. Marine Center to explore the details! Friday, March 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches, more info here.
Time: 10am to noon
Bellingham Public Library downstairs meeting room
210 Central Avenue, Bellingham
"Navigating Toward Water Resource Solutions" is the focus of a community meeting from 10 am to noon Saturday, March 15 in the Bellingham Public Library downstairs meeting room. It is the second in a two-part program on water issues produced by the League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County.
Guest speakers include:
They will discuss different ways they are working to address the complex issues surrounding water quantity and quality in Whatcom County. Speakers will outline both long-term and shorter-term strategies for solutions, plus examples of recent accomplishments.
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities
RE Sources for Sustainable Communities announces a new project to help neighborhoods take control of their contaminated stormwater. The Neighborhood Clean Water Project will coordinate neighbors of Lower Whatcom Creek and Squalicum Harbor watersheds to identify the sources of pollution and find ways to mitigate the problem. Interested citizens are invited to attend the kickoff meeting Tuesday, March 18th at RE Sources’ Sustainable Living Center to learn more about the project and how they can get involved.
Last year, RE Sources collected data from several urban waterways that showed high levels of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Bellingham stormwater. Metals, like copper and zinc, are common in stormwater and are toxic to marine life. PAHs are widespread, complex organic pollutants that are found in fossil fuels, and are formed by incomplete combustion of wood, coal, and diesel fuels. Like metals, they are common in urban stormwater and have been found in increasing concentrations in rapidly urbanizing areas. They are carcinogenic to laboratory animals and are acutely toxic to some fish species. RE Sources will present sampling data and lead a discussion about sources of the pollution and possible solutions at the March 18th meeting.
The Neighborhood Clean Water Project’s first year will focus on data collected from the C Street and Broadway Street outfalls on Whatcom and I & J Waterways, respectively. These outfalls drain portions of the Lettered Streets, Columbia, and Cornwall Park neighborhoods. RE Sources hopes to expand this project to include other urban watersheds in the years to come.
For more information, contact Wendy Steffensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tenmile Elementary School
960 E Hemmi Road, Everson (map)
The public is invited to attend a public meeting sponsored by the Tenmile Creek Clean Water Project Stakeholder Committee. The mission of this volunteer, citizen-guided project is to set a path forward to reduce fecal coliform levels so they are below water quality standards and the standards of the Lower Nooksack River Basin Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load Evaluation (TMDL), and remain low. RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper program is coordinating this effort.
Funding is available to replace undersized or damaged culverts that are fish passage barriers with appropriately sized culverts or bridges in the Tenmile Watershed (Tenmile, Fourmile, and Deer Creeks). The funding comes from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). According to a recent survey by the WDFW, there are approximately 120 culverts and crossings on private lands in the Tenmile watershed that may qualify for this funding. Eligible projects will be completed with no cost or obligation to landowners. Agency staff from the Whatcom Conservation District and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will be in attendance to answer your questions.
Wednesday, March 19th 7pm-9pm
Old Federal Building, courtroom
104 W Magnolia St.
Free & Open to All
This is a fun, all-ages event to inspire healthy, sustainable travel plans through firsthand experience of some of our local bike travel experts. Ever feel like you have to wait for the kids to move out before you can do anything with overnight biking involved? Well, the first presentation may change your mind as Jonas and Brian describe their family trip around Crater Lake, OR on bike.
Stay for the second talk when cycle touring expert, Jim Legalley tells about his solo self-contained bike tour from Spokane, WA to Ft. Collins, CO. The intention of the trip was to pass through geographic features such as the Palouse Hills, Camas Prairie, Sawtooth Mtns, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Grand Canyon of the Snake River, Great Divide Basin and over the Medicine Bow Range/Snowy Mountains. He has been bike touring since 1973, and this was the shortest tour he has done in 10 years.
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave, Bellingham (map)
Valerie Partridge, Department of Ecology, member of the Marine Sediment Monitoring Team, and lead author on the recently released report, “Sediment Quality in Bellingham Bay, 2010”, will presentgive a presentation on the health of Bellingham Bay sediments. Reporting on findings from the 2010 sediment surveys in thirty locations across Bellingham Bay, Ms. Partridge will review the data and possible causes for the decline of marine life health. As the report indicates, Bellingham Bay's sediment quality is lower than trends found sediment quality in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia.
Ecology believes Possible reasons for the decline might be attributed to:
Valerie Partridge, Department of Ecology, member of the Marine Sediment Monitoring Team, and lead author on the recently released report, “Sediment Quality in Bellingham Bay, 2010”, will present on the health of Bellingham Bay sediments. Reporting on findings from the 2010 sediment surveys in thirty locations across Bellingham Bay, Partridge will review the data and possible causes for the decline of marine life health. As the report indicates, Bellingham Bay's sediment quality is lower than trends found in Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia.
The study is part of the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program, a collaboration of state, federal, tribal and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, watershed groups, business, academic researchers, local integrating organizations, and other private and volunteer groups and organizations – all dedicated to monitoring environmental conditions in Puget Sound. Click here to read the full report.
For more information, email Wendy Steffensen or call (360) 733.8307.
Skagit County Trainings: March 27 & April 27
Times and Locations listed below
The trainings will increase your understanding of our nearshore marine ecosystem and equip you to collect meaningful survey data of plants and animals in the intertidal area. Trainings and surveys build on the 2013 successful season of nearshore monitoring conducted by volunteers and friends of the Cherry Point and Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committees and the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee, with support from RE Sources North Sound Baykeeper.
Trainings and surveys will occur both in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Participants are welcome to attend either training series and any of the surveys, regardless of location. Training is required prior to participation in the surveys.
Whatcom County Trainings will occur Tuesday evenings on April 1, 8, and 15th from 6-8pm, with an optional training on sea star wasting disease on April 22. All in-class trainings will occur at RE Sources Main room. A field training will be held at Marine Park on April 19, from 1-5 pm.
Skagit Field Trainings will be introduced on March 27, as part of the Salish sea Stewards training series from 5:30-8:00, at Fidalgo Bay Resort. Training will resume on Sunday April 27, from 12:30- 5 at the Samish Resort, with field training Saturday, May 3, 12:30-5 at Washington Park, Anacortes. Additional trainings will be announced.
Trainers will include professionals in the field, Doug Stark, Michael Kyte, and Wendy Steffensen. Surveys will take place on low-tide days during the summer. For more information, contact Wendy Steffensen at email@example.com or (360) 733 8307.
8:30 am - 3:30pm
Fidalgo Bay Resort
This is an exciting day of learning for the public and educators. The Keynote speaker will be Dr. Deborah Kelley, professor at the University of Washington School of Oceanography, who will present "Deep Ocean Vents". Come join us and choose from a variety of fascinating presentations and Trail Tales interpretive walks offered by local and regional experts. Registration is necessary, closing April 3, 2014. (Up to 4.5 clock hours are available to certified Washington State teachers). The Academy is sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches who's mission is to protect Skagit County's shorelines through education, research and stewardship. For more information about the Academy, click on the event poster here. For questions, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
10 am to noon
Little Squalicum Park Wetlands
Join us for our ongoing efforts to maintain the new ecoystem at Little Squalicum Park and wetlands. Activities include mulching, weeding, making new friends and learning how to better care for this beautiful new park. Park at the lower parking lot at Bellingham Technical College. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided.
RE Sources’ and The RE Store’s on-site community garden, used for growing organic fruits and veggies, as well as community demonstrations and educational opportunities. More. Apply for a garden bed.
SLC Workshop Space
The Sustainable Living Center features informative and stimulating presentations and films. RE Sources partners with other community organizations and non-profits, to provide opportunities to present innovative topics to the general public for discussion, exploration, and education.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 HannahC@re-sources.org or call (360) 733-8307.
Click here to see some of the events we've held at the SLC in the past.
Location & Directions
Bellingham, WA 98225
2309 Meridian Street (map)
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.