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We're hiring! Join our team as the next Program Director

We are seeking a 
Program Director to join our leadership team and provide oversight to our education and advocacy programs: Clean Energy, Clean Water, and Sustainable Schools. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker who has a strong commitment to staff development, experience supervising a team, understanding of local and regional environmental issues, experience with nonprofit financial management, and deep community connections. Deadline to apply is 5 PM Friday, November 18th. Read more.

Amidst broad community opposition, Shell Puget Sound Refinery drops plans for crude oil-by-rail project in Anacortes

October 6, 2016:
 In another sign that crude-by-rail is a losing proposition, Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes today announced that it is dropping its plans to construct a crude-by-rail facility. Originally proposed in 2014, community opposition and legal challenges forced Shell and Skagit County to undertake a full environmental and public health review under the State Environmental Policy Act. That delay, growing local and regional opposition, and uncertain economics contributed to Shell’s decision. Read more.

Whatcom County Council suspends approval of new applications to ship unrefined fossil fuels through Cherry Point

August 9, 2016: Whatcom County Council unanimously approved an emergency moratorium to immediately suspend approval of any proposed projects that could facilitate shipment of unrefined oil, coal or gas through Whatcom County. The move temporarily prevents permitting for new projects that would allow the shipment or export of crude oil, coal, or liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Cherry Point. The moratorium was put into place while the county finalizes a Comprehensive Plan update to inform future zoning regulation changes that could prevent permits for new projects for export of crude oil, coal, or fracked gases. Read more

Crucial win for Northwest communities: Army Corps upholds Lummi Nation treaty rights, denies Cherry Point coal permit

May 9, 2016: After careful review, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a landmark decision to deny federal permits for SSA Marine’s proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal, a coal export facility at Xwe’chi’eXen, also known as Cherry Point, Wash. In January 2015, the Lummi Nation asked the Army Corps to reject the project because of its significant harm to their treaty-protected fisheries and ancestral lands. Read more.

Voted Best Nonprofit of Bellingham!

RE Sources was just named "Best of Bellingham" non-profit by Cascadia Weekly readers. The paper said "Some organizations are born great, others achieve greatness in the way they approach their mission. RE Sources is a little of both."  – Cascadia Weekly's Best of Bellingham 

We think the reason for our greatness is YOUThank you so much for making our victories possible.

Special thanks to our business sponsors and partners who help make our work possible: 

Special thanks to our Cornerstone Sponsor, Sanitary Services Company, Whatcom County's largest full-service recycling and waste collection company. Locally-owned and family-operated.

Special thanks to our cornerstone sponsor, Recycling & Disposal Services Inc (RDS), local, privately owned transfer station in Ferndale with progressive waste management practices.


See a full list of our generous business sponsors and partners.

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