We promote sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action. Our vision is to see people living satisfying lives in accord with the ecosystem we depend on — generation after generation. Join us.

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"Thank You Lummi Nation" group photo from the No Coal Community Celebration on June 10, 2016.

Our community stands out as a place that’s filled with informed, engaged citizens working to uphold shared values. As a result of these efforts, our community continues to enjoy protected, thriving ecosystems that support life and attract visitors. Environmental Heroes is a tribute to that work. Environmental Heroes honorees represent the best of our local leaders, community visionaries, and brave-hearted citizens who have sacrificed and made a difference for our region. 

This year's heroes will be selected for their contributions to our region's victory in defeating the Gateway Pacific coal terminal proposed at Cherry Point. Read more

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

Help change the way industrial agriculture's impact is regulated.

RE Sources is amplifying efforts to raise public insistence to elevate the recovery of Puget Sound as a state priority, including educating voters and advocates about sources of pollution — from under-regulated industrial pollution, ocean acidification, and urban stormwater runoff — and opportunities to better regulate and reduce it. Learn how you can help.

Right now, the state Department of Ecology is updating its Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Permit, which requires agriculture operations to better manage manure and wastewaterDuring the public comment period, residents can ensure the state requires science-based procedures for handling manure from industrial agriculture operations, and that untreated fecal coliform bacteria and nitrates don't enter our groundwater, creeks, rivers and the Puget Sound. Read more.

Squalicum Clean Water Project: Now recruiting volunteers

When it rains, disease-causing bacteria in dog poop runs off into drains and ditches and travels miles downstream to creeks, lakes and beaches. Whatcom County now faces a widespread threat from fecal coliform contamination from animal waste.

The Squalicum Clean Water Project teaches citizens how they can help prevent fecal coliform pollution in the Squalicum Watershed by picking up and properly disposing of dog poop. 

We are now recruiting volunteers to help keep our waters clean, our families healthy, and our shellfish farmers in business. You can help, too! 


The Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan will determine the future of our community. Our elected officials need to hear from you about the importance of protecting our community's health, safety, and future. Read more

Please join us in asking the County Council to take the lead in creating policies that keep our community safe by preventing new fossil fuel export projects; ensure we have enough clean water available for farms, fish and people; preserve farm and forest lands by preventing urban sprawl; and invest in energy security by opening the door to renewable energy jobs and achieving carbon neutrality.

How you can help:
          1. Attend a public hearing.
          2. Email the Whatcom County Council.
          3. Become a campaign funder.
Our County Council was elected for their eye toward stewardship, but they cannot move us forward without public will. Please act now.

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. 

The historic decision deals a severe blow to SSA Marine’s struggling proposal and marks the first time that a coal export facility has been rejected based on its negative impacts to the treaty rights of a tribal nation. 

A note from our executive director, Crina Hoyer: “This is an historic win, and we are grateful to the Lummi Nation for their leadership in delivering a tremendous victory for Northwest families. By denying permits for the largest proposed coal export terminal in North America, the Army Corps is honoring the Lummi Nation’s treaty rights and protecting the Salish Sea for all people who call the Pacific Northwest home. The message rings loud and clear: communities will never accept the health, safety, economic or environmental impacts of dirty coal exports.”

Read the Power Past Coal press release here. Read the Bellingham Herald story and watch a video of Lummi tribal members listening to the phone call from US Army Corps of Engineers here.

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 CompanyWhatcom 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.