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August 11, 2016: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities announces 2016 Environmental Heroes

posted Aug 18, 2016, 1:40 PM by Virginia Cleaveland
“Communities and People of the Salish Sea” recognized for their combined efforts to protect our region from the Cherry Point coal terminal proposal. 

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities announces its 2016 Environmental Heroes are the “Communities and People of the Salish Sea,” for their combined efforts to protect our region from coal export, arrest climate change, and advocate for a brighter future.

For twelve years, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities has selected a handful of bright stars representing the best of our local leaders, community visionaries, and brave-hearted citizens who have made a difference for our region. For the first time, this year’s event will be solely focused on one theme: Celebrating those who made extraordinary contributions toward defeating the Gateway Pacific coal terminal and protecting Cherry Point.

“No single entity defeated the coal port. It was a movement of people and organizations, of tribes and decision-makers — unlikely coalitions linking arms to protect their homes, to respond to the global cry to arrest climate change,” said Mary Humphries, Development Director at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. “We cannot call attention to one name without recognizing the interconnectedness of all of the parts who made up the whole.”

“Tribes, doctors, decision-makers, fishermen, religious groups, students, national organizations, ranchers, grassroots community groups, and parents across the region leveraged their strengths, and operated with a level of collaborative sophistication our region had not previously seen,” said Crina Hoyer, Executive Director at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. “We built leaders. We garnered national attention. We coordinated elections. We leveraged the importance of civic engagement. We used advanced campaigning tools. We won. But more importantly, by working together for a common cause, we built strength and community.”

The theme of the 2016 Environmental Heroes was decided by a panel of community members, former Environmental Heroes, and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities staff and board members.

The 2016 Environmental Heroes Awards Banquet, recognizing the outstanding people and organizations who are to be honored this year, will be held on Wednesday, September 7th, at Lairmont Manor in Bellingham.

All proceeds from the event support RE Sources for Sustainable Communities programs and projects. For more information about the event, visit re-sources.org/environmentalheroes or contact Mary Humphries at 360-733-8307, extension 204.

Special thanks to: Lummi Nation, Power Past Coal, Whatcom Docs, Friends of the San Juans, Safeguard the Southfork, CommunityWise Bellingham, Coal Train Facts, Protect Whatcom, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Save Birch Bay, Whatcom Watch, Cascadia Weekly, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities staff and board of directors, Jewell James, Jay Julius, David Olson, Tim Ballew II, Kurt Russo, Matt Krogh, Frank James, Sandy Robson, Dena Jensen, Gib Morrow, Paul Anderson, Beth Brownfield, Julie Trimingham, Jack Delay, Barry Wenger, Richard McClenahan, Beth Doglio, Terry Wechsler, Sara Mostad, Greg Wolgamot, Nicole Brown, Jeff Margolis, Jim Swift, Lisa McShane, Shannon Wright, James Wells, Jill MacIntyre Witt, Stephanie Buffum, Lynne Oulman, Carl Weimer, Deb Cruz, Dana Lyons, Mary Ruth and Phillip Holder, Carolyn and Ed Gastellum, and each and every citizen and group who made extraordinary contributions toward defeating the coal terminal proposal and protecting our future.
  • What: 13th Annual Environmental Heroes Awards Banquet
  • When: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Where: Lairmont Manor Estate and Gardens, 405 Fieldston Road, Bellingham
  • Tickets: $75 per person: Includes open bar, local appetizers, dinner, and dessert. To purchase tickets, call 360-733-8307.

Media contact: Mary Humphries, Deveopment Director, maryh@re-sources.org, 360-733-8307 ext. 204
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