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Environmental Heroes 2021: Featuring Rep. Debra Lekanoff & Poet Rena Priest
Wednesday, June 9th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual event and fundraiser for RE Sources.
Powerful stories that define our region and honoring our 2021 Heroes: Darrell Hillaire, Mary Ruth Holder, and London Fletcher
Remaking Bellingham Bay: Cleaning up our waterfront for people and habitat
Wednesday, April 14th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Featuring staff from Dept. of Ecology, Port of Bellingham, and City of Bellingham
One hundred years of industrial activity on Bellingham Bay left a legacy of contaminated sites. Hear from the Department of Ecology, the City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham and RE Sources’ staff scientists about about how Bellingham’s treasured waterfront is being cleaned up and made into something that works for people, businesses and important wildlife like salmon — plus why *you* are a key part of the process.
Now is as good a time as ever to get involved in the process of remaking these places to benefit our whole community. These sites, known as Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) sites, are in various stages of being cleaned up, so they can once again be accessible to the community (and important aquatic life like young salmon). We’ll talk about:
- Where different sites are at in their cleanup process
- What the waterfront may look like in the future in terms of public spaces, businesses and residential areas
- How habitat restoration plays a role
- How members of the public like you can have your voice heard in the process!
There will also be a Q&A. Registration required.
Reshaping Patterns of Spending
Tuesday, April 20th, 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Learn about ways we can modify our consumer habits to improve the health of the planet and the Salish Sea region.
What we buy and who we buy it from matters. Digital devices, clothing, shoes, books, tools, plastic packaging, shelter materials, food, vehicles, bikes, boats, toilet paper, and everything in the corner of your closet is made from materials extracted from the earth which are then manufactured or raised by humans. Oftentimes, this transaction perpetuates the twin threads of ecosystem degradation and oppression of people. But we can shift our patterns of spending to support more regenerative and just communities. Come learn about ways we can modify our consumer habits to improve the health of the planet and the Salish Sea region.
About the speaker, Sasha Savoian: Sasha joined RE Sources’ Sustainable Schools team as an Education Specialist in 2017 with a passion for engaging middle and high school students in understanding the role they play in the world they live in. Through the lens of equity and justice, Sasha hopes to inspire and empower youth to protect and promote the health of local ecosystems and the communities.
Join here Passcode: 458786
Two workshops for Whatcom teachers
Starting a Green Team at your school: Tuesday, April 20th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Want to make your school more sustainable? Want to give your students the opportunity to be leaders in their schools?
Learn about our new Green Team Network program! At this session, RE Sources and a panel of experts from the community will share the academic and environmental benefits of having green teams at schools in Whatcom County. The panel of experts includes:
- Elizabeth Schmitz, Director of Environmental and Sustainability Education at the Office of the Superintendent of Education who will share information on the academic connections
- Rodd Pemble from Sanitary Service Company (SSC, Inc.) will share information on the financial and environmental benefits of green teams
- And others!
Green Team Network is a free RE Sources program that provides a framework and collaboration for school communities to take steps towards making their school campus more sustainable and educating leaders as to why it’s important. The webinar is open to anyone interested in creating a greener K-8 school community in Whatcom County. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Solution and Action-Based Learning (earn 2 STEM clock hours): Monday, April 26th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
When: Monday, April 26th 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Who: 3rd-12th grade teachers (informal educators welcome)
Where: Online training
Clock hours: 2 hours
When students learn about environmental, social, or civic topics the next question is, “now what”? This training is for classroom teachers and club advisors that are looking for ways to engage students in solutions based learning in-person or online. Action projects can begin or end a unit, can be woven into art, language, history, science, or focus a social action, leadership, or environmental club. Join our Sustainable Schools education specialists to learn about resources, activities, and guidelines for projects your students can engage in that helps solve problems. From community science to letter writing this training will give practical resources and a time for teachers to share their own resources and ideas with each other.
Participants will be able to:
- Recognize different levels of stewardship and action
- Take learning beyond doom and gloom and offer students real solutions
- Participants will leave with practical resources and ways for students to engage
Beach cleanup for Earth Day Weekend
Saturday, April 24th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Three one-hour shifts available.
Celebrate Earth Day weekend with RE Sources and Surfrider by keeping a local beach trash-free! Sign up for one of three one-hour cleanup shifts (space is limited for COVID precautions; please sign up below!). Trash bags, gloves and trash grabbers will be provided. Two locations to choose from in Whatcom County. All ages welcome!
Kiss The Ground: Free film screenings and discussion for Earth Week
April 16-25th, FREE. Farmer discussion panel on April 24th at 3:30 p.m.
Kiss The Ground is a powerful documentary exploring soil regeneration and its place as a solution to our planet’s climate crisis. The Pickford Film Center in partnership with many community co-sponsors will present a free online screening of the acclaimed documentary Kiss the Ground April 16 – 25th in honor of Earth Day 2021.
Film Discussion and Farmer Panel: April 24th, 3:30 p.m.
Curious about how farmers are responding to climate change in our community? Find out what regenerative agriculture looks like on the ground, and how you can support local food producers in addressing climate change. Join Sustainable Connections for a discussion of the film “Kiss the Ground”, April 24th from 3:30-5pm. This event features audience discussion, plus a panel of local farmers, including Faith Van Du Putte and David Bill from Midnight’s Farm on Lopez Island. The farmer panel will share their practices for addressing climate change, considerations that are unaddressed in the film and more. More presenters to be announced. Sustainable Connection’s Food & Farming team will offer resources for sourcing local food, and connect you with the tools need to take the best next step for you. You can RSVP for the film panel, and find out more information at Sustainable Connections. We look forward to seeing you for this important community conversation!
Low tide trivia and learning to ID local beach life
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m., March 2nd through late May | RSVP on Facebook
Are you a sea star stan? A flatworm fan? Join us for local tidal life trivia nights! Trivia will be on Tuesday nights starting at 5:00 all through March, April and May. The first trivia night is for March 2nd and we’ll take a short break the last week of March.
Even if you don’t know all the answers, trivia nights are a great way to brush up on your beach life knowledge to better appreciate our wonderful shorelines and impress your friends with your flora and fauna know-how. Questions will get progressively more challenging each month — March is beginner, April is intermediate, and May is advanced.
HOW TO JOIN:
Visit www.myquiz.org at 5:00 p.m. each Tuesday and enter the six digit code for that date.
March 9 – 432915
March 16 – 444034
March 23 – 455102
April 13th – 676658
April 20th – 681697
April 27th – 683116
May 11th – 456194
May 18th – 463241
May 25th – 465100
If you want to study up on your own, check out our workbooks and species ID guides for the beautiful Cherry Point and Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserves!
This event is part of the North Sound Stewards community science program, but open to the public. Learn more about the North Sound Stewards program
Want to do a trash cleanup on your own?
Take a self-guided tour of Bellingham’s waterfront
Any time! Grab your smartphone with Google Maps
Complete this scavenger hunt along the way for a chance to win $25 gift certificates to The RE Store!
There are 12 toxic cleanup sites along Bellingham Bay from over 100 years of industrial activity. Use this interactive map to explore their history and how they’re being cleaned up for future use.
Meet members of Whatcom County’s environmentally minded community, hear about upcoming sustainability-oriented events and opportunities, network, and try out delicious local brews. Hosted monthly at various local businesses and organizations, usually the first Wednesday of each month. Learn more.
Make the clean energy future happen today! Protect the Salish Sea and waters that flow into it! At our meetings, climate-conscious community members get the latest updates and plan actions for accelerating a just transition to a clean energy economy and stopping pollution in our Pacific Northwest home. Learn more.
Our Environmental Heroes Awards Banquet is held annually. Each year, we honor outstanding individuals who have been instrumental in protecting this natural world that surrounds us. Heroes are selected in May of each year. In 2021, our Environmental Heroes Awards event is taking place digitally on June 9th. Learn more.
Each year, our community shows up at Boundary Bay to support Community Jobs Training, a vocational training program that supports underserved workers. We’re strengthening our community by investing in those who need help the most. Join us each May for our annual benefit show, raffle and silent auction as we raise money to support our efforts to train displaced workers. Learn more.
Regular meetings and public participation opportunities
RE Sources scientists and policy experts engage in a number of public advisory groups, and we invite you to join us in advocating for good policies that protect communities and natural resources.
Join an engaged group of local environmental advocates and organizations that are working to protect and restore the Nooksack River watershed (also known as Water Resource Inventory Area 1 or WRIA 1). We meet monthly on the third Monday at 3:00 p.m. in RE Sources’ Community Library (map). All are welcome to join and participate so long as our group vision resonates with you: We envision a future Whatcom County where our community is unified in restoring and protecting a resilient ecosystem as our highest priority.
Questions? Want to join? Contact Karlee Deatherage at KarleeD@re-sources.org.
Forums are held twice yearly (Spring and Fall) to increase communication and collaboration across the food system, and to connect our richly diverse community organizations together to discuss important topics and strengthen our local food system. Learn more and contact Karlee at KarleeD@re-sources.org for ways to engage beyond attending the forum.
- Bellingham City Council: Usually meets every other Monday at 7:00 PM. See the City of Bellingham webpage for schedules and agendas.
- Whatcom County Council: Usually meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. See the Whatcom County Council calendar for schedules and agendas.
- Sometimes, certain committees of the city and county councils have public meetings that are vital to attend. Make sure you’re receiving our e-newsletters to find out about opportunities to advocate for clean water, clean energy, and healthy communities locally.