Events and Meetings

From beach cleanups to free workshops, RE Sources has events for anyone who cares about their community and the natural world.

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Make a difference and connect with your community! Whether it’s a tour of Bellingham’s waterfront restoration projects or Green Drinks at a local brewery, we have a better time when you’re with us. To see more events we are a part of, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Virtual August Green Drinks

Wednesday, August 5th
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
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Join us for our third virtual Green Drinks! Download Zoom, make yourself a drink (or two), and catch up with some familiar faces. We’ve

There will be brief updates from RE Sources and ways to take action on protecting communities from fossil fuel impacts and more. We’ll have some facilitated discussion, community announcements, and keep the event pretty short to stave off the online meeting fatigue.

But mostly, we want to hear how you’re making the best out of these tumultuous times and give you a chance to say Hello to the Green Drinks community. Drop in and let us know how you’re doing, and get connected to ways to make a difference while we stay at home.

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Cherry Point amendments: Important virtual public hearing

Thursday, August 13th
6:30 p.m.

Whatcom County is entering the final stage of a years-long public process to improve outdated rules for permitting fossil fuel industries at Cherry Point. After eleven work sessions revising draft code amendments, the Whatcom Planning Commission is holding one final online public hearing on the land-use code amendments restricting fossil fuel industrial permitting in the Cherry Point zone on Thursday, August 13th, at 6:30pm online over Zoom and YouTube. We will post sign-up information for speaking at the hearing once the County releases it. This is the most important hearing since this process began four years ago — a key opportunity for community stakeholders to ask that the amendments be as protective to land, water, air, and public health as possible before the County Council begins their final review this Fall.

More on the code amendments

Whatcom County’s YouTube channel, where the meeting will be streamed

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Take a self-guided tour of Bellingham’s waterfront!

Any time! Grab your smartphone with Google Maps

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.

See the map!

Explore the waterfront

Learn about (and comment on) a cleanup site at Boulevard Park: A self-guided tour

Any time! Grab your smartphone with Google Maps. You can also comment on the Dept. of Ecology’s cleanup action plan. This will prepare you for Ecology’s online public meeting: June 25th, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. See Ecology’s webpage for details

Explore Boulevard Park

Netse Mot for Xw’ullemy (Salish Sea) — Indigenous-led rally in Olympia

Saturday, March 21st POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Washington State Capitol building, north steps
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EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED — Please see the event’s Facebook page for updates

Netse Mot for Xw’ullemy means “One heart, one mind for the Salish Sea.” At Netse Mot 2020, people from all walks of life will gather together to support Indigenous-led efforts to save the Salish Sea.

The Salish Sea is in a state of emergency. The salmon runs are disappearing, qwe’lhol’mechen (the killer whales) are dying, and people are suffering. We wish to impress upon the government and upon the public that we must act now and that we must act together to heal the Salish Sea. We are all connected, we all share one heart and one mind in this regard.

The people who have lived in a reciprocal relationship with this place since time immemorial have the ancestral knowledge of how to best take care of this place. Netse Mot is an inclusive event that underscores the need for Indigenous leadership and ancestral Native teachings.

Netse Mot will be celebrated annually on March 21 from now on. This year’s inaugural event will take place at the Washington State Capitol, bringing Indigenous leadership to the heart of Washington State power.

The event will include a ceremonial invocation, the reading of a Netse Mot Proclamation, words from Salish Sea area Tribal leaders, action tables, and a Netse Mot unity circle with drumming and song. Wear blue; bring blue.

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Recurring events

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 each September. 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. 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.