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.

Online talk: Ocean acidification in the Salish Sea

Tuesday, March 24th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Digital exclusive! Join the webcast here.
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When we talk about climate change, what’s happening beneath the surface of our oceans often gets overlooked. Learn the basics of ocean acidification – what it is, why we should care about it and what we can do about it. Dr. Brooke Love, chemical oceanographer at Western Washington University, will delve into examples with a particular focus on the Salish Sea and how ocean acidification might unfold around here relating to seagrass, herring and other species. Join Dr. Love, RE Sources, and the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee for an online presentation. Tune in from wherever you’re practicing social distancing: https://zoom.us/j/912327647

This is part of our educational series for citizen science volunteers in our North Sound Stewards program.

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Talkin’ Toxics: Cleaning up Whatcom’s waterfront

View the completed two-part workshop online!
Part 1: Contaminated Site Cleanup Process Overview
Part 2: Cleanup Actions and Public Comment on Contaminated Sites.

What’s going on with the waterfront? Learn how the state cleans up formerly-industrial sites and how your input can help shape their future.

Most Bellingham residents see all the unused, formerly industrial space along Bellingham Bay — but do you know how sites like these get cleaned up, and that you can have a say in all of it? How did part of the Pulp and Tissue Mill at G-P transform into Waypoint Park, home of the now-iconic acid ball? How could the large soil piles covered in white plastic you see from the South Bay Trail transform into a public park? At this workshop, we’ll look into the tool Washington State uses to clean up contaminated places, called the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA, or “Mott-cuh”), and how your input can help make these sites into valuable things like parks, fish habitat, business centers, or housing.

Part 1: Contaminated Site Cleanup Process Overview

Location: RE Sources office, 2309 Meridian St, Bellingham

There are still about 6,000 known or suspected contaminated sites in the state. You’ll get an overview of the general toxic site cleanup process from site discovery to final cleanup and monitoring. Then, we’ll give you the tools to send in effective comments that the Dept. of Ecology can actually use to make the sites into something the community wants. Meet Ecology staff who can answer your questions during and after this workshop.

NOTE THE DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR PART 2

Part 2: Cleanup Actions and Public Comment on Contaminated Sites.

Location: Washington State Department of Ecology, Bellingham Field Office, 913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101. Located in back of the Squalicum Lofts business park in a shared building with Allsop Inc.

Ever wonder why sometimes all contaminants are not removed from a site? Or why certain cleanup options are selected over others? We will provide a brief overview of Part 1, and dive deeper into the cleanup process to help you better understand the range of cleanup alternatives presented in the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study. We will also cover meaningful public comments to help you apply your knowledge.

This product is funded through a Public Participation Grant from the Department of Ecology.

Beach Cleanup for International World Water Day

Sunday, March 22nd POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Squalicum Beach parking lot, Mt. Baker Products peninsula, Bellingham (map)
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In celebration of World Water Day, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Northwest Straits Surfrider chapter, along with the Port of Bellingham and Sea Witch Botanicals, are hosting a trash and marine debris cleanup south of Squalicum Beach in Bellingham! See our monthly cleanup schedule and mark your calendars for the next one.

We supply cleanup materials (gloves, buckets, and grabbers). **Bellingham Yoga Collective is giving passes for FREE YOGA CLASSES to participants**

Coffee provided by Makeworth Market. RE Sources will provide tea and hot chocolate.

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Community Action Meeting — March 2020

Wednesday, March 25th Stay tuned for updates, including a possible digital meeting
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
RE Sources, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham
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Want to make your community a safer place, but don’t know where to start? At our bimonthly meetings, community members get the latest updates and plan actions for accelerating a Just Transition to a clean energy economy while protecting the Salish Sea and the waters that flow into it.

Our March 25th meeting will be focused on: Changes to land use code at the Cherry Point industrial zone, a debrief of the state legislative session, Bellingham’s climate policy, and an update on the status of Whatcom County’s Shoreline Management Plan — which governs any activity within 200ft of any shoreline.

Some meetings will be more introductory for newcomers on local issues related to climate change and water resources. Other meetings will offer a deeper dive on a particular long-term effort. We aim to make these meetings accessible to anyone who wants to make a difference, while also keeping dedicated members up to date.

Meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday alternating months, 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the Sustainable Living Center above The RE Store. Enter from the alley parking lot and go up the outdoor stairs, or ADA elevator.

Full upcoming meeting schedule coming soon. It will be on a Wednesday of each alternating month (May, July, September, November, January)

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Combat marine debris with COASST

Saturday, March 28th POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet at RE Sources, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham

Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) in Bellingham and help make a difference for the environment!

COASST participants survey local beaches and collect data on the characteristics and location of debris – data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as the potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems.

Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more—please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

Please RSVP: 206-221-6894, Facebook, or coasst@uw.edu

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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.