What we do
RE Sources protects the people, creatures, and wild places of the Salish Sea region.
We inspire our community with the information and resources to be powerful advocates. Together, we:
- Recover endangered populations of fish, whales, and wildlife, and maintain healthy and harvestable shellfish beds.
- Restore and protect the Salish Sea and the rivers, lakes, and streams that feed into it so there is plenty of clean water for all who need it.
- Inspire and empower young people to contribute to their community and world in positive ways.
- Help foster the transition to renewable energy, moderate consumerism and wastefulness, and build up resilient communities who can work together and care for one another despite differences.
- Reduce carbon emissions, encourage carbon drawdown efforts, and work toward a climate that sustains abundant life.
How we do it
We understand what it takes to shift society’s norms, leaders’ priorities, and imbalances of power. That’s why we give people practical ways to make a real difference, regardless of experience levels. We make it our job to understand the complex public processes and policies that govern how our communities operate, and we distill it into information you can act on. Making this knowledge accessible is key to putting power where it belongs — in the hands of the people.
Together, people create movements and can achieve insurmountable goals. Our focus is to harness that people power. Our deep roots and broad connections in our region allow us to inspire and mobilize history-making numbers of people to protect the beauty and bounty of Northwest Washington.
RE Sources creates lasting impact through:
- Creating collaborations and strengthening coalitions,
- Informing and mobilizing our communities,
- Employing science and expertise,
- Engaging elected officials (learn more about what RE Sources can and can’t engage in as a nonprofit organization),
- Utilizing our environmental laws and regulations to protect our natural resources, ecosystems, and communities’ health and safety.
Our key priorities
Combat climate change and ocean acidification by exposing connections to its causes and consequences in our service area and create the public insistence necessary to make substantive changes here and at the state, national and global levels.
Protect the Salish Sea and the rivers and streams that feed into it.
Improve and protect the natural functions of marine, nearshore, freshwater and riparian ecosystems.
Reduce pollution and toxics.
Reduce the amount of pollution entering the land, air and water of northwestern Washington. Encourage sustainable food production and a clean, plentiful water supply. Safeguard the health of human-managed ecosystems that support locally-grown food, locally-harvested seafood, and clean, plentiful drinking water.
Educate all ages to understand the problems and solutions necessary to protect our environment and create a sustainable community. With a focus on individual behavior and collective action, we give children and adults the information and tools to make positive changes for our community and their lives.
Make it easy for people to reduce, reuse, and recycle. RE Sources promotes resourcefulness, frugality, and mindful consumption. We create practical solutions to reduce the creation and disposal of waste.
RE Sources activates people-power by providing tools, training, information, and direction to our community. We help create the public insistence necessary to influence both public and private decision-makers and leaders to execute smart policy that meets our community vision.
Stand ready to take action on issues that threaten our community or that advance its sustainability. RE Sources stands ready to respond to unforeseen threats to our community, or opportunities to advance its sustainability, through action, advocacy and education.