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RE Sources

aka RE Sources for Sustainable Communities   |   Bellingham, WA   |  www.re-sources.org

Mission

We mobilize people in Northwest Washington to build just and thriving communities and to protect the land, water and climate on which we all depend.

Notes from the nonprofit

We mobilize people in Northwest Washington to build just and thriving communities and to protect the land, water and climate on which we all depend. We envision an ecologically restored region with socially and economically just systems that benefit all people. Our Commitment to Equity and Justice RE Sources stands against racism, white supremacy, and injustice and the ingrained structures and institutions that enable and perpetuate them. Indigenous, Black and other communities of color, as well as low income families and children, are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation and climate change. We envision a future where every person benefits from clean energy, less pollution and thriving outdoor places. Our Approach We make it our job to understand the complex public processes and policies that can be harnessed to protect our environment. We empower the people who live here to do all they can to protect our home.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Shannon Wright

Main address

2309 Meridian Street

Bellingham, WA 98225 USA

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EIN

91-1243957

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Founded in 1982, RE Sources is a nonprofit organization working to protect the environment and communities of the central Salish Sea region and our climate. We catalyze community action to build a lasting legacy for all of us — clean water, protected shorelines, an end to dangerous fossil fuel projects, and recovery for orcas and salmon. Based in Bellingham, Washington, we are a team of trusted and time-tested environmental advocates, educators and scientists. RE Sources gives people practical ways to make a real difference for the planet, from passing stronger laws that protect the environment and empowering youth voices, to holding corporate polluters accountable, reducing waste and our own carbon footprint. We do this through smart policy, grassroots mobilization, hands-on science and environmental education. 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 the region.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protecting the Salish Sea

RE Sources advocates for a healthy Salish Sea, abundant salmon, and thriving communities. We monitor and act on threats to the Salish Sea, drinking water, rivers, salmon, and our region. The community looks to us for the tools to advocate for the waters that people and living systems rely on.

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Making it easy for people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
The RE Store diverts over 5 million pounds of waste from landfills while making projects affordable and green, providing job skills programs, and keeping construction spending local.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Water should be clean and plentiful for people, fish, and farms. RE Sources works in Whatcom and Skagit Counties to protect and restore our inland waters. This work includes science-based approaches that focus on education, advocacy and action to protect the wetlands, groundwater, rivers, and lakes of the central Salish Sea region. Our freshwater restoration work focuses on three main areas: Lake Whatcom, Salmon Recovery and Balancing our Water Supply.

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Sustainable Schools works to help all students critically think through the ecological, social, and economic issues of today. We support teachers with opportunities to learn and collaborate to ensure students engage with real-world concerns and authentic solutions.

Science, advocacy and action may bring about sound policies, but education is the key to lasting transformation toward healthy communities and ecosystems. The Sustainable Schools program provides tools for students and educators to become lifelong stewards of both the environment and their community. We are committed to ensuring offerings are developed for all — and inclusive of all — students and educators.

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We halt the expansion of dangerous fossil fuels projects, catalyze renewable energy, plan for local climate impacts, and innovate climate education for kids. RE Sources’ climate action focuses on four strategies:

1) Block the expansion of new and dangerous fossil fuel projects in our region, including Cherry Point and beyond.

2) Accelerate the transition to clean energy by mobilizing community members to push for ground-breaking policies and initiatives that reduce carbon pollution, and protect the health and safety of our communities.

3) Prepare for local climate impacts here at home — rising seas, droughts and wildfires — by pressing local and regional decision-makers to develop comprehensive plans to withstand these threats.

4) Expand our climate change education program and equip teachers with the tools and information they need to skillfully teach and discuss climate change with students.

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Defending the water and air that healthy families, clean beaches, and abundant salmon rely on. Pollution in its many forms is one of the biggest threats to the Salish Sea, human health, endangered orcas, and salmon. Whether it’s contaminated runoff from roads, the fossil fuel industry releasing climate-heating gases and toxic substances, plastics in our waste stream, or simply keeping garbage off our beaches, we know tackling a problem of this magnitude takes a multi-pronged approach. That’s why we have dedicated staff working on everything from holding polluters legally accountable to training community members to spot pollution on their own.

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We teach students about recycling and water conservation. We challenge the single-use culture and promote material reuse at The RE Store. We grow to meet the changing needs of our communities.

Whether we are outdoors with high school students in rural Whatcom County learning about water stewardship or assisting the thousands of reuse-minded customers who donate to and shop at the RE Store each month, we are working to end waste and wastefulness that harms both the planet and our communities.

In fact, RE Sources got its start in the 1980s as Bellingham’s first curbside recycling program. We have evolved and grown since then, but at our core we still care deeply about ending waste in our region and beyond. Today our strategy involves diverse programs and practices working with schools, homeowners and businesses throughout our community.

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Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Waterkeeper Alliance 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our key priorities are as follows:

- Monitor and protect the central 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.

- 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.

- 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. Through a combination of adaptive reuse, education and demonstration, RE Sources promotes sustainable choices, frugality, resourcefulness and mindful consumption. We create practical and economically sustainable solutions to waste issues in our service area in order to reduce the creation and disposal of waste.

- Lead and encourage civic engagement on our core issues throughout our service area. RE Sources activates people-power by providing tools, training, education and direction to our supporters while building a sense of community in shared purpose. We campaign to create the public insistence necessary to influence both public and private decision-makers and leaders so they create and execute policy to meet 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.

RE Sources employs a uniquely broad, multifaceted approach to protecting the people, animals, and wild places around the Salish Sea region.

We engage an educated, committed community to:

- Recover endangered populations of fish, whales, and wildlife, and maintain shellfish beds clean enough for regular harvest,
- Restore and protect our rivers, lakes, beaches, and the Salish Sea so there is enough clean water for all who need it,
- Engage and empower young people to make smart choices and take action on topics that matter,
- Accelerate a 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.

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 actionable information.

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.

Since our earliest beginnings as a neighborhood recycling program in 1982, to our decades as a dynamic environmental advocacy and education organization, RE Sources delivers results for our communities, region, and planet. Our team and thousands of community supporters have made a lasting impact. We are…

Protecting the Salish Sea and fighting pollution
Spearheading RE Sources’ work on this front is our North Sound Baykeeper program, in collaboration with the international Waterkeeper Alliance. Over the years, we have:

- Taken legal action against polluters utilizing the Clean Water Act.
- Sounded the alarm on dangerous or polluting project proposals in our region and mobilized our supporters to make their voices heard.
- Trained hundreds of citizen scientists to accurately document and track data on the health of our local shorelines.
- Cleaned over 100 miles of beaches and freshwater shorelines.
- Filed expert environmental comments and scientific opinion on hundreds of permit applications, cleanup efforts, local, county and state bills and code amendments.

Halting dangerous fossil fuel projects
- Coal port proposal defeated: RE Sources sounded the alarm on the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project in 2011– what would have been North America’s largest coal export facility. Following the leadership of Lummi Nation, we mobilized communities across our region and the project was cancelled in 2016.
- Secured seven moratoria on new coal, oil and gas terminals and capacity: Following GPT’s defeat, RE Sources has safeguarded against the growing threat of new or expanding fossil fuel facilities and shipments in the Salish Sea by working with allies to pass a moratorium on new facilities in Whatcom County.

Expanding environmental education and green schools
Through our Sustainable Schools program, we have spearheaded innovative educational programs that provide teachers with resources and staffing to get students outside and thinking critically about their impact. In recent years, this has included:

- Environmental education in more than 40 schools and 7 districts in our region each year.
- Reached approximately 4,500 students each year.
- Helped create and certify 97 green classrooms in the 2018 – 2019 school year, leaving students more empowered to conserve water and energy, and reduce their waste.

Reducing waste through The RE Store
The RE Store leads the way to create a culture of reuse in a single-use world. Each year The RE Store has a tangible impact right here at home:

- Saving the community over $1 million in building materials costs.
- Diverting nearly 3 million pounds of quality building supplies from the landfill.
- Providing more than 1,500 hours of accessible on-the-job training opportunities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RE Sources

Board of directors
as of 06/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Edward Wolf

Jan Dank

Edward Wolf

Jonathan Scanlon

Erica Littlewood

Carl Weimer

John Bosche

Alison Merz

Licia Sahagun

Fletcher Wilkinson

Susan Burke

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/26/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Disability

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