Other Community Resources
While Sustainable Connections does work on a broad rage of issues with our business members, there are many other organizations in the area working on related issues that may also be a great resource for you.
Our membership is made up of nearly 600 independent businesses representing thousands of individuals in Whatcom County. We encourage member to member connections toward achieving other important change!
Besides our members, there are many great organizations in the community that may be a fit for the work you want to see happen. Here’s a sampling….
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - SBDCs have been helping Washington businesses achieve their full potential for over 30 years. The SBDC provides in-depth, confidential, no-cost business advising, access to no-fee research through SBDCnet, and low-cost training designed to help maintain or expand a successful business.
SCORE - The volunteer counselors, many of whom are retired executives, can offer insight on a variety of industries that they've worked in. The group offers a variety of services, including advice on financing and business plans. The Bellingham chapter also has a reputation for being brutally honest on whether a business idea will work. Typical clients are entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business, or looking for specific expertise in an industry.
Where to find SCORE: 1336 Cornwall Ave. 685-4259 or www.scorechapter591.org
Whatcom Community College (WCC) - Offers numerous Community Education Classes for business owners, employees and entrepreneurs. Course topics include: stepping up to manager, business start-up, social media and sustainable building advisors.
Where to find WCC: 237 W. Kellogg Rd. 383-3200, or www.whatcomcommunityed.com
Bellingham Technical College (BTC) - Offers numerous Business & Management courses as well as many Computer Skills courses.
Where to find BTC: 3028 Lindbergh Ave or www.btc.ctc.edu
Technology Alliance Group (TAG) - connects technology businesses to resources and helps accelerate the development and growth of innovation driven, technology-based industries in the region.
Where to find TAG: 1000 F Street or www.tagnw.org
Northwest Economic Council (NEC) - leading the effort to define the strategic direction of economic development in Whatcom County and is focused on planning and capacity building activities to accomplish overall strategic goals in the community.
Downtown Bellingham Partnership - The Partnership is a strong voice for Downtown and an effective liaison between downtown stakeholders and local decision-makers.
Where to find: 114 W Magnolia St. Suite 105, 360-527-8710 or www.downtownbellingham.com
Port of Bellingham - The Associate Development Organization (ADO) for Whatcom County.
Where to find: 1801 Roeder Ave, 360-676-2500 or www.portofbellingham.com
Sanitary Service Company, Inc. (SSC) - Offers full-service residential and commercial recycling and waste collection. Provides FoodPlus!, curbside and electronics recycling. Also offers data shredding, junk hauling and construction multi-material recycling. Toward Zero Waste Event Planning services available. Waste stream audits available for businesses.
Where to find SSC: 1001 Roeder Ave. 734-3490 or www.ssc-inc.com
Safe & Easy Electronic Recycling - Recycles obsolete computers and electronics through refurbished wholesale, local retail, and end-of-life mineral separation. Accepting computers, servers, laptops, PDAs, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cords, batteries, cell phones, routers, monitors, televisions, commercial copiers, and microwaves.
Where to find Safe & Easy: 4131 Hannegan Rd, Ste 102. 715-3279 or www.safeneasy.net
ReStore – Offers a wide variety of used building supplies in addition to providing green demolition services and do-it-yourself workshops and events.
Where to find the ReStore: 2309 Meridian St. 647-5921 or www.re-store.org
T&T Recovery, Inc. – Recycles sheet rock, wood, cardboard, metal, land clearing debris, food processing waste, demolition and co-mingled debris.
Where to find T&T: 4731 Lost Creek Rd. 671-0722 or www.lautenbachind.com/
Appliance Depot – A nonprofit job training business that tests, repairs, and cleans appliances for reuse. Donate your unwanted appliances or purchase a quality used appliance. Parts and shop repair services also available.
Where to find Appliance Depot: 802 Marine Dr. 527-2646 or www.reuseworks.org
Disposal of Toxics - Accepts used oil and fuels, oil-based paint and paint products, fluorescent lamps, cleaners, lawn and garden chemicals, solvents, automotive products, mercury thermometers, and usable latex paint.
Where to find Disposal of Toxics: 3505 Airport Dr. 380-4640 or http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/publicworks/solidwaste/hazard/toxics.jsp
Green Earth Technologies - Handles the FoodPlus waste gathered by SSC and transforms it into Grade A or AA compost. More information at http://www.greenearthtechnology.com/
The Cascadia Region Green Building Council - One of three original chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council and, as a chapter of the Canada Green Building Council as well, is the only international chapter in North America.
Where to find Cascadia Region Green Building Council: www.cascadiagbc.org
The Northwest Washington Chapter of American Institute of Architects - Serves Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom Counties in the northwestern corner of the State of Washington.
Where to find NW Washington AIA: www.nwaia.org
Whatcom Farm Friends - Raises public awareness about the positive contribution that agriculture has on our economy, environment and culture; great food that is safe, fresh, and locally produced and environmental benefits and valuable ecosystem services including salmon habitat enhancement and healthy stewardship of our soil, water, and air.
How to find Farm Friends: 1796 Front St, Lynden. 354-1337 or www.wcfarmfriends.com
WSU Cooperative Extensions - With educators located in every county of Washington, WSU Extension links new research and science to the hands-on work of growing food, fuel and fiber.
How to find Whatcom County's Extension: 1000 N. Forest St, Ste 201. 676-6736 or whatcom.wsu.edu/
Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) - Provides Northwest Washington farmers with the skills and the resources required to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers.
How to find NABC: 336-3727 or http://www.agbizcenter.org/
Puget Sound Food Network - Works to increase production, distribution and consumption of regionally produced food by enabling real-time communication between producers, consumers, and other participants in the food system - and facilitates online food-related transactions.
How to find PSFN: 419 S. 1st St., Ste 200, Mt Vernon. 336-3727 or www.psfn.org
Cascade Harvest Coalition - A non-profit dedicated to "re-localizing" the food system in Washington by more more directly connecting consumers and producers. Provides farmers with access to land, information, training, markets and the resources they need to help them be sustainable.
How to find Cascade Harvest Coalition: (206) 632-0606 or http://cascadeharvest.org
Opportunity Council - A private non-profit community action agency providing weatherization services and contractor training through the Building Performance Center. The Opportunity Council is partnering with Sustainable Connections on the residential portion of the Community Energy Challenge.
Where to find the Opportunity Council: 1111 Cornwall Ave. 734-5121 or www.oppco.org
Puget Sound Energy is a regional electric utility supporting renewable energy through the Green Power program, promoting energy efficiency and conservation, and partnering in the Community Energy Challenge.
Where to find Puget Sound Energy: www.pse.com
Cascade Natural Gas is a regional natural gas utility engaged in energy conservation and partnering in the Community Energy Challenge.
Where to find Cascade Natural Gas: www.cngc.com/
Cascade Community Wind Company is a wind energy developer offering individual subscriptions by which community members support local renewable energy projects.
Where to find Cascade Community Wind Company: 1155 N State St, Suite 426. 306-5331 or cascadecommunitywind.com
Solar Washington is a Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society comprised of industry professionals as well as concerned citizens encouraging education and support for solar energy.
Where to find Solar Washington: www.solarwashington.org
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) - A network of socially responsible businesses comprised of over 80 community networks across the US and Canada. Provides local, state, national and international resources for the local living model of economic development.
Where to find BALLE: www.livingeconomies.org
ReSources – Offers free, in-class presentations about recycling and waste reduction, air pollution and global warming by the youth education team. The North Sound Baykeeper program provides advocacy and education for marine water quality for North Puget Sound. The be cool campaign challenges individuals to make lifestyle changes to personally combat climate change. The Sustainable Living Center is an innovative community hub where people can come to learn about green building and other sustainability issues.
Where to find ReSources: 2309 Meridian St. 733-8307 or www.re-sources.org
Transition Whatcom – The goal of Transition Whatcom is to create a long term Energy Descent Action Pathway, a blueprint for the community, of how to significantly reduce energy use and yet provide for our basic needs in times of energy scarcity.