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Buy Local Week

November 26 – December 5

Shop our apparel collection

Look good while giving back! 

Holiday Food & Farm Finder

Ideas for holiday shopping, eating, and gifting!

Farm to Table Trail

Eat local and win prizes!

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Building Decarbonization Tech Talks
Building Decarbonization Tech Talks -
October 27 - March 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join the Energy and Green Building Team during our six-part series on building decarbonization technologies. Starting on October 27th, we will be hosting weekly lunch and learns catered towards industry folks such as contractors, builders, architects, and other industry professionals.
Shop our Apparel Collection!
Shop our Apparel Collection! -
October 31 - November 30, multiple days or times
Look good while giving back! A portion of all sales is donated back to Sustainable Connections. Enjoy tees, hoodies, tanks, and more! Choose from Think Local First, Drink Local First, Toward Zero Waste, and Squatch Food Waste. Order online by November 30 for delivery by December 25.
Eat Local for the Holidays and Win Prizes!
Eat Local for the Holidays and Win Prizes! -
November 22 - January 01, multiple days or times
Enter our Eat Local for the Holidays Giveaway! We're giving away over $1200 worth of local farm-fresh goodies. Head over to our website to learn...
Buy Local Week
Buy Local Week -
November 26 - December 05, multiple days or times
During Buy Local Week, keep your eyes peeled for Sasquatch, the Think Local First mascot. They will be distributing stickers and spreading cheer at many of the community events and celebrations around Whatcom County as well as promoting the Whatcom Think Local First gift cards....
Molly Test -
December 15, 12:00 am - 12:45 am
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Building Decarbonization | The Design and Energy Modeling of the Mount Vernon Library Commons
Building Decarbonization | The Design and Energy Modeling of the Mount Vernon Library Commons -
December 15, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tune into this Building Decarbonization lunch n learn with HKP Architects and Kriegh Architecture Studios to learn about the design, energy modeling, and key stakeholders that were part of the Mount Vernon Library Commons Project, which just broke ground in September 2022!

BUILDING COMMUNITIES & STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY

A New Economic Model

“The northern Washington town of Bellingham may be the epicenter of a new economic model for a post-consumerist economy, producing goods and services focused on what surrounding communities need and can sustain.”
-NPR Marketplace, interview with Sustainable Connections

A Local Living Economy

Choosing local retailers creates jobs and community. Hear from a variety of local entrepreneurs who call Bellingham home and learn why they choose to live and love local.

Local Champions

Holly’s Meat Pies: Comfort Food for Community

Holly’s Meat Pies: Comfort Food for Community

If you look up “pasty” in the dictionary, you’ll find an entry that reads something like this:  Pasty (pass-tee) n. | Savory hand pie originating in Cornwall England. A hearty meal miners took down to the tin mines. Holly Bevan-Bumford, owner of Holly’s...

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Good Things Come In Small Acres

Good Things Come In Small Acres

Tucked into the Mount Baker foothills, Small Acres Farm grows vibrant and nourishing food using renewable energy and sustainability practices – and their impact on this community is anything but small.  Chris Henderson and Mia Devine, co-owners and...

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