Farm to Table Trails

Eat local and win prizes!

Volunteer in Your Community

Many volunteer opportunities available!

Green Home Tours & Talks

NEW pop-up format for 2024!

We advance a regenerative local economy that builds community, strengthens food systems, catalyzes climate solutions, and expands access to housing in NW Washington.

Food Recovery Party!
Food Recovery Party!
June 28, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join the Toward Zero Waste team as we celebrate the amazing volunteers, donors, sponsors, and team behind the Food Recovery Program.
Green Building Nerds
Green Building Nerds at Western Solar, Bellingham WA
July 10, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join your peers, bring your plans, and NERD OUT with Green Building Nerds!
Lake Whatcom Passive House Tour
Lake Whatcom Passive House Tour
July 13, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tour this energy-efficient home, nestled in the woods of Lake Whatcom, designed with a focus on nature.
Lynden Powerhaus Tour
Lynden Powerhaus Tour
August 06, 12:00 am
Tour this multi-family home with aging-in-place features. It will receive the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, ENERGY STAR, and EPA Indoor airPLUS certifications, and is anticipated to receive Built Green 5-star certification while being capable of running completely off the grid for weeks.
September Eat Local Month
September Eat Local Month
September 01 - September 30, multiple days or times
Join us for a month-long celebration of local food and those who grow, raise, fish, make, and cook it to share with us! All month long we’ll be highlighting opportunities to meet your chef, farmer, fisher, and grocer and experience the unique flavors of our region.
Whatcom County Farm Tour
Whatcom County Farm Tour
September 14, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
This self-guided event is FREE for all ages! Each of the locations will offer a unique opportunity to meet the folks who grow and raise our food and learn more about how that food makes it from the farm to our plate.
Viewcrest
September 26, 12:00 am
Tour this 3,300 sq ft home intentionally designed to reduce building material, operate with efficient mechanical systems, and meet the highest standards of building performance.
Day on the Bay
Day on the Bay
September 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join us, Saturday, September 28th from 10am-4pm for a Day on the Bay to learn about Bellingham’s rich maritime culture, fishing industry, and business community on Bellingham Bay.

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.

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