Inclusion as a Guiding Principal

Inclusive Economies

Inclusive economies recognize the value of diverse perspectives and experiences in driving innovation and growth. By embracing diversity in the workforce and supporting minority-owned businesses, inclusive economies promote economic vitality and resilience, which benefit the entire community. When people have the opportunity to succeed regardless of their starting point, it leads to more vibrant and inclusive communities where everyone can contribute and benefit.

Our mission

Advancing a Regenerative Local Economy

At Sustainable Connections, we are dedicated to advancing a regenerative local economy that builds community, strengthens food systems, catalyzes climate solutions, and expands access to housing in NW Washington.

What is an Inclusive Economy?

Our Commitment to Inclusivity

We believe that fostering an inclusive economy is pivotal to our community, and relies on collaboration across multiple sectors, including government, business, non-profits, and community members. Our community is cultivating equal opportunities for growth and development in Whatcom County.

Sustainable Connections’ Inclusive Economy Scholarships are one of many programs that offer a step towards a more equitable community where everyone can thrive. Learn more about our Inclusive Economy Scholarship for businesses and our Local Business Directory.

Let's Connect

We would love to hear from you!

We are always eager to hear from others! If you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to collaborate, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are committed to making Whatcom County a more inclusive community and excited to form new relationships. Your feedback and partnership are invaluable to us as we strive to create a welcoming environment for everyone. Please contact Amy Vergillo (, 360-647-7093 x105).