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Sustainable Connections News & Events:  This newsletter will keep you connected to what’s happening with Sustainable Connections, including all of our awesome local events and how we are working to make Whatcom County the best place to live, work, and play.

Eat Local First:  Stay connected from farm to fork with our Eat Local First newsletter. You’ll find farmer and local food business stories, what’s in season, fun food happenings and events, how to eat like a local, and the latest and greatest in local food news.

Green Building & Smart Growth:  Whatcom County is at the forefront of cutting-edge sustainable design and building efforts; this newsletter will keep you informed on networking, learning, and training opportunities to help you keep pushing the (building) envelope in this exciting field.

Sustainable Business Practices:  Primarily aimed at businesses looking to be sure their business walks the talk, this newsletter includes insightful info on things such as Toward Zero Waste, sustainability reporting, and being a truly Triple Bottom Line business.

Live Local News:  For all those who want to Think, Buy, and Be Local; this newsletter will keep you in the know so you can be a full-time local lover. With the latest local business news, sales, events, and info you’ll always be in the loop.

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Here’s a few troubleshooting tips to make sure Sustainable Connections don’t get lost in spam, clutter or places other than your inbox:


  1. In the message list, click an email message with the sender or recipient that you want to create a rule for.
  2. On the Home tab, click Rules, and then click Move Messages from (sender’s name) or Move Messages to (recipient’s name).
  3. In the folder search box, start typing the name of the folder that you want to move messages to, (ex: Inbox)
  4. When the folder you want appears, click the folder name, click Choose, and then click OK.
    You can then select to run your rule right now to move all previous emails from Sustainable Connections to your inbox automatically.
  1. Click the Gmail Menu button. This looks like a gear and is located in the upper-right corner. Select Settings.
  2. Click the Filters tab. Click Create a new filter at the bottom of the list.
  3. Enter in the filter’s sorting criteria. There are a variety of methods you can use to add messages to a label using the filter.From – Any messages from the specified address(es) will be filtered.
    To – Any messages to the specified address(es) will be filtered.
    Subject – Any messages that have the specified words in the subject will be filtered.
    Has the words – Any messages that have the specified words in the subject or body will be filtered.
    Doesn’t have – Any messages that don’t have the specified words in the subject or body will be filtered.
  4. Click Create filter with this search. A list of matching messages will be displayed behind the filter creation window.
  5. Check the Apply the label box and select the label that you want the filtered messages to be sorted under.
  6. Check the Also apply filter to matching conversations box if you want the filter to be applied to existing messages.



Add a contact from an email message

  1. Open the message so that the person’s name is shown in one of these lines: From:, To:, Cc:, or Bcc:.
  2. Right-click the appropriate name, and click Add to Outlook Contacts. A new window opens, in which you can fill in the details you want.Outlook inserts the contact’s email address in the Email box, and any other information about the contact that’s available in the message in the appropriate boxes. If a contact is in your organization, that probably includes their title, department, phone, and office.
  3. Click Save.

Add a contact from scratch

  1. Click People at the bottom of the screen.
  2. In the New group, click New Contact or press Ctrl+N.

    TIP: To create a contact from anywhere in Outlook, press Ctrl+Shift+C.

  3. Enter a name and any other information that you want to include for the contact.
  4. If you want to immediately create another contact, click Save & New (this way, you don’t have to start over for each contact). After you’re done entering new contacts, click Save & Close.


Add a contact from an email message

  1. Open the email you want to create a contact from in Gmail.
  2. Click the More button (▼). You’ll find this on the right side of the open message, next to the Reply button.
  3. Click the Add (ex: Sustainable Connections) to Contact List. This automatically adds this contact to your list.

Add a contact from scratch

  1. Open the Contacts page. Click the “Gmail” menu in the upper-left corner beneath the Google logo and select “Contacts.” This will open the Contacts page in a new tab.
  2. Click the circle “+” button in the lower-right corner. This is the “Add new contact” button