Green Building and Smart Growth

Green Building & Smart Growth Program

We help create vibrant and healthy built environments for both people and the planet. The Green Building & Smart Growth Program supports local businesses in this sector, advances the most cutting edge sustainability practices, and contributes to an improved quality of life for our region.

Contact Rose Lathrop about how to get involved!

Educate and Assistance

PROVIDING OUTSTANDING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Carefully curated events and resources for professionals and community members.

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Sustainable Design & Development Conference
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Imagine This! Home and Landscape Tour
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Online Green Building Resource Center
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Green Building Nerds
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And other great Events

Developing & Celebrating Community

BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

Taking actions to create spaces that promote health and happiness and restore our natural and built environment.

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KAPOW! Placemaking
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Low Impact Development
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Toward Zero Waste
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Housing Week

Making Connections

PARTNERING FOR A BETTER BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Working inclusively to find effective solutions.

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Find Local Green Building Businesses
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Policy Collaboration
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Key Partnerships

Home & Landscape Tour

Every year, do it yourselfers and those looking for great contractors for an upcoming project delight in a day of exploring beautiful, innovative and eco-friendly homes and Landscapes during the annual Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour. Each year, we add a surprise element to the tour to keep everyone on their toes. Previous years have included a Green Playhouse Competition, Sustainable Living Festival, In Depth Bus Tours, and an Arts & Crafts Exhibit. Stay tuned for this year’s twist – we’re sure it will not disappoint!

Whatcom Housing Week

Bellingham and Whatcom County are reaching an unprecedented housing crisis and now is the time to have more important conversations and action about affordability, livability, and homelessness. In November 2017, 10 partners coordinated 9 events in one week to build awareness and support for innovative housing solutions that create diverse, vibrant, healthy homes for everyone. Beyond it’s initial year, organizers plan to expand their partnerships and their reach to increase opportunities for people of all income levels to have the opportunity to live in walkable neighborhoods that foster healthy lifestyles.

Sustainable Design Conference

Leaders in sustainable design and development understand the economic and environmental impacts of the built environment. They are asked to provide solutions on everything from unpredictable real estate markets to global climate change. This conference is designed to not only sharpen skills on ROI and BTUs saved, but explore how we can create solutions and leverage opportunities which impact our social fabric and make our communities safer and happier. This conference is full of unique learning opportunities, resources, and specific tools to ignite your passion and incite your drive for change.

KAPOW!

In 2015, Sustainable Connections kicked off the year with a new event, completely unique to our place and our community- KAPOW! a placemaking competition. The goal of the competition was to engage our community to design inexpensive, individual projects that make small places more lively and enjoyable. Sometimes referred to as tactical urbanism, the small scale design ideas submitted reflected our unique community identity, attracted people, activated inactive spaces, provided amenities and promoted people’s health, happiness, and well-being. As a result, the Commercial Street Night Market was born and KAPOW became an annual event inspiring other projects such as the Bellingham Soapbox, Synchro Tree City, Shadow Geometry, the Untzbrella, and more.

In 2017, Sustainable Connections is excited to build upon community leadership, work with additional partners, and create new spaces that will help revitalize the Birchwood neighborhood!

Green Building Nerds

An informal meeting held every other month (usually) where peers in the green building industry discuss, troubleshoot, share and have fun nerding out about green building over a beer. Topics, locations and attendance vary, but nerding out is always encouraged.

Toward Zero Waste for Contractors

Over 450 businesses have engaged in the Sustainable Connections Toward Zero Waste program and are making meaningful progress toward achieving their waste reduction goals. The vast majority of businesses have realized financial savings as a result of engaging in the campaign in addition to making a positive change for our community and the environment. Contractors in the residential or commercial sector can take advantage of our Toward Zero Waste program to receive help navigating the wide world of construction debris.

 

Special thanks to our Green Building & Smart Growth sponsors whose funds ensure these programs continue

Green Building & Smart Growth program sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Whatcom Transit Authority
Barkley Company

Silver Sponsors

Bellingham Bay Builders
2020 Engineering
Cascade Joinery
Chuckanut Builders
Lautenbach Industries
RMC Architects
People’s Bank
PSCCU
Puget Sound Energy
A1 Builders

Bronze Sponsors