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Sustainable Connections

The West Coast leads the nation in sustainable communities, and Bellingham, Washington located in the Northwest corner of the state is no exception. Sustainable Connections is a nonprofit membership organization in Bellingham committed to creating a community where local, sustainable businesses thrive. In 2009, The National Resources Defense Council named Bellingham the number one small sustainable city in the nation, and for the past seven years, Sustainable Connections and their 650 + members have led this progress.

Sustainable Community

The West Coast leads the nation in sustainable communities, and Bellingham, Washington located in the Northwest corner of the state is no exception. Sustainable Connections is a nonprofit membership organization in Bellingham committed to creating a community where local, sustainable businesses thrive. In 2009, The National Resources Defense Council named Bellingham the number one small sustainable city in the nation, and for the past seven years, Sustainable Connections and their 650 + members have led this progress.

Challenge

When Sustainable Connections came to us, they were doing double-duty, updating both their database and website to manage the 650+ businesses in their online directory. In 2009, we began a website and database integration project with Sustainable Connections. Salesforce is absolutely the place you should manage the process.  Nobody does it better.

Solution

Businesses can now easily apply for membership online, renew their membership, and update their information in the Sustainable Connections online business directory. Thanks to strong integration we built between their website and database, the database automatically updates the website to only show current members and the information those members want to show. Visitors to the website can search through over 650 sustainable businesses in Washington State, searchable by type of business and also by such categories as “Envio Stars”, “Toward Zero Waste”, and “Fresh & Local Business Pledge”.  Resources for all five Sustainable Connections programs can be found on the site including Sustainable Business Development, Green Building and Smart Growth, Food and Farming, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, and Think Local First.


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