4,480,129 lbs. of annual CO2 emissions have already been reduced.
That's enough to keep an acre of Arctic Sea ice from melting every year or
taking 613 Marin homes off the grid permanently!
Watch the one minute video below that won a national award in 2014.
Team members making an impact in the community!
The team, Ed's North-Side Carbon Sinkers named themselves in honor of "Ed" the service dog who was present at their meetings. The six families reduced over 45 thousand pounds of carbon emissions and took actions to build community resilience in San Rafael, where they are based.
They laughed a lot and seriously embraced the program. In fact, motivated by the second meeting one team member convinced her tennis club to discontinue their use of disposable cups at the water fountains! It's an example of our team members becoming climate leaders and taking their new knowledge and commitment out into our communities.
To reach their goals, team members have shifted to buying more local products and avoiding plastic packaging for frequent purchases. Nearly the whole team has moved to a more plant-based diet. After completing household emergency plans and getting supplies, their families will be resilient and safer when an emergency happens. In accord with the team's name, four team members will plant trees to take carbon from the air and 'sink' it back into the ground.
Transportation is the biggest source of carbon pollution in Marin. One team member joined others by purchasing an EV. Two people are cancelling airline trips and others are reducing the miles they drive by 20%.
Ready to join us? Check your calendars, call a friend, and save the date for the upcoming 2018 Resilient Neighborhoods workshops. Click here for the new schedule.
It's free, it's fun, and it's easy.
Did you know our affluent Bay Area lifestyles would require FIVE EARTHS to sustain if everybody lived like we do? 65% of local carbon pollution comes from our household decisions. It's our driving, our home energy and water use, and the waste stream from our purchasing choices. Resilient Neighborhoods EcoTeams undertake carbon-reducing actions that make a difference.
It's not all about carbon, either.
The program shows how to build resilience by:
Decreasing dependence on fossil fuels
Fortifying the local economy
Supporting local agriculture
Planning ahead for emergencies
How It Works
Over 5 Climate Action Team meetings, you and your teammates will calculate your carbon footprints and choose from a menu of actions that reduce household CO2 emissions by at least 5,000 pounds per household. Even if you've already "done a lot," you'll discover many new earth-friendly strategies. You'll learn about rebates available now for energy efficient home improvements. Once complete, data from teams will be provided to local governments to show that residents are doing their part to help with climate change.
New Climate Action Teams are forming now. Contact us and we can help you form a team or join one that's forming. Ask your neighbors and friends. Or coworkers can do a business team that meets during lunch. How about people you know from various groups: your neighborhood association, school, gym or place of worship? All that's needed for a team is 5 households.
Watch the introduction to Resilient Neighborhoods online:
Click on the image to see our presentation to the San Anselmo Town Council on Feb 9th, 2016.
News and Events
The People's Environmental News, (10/31/17) Watch a full length interview with Tamra Peters about the impacts of the Resilient Neighborhoods Program. (Click here to watch)
Marin IJ, Marin Voice (6/5/17) Read this article written by Tamra Peters, Resilient Neighborhoods Executive Director "Calling on Marin Households to go Greener." (read more)
Marin IJ: Tamra Peters, Resilient Neighborhoods Executive Director and Bill Carney of Sustainable San Rafael awarded the 2017 Citizen(s) of the Year award! (read more)
Marin Voice article written by Marin County Supervisor Kate Sears and Novato Councilman Josh Fryday mentions Resilient Neighborhoods, and encourages locals to join a team. (read more)
Great News! The City of San Rafael and Marin Climate and Energy Partnership renew their grant of $50,000 for the Outreach Coordinator position. (read more)
Resilient Neighborhoods mentioned in a letter to the Marin IJ Readers' Forum. Check it out here.
In the Marin IJ, Wendi Kallins wrote about the ways in which Marin is addressing climate change, including the Resilient Neighborhoods program. To read the article, click here.
In Bicycle Retailer, RN team participant and volunteer, Marilyn Price, wrote about how the Resilient Neighborhoods program inspired her to go carless and rely 100% on her bike for transportation. To read her letter, click here.
We were one of 13 partner organizations that organized the Time to Lead on Climate - CA : US : UN forum on Nov 9th, 2015, which attracted over 800 attendees. You can watch a video of the event here.
Resilient Neighborhoods received a generous grant from the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP) to help us build Climate Action Teams in all of Marin’s cities and towns. MCEP is a countywide partnership working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in government operations and our communities. Read more about MCEP here.
Resilient Neighborhoods was featured in the City of San Rafael Volunteer newsletter for its contributions to the City. Read more here.
Click on picture above to watch a 5 min. interview on Marin's TV's news program, "Seriously Now".