5,189,965 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 710 Marin homes off the grid permanently!
Watch the one minute video below that won a national award in 2014.
CARBON CAP Crusaders Team Achieves a
Huge Reduction in CO2 Emissions
This team reduced the 2nd highest amount of CO2 of our 67 teams! They came to the Mill Valley Public Library from Corte Madera, Larkspur, Mill Valley, and Tam Junction. Some were already activists who wanted to do more and others were just getting started, and wanted to know how they could make a difference.
Motivated to cap their own carbon emissions they named their team the CARBON CAP Crusaders. And make a difference they did! The five households reduced a staggering 211,840 lbs. of carbon emissions and earned points for taking actions that build community resilience.
So how did they achieve these results? Here are some highlights. Four of the five households are getting an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, and they will all drive more efficiently. Home energy use will be reduced by sealing air leaks and turning appliances off when not in use. They are all now powering their homes with 100% renewable electricity from the sun and wind. Two families will cancel air travel to avoid the carbon pollution from flying! All the households purchased carbon offsets to support CO2 reducing projects around the world.
We have to give a shout out to team member Julie Carlson. First, she opted up for MCE Deep Green 100% renewable energy herself and then went on to get two friends to do it. But she didn’t stop there. Taking advantage of an action we just added, she got two organizations to opt up – both her church and her woman’s club. Julie shows the impact just one individual can make. In addition, she reduced her household CO2 footprint by 62%.
The team all took actions to create more resilient communities too. Five more households are now better prepared for emergencies. They all have an emergency plan in place, and four have assembled emergency supplies. They will all take a Get Ready class, and four will go through the CERT training ensuring that their neighborhoods are more resilient in the event of an emergency.
The CARBON CAP Crusaders Team is a fabulous example of what Marin’s residents can accomplish!
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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 Climate Action Teams 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
In this free 5-session workshop you will reduce your carbon footprint and get prepared for emergencies. Taking simple actions like trimming energy and waste, conserving water, and making smarter transportation choices can save money too. You’ll see the positive results of your actions and help build a stronger and safer community. Nearly 1,000 people have reduced 5 million pounds of CO2 pollution through Resilient Neighborhoods. All you need to participate is a computer, access to your utility bills, and a desire to join with other community members to create a better future.
New Climate Action Teams are forming now. Check out the schedule here.
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)
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".