Congrats to the WasteNots!
Congrats to members of The WasteNots, our 113th Climate Action Team, for graduating from the Resilient Neighborhoods program last fall! This was the first team to focus on zero waste as their theme, and they were clearly committed to zapping methane and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere- they collectively reduced 143,805 pounds of CO2 emissions! The team was made up of 27 people from 11 households in Corte Madera, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Novato, San Anselmo, and San Rafael.
This team had fun taking their actions and sharing their successes with their teammates. Some folks took a look at their recycling and composting practices and made improvements based on their waste haulers' guidelines- Cynthia enjoyed talking with friends about composting and sharing her knowledge.
Others shifted away from dirty energy to renewables- all team members were enrolled in MCE Deep Green by the end of the program! Margie started using a drying rack instead of a dryer. Laurie replaced a gas vehicle with an EV during the program! Mark is looking to get an EV and replace his gas heater with a heat pump. Betsy and her husband rented e-bikes on a trip to Portland instead of driving a rental car. Eric got a free evaluation from Ready Set Replace in preparation for replacing his gas water heater with a heat pump. Christie started talking to her landlord about energy efficiency updates. And they all committed to increasing the number of plant-based meals each week.
Cynthia said "Resilient Neighborhoods is the angel our planet needs! The wealth of information that is so well-maintained gives everyone the education and possibility to contribute in their own way to saving our planet. Everyone should be inspired to take this course!" Thanks, Cynthia. And great job team. We thoroughly enjoyed guiding you on your sustainability journey!
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 1,900 people have reduced over 11 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.
Responding to the COVID crisis
The COVID-19 crisis brought our in-person teams to a halt in the Spring 2020. We quickly adapted and developed an online version of the program. Check out our recent zoom graduating teams in our slider above!
In the News
Honoring Parting Staff:
Dara Rossoff Powell
Jan 2023: After six years of dedication and exemplary work, Dara Rossoff Powell is leaving her staff position with Resilient Neighborhoods. We send her our gratitude for all she has done for the organization!
Tamra Peters wins the Jefferson Award for Multiplying Good for Resilient Neighborhoods. Watch the KPIX news segment here.
Marin Magazine: RN is featured in "Five Marin Organizations Battling Climate Change".
RN receives MCE's Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award in recognition of RN’s passion, dedication and commitment to advocating for 100% renewable electricity. Click here for the full story and to watch Tamra's acceptance speech.
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