5,422,612 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 743 Marin homes off the grid permanently!
Watch the one minute video below that won a national award in 2014.
Novato Families Reduce 166,620 Pounds of Annual CO2 Pollution!
When the City of Novato put a call out to residents to sign up for the 5-class series of Resilient Neighborhoods, locals came out in force to learn more about climate change and what they could do about it.
Eleven families formed two Climate Action Teams. They worked together to reduce their household carbon footprints and get prepared emergencies like wildfires, flooding, heat waves, and sea level rise. The Novato Sustainability Stewards and Carbon Begone Gang had fun taking actions in their daily lives and by spring, had eliminated over 166,620 lbs. of annual carbon pollution. That's like taking 16 gas guzzling cars off the road for good! The actions they took will help them save money too!
How did they do it? They switched to MCE's Deep Green electricity that comes from 100% renewable sources. Once they understood how important it is to get electricity from renewables, they got friends to sign up and one team member convinced two neighbors to get solar panels. Team members changed how they travel, consolidating car trips and cancelling some air travel. One family will be the proud owner of an electric car that will generate no CO2 pollution.
After going through Resilient Neighborhoods, these families are safer by having emergency supplies and evacuation plans in place. They are better connected with their neighbors, too. Team member Rob Holloway said,
"I am so inspired by these sessions and all your efforts. I learn so much every time and feel that we are becoming a little community. I think RN is genuinely making each of us become more aware. You're taking us to a better place. I have so many to-dos!"
Congratulations and thanks to these Novato families who join the 1,000+ people throughout Marin who have reduced more than 5,000,000 annual lbs. of CO2 pollution and are making our communities safer. You can join a team too and have fun while you are doing something important for the planet and future generations.
Click here to check out upcoming classes for you or someone you know!
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
July 2018 spotlight on RN by the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition, (LGSEC). (read more)
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".