7,183,910 lbs. of annual CO2 emissions have already been reduced.
That's like taking 985 Marin homes off the grid permanently!
Watch the one minute video below that won a national award in 2014.
The Waste Warriors
Congratulations to the Waste Warriors! This team of thirteen families gathered in San Rafael to connect with other locals and take the lead to fight climate change in their day-to-day lives. Together they eliminated 182,500 pounds of CO2 pollution. That is big, it's like taking 18 cars off the road for good!
The Waste Warriors made their homes, families, and communities safer as a result of the program. Now, each family has emergency supplies on hand in the event of a disaster or electricity outage. Three have created defensible space around their homes in case of wildfires and almost everyone has developed a Household Emergency Plan. To build resilience, seven families reached out to their neighbors to share information and four are planning community-building events.
True to their team name they focused on ways to reduce waste. They pushed their families to recycle correctly, by understanding the cause and cure for contamination in the recycling stream. The new Where Does it Go, Joe? online tool of Marin Sanitary Service helped them find out what materials go into each cart.
Jana and Jeff Zanetto said,
"It has been a wonderful experience for us to find such positive energy with others (who are kind of 'green geeks' like us), around the most threatening problem of our era. Thanks so much to RN and all the Waste Warriors for supporting us to take all these actions. Go team!"
Cynda Vyas added,
"RN has been a wonderful experience. Great resources and information, fabulous leadership and vision, and good people to share the class with. My trepidation is still here but it's nice to have many hands to hold as we wade into the future together. Keep working on your to-do list. I'm getting back to mine right now!"
The team found inspiration to add vegan meals to their lifestyle replacing meat and to get on their bikes instead of jumping into their cars. We congratulate the Waste Warriors for their mighty efforts!
You can be a Warrior too. Click here for details on new teams forming now.
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.
RN receives MCE's 2018 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.
North Bay Biz Magazine 2019 Game Changers edition features Resilient Neighborhoods.
Click on the image below to see Tamra Peters' 2016 presentation to the San Anselmo Town Council.
News and Events
The People's Environmental News, (2017) Watch a full length interview with Tamra Peters about the impacts of the Resilient Neighborhoods Program. (Click here to watch)
Marin IJ, Marin Voice (2017) 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 2017 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 (2016). Check it out here.
In the Marin IJ, (2016) 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 (2016), 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 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".