5,144,116 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 704 Marin homes off the grid permanently!
Watch the one minute video below that won a national award in 2014.
Team Spotlight: San Rafael Earth Allies
Ten relative strangers met at the San Rafael Community Center with a desire to take action to protect the planet. Some had been taking sustainability actions before and wanted to learn more about climate change. Others wanted to learn so they could teach their children.
The result was a team that took some of the most significant and important carbon-reducing actions. All team members have or will opt up to 100% renewable electricity or add solar PV to their homes. Half of the team will lease or purchase electric vehicles. That means when the 5 families get their new EV's, their cars will be powered by renewable energy like sun and wind -- no CO2 emissions!
After learning that the production of beef and other meat is a major contributor of greenhouse gases, several households are switching to a more plant based diet, too.
Getting better prepared for emergencies was another important action taken by most of the team. They have Household Emergency plans in place, have connected with their neighbors and know what to do if they have to evacuate when a wildfire comes quickly. From all the actions they took, the San Rafael Earth Allies truly lived up to their name.
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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".