6,188,818 lbs. of annual CO2 emissions have already been reduced.
That's like taking 848 Marin homes off the grid permanently!
Watch the one minute video below that won a national award in 2014.
The Climate Defenders Walk the Talk
What happens when you get a team of people together who know how to walk the talk? You get the San Rafael Climate Defenders! This team of nine households gathered at the San Rafael Community Center. What they had in common, was a desire to take steps to maximize their impact, and a willingness to do more. Their combined efforts led to an impressive reduction of 212,770 lbs. of CO2 emissions which is equivalent to taking 20 cars off the road.
Each family took a personalized approach by examining their household CO2 emissions to better understand where they could reduce it. Then, armed with this knowledge and information from RN, they were able to prioritize their time and efforts on the specific areas of their lifestyle that could benefit most from their actions.
So, what does it take to make this kind of impact? They focused on making their homes more energy efficient, and on their transportation and energy choices. Eight families are having experts come out to do a home assessment that will make them eligible for larger rebates for efficiency projects. Five households sealed their home by adding insulation. This will save them money by not paying to heat air that was leaking outside.
Almost half of the team will get an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid. The others will drive more efficiently to lower their emissions. Every household that could, opted up to 100% renewable electricity.
Every household in the team got their emergency supplies together. Most put together a family evacuation plan and went through an earthquake drill to be ready for a disaster. One of the best ways to build community is to have a party! Three families will help organize a community event with their neighbors.
The San Rafael Climate Defenders lived up to RN's motto: Less Carbon- More Community. Click here for details on new Climate Action Teams starting up soon.
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.
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, (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".