Great Resources You Can Use
The EcoTeam concept is pretty simple. You meet, you discuss, you take action. See the 2013 Ecoteam Celebration report here.
The primary guide for our EcoTeams groups is the Green Living Handbook: A 6-Step Program to Create an Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle, by David Gershon. You can get the Green Living Handbook at the library, borrow from us, or purchase your own online. The Leon County Extension also has copies of the Green Living Handbook that can be loaned to EcoTeams. Contact Tom Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Here is a handout that can be printed out and used to recruit members to your team.
The four core recommended modules are Waste, Water, Energy, and Transportation. These are the first four sections of the Green Living Handbook. Check back often to this site for links and videos designed to guide and supplement each of these discussion areas.
Local Water Forum (March, 2013) (This forum was held at the Leon County Main Library Downtown. Great videos to suggest your team members view before you talk about water.)
Nice link to short online survey to test your water knowledge:
Local Energy Forum Tuesday April 23, 2013 - Leon Co Main Library Downtown
Talquin Electric Smart Meter Brochure (good question and answer summary in a handy brochure)
Florida's Right to Dry Statute (Oct 2013)
CO2 Scorecard - a website that monitors and informs about CO2 emissions around the world: "The CO2 Scorecard initiative supports climate policy monitoring, evaluation, and communications through user-friendly data analysis and display tools, dashboards, and research notes."
This module is in process of being created.
Here's a powerful video that describes the amount of energy and resources that go into making the "stuff" we buy and consume. Take a look:
Long but thought-provoking report on the role of media and advertising to turn kids into consumers: Anup Shah, Children as Consumers, Global Issues, Updated: November 21, 2010
Fantastic video on community gardening from the Tallahassee Food Network and the City of Tallahassee:
Great video from the Tallahassee Sustainability Group on their urban garden efforts:
Here's a powerful video that shows the power of one person to promote food, security, and sustainability in his neighborhood. Take a look:
This module is in process of being created and will include resources related to climate, carbon reduction, and cities. In the meantime, see this nice article written by ST's own Debbie Gibson on the Community Carbon Fund.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released their most current report. The accompanying video provides a good overview:
Additional resources are listed below. They contain valuable information as well as guidance for facilitating groups.
Green Guides from Leon County on everything from recycling to community garden starter kits. Excellent list of resources compiled by your local government. (Nov 2013)
Living Sustainably: It's Your Choice, from Oregon State University, one of the most popular compact guides around. Here it is, free to download in full living color. (Oct 2013)
Choices for Sustainable Living, by Northwest Earth Institute
The Leon County Extension has copies of Choices for Sustainable Living that can be loaned to EcoTeams. Contact Heidi Copeland (email@example.com) for more information.
Voluntary Simplicity by the NW Earth Institute http://www.nwei.org/discussion_courses/course-offerings/voluntary-simplicity
The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins
The eBook version of The Transition Handbook is available free at http://transitionus.org/transition-handbook
Neighborhood Actions You Can Take! (October, 2013)
Leon County Green Resources Guide (October, 2013)
Sustainability Best Practices - The Institute for Local Government has created a great resource outlining best practices to help create healthier and more sustainable communities. Check it out! (Oct 2013)
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