About EcoTeams                           Leader's Guide

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 (ttaylor@fsu.edu) 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.



Seeing the Big Picture





WASTE MODULE







Overview  (One page overview of solid waste issues in Tallahassee.  Provides basic background for this module)

Agenda (Suggested for your EcoTeam Meeting)

Waste Actions Checklist  (this is a copy of the checklist from the back of the Green Living Handbook to download and write on, perfect if you check out the Handbook from the library)

April 2013 - Local Waste Forum - Myers Park Community Center





Leon County Recycling List (Put it on your fridge!) (October, 2013)


Where to Recycle Guide - Tallahassee (Put it on your fridge!) (October, 2013)


Recycling Secrets (FSU Environmental Services Program) (October, 2013)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The USEPA's website full of all kinds of tips and actions to take.

Tallahassee Recycling Q&A From the City of Tallahassee website.

WATER MODULE 




 





Water Overview  (One page overview of water issues in Tallahassee.  Provides basic background for this module)

Water Agenda

Water Actions Checklist  (this is a copy of the checklist from the back of the Green Living Handbook to download and write on, perfect if you check out the Handbook from the library)



Video by nature photographer John Moran along with his talk to Riverkeepers about changes to Florida’s waters he's observed:


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.)

Video of Dan Pennington discussing local water issues.
Video of Harley Means discussing local water issues.
Video of Hal Davis discussing local water issues.
Video of Q&A on local water issues.


Nice link to short online survey to test your water knowledge:

http://www.amnh.org/ology/features/whatdoyouknow_water/index.php




ENERGY MODULE



Energy Overview  (One page overview of energy issues in Tallahassee.  Provides basic background for this module)


Energy Actions Checklist  (this is a copy of the checklist from the back of the Green Living Handbook to download and write on, perfect if you check out the Handbook from the library)


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)

Lightbulb Buying Guide (CNET, Oct 2013)


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."










ECO-WISE CONSUMPTION 

This module is in process of being created.  


Eco-Wise Consumption Agenda


Eco-Wise Action Checklist (GLH)


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


FOOD MODULE


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:







CLIMATE, CARBON, AND CITIES


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


Additional resources are listed below.  They contain valuable information as well as guidance for facilitating groups.  


GUIDES


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

http://www.nwei.org/discussion_courses/course-offerings/choices-for-sustainable-living

 

The Leon County Extension has copies of Choices for Sustainable Living that can be loaned to EcoTeams. Contact Heidi Copeland (hbc@ufl.edu) 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

http://www.transitionbooks.net/the-transition-handbook-from-oil-dependency-to-local-resilience-by-rob-hopkins/

 

The eBook version of The Transition Handbook is available free at http://transitionus.org/transition-handbook

 

Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Permaculture-Bill-Mollison/dp/0908228082


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)


Educational Videos


Documentary Films on the Environment  Documentaries from all over the world on all subjects. This link is to films on the environment collected here.

VLearn  VLearn is the new ‘free access’ study resource for business and management students. We provide free access video material to enhance your learning experience. Use Vlearn as a supplementary study resource to your traditional learning materials. VLearn brings research to life.

We’re all about..

  • collaborative learning
  • experiential learning
  • responsible capitalism

Here is a direct link to videos and articles on Economics Sustainability.


 


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