Starting April 1st cities will be competing to be the Coolest City in California. By cutting your household’s carbon footprint we here in Sacramento and Citrus Heights have a real good shot at this, as we are among the cities signed on for the Challenge.
350 Sacramento is partnering with the City of Sacramento to take this Challenge on in as big a way as we can pull off. And how big that gets depends a lot on you getting involved. (for those of you who live in Citrus Heights contact Chris Kempenaar, firstname.lastname@example.org, at Citrus Heights Planning Division to learn how to get involved).
Here’s a little information about how the Challenge will roll out. Starting April 1st you can log on to a carbon footprint calculator at www.coolcalifornia.org. After providing information about your household’s electricity and natural gas use, you will see how your household compares to the average household in the U.S. and also to households that are the same size as yours. Just by doing that you will accrue points for Sacramento or Citrus Heights (depending on where you live)
Then the fun begins.
If all you have time for is to register and fill in the carbon footprint calculator, do a few actions around your home, and log in your actions on the contest website, that’s great!
Or you can dive in more . . .
- Recruit others to join the challenge and more points accrue.
- Volunteer. See the next blog post for more details.
- You can set up mini-challenges by forming into teams (for example, your place of work challenging your best friend’s workplace; your daughter’s class challenging the other fifth grades in their school).
By the end of the Qualifying Round (late July), three of the participating cities will be awarded $10,000 each and will move into the Finalist Round. The Qualifying Round is the sprint. The Finalist Round is the long-distance event starting in August 2012 and ending in 2013.
We can pull this off, and with you on board it will be a whole lot better and way more fun.
The point is that in the United States, it’s going to be us, the everyday person in their everyday community, doing the climate friendly things and getting their communities and the businesses they do business with to do the climate friendly actions. It’s not going to be Congress or even the President doing the right thing. Not yet anyway . . .
It’s going to be us. We can do this.
Get on board with the CoolCalifornia Challenge.
Be the Change.
Reach us at info@350Sacramento.org