Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

10.10.10 gardening BYA(1)Take Action on Climate Change

Our community will reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets only if everyone plays a role. In fact, making choices that reduce global warming pollution often have other benefits. 

Take these examples:

  • By using energy more efficiently in our homes and businesses, we save money on our energy bills, improve building comfort, improve air quality and health and protect the environment all at the same time
  • By walking or cycling to work or school or to run errands, we get more physical activity while simultaneously reducing local air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions
  • By growing our own food and/or purchasing food grown locally, we reduce the distance

     Photo credit: Peg Skorpinski   

    food must travel to get to our tables while also supporting the local economy

Change can be tough. But the good news is that there are many resources available to help you get started or to take the next step, including:

  • Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.  The Coalition is made up of local non-profits, educational institutions, businesses, faith-based organizations, public health organizations, neighborhood groups, government agencies and committed individuals, all working together to implement the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. In its first year, the Coalition has four working groups, they are: Land Use and Transportation, Multi-Family Building Energy, Water Use and Waste, Community Engagement, Community Choice Aggregation.

  • Your friends, neighbors, and colleagues can join a Climate Change Action Group. In a free workshops hosted by the Ecology Center, you will work with an expert facilitator and a small group of Bay Area residents to create a measurable personal action plan to reduce your "carbon footprint," and discuss ways to become a climate change leader in your household and community.

  • Calculate your carbon footpring using the California Carbon Calculator. Do you want to get a more realistic idea of how many tons of carbon dioxide emissions result from your lifestyle choices? This calculator draws from San Francisco Bay Area data, and allows you to see how you compare to similar households in your area. The tool also shows you how specific actions will reduce your carbon footprint.

  • Helpful tips: For tips on reducing your own carbon footprint, check-out My Very Own Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan gives us all the opportunity to work together toward a shared goal: reducing Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions. Everyone of us is invited and encouraged to play a role in fulfilling this shared goal. Start today!

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