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  • Hello. Thank you for having me here this afternoon. My name is Sandy Schuster and I am a member of the Green Team Project which is an environmental grass-roots non-profit organization. It is my hope today to provide you with enough information about our program so you will be able to decide if you would like to get started on a team. I believe this Project offers individuals the chance to take steps to impact our environment through support and encouragement by peers.
  • Our agenda today will be to start with: a description of the Green Team Project: helps individuals lower their environmental impact while practically saving money I will share some local environmental statistics that demonstrates the need for the Green Team Project program here in Denver Open the floor to questions and comments
  • Tides Center partners with individuals, groups, and funders to implement programs that accelerate positive social change. It provides back-office services, a legal framework, and capacity-building support for projects that share its vision of a just, healthy, and sustainable world. Tides Center accelerates social change by enabling new and effective approaches to some of society's most pressing issues.
  • It is our strong belief that both individuals and businesses can maintain a high standard of living and profitability while conducting themselves and their businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. The Project is about positive change. It supports behavior and attitude change in a fun, supportive, and non-judgmental manner.
  • Teams meet every 2 weeks for a total of 7 times Each meeting is about 1.5-2 hrs long Teams are guided by a locally-focused workbook and a volunteer coach Teams are very fun and informal -- often brown-bag it over lunch or have potlucks -- and are designed to be guilt-free and supportive. EVERYBODY IS A RESOURCE
  • Each chapter focuses on a resource and is packed with eco facts, goals, and over 30 action steps. The first step in each chapter is to do a baseline audit -- weigh your solid waste or go around your house and account for all your household hazardous waste products Follow up audits are then done to figure out how much each member has accomplished. Resource Binder is a supplemental material that has additional information to help team members complete actions. Very similar to Weight Watchers or AA All the information is out there (JEA tips) but who actually follows through. Our program offers an easy and fun structure to learn about environmental issues and how you as an individual can make a significant difference.
  • Average results per person and per team Actions Completed 23 / 161 Monetary savings $60-$500 a year Each team member gets an individual results form and an aggregate team results form Everyone can make a difference
  • I am not going to give you a laundry list of where we are today in terms of the environment because it would be too long. Plus there are several organizations that gather this information and put it in a user-friendly format either on their website such like World Resources Institute and its Global Trends database, or in an annual book by Worldwatch Institute entitled State of the World 2003 or in both formats, online and on paper, with the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment which produces The State of the Nation's Ecosystems But I am going to give you a bunch of statistics that demonstrate how wasteful and inefficient we are and how it is important that we learn to conserve and increase our efficiency when it comes to using our natural resources. And my statistics are categorized by 5 resources which as you will learn are the 5 areas we focus with the GTP
  • 4.6 pounds per person per day is the national average Half of this amount is generated in our homes; the other half comes from commercial facilities, such as restaurants and office buildings. Additionally, the waste generated from industrial facilities such as power plants and paper mills is not included in the MSW figure.
  • 4.6 pounds per person per day is the national average Half of this amount is generated in our homes; the other half comes from commercial facilities, such as restaurants and office buildings. Additionally, the waste generated from industrial facilities such as power plants and paper mills is not included in the MSW figure.
  • Show incandescent vs compact 1 compact fluorescent can outlast 13 incandescents and save around $75 in energy costs over its lifespan
  • Per mile the average car emits 2.8 grams of hydrocarbons, 20.9 grams of carbon monoxide, 1.39 grams of oxides of nitrogen, .92 pounds of carbon dioxide, and consumes 0.0465 gallons of fuel.
  • The New York Times reported that according to estimates from the United Nations and the US government, by 2015 at least 40% of the world’s population (about 3 billion people), will live in countries where it is difficult or impossible to get enough water to satisfy basic needs.
  • Notice how the first 5 are about transportation 6 & 7 are about food and the rest about household operations Shop for low impact handout
  • Who wants to join a team!?
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    • 1.  
    • 2. Agenda <ul><li>A Little History </li></ul><ul><li>Green Team Project Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Program Description </li></ul><ul><li>Local Environmental Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions for Consuming Wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Comments </li></ul>
    • 3. “ You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
    • 4. Voluntary Simplicity <ul><li>Interested in living simpler sustainable lives </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing around to tell us how to do it </li></ul><ul><li>Everything was theoretical </li></ul><ul><li>We needed practical measures </li></ul><ul><li>We found the Green Team Project!!! </li></ul>
    • 5. <ul><li>Sustainability has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (United Nations). </li></ul>
    • 6. History & Background <ul><li>Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Headquarters now in Duval County, FL </li></ul><ul><li>Project of the Tides Center </li></ul><ul><li>Five affiliates: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Duval County, FL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Palo Alto, CA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boise, ID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wichita, KS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denver, CO </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Residential (all) and Business Program (FL only) </li></ul>
    • 7. Focus, Mission & Goal <ul><li>Focus : </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental education & </li></ul><ul><li>community building </li></ul><ul><li>(non-advocacy, non-partisan) </li></ul><ul><li>Mission : </li></ul><ul><li>Help individuals save money by </li></ul><ul><li>becoming environmentally </li></ul><ul><li>friendly in their every day </li></ul><ul><li>practices </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: </li></ul><ul><li>Change long term behavior and habits and foster environmental stewardship in each participant </li></ul>
    • 8. Who We Serve <ul><li>-- Individuals / Households -- Companies </li></ul><ul><li>-- Non-profit organizations -- Gov’t agencies -- Religious groups </li></ul>It is our strong belief that both individuals and businesses can maintain a high standard of living and profitability while conducting themselves and their businesses in an environmentally responsible manner. The Project is about positive change. It supports behavior and attitude change in a fun, supportive, and non-judgmental manner.
    • 9. Creating a Guide that Works for Denver and the Front Range <ul><li>Time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly needing updates </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfying </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable and Making a Difference </li></ul>
    • 10. GTP Residential Program <ul><li>Our Niche : </li></ul><ul><li>grassroots, on-the-ground affecting change one person/household at a time </li></ul><ul><li>comprehensive in our approach by focusing on six resource areas all at once rather than just one </li></ul><ul><li>measurable results, both quantitatively and qualitatively </li></ul><ul><li>Process : </li></ul><ul><li>Team-based approach (6-8 individuals per team) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 meetings, every other week for 1.5-2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hours; fun, informal, and supportive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone is a resource </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Locally tailored materials: Green Action Guide </li></ul><ul><li>online resources & trained volunteer coach </li></ul><ul><li>Database calculations </li></ul><ul><li>Joint projects </li></ul><ul><li>Self-perpetuating process </li></ul>
    • 11. “ Never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world…indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
    • 12. Locally Tailored Materials Green Action Guide, Resource Binder & Coach Solid Waste Chemical Energy Transportation Water Community
    • 13. Concrete Results Average team member saves between 10-30% in EACH resource area
    • 14. Leading Consumption-Related Environmental Problems (alphabetical order) <ul><li>Air pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Global climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat alteration </li></ul><ul><li>Water pollution </li></ul>( Source: The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices by The Union of Concerned Scientists)
    • 15. Solid Waste Statistics <ul><li>4.6 pounds of garbage per day per person; </li></ul><ul><li>Total annual wastes in the US exceed 50 </li></ul><ul><li>trillion pounds a year (1 million lbs of </li></ul><ul><li>materials per person per year) </li></ul><ul><li>Denver recycled 14,000 tons of cardboard </li></ul><ul><li>and paper, 3,000 tons of glass, 540 tons of </li></ul><ul><li>plastic bottles, 360 tons of steel and 180 tons </li></ul><ul><li>of aluminum in 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>One half of a typical dumpster is recyclable. </li></ul><ul><li>Americans generate up to 70% of their waste at work. </li></ul><ul><li>On average, one office worker can recycle enough paper every year to save at least one tree. </li></ul><ul><li>Every ton of paper (2000 pounds or 40 cases) that is recycled saves approximately 17 trees from being cut down to make virgin paper. </li></ul>( Sources : SWARM, Denver Recycles and FDEP)
    • 16. Chemicals Statistics <ul><li>Average American uses around 40 pounds of unsafe household cleaners each year -- 64% of victims of poisoning are under the age of six. </li></ul><ul><li>24 billion pounds of toxins that are developmentally and neurologically damaging to children are released into the environment every year – 1/200 </li></ul><ul><li>Studies found that indoor air contained at least five (but typically 10 or more) times higher concentrations of pesticides than outside air. </li></ul><ul><li>800-900 storage tanks with hazardous substances discharge into the environment in our area every year </li></ul>( Source : U.S. EPA and FLDEP)
    • 17. “ In planetary terms, we are all downstream.” William McDonough
    • 18. Energy Statistics <ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>American businesses waste up to $4 billion worth of electricity every year due to inefficient use of office machines. </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting accounts for 25-50 percent of the energy used in commercial spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>General -- Only 10% of the energy used by standard incandescent bulbs contributes to light; the other 90% is wasted as heat. </li></ul><ul><li>Average home in Denver costs </li></ul><ul><li>$1,069/year in electricity. </li></ul>( Sources : USEPA, US EIA, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Xcel Energy)
    • 19. Transportation Statistics <ul><li>True cost of driving is about $1.19 per mile -- 0.863 cents in direct driver expenses & 0.329 cents in societal costs </li></ul><ul><li>Every second in America, cars collectively burn 3,000 gallons of gasoline and release 60,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.” </li></ul><ul><li>Americans lose 200,000 hours a day to traffic congestion. </li></ul><ul><li>The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver is aggressively pursuing innovative ideas to reduce emissions, conserve resources and address environmental issues that improve the air quality of the metropolitan area. </li></ul>( Sources : Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, RTD-Denver )
    • 20. Water Statistics <ul><li>Average residential consumption in </li></ul><ul><li>Denver is 4,620 gallons a month or 154 gallons per day. </li></ul><ul><li>There was a 53% reduction in outdoor water use from 1994 to 2004 with the largest decrease observed in 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>A steady drip can waste 20 gallons of water per day, and a toilet leak up to 200. </li></ul>( Source : Denver Water and US EPA)
    • 21. Green Building Gaining Traction <ul><li>Nationally and internationally widely recognized as cost effective </li></ul><ul><li>Locally </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Build Green Colorado was introduced in 1995 and was created through the joint efforts of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), The Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC), Xcel Energy, and E-Star Colorado </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It is the largest green building program in the Nation with 100 builder members and 45 sponsor members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Denver hosted the US Green Building Council’s GreenBuild Conference and Expo last year. </li></ul></ul></ul>Sources: USGBC and Built Green Colorado
    • 22. Environmental Impact of Buildings <ul><li>65.2% of total U.S. electricity consumption </li></ul><ul><li>30% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions </li></ul><ul><li>136 million tons of construction and demolition waste in the U.S. (approx. 2.8 lbs/person/day) </li></ul><ul><li>12% of potable water in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>40% (3 billion tons annually) of raw materials used globally </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of building a new building – ~11% </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of operating and maintaining that new building – ~75% </li></ul>
    • 23. Priorities for Personal Action 1) Choose a place to live that reduces the need to drive 2) Think twice about purchasing another car 3) Choose a fuel-efficient, low-polluting car (e.g., hybrid) 4) Set concrete goals for reducing your travel - trip link 5) Whenever practical, walk, bicycle or take mass transit 6) Eat less meat 7) Buy certified organic produce 8) Choose your home carefully 9) Reduce the environmental costs of heating & hot water 10) Install efficient lighting and appliances 11) Choose a supplier offering renewable energy
    • 24. Quotes <ul><li>&quot;We are all part of the web of life. During our brief visit here, we have a choice to make: we can either help it or hurt it. The old mind-set or the new? Exploitation and destruction or restoration? Which will it be? Every day of your life with every action you take, every investment you make, everything you buy and every person you teach: it's your call.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li> Ray Anderson </li></ul>
    • 25. website: www.greenprintdenver.org/greenteams Questions and Comments

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