Ready, Set, Action! Here are some of our favorite actions, to help get you started in participating in the Challenge. Be sure to:
- Check out the Pledge Sheet for more project ideas; and our list of Sponsors to find coupons and discounts.
- Read our Project Organizing Tips below.
- Take a How-To class from Sustainable Contra Costa.
- Participate in fantastic events throughout the Challenge sponsored by our Partners.
- Place a bucket under your shower as it is heating up, and use the saved water for your plants.
- Install drip irrigation, shower heads, low-flow toilets and other water-saving fixtures. Check out rebates from Contra Costa Water and EBMUD.
- Kill your water hogging-lawn by sheet mulching it, and plant drought-tolerant ones instead. Contra Costa Water or Stopwaste.org will even help pay for it!
- Harvest rainwater with a rain barrel, and use mulch, bioswales and berms to retain water.
- Plan or expand an edible garden.
- Learn about chickens, bees mushrooms and more by participating in a Skill Share Class with Sustainable Contra Costa or Biofuel Oasis.
- Plant a fruit tree
- Start a compost or worm bin
- Hang a clothesline and commit to line-drying laundry.
- Support local energy efforts like the Local Clean Energy Alliance.
Leave your car at home one day a week (walk, bike, bus or work from home)
Turn the Key – Be Idle Free (turn off vehicle when sitting more than 30 secs)
- Go completely reusable for 30 days (water bottle, cups, containers, bags, batteries, etc.)
- Eliminate toxic products and properly dispose of hazardous waste.
- Plan a weekly menu to avoid food waste (and save money!)
- Get off junk mail lists and go “paperless” for statements.
- Attend an event through the Community Resilience Challenge
- Create a fun Sharing Event like a Clothing Swap.
- Join Bay Bucks and support local businesses.
- Donate your money to a local non-profit dedicated to building resilient communities
PROJECT ORGANIZING TIPS
Engage and mobilize a group to plan a Challenge Project like the ones described above! Follow this simple Plan Your Challenge Project worksheet to plan a successful project, and ask yourself some key questions, including:
- Who is on your Project Team? Form a team with friends and others to help implement your project.
- What are your Goals? Set realistic goals. Success may mean getting 15 volunteers for a Skill Share or donations to grow drought-tolerant plants.
- How much money do you need for your project? Ideas for funds include incentives from local businesses or setting up an Indiegogo Fundraising Page.
- Who do you want to participate in your Project? Use your friends, co-workers and social/traditional media to promote your project.