NEW NATION-WIDE INITIATIVE that we call EAGLE RISING that is part of our expanding BeTheExample Contest focused on Sustainable Practices. EAGLE RISING will be an action participants in the Contest can take, with tools we offer, to work with state legislators to ADVANCE RENEWABLE POWER in their state.
THE STATES WE ARE FIRST FOCUSED ON ARE: Colorado, Florida, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Texas, taking the Contest to STATE CAPITOLS and at least 2 nearby cities. The city residents will compete against each other for PRIZES for their city and for themselves.
WE ARE ADDING CAMPUS PRESENCE TOO and will have a homeowner/renter Entry Form, as well as a student version. SEE FORM BELOW for general Entry Form.
Our BE THE EXAMPLE CONTEST is how we will move this as an on-going campaign into these 7 states - POSSIBLY MORE. Stay tuned!
SOME EXAMPLES of action for Green Points in the Contest, are:
- reducing water and energy use in your home
- going organic/non-GMO in your diet
- getting a new low interest HERO loan on these projects, now offered by cities across CA - see www.HEROprogram.com - offered in CA and 2 other states.
- by paying a few extra dollars more per month, to officially go 100% Renewable/DEEP GREEN, if and when your city joins this CCA, moving the city and county towards MORE RENEWABLE POWER like solar and small wind, geothermal and biomass.
CURRENT UPDATE FOR CONTRA COSTA COUNTY in CA, on this:
as of July 2017 - our county supervisors determined in May, to move ahead with Community Choice Energy (aka CCA), by having remaining cities not already on board, to join Marin Clean Energy (Marin County's CCA).
THIS IS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD, making all 9 counties in the SF BAY AREA part of Community Choice Energy. Currently now, more than TWO THIRDS of incorporated cities in Contra Costa have signed on to MCE: in addition to Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Walnut Creek and Lafayette (in that order), the newest list to join now includes Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg and San Ramon. Stay tuned for updates on this list!
Those Contra Costa cities ON HOLD: Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Hercules, Orinda and Pleasant Hill. Live in one of those cities and want them to join MCE? Call your city hall and let them know this!
This Contest was designed by Transition Express Campaign with the help of local HS interns, and WE ARE NOW A 501 c3 NON-PROFIT. Our non-profit name is Transition Express Inc. and is based in Danville CA.
OUR CONTEST ENTRY FORM FOLLOWS BELOW (and is adapted per location):
BeTheExample Contest ENTRY FORM
Transition Express Inc – Danville CA
By entering this environmental contest, you
commit to: up to 3 ACTIONS in any LEVEL that you WILL DO in the next year, by putting a W by the action AND 3 ACTIONS you have ALREADY TAKEN at any LEVEL by putting a check mark by the action. IF YOUR EVENT LETS YOU SIGN UP AFTER THE EVENT, then please scan and submit your
form to office@BeTheExample.vpweb.com, PLEASE KEEP A 2nd COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS. Thank you for signing up on this NATIONWIDE EFFORT!
NAME/email/phone info -
– add 1 pt. per $100 action
__remove part of lawn/low-water design __install programmable thermostat
__add more organic or vegan to diet __be an all low-flow showerhead
__be an all-CFL/LED home __mulch all outdoor plants/trees
__sign petition for county to consider a __water landscaping before
CCA for more
Renewables - see __put all food waste in Green Waste bin:
FULL – add 5 pts per $1000 action/save $ on solar lease? 5 pts per $1000 saved
one appliance to Energy Star, __upgrade
to an EnergyStar furnace/
heater = 2 added pts each AC
or Home Fan
all low flow/dual flush home __install
insulation in walls or attic
drip irrigation to landscaping __install
double or triple-pane
from desktop to laptop, 1 family member windows
in key exposed areas
solar: see choices of companies at __upgrade car to hybrid or EV.
__at least 1 member of family goes mostly using ideas from our Water Hand-out*
100% organic or mostly vegan __install greywater system/see Water Hand-out*
ADDED for the following:
Add 1 pt
for additional family members upgrading diet =
Add 2 pts for asking a chef/restaurant owner to add vegan meal to his/her menu; indicate the name of the restaurant and city =
members of your block, faith community, troop or social network, 2 pts each =
house party to show one of our suggested DVDs sharing Contest info, 1 pt per attendee
2 pts for attendees who join Contest =
5 pts for going DEEP GREEN/100% Renewable Power with your city's CCA =
* we offer new hand-outs on Water, Food and Energy best Sustainable Practices.
SUGGESTED DVDs for house parties (winning you points):
A Fierce Green Fire (history of climate movement)
Cowspiracy (a humorous take on going vegan)
The 11th Hour (Leo diCaprio's documentary), and
HOME (a beautiful visual honoring of our planet; it has an accompanying book too).
WE CREATED SUPPORT AMONG RETAILERS/SERVICES IN OUR AREA for this Contest, listing most on a Thank You card, for citizens signing up with the Contest. THE FOLLOWING LISTS THEM ALL,
as an example to be done in other communities; RESTAURANTS are also on our list, offering 10 to 15% off on meals or a free drink:
McHALE INSULATION - 10% off a standard attic insulation, not to be combined with other discounts. Call Dan @ 925-825-9780
retailers listed on the THANK YOU card are:
ACE Hardware (Alamo and Blackhawk locations), REI (any location, coupons limited, so enter soon for this), SLOAT and TASSAJARA nurseries in Danville.
services listed on the THANK YOU card are:
ACE and TASSAJARA landscaping, LIVING ART trees&landscaping, TYNDALL heating&air, BEN FRANKLIN plumbing.
PLEASE NOTE: this THANK YOU card is designed to be shown with any sale or transaction with a retailer, service or restaurant supporting this Contest.
Sponsored by the new non-profit, Transition Express Inc.
This Contest was inspired by a national competition to reduce energy use with energy efficiency: the Georgetown University Energy Prize - see www.GUEP.org.
BELOW - our nation-wide Climate Team effort:
In the SUMMER of 2013, with the help of our 4 high school interns, the Transition Express Campaign began forming city Climate Teams, mainly in California in the SF Bay Area, but helped form others elsewhere in the US. We will be continuing this effort, moving the 100% renewable agenda across the country. These Climate Teams will end up helping create more CCAs, county by county, getting us on track to become a clean energy economy.
This website is dedicated to sharing ideas on how to creatively build these teams.
WHY CLIMATE TEAMS? To build more community among the 12% of Americans who are engaged in the reality of climate change, to
ONE - move more engagement in our own communities for smarter low carbon consumer choices, and
TWO - speak to interested Mayors and Vice Mayors, to begin taking steps to trend towards 100% renewable power, similar to what Marin/Sonoma counties are doing, using Community Choice Aggregation Energy (CCA), and counties in 5 other states.
... this new CUTTING EDGE movement is emerging, for going 100% Renewable, starting with a blueprint study by Jacobson et al. for the state of New York to go 100% renewable by 2030, a peer-reviewed article that was published in the Energy Policy Journal, in March 2013. The lead author of the study is Professor Mark Jacobson, environmental engineer at Stanford University.
What 100% renewable means:
the city, once it is fully 100% renewable, means its entire electrical needs - citywide - are from renewable sources: solar, water, wind, and geothermal.
This new 100% Renewable movement is sending a loud and bold message to all Americans, that it is as simple as talking to your Mayor, and connecting them to the experts at Lean Energy in Mill Valley CA, then rally a base of support in your community (where we come in), moving city by city, town by town, to the renewable-based nation we need and envision having.
With all of us getting more invested...IT WILL HAPPEN!
GETTING YOUR CLIMATE TEAM GOING...
We encourage you to join us at one of the following levels.
Geothermally BRONZE level -
Windswept SILVER level -
All of the above, PLUS: take a major step this year to take Fossil Fuel out of your life, and put Renewable Energy into it, using our guideline with 17 ways to go low carbon. Taking major steps would mean, taking action on your home, even if you rent, and how you eat and travel.
Create a Climate Team of 6 to 12, that works together on this, meeting regularly.
We encourage motivated high school students and college/university students to do this too - taking regular action in your greater community, either on campus or beyond campus, to motivate others to transition to more renewables and other sustainable practices in their lifestyle. We encourage printing up the home page of our Low Carbon Pledge website, or this website, as a handout, outside of Farmers Markets or a public location with high foot traffic, or a popular playground, connecting with parents. Start a local climate conversation!
Solar leasing GOLD level -
All of the above, PLUS: use the opening of a city/town council meeting, having a spokesperson for your Climate Team make a brief public statement, up to 3 minutes per speaker, asking for action on Community Choice Aggregation or CCA (see www.LeanEnergyUS.org ), for your city/town to go 100% renewable, similar to what SF and Marin/Sonoma counties are doing in CA. Other states that have legislation for this, are: Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. We are focused on this effort currently, and welcome residents in these 6 states to contact us, who want to learn what the process will take. We have petitions focused on renewable action - one local, one nation/international. Replicate the local one and create one for your community. We welcome your signature, at www.TransitionExpress.vpweb.com.
AND, ONE MORE ACTION, is on Fossil Fuel Divestment, CITY WIDE:
Ideas on how to do this, can be found at www.GoFossilFree.org - an effort being organized by 350.org, founded and directed by journalist/author and Middlebury College professor, Bill McKibben.
We encourage your team to buy organic t-shirts we have designed, from Uberprints.com, in Augusta GA, to help give your team more presence in your community, and show you are part of a larger national effort, going 100% renewable, and whatever other focus you think matches your community push on sustainable practices.
See details BELOW, on how to place an order. We also list resources below, that we recommend to add to your team's knowledge on climate: readable books, calming CDs for meetings/upbeat CDs for outdoor setting events, and compelling DVDs, that will build a stronger team, for relating to the public.
Efficiently clean energy PLATINUM level -
All of the above, PLUS: send in Letters to Editors, on articles, editorials and other letters sent in to newspapers, whenever climate issues surface, in local and national newspapers, to encourage other Americans to find affordable ways to divest of Fossil Fuel, going 100% renewable, helping to make this an active national conversation.
We hope to add you to a list of Climate Champions, who we can celebrate every year. Let us know what YOU are doing, to help move the 100% renewables/sustainable practices movement. We want to hear from you!
LAUNCHING - our recommendations for resources for your Climate Team...
email us about bumper/car stickers available from Cafe Press...
T-SHIRTs - with sayings we featured for EARTH WEEK 2013. Minimum order of 12, mixing sizes possible. Email us at office@BeTheExample.vpweb.com, to get the image emailed to you, with ordering information with Uberprints.com.
Going 100% Renewable is doable.
Start with your city mgr.
on dijon or papaya-colored, organic unisex shirt. Screen printed.
How much more
can you go
same as above.
We have the tech know-how
to go 100% renewable.
What are we waiting for?
same as above.
Let's redesign our world
with 100% renewables
same as above
BOOKS CDs & DVDs - why we recommend them.
ALL THAT WE SHARE: field guide to the commons, Jay Walljasper/Intro by Bill McKibben - a most readable source on why we need to all support our shared commons.
ECOMIND: changing the way we think, to create the world we want,
Frances Moore Lappe - a forceful perspective, taking on the reasons not to act.
DESIGNING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES, Richard Jackson with Stacy Sinclair -
from a public health/pediatric physician, comes a refreshing way to redesign how we live.
FOODOPOLY: the battle over the future of food and farming in America,
Wenonah Hauter - another urgent way to take our climate movement to Congress.
FULL PLANET, EMPTY PLATES: the new geopolitics of food scarcity,
Lester Brown - this revered mega-researcher's latest, keeping us on the cutting edge.
MORAL GROUND: ethical action for a planet in peril, Kathleen Moore and Michael Nelson, editors/Foreword by Desmond Tutu - a significant collection and statement on the moral imperative for urgent action, from a wide range of visionaries.
NATURE's FORTUNE: how business and society thrive by investing in nature,
Mark Tercek and Jonathan Adams - how our economy can and needs to be designed around our natural assets, not the other way around.
ORIGINAL Instructions: indigenous teachings for a sustainable future -
a much needed reminder of the importance of the Native perspective on our natural world.
ROOFTOP REVOLUTION: how solar power can save our economy and our planet from dirty energy, Danny Kennedy/Foreward by General Wesley Clark -
a powerful personal narrative from the CEO of Sungevity with a compelling insider's view of the blossoming renewables industry.
SOIL NOT OIL: environmental justice in an age of climate crisis, Vandana Shiva - a revered scientific voice from India, leading us forward to a better world, agriculturally.
our recommended list of books by Bill McKibben, including a reader that he is part of:
American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, Deep Economy, eaarth: making a life on a tough new planet, and The Post Carbon Reader: managing the 21st century's sustainability crises.
The EcoQuiz Deck, from the Sierra Club: how much do you now about shrinking your Ecological Footprint? - smart cards that will influence many corners of your life.
for the younger set, a great series for reading out loud, by Frank Asch:
The Earth and I, Like a Windy Day, The Sun is my Favorite Star and Water.
ARCTIC REFUGE: a gathering of tribes - Native American songs and drumming, dedicated to preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
CANYON TRILOGY, R. Carlos Nakai - calming Native American flute music.
HERE COMES THE SUN, Benedetti and Pupping - acoustical guitar music of favorites from the Beatles, Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, and more.
PRAYER, A Windham Hill Collection - spiritually calming instrumental sound, from this highly acclaimed collection, includes Bach's Ave Maria, Sanctus from Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, and more.
HOME: a stunning visual portrayal of earth, film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, narrated by Glenn Close - a beautifully inspiring, yet stark statement, on the need to hold on to the world we all call home. It has a companion book by the same title.
JOURNEY TO PLANET EARTH: PLAN B, Lester Brown's documentary complements his Plan B book series/narrated by Matt Damon - this revered agrarian economist reveals to both Asia and American audiences, his basics on why moving to Plan B, going 80% renewable, is doable by 2020.
RACHEL CARSON'S Silent Spring: American Experience on PBS - considered the mother of the environmental/Earth Day/climate movement, who not only knew her biology, but shared her infectious love for our natural world, and sparked a revolution we still need to finish today.
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