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Drawdown: Marin | Five Strategies
ONE: 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY
Right Now: Sign up for 100% renewable energy with your electricity provider: MCE Clean Energy or PG&E.
Support local policies that phase out fossil fuels and increase renewable energy production.
Next: Reduce fossil fuel use by switching to electric appliances and building systems (heat pumps for HVAC, induction cooking to replace gas stoves and ovens).
And Then: Install solar on your home or business. Check to see if your site is suitable at Project Sunroof.
Adopt fuel-efficient driving habits
Walk, bike, and use public transit.
Improve employee commutes by utilizing transit incentives.
Next: Purchase travel offsets.
Encourage carpooling: sign your business up for the "Emergency Ride Home" Program through the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM).
And Then: Make your next vehicle or fleet purchase an EV (or at least a hybrid).
Install EV charging at your business for employees and customers.
THREE: ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Right Now: When you change a light bulb, make it an LED.
Turn off all electronic appliances when not in use.
Next: Complete an energy audit for your apartment, home, or business (Residents; Businesses)
Create a plan to improve energy efficiency.
Add insulation, weather-stripping, and window coverings.
And Then: Make all major appliance purchases (water heaters, furnaces, dryers, etc.) electric and energy efficient.
Install energy-efficient windows.
Install on-site battery storage.
FOUR: LOCAL FOOD & CARBON SEQUESTRATION
Right Now: Compost
to keep methane-producing organic materials out of the landfill.
Reduce waste by purchasing only what you consume.
Next: Buy locally grown food and products.
And Then: Plant a tree on your property and encourage your community to add trees to streets and parks.
Eat a plant-rich diet.
FIVE: CLIMATE RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Start a "Resilient Neighborhoods"
team at your business or in your community.
Understand climate change ricks: go to the "Our Coast, Our Future"
Next: Reduce water waste and improve water use efficiency inside and out. (MMWD Customers; North Marin Waster District Customers).
Use Green Purchasing Guidelines.
Support carbon sequestration practices and policies.
And Then: Support innovative technologies and opportunities for improved business and community resilience, such as battery storage, micro-grids, and green infrastructure.
Work with your community on emergency preparedness.