What is Drawdown: Marin?

Drawdown: Marin is a community-driven campaign to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, prepare for climate change impacts, and meaningfully address and integrate equity. Drawdown: Marin works with Marin County residents, businesses, organizations, agencies, and local governments to design and implement local climate change solutions in 6 Focus Areas:

Our Vision: Marin reverses its impacts on climate change by implementing local solutions as we create a thriving, equitable, and resilient future for all.

Our Mission: Leverage, amplify, and support bold climate solutions in collaboration with the community by building a “hub” for increased coordination among local governments, agencies, organizations, and the public.

Our Values:

  • Prosperity, Health, and Resilience for All
  • Collaborative and Inclusive
  • Foster Innovation and Capacity Building
  • Create Systemic Change
  • Commitment to Equity and Diversity
  • Support and Empower Existing Organizations and Efforts to Address Climate Change

To learn more, watch our launch video and review our Document Library.

Equity: Climate change and equity are interconnected. Low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous peoples and tribal nations, and immigrant communities suffer first and worst from climate disasters, yet produce the least GHG emissions. Drawdown: Marin acknowledges these communities have existed and still exist in Marin County and seeks to design and implement solutions with them. This requires internal and external on-going work to normalize, organize, and internalize equity principles and approaches including making the Drawdown: Marin solutions equitable and accessible.

Visit our Equity Document Library, read our Equity Progress Report, and learn more about our efforts to deeply engage communities of color.

News and Updates

Drawdown: Marin participants are working on a variety of projects and initiatives. Read on the the latest updates and learn about ways you can get involved.

We're Becoming a Nonprofit, and We Need Your Input!

Drawdown: Marin is becoming a nonprofit organization. This new nonprofit will partner with the County to effectively implement the Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan.

October 1, 2021: Drawdown: Marin is now accepting applications for the Nonprofit Board of Directors!

  Visit our Nonprofit Working Group page for application materials.

  Application period closes on November 5, 2021.

We’ve formed a working group made up of Drawdown: Marin Executive Steering Committee members and a member of our Equity Task Force. They are assisting County Staff in developing necessary documents and those documents are being posted for public review as they become available.

We are continuing our work to recruit diverse individuals to serve on our new Board and we are inviting community members to join Drawdown: Marin’s “office hours” every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30a. These informal sessions take place on Zoom and are a great way to learn more about the organization and how you can get involved. Go to the Drawdown: Marin Calendar for the schedule of office hour sessions.

Equity Progress Report is Now Available

Drawdown: Marin is committed to addressing and connecting climate change and equity. With generous funding from the Marin Community Foundation, the Equity Task Force developed a survey to measure progress toward engaging communities of color in the initiative and addressing systemic inequities as Drawdown: Marin develops and implements local climate solutions. The first report explains our goals and identifies areas for continued work. Special thanks to the Drawdown: Marin Equity Task Force for their hard work and dedication in completing this project.

Drawdown: Marin Equity Progress Report (August, 2021)

Development Assistance Contract Opportunity

A request for proposals for Drawdown: Marin Development Assistance has been posted on the County of Marin Contracting Opportunities page. Submissions are due by October 8, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Strategic Plan

Drawdown: Marin has completed a two-year planning process and worked with over 150 volunteers to identify 29 local climate change solutions. 7 solutions were endorsed by the Executive Steering Committee for immediate implementation.

The Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan summarizes all 29 solutions, necessary equity work and initiatives, community empowerment and engagement priorities, and governance and funding frameworks and needs for 2021-2030. The Marin County Board of Supervisors received and endorsed the Strategic Plan on December 8, 2020.

Visit our Document Library to read the Strategic Plan.

Act Now

Together we can find and act on solutions now. We have the resources we need to solve climate change, but we need to move quickly. There are many ways to get involved.

  1. Click on the Focus Area icons above to find out what actions you can take to reduce your impact on the environment.
  2. Make a promise to take action. For more information visit: www.deartomorrow.org/drawdown-marin
  3. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our webpage for project updates, actions you can take, relevant events and news, and more. 
  4. Give us feedback on the solutions developed by each Collaborative. The solutions will be posted to our website, a notification will be sent out to subscribers of our webpage, and we’ll post on Facebook and Instagram.
  5. Attend a Drawdown meeting or event. Visit the Drawdown Meeting/Events Calendar to learn more.
  6. Help us get the word out about Drawdown in your communities. Email Alex Porteshawver with ideas.