"Drawdown" refers to drawing down, or reducing, greenhouse gas emissions. DRAWDOWN: Marin is a comprehensive, science-based, community-wide campaign to do our part to slow the impacts of climate change. We can reduce our "carbon footprint" by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that are the major cause of rapidly warming global temperatures. To the extent possible, Marin County's goal is to eliminate fossil fuels - electrifying everything, powering everything using renewable energy, and sequestering carbon in our landscape, truly "drawing down" the amount of carbon in our communities.
Reducing our use of fossil fuels and using electricity supplied by renewable energy is an easy way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Signing up for 100% renewable energy through your utility is something you can do today.
Almost two-thirds of Marin's greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. There is a lot you can do to reduce the carbon generated by our cars and trucks.
Our residential and commercial buildings generate one-third of Marin's greenhouse gases. An easy way to reduce those emissions and energy costs is to turn off all electronics and appliances when not in use.
Buying locally-produced food reduces the impacts of long-distance transportation and supports Marin's farmers and our local economy. Globally, food waste is the #3 contributor to global warming, so purchase only what you will consume.
Trees soak up and sequester carbon in the atmosphere. Using compost in our gardens, parks, open space, and rangelands has a long-term benefit to sequestering carbon, too.
Collaborating with our neighbors, communities, and local government to learn what we can do together is an important step towards climate resilience. You can start a Resilient Neighborhoods team in your community or business to learn all the DRAWDOWN strategies.