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ACT NOW, where it matters most

The three biggest contributors to climate change right here in the Bay Area are from our buildings & the energy we use, our transportation, and our food & food waste.  
The good news is that the solutions already exist. Here are just a few to get started:

 

Energy & Buildings

The energy we use in our buildings contribute about 26% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area.

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Here are things you can do right now: 

ONE: 

SIGN UP FOR 100%

RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY! 

Using 100% renewable energy from wind and solar reduces the demand for power produced from fossil fuels. Get your utility bill, and connect with your energy provider on a link below to find a 100% renewable electricity program that's right for your business and/or home:

MCE Clean Energy Deep Green

  (Marin, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano)

Sonoma Clean Power EverGreen

Clean Power SF SuperGreen

East Bay Community Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy Eco100

  (San Mateo County)

Silicon Valley Clean Energy Green Prime

San Jose Clean Energy TotalGreen

TWO: 

REPLACE YOUR LIGHTBULBS

WITH LEDs

LED light bulbs use about 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 years. 

They are cool to the touch, unlike regular bulbs that emit heat in all directions. 

There are LED brightness and color/appearance options available that mimic the older and less efficient bulbs but use a fraction of the energy.

 

Take the mystery out of which kind to get for your lighting needs: 

Energy Star LED Buying Guide

THREE: 

GET A NO-COST GREEN HOUSE CALL through Rising Sun Center

If you've signed up for 100% renewable energy and taken some of the simpler actions like changing all your lightbulbs for LEDs, you're ready to take the next steps.

For example...

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This, not that.

INDUCTION STOVE

GAS STOVE

So, what's your role?

Brag to your neighbors about how much money per year you save by switching to efficient and renewable energy sources.  Believe it or not, there are many ways to begin helping your community by making changes in your household.  Some minor, some major but each decision is yours and we'll show you where to look to get started.

Why is getting gas out of our homes a big deal?

Healthy indoor air quality is essential, especially if anyone in your home has asthma or other breathing issues. Gas appliances in our homes, especially our stoves, emit significant amounts of poisonous gases that affect our lungs.

Induction cooktops are not your father's electric stove!

Really - induction cooktops work using a magnet, so only the pan heats up - instantly - but the surface stays cool to the touch.

 

Not quite ready to ditch your gas stove?

Start with a single hotplate, or an electric hot water pot. It's an inexpensive way to use less gas inside, and that will improve the air you breathe, especially during the winter months when doors and windows remain closed.

 

Transportation

In the Bay Area, how we get around, and how we move our "stuff" contributes 41% of our regional greenhouse gases

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ONE: 

MAKE CHANGES

TO HOW YOU GET AROUND

​Cars are convenient but any vehicle that uses gasoline adds a lot of pollution to the air we breathe, not to mention traffic congestion. Most of our trips, especially these days, are relatively local. Consider alternatives to the car: 

 

Walking and bicycling are the obvious alternatives, and are healthier, too, but those options don't work for everyone. The Bay Area has multiple ways to get around. Besides BART, CalTrain, and the SMART train, there are ferries and 19 bus systems in the Bay Area.

 

Learn more about your transit options at

 511.org

TWO:

TAKE THE EV PLEDGE - 

make your next vehicle electric

 

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are more available and cheaper than ever, and there are EVs to fit any budget and any style, from 2-seaters to mini-vans and trucks, used, new, and leased.

​Federal, State, and dealer incentives and rebates make EVs even less expensive than the sticker on the window, and “previously owned" EVs cost far less than new ones. They're much cheaper to maintain than a gas engine vehicle and you'll never have to stop and pump gas again. California will ban the sale of gas cars by 2035, so now is a great time to take the pledge. Learn more about the makes and models, cost and rebates here:

 

 Drive Clean Bay Area

 EV Savings Calculator

Here are things you can do right now: 

Transportation  accounts for 41% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. We're all making changes, as we walk and bike more, and rethink how we get around. Many employers offer incentives if you drive less. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer commuter benefits. Visit BAAQMD for commuter benefits

Diesel and gas-powered vehicles will no longer be sold in California starting in 2035, but we can make that change now by pledging to make our next vehicle lease or purchase an EV.

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For example...

This, not that.

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the EV shopper's 

"Guide to the Galaxy"

(courtesy of Bank of the West)

So, what's your role?

If you drive less or switch to an all-electric vehicle, that's great. If you can take public transit and carpool, even better!  If you are within biking or walking distance from work or home, not only are you sparing the air but getting in shape at the same time.  You decide what works best for you but by all means, let's reduce our need for fossil fuels.

 

Food & Food Waste

Wasted food is the #3 contributor to global greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane. Really.

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Here are things you can do right now: 

ONE:

BUY ONLY WHAT YOU

& YOUR FAMILY WILL EAT

 

Food waste is the #3 contributor to global greenhouse gases. Really.

 

Buying only the food you really need for a meal, a day, or a week will save you money and reduce waste, and there won't be any more science projects in the back of your refrigerator! 

 

And try Imperfect Foods: fresh, often organic, and often cheaper than grocery store prices. You decide what you want and place your order, and the food is delivered right to your door.

 

Their motto? "If food can be saved, we'll save it." Perfect!

TWO:

EAT A

PLANT-RICH DIET

 

If cattle were their own nation, they'd be the world’s 3rd largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and it's not just "cow burps", but also the way they are raised, grazed, and sent to market. 

Changing your diet is both a personal and a cultural decision, so if you don't want to give up meat entirely, consider eating more vegetables anyway, and just a little less meat.

Plant-rich diets also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart conditions. Try a "Meatless Monday". 

The cows will thank you.

Food connects us and sustains up in many ways: friends & family, our neighborhoods & restaurants, grocers, farmers markets, and our local economy  depend on each other and your support. Everyone can buy local, including those receiving CalFresh benefits: CalFresh Market Match

Still have food you won't use? SF Marin Food BankCropmobster and Extra Food 

They will all make sure that your food isn't wasted.

Buying local increases the financial security of our farmers by creating a consistent market for their products.

Farmers Market

For example...

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This, not that.

So, what's your role?

Support regional farmers & local markets, and buy seasonal foods that aren't shipped long distances. Whatever  grocer or farmer you support, the idea is to reduce waste and, specifically, from meats and animal by-products. Shop for food with intention and eat with pride and sustainability. As the old saying goes: "Waste not, want not."

On average, our food travels 1,500 miles before reaching our dinner table.