3 Outline: 1.5 Hours Welcome & Introductions –Have you attended an information meeting? –Are you familiar with the Low Carbon Diet workbook? Atmosphere of an EcoTeam Overview of Low Carbon Diet Workbook “Team Building” Meeting “Cool Lifestyle Practices” Meeting “Cool Household Practices” Meeting “Empowering Others” Meeting Support Available from CAB
4 Atmosphere of an EcoTeam EcoTeams want to… –Have fun, get to know one another, and be inspired to make changes –Feel safe in sharing their carbon footprint and questions Convener ensures guilt free, non judgmental atmosphere –Know their time will be respected Convener starts/ends meetings on time and is prepared Meetings typically last 1.5-2 hours –Know they’ll be supported by their EcoTeam convener if they get stuck –Become a team, not have a classroom lecture Feedback from two All Saints EcoTeams conducted in April-May 2010 – “it was fun!!”
5 WHY DOES THE ECO-TEAM ‘DIET’ CHANGE ENERGY BEHAVIOR WHEN OTHER PROTOCOLS FAIL? 1.It’s social: there’s fun, creativity and support in the process. 2. Peer-accountability: you commit to the other members of the team that you will accomplish certain changes; then, at the next meeting you report whether or not you’ve been able to accomplish them, seeking their help with those changes with which you are still struggling. 3.The program gets accomplished within a concentrated and limited time-period long enough for new habits to take hold. 4. It’s immediately measurable: each action has the pounds of CO2 reduced by that action printed after it in the workbook. Participants keep a running tally of the reductions they are making as they work thru the suggested CO2-saving steps. 5.The workbook is a complete, self-contained how-to manual for reducing emissions in each area of energy-use in a household—lighting, heat, waste, transportation, hot water, etc. 6. No specialists or outside leaders are needed. The instructions for the convener, who is just one of the team-members willing to ‘step up to the plate’, are completely mapped out in the last section of the text.
6 Overview of the LCD Workbook Introduction (pgs 1-4) How the Program Works (pg 5) Topic 1 - Cool Lifestyle Practices (pgs 7-23) Topic 2 - Cool Household Practices (pgs 25-38) Topic 3 - Empowering Others (pgs 41-49) CO2 Reduction Action Plan (pgs 51-55) Meeting Guides (pgs 57-70) –It’s KEY to follow the format!!
7 Overview of the Meetings 1st Meeting: “Team Building” (pgs 61-62) 2nd Meeting: “Cool Lifestyle Practices” (Topic 1; pgs 63- 65) 3rd Meeting: “Cool Household Practices” (Topic 2; pgs 66-68) 4th Meeting: “Empowering Others” (Topic 3; pgs 69-70) You can also do the work in three meetings
8 Before You Meet with Your Team….. Become familiar with the EcoTeam resources on the CAB web site at www.climateactionbrookline.org/lowcarbondiet_resources www.climateactionbrookline.org/lowcarbondiet_resources Read the LCD workbook Confirm a date that works for all team members –Doodle.com is a great resource for this –Follow up via phone with anyone who didn’t respond via email as phone tends to be more effective Let the team know their family can attend as well Households from outside Brookline can participate too Prepare for first meeting by reading through pgs 58 and 61-62 “Team Building Meeting Guide” Send meeting reminder to team couple days before with links and materials on carbon calculator and action plan Do your own Carbon Footprint calculation and Action Plan – use the carbon calculator on the CAB website www.climateactionbrookline.org/lowcarbondiet_resources www.climateactionbrookline.org/lowcarbondiet_resources
10 Establish Team Dynamics Build the group into a team – group purpose statement; divide up responsibilities – this is the primary purpose of the first meeting Establish a group process protocol – careful meeting agenda; group process check in. Are people coming on time? Are people taking actions? Is the meeting following the agenda/ if not why?? How should group handle this?? Structure meeting to produce tangible outcomes – inspirational start; sharing of action taken; hands on demo of possible actions; share action plans for next step; check in on team performance; review next steps Demonstrate expectation of success – take investment of time seriously and be accountable; convener mustn’t let it slide Make it clear from the outset that numbers are important!! Gently insist on this, or the team’s efforts can dissipate into good intentions and nothing else. Distribute the results forms right up front!
11 Points to Share with Your Team Show the abbreviated PowerPoint to begin the meeting –Particularly important when not all the team members have attended an information meeting –Share Brookline’s overall goal of reaching 85% of households and reducing carbon emission by 25% in three years –A CCAB coach can attend this session Be sure to cover the average carbon footprint for U.S. households (55,000 lbs) vs. Germany (27,000 lbs) and Sweden (15,000 lbs) when going through the introduction –Brookline’s average household carbon footprint is around 45,000 lbs annually, less than the American average of 55,000 lbs because we have a high concentration of apartments and condos –Can add that the U.S. is 5% of the world’s population and emitting 25% of the world’s C02
12 Team Name, Purpose, Goal Team name helps build community –This can be a fun and team-building exercise Is the team’s purpose primarily to: –Save each household money? –Build community? –Help the environment? –Building the purpose statement is key to the “glue” of the team Goal of each household is to reduce their carbon footprint by at least 25% –Reductions are achieved via actions completed during the EcoTeam and future actions pledged
13 Some General Guidelines…. Don’t let meetings degenerate into social cross-talk. Give enough room to air questions and issues, but make sure everyone has enough time to share – not just the talkative members Ask for a volunteer timekeeper – the “bad cop” who keeps the team on schedule Meetings should be planned based on the schedule of the busiest person on the team so that everyone can make every meeting. Moving forward together is important
14 Carbon Calculator Carbon Calculator sheet (in Excel) is on the CAB website –Carbon calculator website mentioned in the Low Carbon Diet workbook is NOT being used Ask if all team members are comfortable entering values into an Excel file –Provide paper copies of blank calculator to these team members to complete –Determine who will enter their data electronically and provide them a print out by the next meeting
15 Action Plan and Results Collection Use the Action Plan in the workbook throughout the sessions (it’s also available on the CAB web site) Results collection – the last meeting –“C02 (Pounds) Reduction by Final EcoTeam Meeting” column Actions taken in sections 1 and 2 of the book during the EcoTeam These are the totals counted towards CCAB’s overall reduction goal –“C02 (Pounds) Reduction Pledged for Actions After Final EcoTeam meeting” column Actions team members plan to complete after the EcoTeam finishes These reductions will be counted towards the goal once team members have completed them and notified CCAB
16 More Points to Share Ensure the team is aware of the Low Carbon Diet FAQs (available on the CAB web site) so their carbon footprint and action plan will be completed correctly
17 What About…. Some team members may feel they’ve already completed many of the actions in the workbook –Ask them to look at each action carefully – there may be more they can do –Assure them how important it is to participate – others can learn from what they’ve done
18 Set the Next Meeting Make sure you set the next meeting date, time and location at this meeting –Support the busiest person’s schedule – EVERYONE needs to be there It’s OK (and fun) to meet at different households; you can even have different leaders for each meeting However, one person needs to be responsible overall (the “Convener”)
19 What Needs to Be Completed Before the Second Meeting? EcoTeam Convener –Check in with each household to see if they need help completing their carbon footprint & draft action plan –Send meeting reminder few days before 2nd meeting EcoTeam Member –Calculate household’s carbon footprint and print out a copy to bring to the next meeting –Decide on household’s carbon reduction goal Goal is to reduce at least by 25% –Complete pgs 52-53 of the action plan and print out a copy to bring to the next meeting –Determine which actions you’d like to take to meet your carbon reduction goal
21 Share Carbon Footprint and Reduction Goal Double check each person’s carbon calculator was completed correctly –Problem solve with household on any incomplete work Ask team members to report which two areas are the highest contributors to their carbon footprint –E.g. oil used in the home, car miles driven, etc. This helps each household start to focus on where they can make the most impact
22 When Discussing Each Lifestyle Action Expect lots of questions to come up –People start saying “you know, I wanted to do this before but…” –Problem solving begins to happen in the team on how to overcome each household’s challenges
23 Lifestyle Actions with Largest Reductions Action #ActionCarbon reduction (lbs CO2 annually) 10Going vegetarian700 - 5000 1Reducing your garbage1560 - 3120 8Reducing miles driven by 20% 450 - 4000 5Turning down the heat1400 1Recycling 100%1300
24 What Needs to Be Completed Before the Third Meeting? EcoTeam Convener –Check in with each household on how they’re doing with their lifestyle actions and if they need help –Send meeting reminder few days before 3rd meeting EcoTeam Member –Complete the lifestyle actions agreed to in Section 1 of your action plan Discuss these with all household members and obtain their buy-in –Update your action plan for the next meeting if any changes to it
26 Household Actions with Largest Reductions Action #ActionCarbon reduction (lbs CO2 annually) 16Switching to NSTAR Green (there are also alternatives) 10,000+ 17Engine tune-up and maintaining tire pressure 1,500 15Air sealing; Insulating walls and attic 1,200 19Purchasing carbon offsetsYou choose Let your team know that taking Action 16 alone will many times get to a 25% or more reduction
28 Summarizing Results Double check each person’s results have been filled out correctly –It’s really hard to get results collected after the meetings are over; make it a point to get the results sheets at the last meeting!! Have each household report: –% reduction they were able to achieve during the EcoTeam Acknowledge each household’s efforts and thank them for reducing their carbon footprint!
29 What’s Next? At the last meeting, it’s important to motivate team members to continue working towards the Brookline goal Ask who will: –Commit to having an information meeting at your home and recruit neighbors to attend –Become an EcoTeam convener and/or encourage Brookline households to join an EcoTeam –Help your workplace reduce its carbon footprint –Become part of CAB and help plan for the project’s success