"The Green Living Program has demonstrated results and can make a real difference. In our work with communities across America this is exactly the sort of tool for which they are searching.”– Molly Olson, executive director,
President’s Council on Sustainable Development
The Green Living Program will assist you in translating your desire to do the right thing into a program of environmental action that will make a difference.
Americans as 5 percent of the world’s population consume 25 percent of the planet’s resources and waste up to 75 percent due to inefficiency and lack of awareness. Households directly consume one third of these resources, and indirectly use much of the rest through the purchase of products and services.
How we live is a big part of the problem. It can also be a big part of the solution if we adopt more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. That means exercising more care, or stewardship, in our use of the Earth’s finite resources (trees, water, energy, minerals, land) to ensure that there will be enough left for our children and their children.
Five to eight households—an EcoTeam—meet seven times over a four-month period and use a step-by-step workbook to create a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Choosing from a series of practical actions, the team supports one another to reduce waste, use less water and energy, buy green products, and encourage others to get involved. More than increasing awareness, the Green Living Program enables people to change the way they live – measurably.
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If one or more of the following categories fit your situation, participating in the Green Living Program will be helpful.
Results you can expect…
Depending on the community, participants in the Green Living Program, on average, achieve the following yearly resource savings:
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Sustainable Lifestyle Assessment – Garbage
Purchase the Green Living Handbook
The Sustainable Lifestyle Campaign is an education and outreach program to assist local governments, utilities and community-based organizations in implementing the Green Living Program. Empowerment Institute offers Social Change 2.0 community organizing leadership certification focused on implementation of the Sustainable Lifestyle Campaign and a customized community training. For more information click here.
Journey for the PlanetA Kid's Five Week Adventure to Create an Earth-friendly Life
Journey for the Planet is a children’s version of Green Living Program for kids 8 to 12 years old. This program can be delivered in a classroom, after-school club, youth organization or for children of adults taking part in an EcoTeam. It is complemented by a twenty-six-lesson plan educator’s curriculum called the “Coach’s Guide.” Empowerment Institute offers a Journey for the Planet teacher certification. For more information click here.
To learn more about the Social Change 2.0 framework and research underpinning the Sustainable Lifestyle Campaign, read the free four-part series excerpted from Chapter 2 of Social Change 2.0:
Part One: Empowering Citizens to Adopt Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyles
Part Two: Engaging the Community
Part Three: Taking the Program to Scale
Part Four: Teaching Others to Fish
An introduction to the Social Change 2.0 philosophy and framework.
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"The Green Living Program is the most practical and well implemented program to help people create environmentally sustainable lifestyles.”– Daphne Gemmill, Executive Director, Project Earthlink, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce