[1:00] Today’s episode is about my experiences trying to get eco-actions going in Niwot and Longmont, Colorado. In retrospect, I can see mistakes I made and strategies that worked.
[1:45] Niwot – worked solo to get recycling center in
[2:30] Longmont – offered job in Longmont to start just after 500-year flooding event.
[3:20] Found one person to join me and we started Sustainable Revolution Longmont
[3:35] Started working toward Earth Day 2015. Writing grants. Got fiscal sponsorship. Started youth leadership council.
[4:30] Had 70 exhibitors, 35 of which were youth booths
[5:00] Mayor and City Council members attended
[5:10] Link to Sustainable Resilient Longmont 2015 Youth of the Earth Festival photos http://www.srlongmont.org/photos–videos-2015.html [5:20] Youth and adult attended city council and school board meetings. Got much of what we wanted
[5:40] Non-profit is still going forward even after I left: Sustainable Resilient Longmont
[6:20] If you’ve tried and didn’t have success in the past, it might have been timing but it might be that there are other strategies that will work better.
[6:30] List of strategies to use, to avoid mistakes when starting a green team:
- Embrace leadership
- Build a core team
- Dream of a better world
- Find partners
- Plan an initial big event
- Get ready to take money
- Become an official group
- Promote, promote, promote
- Hold an initial big event
- Document and re-evaluate
- Celebrate your successes
- Include youth in leadership and families
- Include art and music
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