Green Team Academy Episode 4:
Tale of Two Cities - Mistakes to Avoid and Strategies to Use when starting a green team in your community
Sharing my experience in Niwot and Longmont, Colorado
[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
[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:
Build a core team
Dream of a better world
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
Thank you for listening!
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