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Join an Eastside Hill Neighborhood Eco-Team!

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by Ned Noel, Associate Planner, City of Eau Claire

Wanting to create a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle but needing help? Join an Eco-Team! With grant assistance, Eau Claire County UW-Extension and Sustainable Eau Claire have teamed up to launch an innovative and fun sustainability program for the Chippewa Valley. Many local eco-teams have already successfully participated in the program. Several households participated in the first eco-team in the Eastside Hill neighborhood. The team wrapped up in April and Marcy Smith had this to share about the experience. “It was a great way to connect with your neighbors, while learning more about sustainability. It really made us aware of all of the things we could do to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I would recommend it to anyone!”

How it Works
First form your group. You can invite your neighbors, friends, or co-workers. Groups can vary from family and friends to a number of households or faith-based members getting together. It doesn’t matter. The point is, the group makes it fun and helps everyone stay on track.

Eco-team members decide where to meet regularly to discuss the sustainability projects listed in the Green Living Handbook. Six core topics are covered, (1) reducing your solid waste; (2) wastewater efficiency; (3) saving energy; (4) transportation efficiency; (5) eco-wise consuming; and (6)empowering others. The handbook is very user-friendly and helps participates complete projects along the way.

How Will it Make a Difference
Already over 20,000 program participates have found*:

  • 40% less garbage sent into the waste stream
  • 32% less water used
  • 14% less energy used
  • 18% less fuel used for transportation
  • 15% less CO2 emissions
  • A financial savings of $255

All while improving their quality of life!

How to Get Started

Use the below resource links to learn more and purchase the handbook. If you want to get started, but don’t have a group of neighbors together yet, please contact the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Eco-team organizer, Ned Noel, at 832-7004. Links:

*Green Living Handbook. By David Gershon. Empowerment Institute. 3rd Edition. 2008.

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