Dear Friends in Sustainability,
Our world is changing. The actions we take and decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, now and in the future. Climate change impacts every species on Earth. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that we are on a course to destroy 20-40% of all biodiversity on Earth by the end of this century. Devastating wildfires, extreme weather events and rising sea levels are impacting everyone everywhere. People must have access to knowledge and resources to successfully address climate change and improve community resilience.
Sustainable Contra Costa’s education programs, action campaigns, strategic partnerships, and online tools inspire individuals and communities to take meaningful action and build resilient communities. We provide the solutions and resources that individuals and families need to measure their household footprint, make an impact, save money, and feel connected to a broader community that is united by hope and collective action.
Together we can leverage our enthusiasm for a sustainable future and address today’s critical areas of need. Please help our cause and donate today. Your funding will help us reach more people and have a greater, positive impact on the lives of everyone in Contra Costa County and elsewhere as our successes are shared with other counties, across the State and beyond. Every dollar counts.
The bottom line: With your holiday gift to us, you are supporting Sustainable Contra Costa’s climate education and action programs to save resources, reduce waste and pollution, and rapidly mobilize climate action.
How else will your generous donations make an impact in 2020?
*Over the next year, we aim to engage 2,250 households with the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge, where they will learn to reduce their carbon footprint, save money, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 2,250 tons collectively.
*With your generosity, SCOCO will be able to increase collaboration and improve our technical capabilities. This will help to broaden our reach to raise awareness and empower more people to reduce their household carbon footprint, have healthier and more sustainable lifestyles, and make exponential progress.
*Schools and teachers will benefit from our student mentorships and classroom programs, which meet curriculum standards.
*Our work will help local governments and municipal districts meet their climate action, water conservation, and waste-reduction goals with measurable results.
What have we accomplished recently?
*Sustainable Contra Costa presents hands-on workshops and educational programs for schools, municipalities, and other community groups to help people build sustainable living skills and raise awareness about critical issues including clean air and water, resource conservation, and healthy food and soil. Our water quality programs in partnership with Central San reached 3,600 students in 2019. Also in 2019, we shared crucial sustainable living skills with 175 workshop attendees.
*Our Community Resilience Challenge East Bay public education and action campaign has inspired over 8,000 people to take over 50,000 people-powered actions to reduce waste, save energy and water, and build community since 2012.
*Since launching our brand new Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge online platform this past April, 487 households have joined the Challenge and collectively saved 39,168 gallons of water, 3,235 gallons of gas, 77 tons of CO2, and $15,431 dollars!
*We promote widespread action and engagement by working with local community groups and participating in public events throughout the year, including fairs, farmers’ markets, school events, and more!
*We are working with communities throughout the Bay Area, California, and beyond from Charlottesville to Kauai to share our successes and collaborate on solutions.
*Our programs connect people across demographic and geo-political boundaries with a common purpose, and the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge platform is available in Spanish.
Whatever amount you are able to donate is tremendously appreciated. Please donate today.
President & CEO