Shed Pounds at Cool Climate Café

Starts Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Ends Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:19 AM

Attend the Cool Climate Café to discover all the ways you can save money while saving energy, gas, reducing waste and conserving water. Saturday, February 11, 1-3 p.m. at Skagit Station, 105 E Kincaid St, in Mount Vernon.

LowCarbon-Diet_cover_banner_web.jpgForm a team of friends, neighbors, co-workers, members of your club or faith community to share imaginative carbon cutting ideas. The Cool Climate Café will get you started with a copy of the Low Carbon Diet, an easy to use guide that will help you “Lose 5,000 pounds in 30 days.” Enjoy food, music and friends while getting free or low cost local resources. Once you form a team you’ll have six weeks to see how much you can lose.

Teams may meet on the bus, over potlucks or during lunch at work. It’s up to each team. A culminating café will be held on March 31 to tally the results. See your utility bills take a dive. Get better gas mileage. Share transit tips. Cut carbons and find new friends at the Cool Climate Café. Get a prize for coming by bus, bike, carpool or walking.

In 2009, a highly successful Cool Climate Campaign was run in Skagit County with a Café in Mount Vernon and another in Anacortes. Twenty five teams signed up in late October and by January they’d collectively cut over 800,000 pounds of carbon. Caulking air leaks, forming carpools, reducing “phantom” loads, inflating tires, starting a worm bin, using a clothes rack instead of a dryer are all small steps that add up to big savings and huge gains for our community. At the Cool Climate Café there will be experts on how to take these and other steps toward becoming a cooler community.

The average American household generates over 50,000 pounds of carbon emissions a year, so cutting 5,000 pounds is about 10 percent. If you think by cutting carbons you’ll end up living in a cold, dark cave consider this; the average household in Germany generates about 27,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually, while Swedish households generate only 14,000. The Low Carbon Diet shows how much carbon you can lose by taking simple steps at home. Then it challenges you to take those ideas to school, work or community groups. Take action now to save energy, save money and become a cool community.

Sponsoring organizations include: NW Clean Air Agency, Skagit County, Padilla Bay Reserve, Transition Fidalgo and Friends, and Skagit Climate Stewards.

For more information, contact Susan Wood, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, at 360-428-1066 or swood@PadillaBay.gov.