Climate Action

How do you respond to climate change which is changing our world in ways that will affect every living being? What informs your choices? These are important questions that each of us face. That is why the Sunday Assembly Climate Action team is organizing Zoom presentations with local experts who can share realistic choices with us.

PAST WORKSHOPS

Transportation recording

Transportation – June 12, 2022

Mahanth Joishy, superintendent of Fleet Services for Madison shared:
  • How transportation affects climate change
  • Alternatives for fossil fuel transportation, and information on the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)
  • Changes  we can make in our own lifestyles regarding transportation

Sustainable Lawns & Gardens recording

Sustainable Lawns & Gardens – Apr. 26, 2022

Speakers:
  • Susan Carpenter, WI native plant garden curator, UW Arboretum; susan.carpenter@wisc.edu
  • Anne Walker, teacher of gardening, advocate for green space, owner of Home Land Garden LLC; annewalker@homelandgarden.com
  • Amy Alstad (video), director of land management & environmental education
Resources

Sustainable Yards

From Susan Carpenter presentation
Doug Tallamy, Nature’s Best Hope:  A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
His Talk on UTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnLwAedfacU
(turning your yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats)

Heather Holm
https://www.pollinatorsnativeplants.com/plant-lists–posters.html
Native Plant Lists for Bees, Butterflies

100 Plants to Feed The Bees Xerces Society
Xerces Society webpages: xerces.org     https://xerces.org/pesticides

Container and Vegetable Gardens Resources  

UW Extension
https://learningstore.extension.wisc.edu/collections/vegetables-c81?grid_list=list-view
Scroll Down to The Vegetable Garden, even though sold out you can download as pdf
page 22 is the planting guide for vegetables

https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/files/2021/02/Growing_Vegetables_in_Containers.pdf

From Anne Walker presentation
McGee and Stuckey’s  The Bountiful Container
Potting Soil – link to discussion,  www.MotherEarthNews.com/Potting-Mixes
Edible Flowers  The Edible Flower Garden by Rosalind Creasy
Anne’s favorite seed, book and supply catalog  FEDCO,  fedcoseeds.com
Wild Edibles  A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting and Preparing Edible Wild Plants  by Samuel Thayer
WI Dept of Natural Resources   Forestry Publication  PUB-FR-127  2009  Protect Your Trees from Oak Wilt
Vegetable cultivators and planting guide for WI Gardens  by A.J. Bussan, Judy Reith-Rozelle, and Karen Delahaut

https://unitedplantsavers.org

Rain Gardens

UW Extension
https://www3.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/UWEXLakes/Pages/ecology/shoreland/raingardens.aspx
This covers several resources related to designing to choosing native species from shade & sun in yard


Water is Life recording

Water is Life – Mar. 22, 2022

Speakers
  • Mark Hansen, director of sustainable services, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc.
  • Jeremy Cramer, director of waste water management, Sun Prairie, WI
Resources

City of Madison Water Utility has tips on how to save water in your home and yard
https://www.cityofmadison.com/water/sustainability/conservation-tips

Focus on Energy has FREE packages available to start your water savings adventures!
https://www.focusonenergy.com/residential

Algonquin Water Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC2FHciQ0sU


Heating & Cooling recording

Heating & Cooling Conservation – Feb. 22, 2022

Speaker
Resources

Solar Contractors/Financing

Madisun

Focus On Energy

Those who live in Madison check with MGE for solar program

 

Suggestions from Kathy Kunz for electrification of home – see more resources below from Sustainability U-Middleton

Cold climate heat pump

Dual fuel heat pumps

Induction stove instead of gas/electric

Sustainability U example of electrification of home video

 

Carbon Footprint/Hope

Dane County Energy and Climate Change website for calculating your carbon footprint

Book:  Under the Sky We Make, Kimberly Nicholas,  A review:  Shows how we can save the world, just by making meaningful changes in our own lives

Movie:  Kiss the Ground trailer

 

Science

Yale Climate Opinion  May Sept 2021 a pdf that can be downloaded

Yale Climate Data– at this site you can pick a question and see the response by county, legislative district, etc.

A Conversation with Climate Scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

 

Electrification from Sustainability U, Middleton Library

 

Beneficial Electrification Primer

Local nonprofit, Slipstream, offers a good overview of beneficial electrification

The Regulatory Assistance Project has a great policy discussion about beneficial electrification

GreenTech Media has a good discussion of what it will take to achieve beneficial electrification

 

Sources of information about reasons and policies for electrifying homes

Electrify: An Optimist’s Playbook for our Clean Energy Future by Saul Griffith. This book clearly explains the important role that electrifying housing must play if we are to avoid exceeding a 1.5C increase in global temperature rise. Griffith proposes policy strategies for financing this transition across income brackets

Electrify This! Podcast. This engaging monthly podcast presents excellent information about the movement to electrify everything.

A Pocket Guide to All Electric Retrofits of Single Family Homes by Redwood Energy

Go Electric! A guide to kicking fossil fuel out of your life

 

Health Risk Associated with Gas Stoves

Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front and Sierra Club study

New Stanford Study on methane leaks from gas stoves

California Air Resources Board (links to multiple studies)

 

Additional Resources

Young Black Catholics confront nature, racism and the church’s way forward | Earthbeat | National Catholic Reporter

How To Fact Sheets for Energy Efficiency

Heating & Cooling Resource – Focus on Energy Rebates

Home Energy Use

 

Books/Articles

  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Bringing Nature Home by Doug Tallamy
  • “Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living,” written by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
  • Climate Church, Climate World, How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal
  • Touching the Earth Bell Hooks, 1996
  • Students Reduce Trash to Single Jar article

Cool Choices Actions

Transportation
  • By Walking
  • By Bycycle
  • By Commuter Rail
  • By Train
  • By Carpooling
  • By Combining Errands

 

Reduce Vehicle Gas Consumption
  • By avoiding sudden stops and starts
  • By slowing from 70-60 mph
  • By reducing idling by 5 minutes/day
  • By not using AC when under 40 mph
  • By driving an all-electric vehicle
  • By driving a hybrid gas/electric vehicle
  • By walking if able

 

In our Homes
Reduce Electrical/Gas Use
  • By line-drying clothing
  • By  using cold wash and rinse on laundry
  • By using power strips on electronics
  • By watching less TV
  • By using auto-off settings on electronics
  • By turning lights off when leaving room
  • By replacing light bulbs with LED lights
Reduce Water and Food Production Inputs
  • By shortening showers by 1 or 2 minutes
  • By washing Dishes w/ energy efficient dishwasher
  • By drinking filtered tap water, not bottled water
  • By turning water off when brushing teeth
  • By watering lawn/garden early morning/evening
  • By replacing red meat with poultry, fish or veggies
  • By preparing a meatless meal
  • By buying locally grown food, member in CSA (Community Sustainable Agriculture)
Reduce Waste and Chemical Pollution
  • By composting food and/or yard waste
  • By using non-tox cleaners
  • By recycling clean paper and plastic products
  • By donating clothing and household items
  • By using reusable shopping bags
  • By carrying reusable straw when drinking/eating out

 

Care for the Earth
  • By using electric powered lawn tools
  • By growing seasonal vegetables/fruits
  • By checking out Wild Ones for a natural habitat with lawn
  • By planting no mow grass ( a sedge)
  • By creating pollinator gardens
    By using rain barrels for watering landscape