Over the summer GreenTown Los Altos sponsored 154 participants in a sustainability encouraging program called Carbon Bootcamp.
Carbon BootCamp’s a fun, text-based, real-time six-week program designed to help participants lower their carbon footprint via small changes in how they live, eat and move. It featured delivery of boxes containing gifts, tools, goodies and tips, as well as carbon footprint facts and kudos for accomplishments.
Based on comments like these, participants enjoyed the program:
“This was a fantastic program! Thank you so much!”
To gauge its effectiveness, Carbon Bootcamp measured changes at the end of the participants’ session, then a few weeks later to determine if the changes were likely to stick. The biggest changes by participants measured were:
Purposely shifting electrical use to when electricity is most available and cheaper
Increasing walkingwhen running errands
Decreasing consumption of red meat, increasing vegetarian meals
The smallest changes were still significant, although a switch to mass transit was tough:
Participants implemented some air clothes drying and shorter showers
A few participants increased mass transit use
Half of respondents chose vegan meal options more frequently
Carbon Bootcamp is a program developed by Anna Michalak, a Los Altos Resident and climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford. Carbon Bootcamp is copyrighted by CrownTheCrowd.