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Partnerships for Sustainability Two Case Studies for Communicators Christina Ragsdale, MA, APR Communications Office Manager Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

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Partnerships for Sustainability

Partnerships for SustainabilityTwo Case Studies for CommunicatorsChristina Ragsdale, MA, APRCommunications Office ManagerSacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

Communications SolutionsCommunications plays a key role in building & leveraging partnerships (improved outcomes with fewer resources)

District has a long history of entrepreneurial solutions Incentive programs, Cleaner Air Partnership, etc.

Two NEW examples from SacramentoHome Energy Conservation ProgramFarm to Fork to FuelHome Energy ConservationNEED: - 76,000 substandard homes high energy use- Low-income households spend 14% of their income on energy vs. 3.5% by other households

SHARED INTERESTS:- Helping low-income homeowners (comfort/cost)- Reduction of energy use/GHG emissions - Neighborhood stabilizationHow we came togetherAir District wanted to find a way to weatherize large numbers of homes Reduce energy use/GHG

All parties wanted to address homeowners who would not/could not access programs offered by utilities

Other parties wanted to assist/protect at-risk residents or prevent point-of-sale regulationsPartners:Sacramento Metropolitan AQMDSacramento Association of REALTORSRebuilding Together SacramentoSacramento Habitat for HumanityUC Davis Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringHow it works:Habitat developed manual, training programTeams of volunteers install basic energy efficiency materials in homes takes about two hoursHomeowners are given instructions in energy-saving practices

Weather stripping doors, window caulking, gaskets around electrical outlets, wrapping water heaters, switch out to CFL bulbs, insulating hot water pipes, installing low-flow showerheads. 6Business Plan & FundraisingConducted focus groups (customers/supporters)Drafted Business PlanSAR added to original funding to a total of $100K(= 500 homes)

Outcomes & Next Steps:As of January 2014, over 200 homes completedREALTORS doing outreach and fundraising campaign in Spring 2014District meeting with Sacramento Regional Foundation to present business plan and request funds in 2014HEC Program received Regional Clean Air Award in May 2013

How you can beginReach out in your region All of our partners are national organizations

We are willing to share our Manual and Plan

Test with potential recipients donors and volunteersDevelop a pilot program, then GROW!Farm to Fork to Fuel (to Farm!)Air District Goals (shared by others)

Become a center for local fuel production (economy)Reduce VMT to haul waste and import fuel Reduce Methane emissions from food waste decomposing in landfills or compost operationsExpand already healthy market for natural gas fuelDevelop broad public and leadership support and demand for Farm to Fork to Fuel concept

Food Waste The 3rd Largest Carbon Emitter Food Wastage Footprint 2013 UN report estimated that the carbon footprint of wasted food was equivalent to 3.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year

If it were a country, it would be the worlds third largest emitter after China and the USPartnersClean Cities SacramentoClean WorldAtlas Disposal/ReFuelGRAS (Green Restaurants Alliance of Sacramento)Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (Farm to Fork Festival)

Atlas increasing from 25 tons/day to 100 tons/day.12

How it works:- Burns so clean it generates carbon credits- Eliminates all GHG emissions from landfill- Replaces 1 million gallons of diesel fuel/year- Significant cost-saving

Burns so cleanly it actually generates carbon credits. Eliminates 100 percent of GHG from landfilling food waste. Replaces nearly one million gallons of diesel fuel annually. Significant cost savings

13Awards & RecognitionSucceeded in Farm to Fork Leadership billing the first Festival Week in September 2013 as The Largest Zero Waste Event in the CountryClean World and its partners won the Energy Vision Leadership Award and named the International Bioenergy Project of the Year (Renewable Energy World Power Engineering Awards) November 2013Clean World received 2013 Governors Environmental & Economic Leadership Award (for Atlas Digester)

Whats Next?Already implementing local food waste drop-offs Farm to Fork to Fuel to Farm will grow in Year 2

Opportunities for youLook for partners who share business goals and outcomes with youDont be afraid to reach outUse data from others as support and benchmarksFunding can be available in unexpected placesReport and celebrate successes

Questions?Christina Ragsdale, MA, [email protected]