(formerly Carbon Masters)
Now Accepting Applications for our 2017 Sustainable Community Stewards Training!
Be the change you want to see in your community! Over the past 5 years, Sustainable Community Stewards have diverted over 15,000 pounds of food waste and compostable ware from the landfill, tested over 900 cars for leaks, and taught over 500 people how to make their own non-toxic tub scrub. These impacts are especially important since Washington State’s recycling rate is stagnate at 51%, over 7 million quarts of oil leak into the Puget Sound watershed each year, and over half of the Snohomish County residents surveyed in 2016 did not know about the Household Hazardous Waste facility. You can be a positive change, educator, and researcher in your own neighborhood by joining this program!
Through this training you’ll learn from expert presenters on waste reduction, preventing pollution from entering our local waters, home energy efficiency, and much more! Your opportunity to share the knowledge you gained will come after the training. We bring green cleaning recipes and samples to local food banks, provide waste education in food courts at 8 festivals and conferences, and test cars for oil leaks at 5 events each year. We also need volunteers to help manage our Facebook page, write newsletter articles, and more! There’s something for everyone!
The training will be held at McCollum Park in South Everett on Wednesdays, from 6pm-9:15pm September 20th-November 8th. The $35 fee will cover your materials and speakers fee. Waivers are available. To apply, download the 2017 SCS Application and submit to Stephanie Leeper by Wednesday, September 13th.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Leeper, Sustainable Community Stewards Coordinator, WSU Snohomish County Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-357-6027.
Who are the Sustainable Community Stewards?
Sustainable Community Stewards are volunteers working to help individuals and communities adopt sustainable practices that are grounded in credible climate change and natural resources science and options that are relevant in Snohomish County. Sustainable Community Stewards encourage behavior change and civic engagement that result in cleaner water and air for all to enjoy. See our May 2016 Newsletter for recent events!
How Does It Work?
Learn how you can truly make a difference, both at home and around the world! Join us for the next Sustainable Community Stewards training! Volunteers receive 34 hours of professional-level education including presentations, field trips and experiential activities. Volunteers commit to volunteer 34 hours over the next year on interesting projects already established, or that they choose to create. That’s less than four hours a month!
The training will cover topics such as:
- Climate Change
- Sustainable Materials Management
- Social Marketing/Behavior Change Techniques
- Alternative Energy
- Soils and Agriculture
As a knowledgeable, trained WSU Extension Sustainable Community Steward, you’ll be able to educate others on proven alternatives and new information that quickly contributes to a better future.
What Do Sustainable Community Stewards Do?
We are educators who share research-based information with others to encourage practices that protect and conserve the environment and wold we live in. Each Sustainable Community Steward chooses their own project.
Here are our current projects:
Ways You Can Become More Sustainable
- Don’t use a bag, or bring a reusable bag with you shopping
- Check your tire pressure regularly. You can increase fuel efficiency up to 5%
- Check out your recycling guide find out what you can recycle: Rubatino (Everett), Waste Management, Sound Disposal (Edmonds Bowl), Republic, and Recology (Bothell).
- Put your food scraps into a compost pile, or a yard waste bin! See the WSU Foodcycling page for more info.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste properly and use green cleaning products made from safe ingredients!
- Try to carpool or combine trips whenever possible
- Carry reusable utensils and containers whenever possible
- Try to buy food grown organically and locally
- Recycle more paper! See the WSU Papercycling page for more info.
- Plant native trees and shrubs in your yard. See our Native Tree Guide for help!