In the Toolkit --


  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    LWV Klamath County, OR -- Energy Efficiency Forums

    In 2009-2010, the LWV of Klamath County undertook a study to examine the availability of local (city and/or county) financing for energy efficiency retrofits and the installation of renewable energy systems for homes, businesses, and rental properties, to be repaid via utility bills or some other mechanism. The League found that the only source of funding available was a loan program offered by Energy Trust Oregon.

    In partnership with Klamath Sustainable Communities (a separate nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by LWV Klamath members), the LWV of Klamath County co-hosted three community forums to share information about what homeowners and business owners can do to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and about the Energy Trust Oregon loan program. Over a dozen other organizations co-sponsored the programs.

    Community interest in the forums was strong. Over 100 people attended the first forum in January 2010; over 30 people attended a second forum in October 2010; and over 100 people attended a third forum in October 2011, where they watched a film -- Paying too much to heat your home? -- made by Klamath Sustainable Communities in partnership with several forum co-sponsors.

    Lessons learned: Partner, partner, partner. Having multiple co-sponsors for an event means having more people to help plan the program, handle arrangements, find speakers, raise funds (if needed), and build interest and attendance. It also helps garner attention and respect for the League, and enables the League to take part in more activities that matter to the community.

    For more information, please contact the LWV of Klamath County and/or Leslie Lowe: inharmony46(at)