In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • 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 LA PLATA COUNTY, CO -- WORKING TO PROTECT THE PLANET

    In 2013, the LWV La Plata County formed a Climate Change Initiative Committee to educate League and community members about what is being done locally to protect the planet.  The group is an extension of that League's longstanding environmental committee.

    The committee embarked on two activities. Members formed an observer corps to monitor the Durango City Council, the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners, and the local electric co-op to identify opportunities for possible LWVLPC advocacy. They review the agendas and attend meetings when the groups are scheduled to discuss topics relevant to the League committee.

    Committee members also interviewed eight individuals/organizations involved in environmental and sustainable activities in the county. 

    Interview findings were published on the LWVLPC website.

    In January 2014, the League sponsored a well-attended program entitled Working to Protect the Planet featuring panelists from four of the organizations interviewed. Each speaker described what his/her organization is doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, conserve energy, and/or promote clean energy technology. A question and answer period followed, and the Durango mayor offered praises for the sustainability efforts underway in the community. The event was videotaped and shown on the local City Span television station and on the County website. The local newspaper, The Durango Herald, also covered the event.

    Committee members are continuing to observe the City Council, Board of County Commissioners, and local electric co-op. They are paying particular attention to the La Plata Climate and Energy Action Plan and a revision of the County Land Use Plan.

    Impacts: Following the meeting, a number of attendees acted on the information they had been given. They arranged for home energy audits, pursued the installation of solar systems for their homes, took advantage of a rebate program run by the local electric co-op, and made energy-saving changes around the house. 

    Members of the committee learned that there is a tremendous amount of activity going on locally to reduce GHG emissions and promote clean energy technology. And the LWV La Plata County received very positve press in connection with the panel discussion.

    For more information, please contact the LWV La Plata County or Deanna Collins, Climate Change Initiative Committee Co-Chair, LWV La Plata County, CO: dcdurango(at)msn.com).