Actions for Schools

We view schools as businesses which have an active eco-conscious audience.

For that reason, we focus on the following changes:

  • Sourcing power from Renewable sources
  • Installing EVSE for their employees and students
  • Using fewer fossil fuels (by electrification of equipment)

 

Convert school buses to Electric

  • See https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/8905 for possible use
  • This idea is difficult in Grayslake because our schools don't own the school buses, but contract with Durham school services for the buses. It's unclear whether the state incentives can be appropriated.

Actions for Businesses

The goal of this page is to provide resources for helping businesses make positive climate-impact change.


There are many aspects in which businesses can be positive actors:

  • Installing Electric Car chargers for their employees
  • Installing Electric Car chargers for their customers
  • Using Solar Power (by changing their electricity supplier)
  • Using fewer fossil fuels (electrification of equipment)

Businesses with large parking lot

  • Write up position about EV charging at work enabling lower-income drivers to purchase EVs
  • Discuss the costs of doing the install, and advocate that when they next to resurfacing/repair, they consider installing some stalls

Grayslake Possible businesses (based on parkinglot sizes)

Who can make climate-conscious decisions in their house?

Everyone should consider their impacts and options when making large purchasing decisions. Whatever you’re the main homeowner, a business owner, a tenant, or a customer.... Knowing what the options are, and their benefits and disadvantages is important.

 

Renters

You can make changes which are temporary, which affect your enjoyment of the property.

If you pay for certain services, you can advocate for the upgrading of the equipment (like changing from a furnace to a heat-pump), perhaps by offering to pay for a portion of the capital expense, for a reduction in monthly rent?

 

As a renter, you can still change your electricity provider (if you are paying an electricity bill) to a Community Solar/renewable energy provider.



Owners

As property owners, you should be ready to upgrade your appliances to climate-friendly versions so that you are not rushing to learn about this if/when it needs replacement.

 

Landlords

More and more people are becoming aware of the impact of appliances on climate change. By making certain changes, you can market your listings to be green choices. This will attract a discerning clientele.

 

Also, by moving away from Natural gas, this reduces the number of services that your tenants need to pay for, and need to transfer from tenant to tenant.

Individual, Community, Society Impact

As a single person, changing your behavior (what you eat, what you buy, how you travel, etc) has a small impact on the climate.

These individual actions have a larger impact when they are shared with others (friends/family) by way of encouraging other people to also make those changes, and by normalizing the changes.

An individual can have a larger impact by making changes which impact their community, by talking about climate change with their neighbors, encouraging/supporting local businesses to make changes, etc.

An individual can have an even larger impact by making changes which affect policies at the village/state level. Creating/encouraging/supporting/campaigning for policies which improve the climate at the village level make a much greater impact than any action that individual could do in their own home.

 

For these reasons, this group is focused on finding ways to encourage its members to act at the neighborhood/community/village level, and not focusing on the individual/house/household level.