What Can You Do?
1. Understand Your Emissions
To meet the targets outlined in the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan, every Thurston resident, business, and local government will need to do their part. Want to estimate your household’s emissions? Click here to find out your carbon footprint!
2. Tell Us How You Plan to Reduce Your Emissions
Lasting and dramatic change comes from countless little shifts throughout society. We want to hear from you about what actions you might take and how your city and county government can help. Complete this short survey to tell us what kinds of actions you plan to take!
3. Which Actions Will You Try?
The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan focuses on ways local governments can help our region do its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but individuals also have a role to play. Your personal actions plus your input on this plan can help protect us against climate change, strengthen our communities, sustain well-paying jobs, and help ensure the health and wellbeing of our children and future generations. Here are some easy ways to reduce emissions in your everyday life:
Reduce My Energy Use
Install energy conserving appliances and fixture, such as on-demand tankless water heaters, Energy Star appliances, and LED lightbulbs.
Go electric! Transition to electric furnaces, water heaters, dryers, and stoves.
Install solar panels at my home.
Get an energy audit to find ways to increase energy efficiency at home or at work.
Time yourself in the shower and see if you can beat 5 minutes
Reduce My Waste
Reduce the amount of food my household wastes.
Compost organic waste in my backyard or purchase compost pick-up.
Fix things that are broken instead of buying new.
Choose low-package items and skip plastic bags at the store.
Set your reusable water bottle or mug next to your bag or keys each night so you don’t forget them.
Eat meat-free meals once a week.
Embrace Non-Car Travel
Increase the number of trips I make by transit, carpooling, walking, or biking.
Try an electric bike for my commute.
Use alternatives to air travel when possible.
Think ahead. Bundle a number of small errands into one trip to save time and fuel.
Support your city in development that creates vibrant, high density, and mixed-use areas to reduce congestion and the need for driving.
Help Our Community
Shop locally and support local businesses.
Participate in a community education event related to climate change and sustainability.
Host a tree planting event in your neighborhood.
Start a tool lending library in your community.
Organize a “walking school-bus” to walk a group of kids to school.
Talk with your friends and family about the everyday choices you make.
Additional Resources and Links:
Measure the food you waste and try the Waste Less Food Challenge
Find out how to put your unwanted items to good use with Thurston County's Recycle and Reuse Resources
Improve your understanding and preparedness for climate change by using the Resilience Preparedness Toolkit