Promoting Sustainability in East Jefferson County, WA
Below is the original information on the Jefferson County Taming Bigfoot competition. For those interested in the new Taming Bigfoot online calculator, as a website and/or app, see taming-bigfoot.org.
Thanks to all who participated in our 2017 Bigfoot Anniversary Footprint check-in. For the anniversary results, and updates on what the Local 20/20 Climate Outreach members are currently working on: AnniversaryPresentation_FINAL
Here are the final results of the 2016 competition: Apr22FinalMtg***
Check out this great song Phina Pippia did on her Bigfoot experience!
And the winners are…..
Grand Prize – Lowest Absolute Carbon Fooprint: Zoe Ballering!
Individual Role Prizes:
Many thanks to all the participants, our generous sponsors, and the Local 20/20 Climate Outreach team!
Below is the historical information on the contest.
Welcome to the Taming Bigfoot webpage!
Taming Bigfoot is a competition that makes it fun, rewarding and educational to reduce your carbon footprint! It is being organized by Jefferson County’s Local 20/20 Climate Action Outreach Group to assist the county in reaching its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% of 1990 levels by 2050 through an engaging and educational activity. Using a combination of endorsements, sponsorships, participation and media coverage, Taming Bigfoot is connecting county groups in new ways to collectively address an important community objective. See our Facebook page for the latest news and tips!
The competition will last 3 months (from mid-January to mid-April 2016). Teams of 7 persons each will be pitted against one another to devise and carry out different strategies to reduce their “carbon footprint”, a number that measures the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with various activities. As extra motivation to participate, over $2000 in prizes from local sponsoring businesses will be awarded to those teams and team members that are most successful in lowering their carbon footprints.
Upcoming Team Meetings:
• Monday January 11th, 7-9 pm, Cotton Building, 607 Water St, Port Townsend – complete (presentation here: KickOffPresentation.)
• Wednesday February 17th, 7-9 pm, Cotton Building, 607 Water St, Port Townsend (presentation here: Feb17Mtg)
• Monday March 14th, 7-9 pm, Cotton Building, 607 Water St, Port Townsend (presentation here: Mar14Mtg_Slideshow)
• Friday April 22nd, 7-9 pm, Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend – Final celebration with prizes awarded (presentation here: Apr22FinalMtg.pdf)!
Below you will find the information being sent out to the teams. (And for those not on a team, feel free to play along by using the Bigfoot Calculator and other tools below!)
Frequently Asked Questions
Instructions for using Bigfoot Calculator
The 7 members of a team must satisfy a specific set of characteristics that reflect the diversity of Jefferson County. Each team will have a person from a 1-2 person household, someone living within the Port Townsend city limits and someone outside city limits. Rounding out the team will be someone already living a “green” lifestyle, someone not yet living a green lifestyle (or who wants to be greener), at least one member younger than 30, and a member who is recognized as a prominent county resident.
The 14 teams selected to compete are:
|Kale Krushers||Co-Op||Kenna Eaton|
|St. Paul’s Pandas||St. Paul’s Church||Val Johnstone|
|Incrementally Diminishing Guilt||Jefferson County||Laura Tucker|
|Gray Wolves||none||Bill Ferguson|
|Snow Leopards||none||Judy Alexander|
|Olympic Mud Minnows||WSU||Kate Dean|
|ET||Local 20/20 Energy/TLAB||Peter Lauritzen|
|Tufted Puffins||QUUF||Paul Loubere|
|Sea Stars||QUUF||David Covert|
|4-H PT STEM Club||4-H PT STEM Club||Ella Ashford|
|Chums||Jefferson Land Trust||Erik Kingfisher|
Carbon footprints will be calculated by using a calculator compiled specifically for Jefferson County by the organizing committee. This calculator will be provided to each team in the form of an Excel spreadsheet. While the calculator does not include every possible source (or sink) of greenhouse gases, it covers most of the major greenhouse gas-producing activities by individuals in our community and it provides a simple and useful means of converting easily measured quantities of a person’s lifestyle (e.g., home energy and water use, miles traveled, garbage produced) to quantitative emission values (measured in pounds of CO2). A conveniently concise Data Reporting Sheet has been created by the organizing committee to guide participants to monitor and record those specific quantities required for the calculator.
The first month of the competition (mid-January to mid-February) will be used to collect data from all participants so that their baseline (or reference) carbon footprint can be calculated. The two remaining months are dedicated to employing the various strategies chosen by teams to reduce their carbon footprint and measuring their effectiveness. Individual team members will report their data to a team “Recorder” who will then fill out the spreadsheet and submit the results to the organizing committee. Team footprints will be posted on this website, however no participant will be able to see the individual data of any other participant on another team; collective data of a team will be viewable.
There will be four all-team meetings during the competition. The initial Kick-Off gathering on January 11th (7 pm) will cover the rules and procedures for the overall competition, address any questions participants might have, and update the teams on the prize categories to be awarded at the competition’s conclusion on April 22nd (Earth Day!) The teams will gather again at monthly intervals; first (on February 17th) to share their baseline carbon footprints, once more (March 14th) to display and share their progress and experiences in footprint reduction and the final time on April 22 (Earth Day) to announce their final accomplishments and exchange their experiences of the competition and to take part in the awards presentations ceremony. Aside from these monthly progress meetings where all teams are expected to be represented, the only time commitment for a participant is the time it takes to keep adequate records of their activities so that the 1-page data sheet can be filled out each month.
The list of sponsoring businesses who are offering prizes to be awarded continues to grow and can be found here. As the list grows, so too does the variety of awarded achievements. The base set of categories includes the teams that achieve the greatest carbon footprint reductions. These will be calculated in terms of both greatest absolute reduction, i.e., lbs of CO2 not emitted, and greatest percentage reduction from their baseline footprint, as well as categories associated with the teams that achieve the greatest reductions (both absolute and percentage) in the individual sectors (i.e., home energy use, transportation, etc.).
There also will be individual awards for both greatest reduction in carbon footprint and for lowest carbon footprint for each type of team member (e.g. younger than 30, prominent citizen, etc.). As the list of sponsors increases, so does the list of possible awards. The organizing committee is also discussing the possibility of specific challenges, targeting a particular behavior (e.g., no driving for a week). One enthusiastic sponsor has already guaranteed that all participants will come away with some prize acknowledging their efforts at “Taming Bigfoot”.
|Air Flo Heating Co.||Maintenance Inspection|
|The Bishop Victorian and Swan Hotels||One night lodging|
|Boiler Room||Cookies and Coffee|
|Broken Spoke||Two bike rentals|
|Bulldog Bicycles||Two bike tune ups|
|Chimacum Farm Stand||Gift Certificates|
|Courtyard Cafe||Gift Certificate|
|Crackedog Design||6 Custom Glass Plates and 2 Cat Bowls|
|Doe Run Studios||10 custom wood jar lids|
|Elevated Ice Cream||Gift Certificate|
|Finnriver Farm & Cidery||Cider Gift Basket|
|Jefferson County Environmental Health||1 Worm Composter & 1 Backyard Composter|
|Jefferson County PUD||LED Bulbs|
|Jefferson Transit||Monthly passes|
|Key City Theater||Tickets|
|Marrowstone Vineyards||Case of wine|
|Palace Hotel||One Night’s Lodging|
|Phil Johnson||Rose Theater Movie Passes|
|Port Townsend Athletic Club||Gift Certificate|
|Port Townsend Brewery||Brewery Tour for 4, with tasting and glass|
|Port Townsend Food Co-op||Gift Certificate|
|Port Townsend Paper Co.||4 Gift Wrap Packages|
|Power Trip Energy||Solar Panel Site Evaluation|
|PT Paddlesports||7 Kayak Rentals|
|Private Donor||7 Climate Change Books|
|Private Donor||Naomi Klein Book|
|Quimper Mercantile||Gift Certificate|
|ReCyclery||Bike tune up|
|Red Dog Farm||Spring CSA package|
|Rose Theatre||Movie Passes|
|San Juan Taqueria||Gift Certificate|
|Silverwater Cafe||2 Dinners and 2% Forward (to non-profits)|
|Sound Experience||Gift Packet + 2 Passes for Public Sail|
|Sunrise Coffee||Pound of Coffee per month for 1 year|
|Williwaw Bike||Bike tune up|
• Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
Taming Bigfoot wishes to express our thanks and appreciation to all the wonderful and generous sponsors and endorsers of the competition.
Questions by participants can be addressed to their team recorder. Other questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by physical mail to Bob Bindschadler, 271 Gustavson Rd, Quilcene, WA 98376.