Congregations Toolkit (pdf)
Community Group Toolkit (pdf)
ECFE Toolkit (pdf)
Youth Toolkit (pdf)
Hennepin County has worked with former Community POWER grant recipients to develop a series of environmental education toolkits that address a variety of environmental issues. The toolkits contain:
The toolkits contain sections on reducing waste, recycling, toxicity reduction and proper disposal of household hazardous waste, energy conservation and improving water quality.
To learn more about the toolkits, please read the user guide below.
Toolkit resources will help your group improve the environment, enjoy a healthier lifestyle, build community and save money.
Toolkit techniques are based on the latest research into fostering sustainable behavior change:
Visit Fostering Sustainable Behavior - Community-Based Social Marketing for strategies, articles and case studies on motivating sustainable behavior change.
Also see the Psychology of Sustainable Behavior - a handbook introducing research-based tips from psychology to help you in efforts to empower sustainability in your personal life, community and workplace.
The toolkit has five chapters organized by environmental topic:
Each chapter provides essential background information, facts and statistics, free resources for each topic, and activity ideas. The activities section of each chapter offers ideas for involving others in learning and taking action.
In order to teach and organize others, you will need to be familiar with the important issues. This toolkit includes background information for each topic area that is the most relevant and accurate for our region.
Work with others who are committed to helping the environment. Include the staff, board, and/or volunteers from your group in setting goals and doing the work.
Consider how an environmental project achieves other goals of your mission, such as attracting new people to your efforts, forming new partnerships, getting media attention or helping you apply for environmental grants.
Order and/or download free materials and handouts that are available for the topic areas covered by your program. Website links identified in each chapter have instructions for ordering the handouts referenced throughout the toolkit. Brochures, factsheets and incentive items from Hennepin County can be ordered at www.hennepin.us/literatureorderform.
Build on existing structures, meetings, communication strategies, events and seasons to launch your program. Your program will be more successful if you encourage anyone, no matter where they start or how quickly they move. Use the Quick Facts & Statistics in each chapter of this toolkit to communicate accurate and inspiring messages.
Make actions possible for everyone. For those already committed, use the activities in the toolkit to inspire additional lifestyle changes. For uninterested people, consider how to break down barriers to their involvement. Work through existing networks and organizations that people already trust, get advice from opinion leaders, don’t make assumptions, and get creative in your outreach.
Take advantage of seasonal milestones and environmental holidays when planning your project.
Research on behavior suggests using the following strategies to encourage people to make changes in long-held beliefs and actions:
See the Evaluation Questions for Behavior Change. Collect commitment forms from participating families and individuals. Follow up and support others in their efforts.
Celebrate! Let members of your group know the impact they are making together.
These organizations offer free information and resources:
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