Sustainability Success Stories
Sustainable Lafayette’s core project has always been to publish informative and inspirational sustainability success stories on our web site and in our monthly newsletter about what residents, businesses, schools, and community organizations are doing to be reduce their environmental impact.
Summer Film Series – Starting in 2011 we have organized a summer film festival, feature three recent environmental documentaries. We have also supported Green Rheem Film Nights in Moraga (hosted by Generation Green).
Workshops & Lecture – We work with the Lafayette Library and Learning Center to host educational workshops at the Art & Science Discovery Center.
Tip of the Month – Starting in September 2007, we began publishing a Tip of the Month in the Lafayette Today newspaper that provides tips on a specific sustainability topic, and customizes the tips for the unique challenges, opportunities, and resources in Lafayette.
District Green Team – Ongoing program with the Lafayette Superintendent and staff to identify ways for the district to become more green and to save money. Worked with PG&E, EBMUD, The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, and other agencies, to audit and analyze each campus and identify the best opportunities with the fastest payback. This project was kicked off in Fall 2009 is expected to identify over $1 million in savings over the next ten years. Learn more…
Lunch Recycling - Working to standardize how lunch time recycling is handled at all district schools, including collecting all food scraps for composting, and using reusable lunch trays where possible.
School Green Teams – Identify green team representatives at each school, each school year, that can facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices between schools and can work at a campus level on district wide projects.
Green Business & Recognition
Chamber of Commerce Green Committee – Sustainable Lafayette has worked with the Lafayette Chamber to launch and lead a Chamber Green Committee that meets monthly and is actively pursuing ways to help local businesses adopt green practices.
Green Business Recognition Program – The Green Committee developed and launched a Lafayette Green Business Recognition Program that recognizes local businesses that have adopted a wide variety of green practices. Businesses receive a “Lafayette Green Business” designation with a logo and window sticker that residents can recognize.
Green Awards Program – Sustainable Lafayette partners with the City of Lafayette every year to host the Lafayette Green Awards. Sustainable Lafayette promotes the program and the City’s Environmental Task Force evaluates nominations and picks winners. Learn more…
Local & Sustainable Foods
Lafayette Community Garden – A Lafayette Community Garden & Learning Center was launched and constructed in 2013. The Community Garden provides an outdoor space for the community to learn about nature, plants, wildlife, and growing food. View the Lafayette Community Garden website.
Lafayette Farmers’ Market – Sustainable Lafayette spearheaded a farmers’ market starting in 2010 and has provided community outreach for the market. The market was discontinued in Fall 2013 due to a shrinking number of vendors and attendance.
Sustainable Food Committee – We formed a Sustainable Food Committee in Fall 2013 to explore new ways to promote local and sustainable foods besides a community garden and farmers market.
National Food Day - In October 2011 Sustainable Lafayette organized a community potluck at the Lafayette Community Center to help recognize and celebrate the first ever national Food Day. In 2012 and 2013 this was combined with the Community Garden’s Harvest Festival.
Annual Earth Day Picnic & Festival – Sustainable Lafayette partners with the City of Lafayette and Chamber of Commerce to host an annual Earth Day Festival at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. The event typically includes lunch, live music, special displays, vendors, kid’s activities, and more. Learn more…
Art & Wine Festival Green Zone – Sustainable Lafayette partners with the Chamber and Festival Green Sponsor to organize a Green Zone at the Festival each year. This has included themes like “Tomorrowland”, a Green Transportation Zone, and a No Waste Zone.
GoLafayette – GoLafayette is a branded campaign and web site that provides tools, information, and special events to help residents utilize alternate and green transportation options – like riding a bike, walking, taking a bus, carpooling, etc. The site was first launched on Earth Day 2012. Please visit: GoLafayette.
BikeLafayette – BikeLafayette is a new group that aims to become the hub of our local bike community, bringing cyclists of all ages, abilities and interest together to encourage and celebrate cycling. Check out the Facebook page…
Recycle Lafayette – Sustainable Lafayette launched a citywide campaign to reach a 75% waste diversion rate in July 2013. We are working closely with the City of Lafayette, Chamber of Commerce, Waste Authority, and Lafayette School District to pursue the goal of achieving a 75% waste diversion rate. See Recycle Lafayette website for more information.
Other Misc. Initiatives
Sustainable Landscaping – Sustainable Lafayette has worked on various sustainable landscaping initiatives. In the summer of 2012 we hired a summer intern to develop a “Lamorinda Lawn Conversion Guide.” Learn more…