Taming Bigfoot winners are carbon-reducing champions

By Brian Soergel | May 02, 2018
Photo by: City of Edmonds Edmonds’ Bigfoot mascot, Bigfoot himself, checks his emails while taking a break from riding his bike.

Bigfoot has been tamed in Edmonds.

The winners of Edmonds’ Taming Bigfoot contest – which was designed to be a fun, community-building event where teams of seven people took on the challenge to reduce their carbon footprint – have been announced.

“The emphasis of this competition was on the learning of the participants on the finer points of living as though it matters what individual choices we make and how that affects our carbon output,” said Taming Bigfoot committee member Gayle Leberg.

“In addition, we wanted the greater Edmonds Community to be aware that their neighbors take this issue seriously enough, that they would devote the time to work together to learn and reduce their carbon footprint.”

All winners received – a rock (hold the Charlie Brown jokes).

“It’s something of the earth reminding them that the greatest impact from this effort will come from all of us reshaping our conversations with our friends, acquaintances and even our casual encounters with strangers to include our care for the earth and our efforts to make a small difference,” Leberg said.

Taming Bigfoot encouraged people to work as a team to learn how to measure their carbon footprint using six specific indicators (home energy use, water use, transportation, waste disposal, food consumption and shopping) and then strategize ways to bring down their individual and collective carbon footprint.

Team meetings provided opportunities to explore climate change, ask questions about lifestyle choices and share experiences.

Fifteen teams featuring 80 people participated from beginning to end. The best team reduced its energy use by 19 percent, with the overall reduction at 10 percent. Some teams, Leberg said, did see increased carbon output due to flights that had no carbon offsets purchased.

Taming Bigfoot winners

First place: Sassysquatches and Wesleys Water Walker, for strong reductions in both absolute and percentage reduction.

Second place: Tip Toers, with 1,944 pounds absolute reduction; Climate Eyes, with 12 percent reduction.

Third place: The Green Yetis, 1,797 pounds absolute reduction; Carbon Tamers, 10 percent redution.

First place, individual, home energy: Gayla Shoemake, lower gas and electricity; Collene Daigle, lower gas and electricity.

First place, individual, transportation: Denise Norman, shifted large gasoline to carpool; Lora Hein, eliminated ferry and bus in favor of carpool.

First place, individual, food and shopping: Lynne Weakland, switched to organic and reduced clothing; Joyce Landau, increased organic and local food.

First place, individual award overall: Randi Leonetti, transportation, food and shopping; Joe Wermus, home energy and transportation.




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