Bigfoot sighting confirmed for Edmonds next week

Sep 28, 2017

Look for another sighting of Bigfoot at a Climate Action rally before the City Council meeting Tuesday, October 3, where there will be a presentation as the official kick-off of the Taming Bigfoot Edmonds competition.

The rally is at 6:30 p.m., prior to the council meeting. You can get your photo taken with Bigfoot, sign up to be on a team, and stick around to hear more about Taming Bigfoot Edmonds during the meeting.

The Taming Bigfoot Edmonds competition is designed to be a fun, community-building event where teams of seven people take on the challenge to reduce their carbon footprint.

The game encourages 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 provide an opportunity to explore climate change, ask questions about lifestyle choices and share experiences.

The competition is endorsed by Mayor Dave Earling, as well as other local leaders, businesses and organizations. There are 17 sponsors signed up to support the competition, including offering prizes to the competition winners.

On Tuesday, Bob Bindshadler, a retired NASA climate scientist who helped create a Taming Bigfoot game for Jefferson County, will describe the results of a successful community-based competition. A member of the Taming Bigfoot Edmonds steering committee will give an overview of the Taming Bigfoot Edmonds competition.

The city of Edmonds continues to look for opportunities to address climate action.

At the Sept. 5 City Council meeting, Development Services Director Shane Hope, Public Works and Utilities Director Phil Williams, and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite presented a study called “Climate Change/Sustainability Activities in Edmonds.”

These activities included reducing energy usage of city buildings through insulation, new control systems, preventive maintenance of equipment, adjusting heating and cooling times to occupancy, replacing older computers, servers and software to be more efficient, reducing paper usage, switching to hybrid and all electric vehicles and replacing light bulbs with LEDs, many things homeowners can also do.

Taming Bigfoot Edmonds is an opportunity for local residents, local business, and climate-action sponsors to support individual and household climate change/sustainability activities.

Over the next six months, residents can learn from experts about the latest in climate science, learn from each other about citizen action to take to reduce individual and household carbon footprints and create teams to see who can come up with the best carbon footprint reduction strategy for their lifestyle.

There will be events in October, November and December where residents can join neighbors, family, friends, coworkers and colleagues to learn more about how to lower the collective carbon footprint, and at the same time help the city of Edmonds meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to equal to or below the Washington state goal of 50 percent below 1990s level by 2050.

To learn more about Taming Bigfoot Edmonds go to www.tamingbigfoot.edmondswa.gov. Pictures with Bigfoot will be available at all sightings.

 

 

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