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WIRAM Virtual Summit 2022 Part 4 of 4

WIRAM Virtual Summit 2022 Part 4 of 4
There is much more to come now. We're gonna go with the amazing John Gregerson. She's gonna be our close in Kino speaker. We're gonna provide the presentation you at any time you wanna be on camera, too to make sure we can see you we introducing you ex Realty realtor and green theme Academy founder the cheese and real tour and international real estate advisor with experience in Denver, Colorado as the host of the climate action homes podcast, Jon interviews guess and share strategies around climate action environmental benefits of portability. She's also the owner of positive energy Works LLC as well as the founder of two environmental known for profits green tea Academy and sustainable Revolution Longmont. She's an engineer with over 25 years of experience in sustainability. She's a writing an author of the book. I'm an action challenge. And Plano, we're launching your air conditionings in 90 days, and I reminder don't remember that you promised me the book in French. I'm looking forward to reading it. So let's make that working. Thank you so much. We're gonna be now experiencing sustainability and important. What can we activate merely? Thank you so much for being our closing keynote and you see we have an amazing audience that have stayed all the day with us. So, thank you. Thank you so much for that in that introduction. And yes, I'll get you that book in French. Let's see. I'm just trying to figure out my whole screen sharing. We can see your camera. We can see your screen. So at this point if you want to just go to the next slide, we want to make sure that we can see it. All right. Here we go. Okay, I think I think I got it now. Um, does anybody else want to like get up dance around for a second? Get some good time. I see time. I am now I am shake you are because has been long day, but we do need to remember to take care of ourselves. So that's They're super I remind okay good. So if you hopefully you had a little dance break there. All right, so I'm going to get my camera a little better. I guess we'll just go with that. I am I'm super excited to be talking with you and I really enjoyed all the presentations so far. And as everyone has said these are my own views. I'm not a this is not where I'm endorsed, um content the topic that we're going to talk about today is climate action homes 10 ways to make a positive Eco impact with your home and I'm really excited about how to connect this what with all the different speakers that I've been hearing that have been talking about claiming your power using your heart your head your hands. You are the one to to make this kind of change operational excellence going with the why the sustainable development goals my background as an engineer and you know, thinking of personal and organizational reliability and I want to take it out one more level. Um a little bit about me so it started as an engineer. Well, I started as a baby like all of us on planet Earth where we are being sustained every moment and then did engineering sustainability and then Community organizing and yeah, and so now what I have done recently is combined my background in building Energy Efficiency and environmental work to now be a realtor. I work in Colorado, but I also can partner with people around the world and in 20 countries and my whole focus is to to help people use that whole home buying selling living in your home process to make a positive Eco impact. so what I want to do first is kind of connect the the mission of where I'm to what I'm talking about So when what in looking at where I'm it's it starts with women, so that's us and I also think when I think of women I think of Mother Earth. I think that women have that, you know, we we have that ability to deliver life right out of our body. We we are in a lot of ways more in touch just biologically than men with that whole process of the sanctity on the sacred of life. And so women have a particular role in doing this and then reliability. I saw some different quotes one from reliability web. It's a way of being and acting rather than just a series of events. And it's part of every decision and every perspective, you know, it's kind of like right now we ask anytime somebody says hey, do you want to go to the movies? You're thinking to have enough money. Do you want to buy house to have enough money? Should I buy that car should we go drive this thing? You're always thinking money. So we want as part of every decision every perspective to think about the environment as how it relates to. as part of every decision so reliability and then Asset Management. so I I got this list from somewhere. But you know, I think some of the members that are part of where I'm might be in some of these organizations but really my understanding that is that we're you know, whether it's humans. That is the asset or any kind of industry. It's everywhere. So we look a picture like this. This is Denver Colorado up front is a Suncor Refinery. But you know, we're also seeing the other things that people need to make sure are reliable like our our transportation the power lines the communications the Computing the you know, anything that the people need the water water treatment all of this stuff is part I think of what members of where I'm tend to be focusing on is making sure that all these things that get manufactured all the processes are reliable. What I'd like to do today is to I wish that I had Google Earth working because it kind of zoomed so nicely but this is where I took those pictures is okay. So we were looking at that one plant. I'm thinking about reliability. But what if we think we zoom out? All right. So now we're starting to think about what is the reliability of our our water I don't know if you know this but right along here. This is the Continental Divide and so water that falls on one side goes to the east water that falls on the other side goes out to the Pacific. So some goes to the Atlantic some goes to the Pacific so thinking about Our waterways and our our forest our planes as reliability. Like how how are we managing this asset? That that plant those cars everything is sitting on top of this Foundation. And this right here. This is the main asset. That we I mean whose job is it? This job is it to make sure that this asset is managed. That this is the reliable. place Whose job is it to protect our home? This home sweet home. I mean we've been gifted life on this planet. This is like such an incredible gift, you know, everything else you have to buy but we've been gifted a place where we just we inhale and we have air and we exhale and we're we're having this exchange with trees. I mean, it's a it's a miraculous gift that we have and all of the reliability and asset management goals tasks that we have. This is job number one. And so what I want to show you today is how we can be part of the solution like so many people were talking about you want to be a badass leader you want to do something cool. You want to show how women and women from all different perspectives can make an impact you want to do something with environmental justice then starting with your home is an awesome place to start. So I want you to be thinking about anytime you hear home sweet home think about this beautiful planet that we've been gifted and how we can make impact with our own home and this responsibility that we've taken on whether we're renters or owners. So what I'm gonna be talking about is 10 ways to make a positive Eco impact with your home. But I think before we dive in I want to give you some context. so I don't want you to do little things. I want you to do big things. And so the first thing that I would ask you to do is choose an avatar. I want you to think of yourself as an Eco Warrior you your your house is going to be the coolest house on the Block. You're gonna be your favorite aunt for your teenage nieces that are like, oh my gosh, my aunt is actually caring about climate change my parents. They're busy working on this other stuff my aunt she hears us. She understands what it is that we're going to be faced with. Um, my name Joan So Joan of Arc. I have changed into Jean dark and that is my avatar because when you're doing these things it's not going to be easy. It's going to be a pain in the butt in some cases. And if you just think of like, oh, it's gonna be so much this that the other you're not gonna want to do it. I want to change this your Warrior. You're a badass leader. You're somebody who is taking your power and using it as a Force for good. So the pro tip number two before you dive into this is go big. I can't tell you how frustrating it is when people say do small things. No, let's don't do small things. Small things are not enough turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth. That doesn't that's not going to be enough unplug your phone charger. No, that's not enough. I want you to think of yourself going big as big as possible. So when you are looking at all the different things you can do instead of saying. Oh I'll you know, I'll turn the lights off before I leave my apartment. No, what is the biggest change possible that you can make? That's the one that I want you to go for and I want you to think about going for a transformative change rather than incremental change using your passion to guide you you might be thinking, you know, I know I should do something with my home energy, but I'm also really interested to learn about permaculture and how to rip out my lawn. You should do that. Whatever is the thing that is really driving you do that first. And also using money as a factor to choose your biggest bang project. So if you're already spending money on your gas your electric your watering then those are those are tips. Like hey, this is an area of opportunity. This is a place where my home is polluting the planet I could switch that around and make it a restorative every generative action instead. Pro tip number three don't go It Alone. Start a team if you're trying to figure out how to get solar on your house. Why do that alone? Find some other people do it together? Um, and you know make some phone calls ask your friends look for expertise look for rebates. Number four is look for cascading benefits. There's a lot of these things that will have a positive impact on a forward affordability environmental justice Equity soil Health water quality biodiversity water conservation air quality. So look for things that have multiple impacts. and then think of things that are common like hey, you know, maybe I can get more insulation on my home but also Oh, I wonder about solar shingles. So don't limit yourself to either very common approaches or very Innovative go for look and both places. The next thing is to think about investing and not cost. You know, so many people. Oh, what would the cost of an energy audit be what would the cost of new windows? Well, we we spend money on stuff all the time. Let's stop thinking about costs. Let's think about investing. How about investing in a livable future. What's the return on investment for a livable future for ourselves? Our kids our grandkids. That is the highest possible investment that we can make and it needs to be prioritized as such and turning the turning the vibe around of this negative. Oh, it's gonna cost me this much too. Oh, I'm an investor. This is fun. This is creative. I'm doing something cool here. And you know when we're thinking about Investments the average price of a new home in the US and 2021 was 454,000 and you know, the prices of homes have been going up in some areas 10% 20% 40% So people are just throwing an extra 20 40 80 thousand dollars on a home price and go in that's just what it is. But what if instead you thought gosh, what can I do for 20 40 80,000 dollars. Could I go to a net zero home and could my home if I do it with a few other people could we start a movement so we could actually change the trajectory we could be the elders that our younger Generations are proud of Protip number seven designed for ripple effects. So when you're doing something be thinking this is not just about my home. This is my home as a pilot project and I want our our groups home to then be something that we're able to to make Ripple throughout a whole community. And some of the things that you'll be thinking of aren't things you can do in your current home, but you can do in your next one. So you can keep that those options open and the ninet tip is it's figureoutable. So think of all the amazing things you've done you don't have to be an expert YouTube is out there call people you can do it. All right, so we're going to go into the 10 ways. So the first one you might be surprised that my first three are research number one call your city sustainability office and I'm saying yes pick up the phone. So do some searches sustainability climate action and energy conservation and rebates composting but then call them and talk to them that what's cool is about cities and utilities. They have to answer the phone like a lot of us. We don't really even answer the phone anymore, but these guys do and it's really vital to start making those relationships and call them. So we start writing down. What are the rebates? What are you finding? Um, for example Denver just has a new rebate program for ebikes for electric vehicle charging wiring electric heat pumps heat pump water heaters service upgrades to do these other things battery storage solar panels. Plus they have a sustainable neighborhoods program. So the city they have their goals, but they can't do it themselves. They need you and they're going to be happy. So happy to hear from you and your neighbors. Next call your Electric and Gas Utilities same thing look search and search for sustainability climate action rebates and call the residential hotline talk with them. Ask them about all the different things. They have and write those down. Next up is your water utility same thing search for water audits irrigation on its low flow toilets, toilet League kids and call them and find out what kinds of things they have available. All right. So now you've done your research. You've got some ideas you're getting excited. Right? One of the things I love for people to understand is when you embark on a project sometimes you think the problem is that the project is a problem or you are the problem you're bugging people. I want you to think of yourself as a solution. So all these people have rebates. They're trying to get people to change and you're like you raise your hand. I'll do it. So now you're excited and you've got a lot of Partners a lot of people that can help you. So I would say your number one action to take is to start composting composting is something that anybody can do whether you have a pickup service in front of your house or you you hire a company to come do it in Denver approximately 50% of the material set to the landfill could have been composted that's crazy, you know plastic recycling all that stuff is really complicated as far as how great it is but composting is the best recycling that we can do. It reduces methane gas and proves plant yield improve soil Health reduce cost for landfilling and turns food waste into a benefit. The next action I want you to take is call and get an energy audit if you're not sure what you should do on your home. Don't worry about you don't have to know get an energy audit they'll come out and this is something that usually whether you're a renter or a homeowner you're able to do an energy audit at Excel Energy my local utility in Denver. They have three options. They have a virtual visit. They have an in-home visit and they have this in-home plus where they come in and they do a blower door test. They do infrared scans and they give you the examples of all the rebates that your home could use and what the cost benefit is of going through those The next one is getting a water audit your local audit water utility will usually do some kind of audit for you and they have all kinds of rebates that that will then help you moving forward. The next is number seven is switch out the lawn for habitat. There are some amazing resources out there if you think about it graph is the only crop that we water fertilize and we use fuel to harvest but we never eat. so there are a lot of programs out there that help you change out your lawn for a native habitat, and I don't know if anybody here knows about Doug talami, but actually this quote right here is from the international biodiversity panel the ibpes nature in this vital contributions to people our deteriorating worldwide goals for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability cannot be met by current trajectories can only be met with transformative change. So one idea is this Doug tell me wrote. This book called Nature's Best hope and his idea is that we could make homegrown we could have a national park. That is everybody's own own garden your own backyard. And that way we could allow our pollinators our Birds. Our butterflies are bees all of the different ecosystems to survive and to thrive if we each take do our part and create a piece of this entire homegrown National Park Um, so that is that's something that that we could do. And there's so many backyard habitat programs that are out there that can help you do this. I know I just have a few minutes left. So I'm going to cruise through these so even if you're a renter you can do your balcony number eight is Electrify so you can go to net zero emissions. And what you want to do is make sure that you're not doing don't pay extra for gas fireplace or gas stove. That's a carbon emission that we can't clean up. Whereas if you go with electric then as the grid gets cleaner, then you can go to a carbon zero footprint. So never pay an upgrade for a gas for a gas cook stove a gas fireplace. You can go renewable. You can install your own solar panels or sometimes. You can just sign up for Community solar with one phone call get off of your coal based electricity with one phone call. And sometimes it's the same price as it is here in Denver. Grow or buy local food is the last tip and this has so many benefits. Not only are you proving soil health building local resilience supporting local farmers your own nutrition, but you're also providing people a connection to Nature. All right. So I'm going to there's I would love to just keep going but I want to tell you that the climate action homes. So this is a podcast that I do weekly we have a private Facebook group. You can if you go to climate, you can listen to our podcasts about all different people landscapers and we're talking with someone next week that writes genre called protopia. We talk about solar and ebikes. So if that's something that you're interested in I invite you to do that and just remember about in every step to think of Home Sweet Home. All right, and that is it? Well, thank you very much Joan. I want to make sure that if we happen to have any comments any questions, I see a lot of the different comments. Thank you and the other presenting through the day and maybe one personal question. When did you start the diving into sustainability? What was that moment was that clicker says I need to start diving into sustainability. I was 10 years old and my dad was a petroleum engineer. And so I at 10 years old. I started working for him. I was plotting oil and gas production data and after you plot the certain amount of data you draw it out on log paper to zero. And I did that on about five graphs and I was like Dad. They all go to zero like this is not us. I didn't know the word sustainable. I didn't know the word finite but I understood really early that that system was flawed. And so in 1978, Jimmy Carter came to Colorado and Chris and the opening of The Solar Energy Research Institute, which is now now the national renewable energy lab and so when I went into college, I'm like, I'm gonna do that. I'm gonna be part of the solution. That is right being part of the solution and that's the thinking right. We have more comments here. And well, there is a common sense. Thank you for excellent program. I'm so motivated. Thank you to the William think for all your hard work. Well, thank you so much for the comments. There is a there's a lot of a lot of different comments, but the only specifically with you. Thank you so much for for your presentation. We will be sending to you and the rest of the Williams speakers comments through the week that I'm quite sure comments are gonna flow in social media or by email in questions, but I really want to say thank you for being our closing, you know speaker. Where you Thank you so much. And I wanna really inspirational day. Thanks to you and everybody that organized it and all the speakers and attendees. Thank you so much and let's talk about logistics quickly and then we're gonna be closing and wrapping up. The first thing is yes what everybody's asking will the presentations be shared what's gonna happen with that recording? So what we're gonna do is that we're gonna be sending you information with the presentations. I will personally be sending you an email to each of you that participated personalized email. Thank you for being here until the end which of you and then we're gonna be including what we can share from the Powerpoints of the presenters the information when the recording will be up and of course Joy will be sending the the system will be sending you your certificate of participation today. So that's all that portion of logistics with certificate with follow-up and with the presentation. So that is portion what second is that? We included through the chat a lot of different links with a different speakers maintenance or you see on the screen. Ways to connect with William because each of the different speakers have different chapters right gonna United States Latin America Middle East Antarctica. So the idea it is that you join in your teams men and women joining the different webinars, and if you cannot see them you can review the recordings, but make sure you have a lot of content a lot of learning. I want to know say thank you to the association of us in management professionals. Joy for all your effort today as well to each of the woman in reliability in us and management speakers to the audience that came today having so many activities to The Advocates and Center cattle caterpillar picks software, they International Academy of automation engineering interlock solutions from meetings and the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with connecting systems in The Institute when I say thank you to each of you now, we will keep in communication from here we keep going With more meetings with more content, let us know your honest opinions so we can continue improving this series. These are for you this is for the community. This is work that is legacy and gets established on the website. different voices of different territories different views different perspectives This is the world. The world is us every day. We can do something different with our actions. We can Inspire others. Let's always bring positivism. Let's always be that light. Let's connect with someone that we have not been touching a long time. Let's keep in communication, especially in these times all the best to each of you. Thank you so much. We'll see you next time. See you. Our last picture Maura I like feature with everybody. Oh you want a photo because I have pictures of every of you presenting. Let me see who's up. Let me see who still up from the William presenters. They want to turn the camera around they're welcome. To stay so I don't know if already left but if you are where I'm speaking you are still here. Do you want to put your camera on your welcome, but I assure you that I have pictures of all of you presenting that I will put it in social media. There we go. Anybody else? We're good. Okay, let's do this. One, two three. Thank you so much. Everybody. Have a great day. Thank you. Bye.
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