Learn to save money and cut greenhouse gas?

Learn to save money <i>and</i> cut greenhouse gas?

Press release courtesy OSU Extension Service

Imagine taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your home, yard and community, and then cashing in on the savings with a leaner household budget. That’s one potential outcome for participants of the Climate Masters at Home program now being offered by the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County. Registration is underway for the 10-week noncredit course and program coordinator Roxanne Young is excited about the possibilities.

“Where else can you find objective, research-based information about climate change, learn to calculate and reduce your own carbon footprint and then put that knowledge to work through volunteer service?” said Young. “This is an incredible opportunity for citizens across Lane County.”

A team from the University of Oregon’s Climate Leadership Initiative developed and tested the Climate Masters at Home program. It is modeled after Extension’s Master Gardener program and will now be delivered by the OSU Extension Service in Lane County.

“The first class we offered in Lane County helped participants reduce their annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 percent — nearly two tons per person,” said Sarah Mazze, climate education director for UO’s Climate Leadership Initiative. “We believe those results are achievable for anyone taking the course and that means significant savings for people’s household budgets.”

The class will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning February 24, from 6-9 p.m. It will be held at the OSU Extension Service office, 950 West 13th Avenue, Eugene. The class costs $95, which includes all instruction, the Climate Masters Handbook and two weekend field trips. A limited number of scholarships are available. Registration and payments can be made online.