I. Executive Summary

Drawdown East End is a grass roots group that seeks to inspire and support people in our communities to engage in solutions that achieve drawdown.


The most elemental component of that effort is The Power of Choice – the choices we make individually and collectively moment by moment in our day to day lives.  Every choice we make causes processes that either move us towards resilience and regeneration or towards vulnerability and collapse.


We submit the most fundamental question is ‘how can I use my day to day choices and circle of influence to drawdown greenhouse gas emissions and cause the many associated, cascading benefits of achieving drawdown?”


II. What is Drawdown East End?


  • Platform for collaboration

  • Sharing best practices

  • Sharing resources

  • Support for being effective in Project Drawdown initiatives

  • Support each other for re-habituation of choices

  • A group that enables the initiatives that forward Project Drawdown by supporting existing organizations to the greatest extent possible

  • Seeks to forward initiatives / solutions that cause specific measurable results in terms that can be correlated to the Project Drawdown solutions


What Drawdown East End is not.


  • A not for profit (so far)

  • A group that does not achieve specific measurable results

  • Initiatives that don’t directly relate to Project Drawdown solutions

  • Initiatives that don’t have a certain format

  • Initiatives that are trivial or greenwashing

III. Our Values

Awaken creativity, innovation, and a sense of adventure


Transform our personal lives.  Support our families, friends, and influence our communities to change policies so that we can move towards a regenerative and just future for all.


We are applying drawdown solutions to help us shift to a local system where we all feel the economic, health, safety and security benefits.


Design out waste + pollution -- in our buildings, towns, electrical generation, transportation and food system, by lowering GHG emissions and substituting with clean energy.


Keeping products and materials in use – by living by the 4 Rs – refuse, reduce, recycle, reuse, (create Lending Libraries), by repairing (creating Repair Cafes), stopping GHG leakage (new business start ups)


Equal access for all – and empowering women as value leaders, and choice-making consumers, plus gender equity addressing inequity to improve lives and lower the exploding world population.


Regenerate natural systems – that sequester excess carbon – forests, soil, coastlines, ocean – with ecosystem protection, restoration, regenerative practices on land and sea (regenerative organic agriculture, kelp forests, native tree forests, whale sanctuaries, small scale ocean farming) 

IV. Standards


  • Core Principles – How We Approach This Work

    • We seek to understand the facts and accurately represent them

    • Optimistic and solution focused knowing that reversing global warming is possible

    • Trusting the science

    • Prioritization of solutions assists in identifying high impact targets

    • Building programs and structures to be scalable and/or replicable

    • Being in Right Relationship with ourselves, and Mother Nature

    • No government required, although policy work can be a magnifier

    • Comprehensive approach – stop emissions AND sequestering carbon

    • Language is centered in the positive and does not including words of war or coercion

  • We Know and Intend:


  • Cascading Benefits in Economics Environment & Health

  • Advancing equality, health, and education

  • We are all stakeholders

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V. Winning Formulas- Strategies


  • The power of choice - transform my life

    • Responsibility exists not as an obligation but as a way to be the master of my own fate.   When I take responsibility then I am the cause of the outcome and have the power to change that outcome.  This is a much better place for my state of mind to be than feeling like a helpless victim

  • Circle of influence - Start with personal actions and expand out to engage with the people, businesses and entities in my community with whom I have direct influence

    • If I do something right people are frequently drawn to that and join me

  • It only takes 25% to reach a tipping point and influence the broader population

    • When a sufficient number of people use their choices to achieve drawdown it will become contagious

  • Let others know when I make a positive intentional choice! 

    • to cause the tipping point we have to let the world know we are making positive choices!

  • The foundation of participation is to choose specific goals

    • The whole program is grounded in making specific choices that have specific measurable results in reducing or eliminating emissions.

  • Measure results

    • My effectiveness will be a function of my measuring progress

  • Pick low hanging fruit (big impacts)

    • Use the ‘Action Priority Matrix’ do choose what to do first (click on pop up box for graphic)

  • Don’t bite off more than I can chew

    • Pick things that are achievable. 

    • Do one solution at a time

    • Gain a couple of successes before moving on to new targets

  • Get on a team

    • Doing something purposeful with people I like is a big source of meaning for me

    • What is more fun and rewarding than doing something purposeful with people I like?

  • See where I get derailed in the solution sequence in making a choice that I intended to make to accomplish a goal

    • Was it not waking up to the issue?

    • Not learning about the supply chain cause and effect of the choice?

    • Not taking responsibility? 

    • Not figuring out the better choice or resource?  Or

    • not actually making the preferable, intentional choice?

    • This is where a lot of the time of the working group sessions is spent.  Share challenges and support each other in figuring out how to solve them

  • Assess the need to dedicate time and attention to get more of the desired results and for my participation to be meaningful

    • Plan for this

    • I am habituated to making choices that have results I don’t want.  It’ll take time and energy to change that and it won’t happen overnight (though somethings can and will!)

  • Criteria for participation

    • As long as I intend to do what I can I’ll keep participating



VI. Methodology for Drawdown East End Sessions



  • Choices have consequences

  • I want to be aware of the effects of my choices

  • I want to choose actions that have positive outcomes/consequences


What is the core principle of the Drawdown East End Solution Session Series?

  • The power of choice – choice is the moment when change happens – it is the biggest tool in the tool kit

  • To cause the changes I want I need to learn about the connections between my choices and the results I participate in causing in the world

  • What are the ‘upstream’ physical, economic, social and environmental impacts of my choosing something and what are the ‘downstream’ effects and impacts, subsequent to the choice I make? 

  • What do I care about most?  How do the results of my choices affect the things I care about most?

  • Do my choices lead to increased degradation and vulnerability for the things I care about?  Or do they lead to resilience, regeneration, drawdown and enhanced well-being?


How to make conscious choices? The solutions sequence:

  1. Wake up / become aware of an issue and the choices you make that affect you or what you love

    1. E.g. That toilet paper is destroying the boreal forests of Canada

  2. Learn about the cause and effect of conventional / unintentional choices

    1. E.g. that virgin paper and that bleaching have upstream consequences  

    2. Take responsibility so you are able to cause the solution rather than the problem

  3. Figure out what works and what resources and behavior enable positive intentional choices

  4. E.g Purchase 100% post-consumer recycled paper; get a bidet adaptor for toilet

  5. Make the positive Choice and keep making the positive choice

  6. E.g. actually follow through in making the change


What ways can I be effective? There are three Levels of engagement

  1. Personal / Business

  2. Community

  3. Civic

  1. Personal / Business engagement breaks down into:

    • Purchases

      • Equipment

      • Products

      • Services

    • Behavior          

    • Investments

    • Donations

  2. Community engagement breaks down into:

    • Outreach / Education

      • Family and friends

      • Business associates

      • Others in the community

      • Film series

    • Campaigns

      • Ongoing effort to accomplish an objective in the community.  These happen as an outgrowth of solution groups

        • An example of a campaign would be to enrich microbial life of soil on all fallow land on the East End to optimize it’s food growing and carbon sequestration capacity

        • Putting solar panels on every rooftop that is viable on the East End

    • Projects

      • Specific goal for transforming a solution target in the community. Also an outgrowth of working groups

        • E.g. working with the Peconic Land Trust or the Ag Committees of the towns to create an inventory of all the fallow fields in the towns to start the soil building campaign

        • E.g. Building the soil on a specific parcel of land

        • E.g. doing an energy audit at a specific building

          • Replacing incandescent light bulbs in a particular building

  3. Civic choices break down into:

    • Instant actions – leverage collective voice

      • Letters – do at working groups.  Bring to sharing presentation sessions

    • Lobbying

    • Voting

    • Demonstrations / rallies



VII. Definitions of Terms


Initiatives = the collective efforts and actions directed at one or other of the project Drawdown
Opportunities that participants do to achieve Project Drawdown. These include personal choices, community
campaigns, community projects, civic actions, event creation and implementations

Opportunity = a distinct source of existing and/or potential GHG emissions that can be prevented or a
means of drawing down GHG emissions identified by Project Drawdown. An Opportunity clarifies where
to direct, devise or apply solutions ie. Food waste (Opportunities are called solutions in the Project Drawdown book but seem better to be called opportunities. Without both a method for achieving a solution and a result it
is hard to call something a solution)

Solution(s) = a task, choice, action or methodology that causes a specific measurable Project Drawdown benefit or
result e.g. food waste reduction by planning meals

Topic = the area in which the project drawdown ‘solutions’ or opportunities apply. e.g. food waste,
energy, etc.

Campaigns = on-going effort to cause a transformation in a broader undesirable situation, policy,
practice or process to make it more desirable. e.g. campaign to reduce food waste by grocery stores in
EH town by 50%

Projects = causing a transformation in an undesirable situation, policy, practice or process in a particular,
individual instance or case to make it more desirable e.g. reduce food waste at the IGA in Amagansett by
50% (projects are part of campaigns)

Session = a single meeting tied to a specific drawdown topic/opportunity e.g. reducing food waste.
Sessions provide lists of solutions with education/information and resources that facilitate or enable
that solution e.g. weekly menus with shopping lists

Series = a succession of sessions that help people support each other, gain momentum and follow
through on achieving solutions

Event = a gathering, often not part of a series, where some educational, community outreach, or
fundraising activity happens e.g. Drawdown Drinks

Activist / Action = typically something related to a civic gathering to show public support for a Project Drawdown


VIII. Drawdown East End FAQ's

What are Drawdown East End Initiatives?

Drawdown East End has identified approximately 39 of the 80 current PD opportunities that are directly actionable on the East End (see attached Appendix Potential Drawdown East End Initiatives).  There are PD coming attraction opportunities like kelp farming that are also notably appropriate for the East End.  As more people in the community participate with Drawdown East End more locally actionable initiatives can be pursued.  It is possible to address all the PD opportunities at any time by supporting legislation or campaigning for business policy using instant actions.


What happens in an introduction to Drawdown session?          

  • Clarifies the distinctions between

    • Drawdown as an event,

    • Project Drawdown the research project and

    • Drawdown East End

  • Gives a quick big picture goal for GHG emission reduction targets and timelines

  • Illustrates the importance of the choices people in this community make in reducing GHG emissions

  • Defines what drawdown the event is and how it works

  • Presents the Project Drawdowns research results of top opportunities to achieve drawdown and reverse global warming

  • Describes their approach and what we love about it

  • Describes the mission of Drawdown East End – a grass roots organization working on local solutions that take advantage of the opportunities identified by Project Drawdown

  • Provides a brief overview of the methods used by Drawdown East End in implementing local solutions and supporting each other in doing so

  • Invites people to participate in Drawdown East End initiatives and upcoming solution sessions


What are Solution Sessions?

  • Solution sessions is the catch all term for people getting together to identify, plan and take action on solutions that reduce and drawdown GHG emissions creating cascading environmental, economic and societal benefits

    • They can take place in a variety of venues and have various formats

    • Examples of formats where Solution Sessions can happen include:

      • At any meeting place

      • As part of Drawdown Dinners

      • As part of forums that bring together larger groups of stakeholders and include presentations and education material

      • Within festivals as breakout sessions


What happens at Solution Sessions? This is the core value of Drawdown East End

  • People choose to pursue specific solutions to Drawdown opportunities within Drawdown East End initiatives such as reducing food waste, using renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, etc.

    • Refer to an existing list of solutions or identify and articulate possible new solutions (and check with steering committee that they advance a drawdown opportunity)

    • Consider which are most achievable and have the biggest impact as well as what inspires you

    • Define goals

    • Define what constitutes the completion of the goal and how the GHG reduction, cost and savings can be measured

    • Articulate a plan of action to accomplish the goal

    • Adopt, develop, refine and utilize best practices – methods that give people direction on how to accomplish the respective solutions – so they can be replicated

  • Work in teams

    • Ideally teams are 3-5 people with a facilitator who is more experienced in meeting the challenges faced by the team.  Example: in an energy group someone who has done an energy audit and home retrofit would work with new groups embarking on that same solution

    • Set up team meetings to pursue results

    • Participants can join existing initiatives and solution teams or start a new team to work on a new initiative and form a new team to pursue specific solutions


What is an Instant action?

  • Instant actions give people the opportunity to support some legislation, campaign or project by writing a letter, making a call or signing a petition.  One big goal of the Drawdown East End is to leverage the voices of the collective of the participants


What types of Drawdown East End events and meeting formats are there?

  • Presentations

    • By a Drawdown East End leader to people unacquainted with Drawdown

  • Festivals

    • Mish mosh of introduction to DD information gallery’s; films; vendors of local resources - regenerative products, service; etc.; break-out solution sessions on various initiatives; presentations; food; music; fun

  • Forums

    • Focused working group on specific campaign, project

  • Drawdown Drinks

    • Social gatherings with Instant Actions, announcements, passive information gallery’s / educational exhibits and brief presentations of a community solution by a stakeholder

  • Drawdown Dinners combined with

    • Locally sourced food

    • Intro sessions

    • information gallery’s /educational exhibits

    • Solution sessions

    • Steering committee or other team planning sessions





VIII. East End Blue Green Economy

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