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You asked for it and here it comes! Sustainable Princeton is proud to announce the Shrink Your Footprint seminar series! Focused on practical, actionable, and evidence-based steps to reduce the footprint of our daily lives, the public is invited to learn from industry experts at these events.

Please note the dates and join us for one or all of these events:

  • Nov 12, 2019: Shrink Your Footprint: At Home. Whether you rent or own, there are things you can do to lighten your home's load on our warming planet. Learn about building a greener home, reducing energy usage and encouraging smart buildings within our community.

  • December 4, 2019: Shrink the Footprint of Your Travels

  • February 5, 2020: Shrink the Footprint of What You Buy

  • April 1, 2020: Shrink the Footprint of What You Eat

All events are hosted at the Princeton Public Library from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.


Since 2018, the Great Ideas series has focused on some aspect of the Climate Action Plan and has included the following seminars:

Thank you to our generous sponsor, NRG Energy, Inc.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, NRG Energy, Inc.

  • What Is a Changing Climate Doing to Princeton's Natural Resources? Our trees, vegetation and natural habitats provide invaluable environmental benefits and also reduce our contribution to climate change by storing and sequestering carbon emissions. Find out what Princeton must do to reduce stress on our natural resources and make them more resilient to climate change. Seminar held June 17, 2019.

  • What is Princeton Doing to be Climate Resilient? Continued flooding, extreme heat and health problems - this is what climate science says is in store for the Princeton region. Planning and preparation can help mitigate the worst of these effects, and reduce the economic burden, for dealing with them after the fact. Seminar held April 17, 2019.

  • Why Is It Too Far To Walk? Building a Climate-Friendly Princeton. Can we connect our neighborhoods with access to jobs, grocery stores, schools, libraries, parks and gathering places? Can we preserve neighborhood character and ensure all Princeton community members have access to safe, affordable, low carbon transportation and housing? Seminar held December 19, 2018.

  • Princeton’s Energy Future: Can We Be Carbon Free? Many U.S. cities are setting ambitious renewable energy goals to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the quality of life of their citizens. If Princeton set a goal to be carbon free, how could we get there? Come hear from industry experts on the ways that communities like Princeton are transitioning to a cleaner energy future. Seminar held October 17, 2018.

  • What is a Climate Action Plan and Why Does Princeton Need One? Countries, states and cities across the world are adopting plans to mitigate and prepare for the effects of climate change. Princeton is ready to step up and create its own plan. What does this mean and how can it be accomplished? Seminar held May 16, 2018.

  • Princeton’s Community Carbon Footprint: What is our impact on climate change? Many of our daily activities such as using electricity, driving a car, and disposing of waste create greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change. The first step towards determining how to reduce our emissions is to create an inventory. Join us as we share the results of Princeton's inventory and discuss actions that can reduce our impact. Seminar held March 27, 2018.