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Mike L
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Sustainable Essex SEED Series reaches 50% of funding goal!

the project

“SEED” - The Sustainable Essex Environmental Discussion series, is comprised of individual sessions grouped by climate change themes (waste reduction, sustainable management of water resources, etc.).

The overriding goals of the Series are to:

  • Create awareness,
  • Provide guidance with ways individuals can modify their household behaviors to address climate change
  • Drive action at a community level

the steps

  • Identify focus climate change topics
  • Identify facilitators who are subject matter experts in each area
  • Work with the Essex Public Library and facilitators to create a schedule for each session
  • Implement promotional activities prior to each session
  • Facilitate each session and measure outcomes
  • Utilize learnings from the outcomes from prior sessions in the design and facilitation of subsequent sessions

why we're doing it

The residents of Essex, CT are overwhelmed with information from a wide range of sources regarding the key causes and impacts of climate change. This has created confusion and anxiety and our community members need more focused information, and a way to ask questions and seek additional information. The SEED Series provides focused information from climate change experts and a forum for discussion with these experts and each other.

The overarching goal of the project is to build awareness of the key drivers of climate change and provide suggestions for how the residents of Essex can take action within their households. These discussions will also provide participants an opportunity to share ideas for how the Town of Essex can respond at a municipal level. Through these discussions, the Sustainable Essex Committee can provide a valuable voice for our residents with municipal government regarding their vision and priorities for community-wide actions to mitigate the effects of climate change and create a more sustainable community.


Disbursed budget:

Cost Item Total Cost Notes
Light snacks, beverages & Supplies (plates, cups, napkins, etc.)  $          45.84 First 2 "in-person" sessions only
Recycled grocery tote bags  $       375.11 First 2 "in-person” sessions only
• 100 bags with logo and 1-time setup - $327.00
• UPS Ground - $25.71
• Tax - $22.40
• Total = $375.11
Promotional supplies & Advertising Costs  $   1,291.00 Printing costs – flyers and posters for the Feb. 28, 2020 and March 7 2020 sessions:  $31.90                                 Current Ad Costs Session 3: $240                                  Budgeted Advertising costs - Remaining 3 SEED sessions June - Fall 2020: $1020                                             
Facilitator's Fees  $       656.00 $164 per remainng 4 facilitators
Total  $   2,367.95  

TOTAL RAISED = $2,570.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $128.50
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $38.55

Original budget:

Light snacks, beverages & Supplies (plates, cups, napkins, etc.) - total 160.00

Recycled grocery tote bags for handout - 601.00

Promotional supplies (posters, fleyers, printing/copying costs, etc. - 600.00

Facilitator's Fees - total 1000.00

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $128
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.  


Sustainable Essex SEED Series reaches 50% of funding goal!

With more than 30 days to go, the Sustainable Essex SEED campaign has reached 50% of its funding goal! This is a real "win" for this project and reflects a strong interest in this discussion series. We are very grateful to all who have donated. For those who have not had a chance to make a donation, there is still time.  The Commmunity Matching Fund matches each donation dollor-for-dollar and a donation in any amount makes a significant difference in Sustainable Essex's goal to build an effective, meaningful discussion series. We look forward to yur support!

First SEED Session to take place Sat. 2/29

We are very excited to host our first SEED discussion session on Saturday, 2/29 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm at the Essex Public Library! This first session, “Garbage and Climate Change, What’s the Connection?” will provide an introduction to the challenges of solid waste in Essex and Connecticut and offer ways for individual households and the wider comunity to respond to this challenge. Please join us for this important discussion!


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