More Than Just a Job

Written by: Kate Tovey

I have been working as a Conservation Coach for Walnut Creek Saves since August of 2017 and it has been an amazing first job for me because of its flexible schedule, supportive manager and co-workers, and the valuable information I received during my training. During these few months of work, I have learned many important life skills such as how to communicate effectively to people of all ages during community outreach events, the importance of energy and water conservation, and knowledge of things such as utility billing and household appliances. Being a Conservation Coach has given me great job experience, allowed me to make money, and help make a difference in my city and for the environment, which I have always been passionate about.

One especially memorable outreach event I worked was the Walnut Festival last month. It was the first night of the festival and there were many families and pre-teens excitedly roaming the grounds in between spinning rides and food tents. Our booth was conveniently located near the main entrance of the festival and many attendees stopped to check out our program and play our water and energy conservation trivia game by spinning a wheel or playing ring toss. They were awarded a prize or piece of candy after answering a trivia question.

Many of those who stopped at our booth were pre-teens and it was nice to see how eager they were to answer our trivia and learn about water and energy. When families would come to our booth, the children played the trivia games while we talked to the parents about our program and the free home consultations we offer to incorporated residents of Walnut Creek. We received a few sign ups for our home consultations during my shift and was able to spread good information about conservation to everyone who stopped at the booth.

After conducting a consultation in my own home, I have seen how habit changes and easy upgrades such as switching to LED light bulbs directly affect usage and utility bills. It is exciting to know that such simple changes can be made to produce a big positive outcome. I hope to attend one of the free home consultations for a Walnut Creek resident so I can help them make a personalized plan for water and energy savings.

In the months to come I look forward to continuing to educate residents about their impact on the environment and what they can do to reshape it. I hope to continue to make a difference in our city by reducing its carbon footprint.

If you are interested in one of our free home consultations, call us at 1-800-314-5997 or sign up online here!


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