One of the most rewarding aspects of timebanking is the opportunity to share your skills with others in your community. From recipe swapping to sharing gardening techniques, linkAges TimeBank members are constantly finding ways to learn from each other through their exchanges.
Now, there’s a new way to learn from your neighbors in Palo Alto. The City of Palo Alto has partnered with the linkAges TimeBank to recruit “Ambassadors” for home utility efficiency and zero waste practices. Trained Ambassadors will be matched up with Palo Alto residents interested in reducing waste and becoming more energy and water efficient. Palo Alto residents can join the linkAges TimeBank to receive energy efficiency and water efficiency services…for free!
The goal of the Ambassador Program is to help Palo Alto become a more eco-friendly city while creating intergenerational connections to build a strong social support network for our community – another way in which community can use the linkAges TimeBank to bring people together.
The City of Palo Alto Utilities and Zero Waste departments will provide Ambassadors with all the necessary materials and training. Ambassadors will be able to provide some or all of the following services listed below and earn TimeBank hours for doing it!
Energy & Water Efficiency Services
- In-home energy and water efficiency education
- Installation of:
- LED light bulbs
- Hose nozzles
- Water-efficient faucet aerators
- Low-flow shower heads
- Toilet leak detection
Zero Waste Services
- In-home Zero Waste education on topics like recycling, reusing, household hazardous waste, and Palo Alto’s new Food Scraps Composting Collection Program
- Removes names from junk mail lists
- Helps residents prepare for their Clean Up Day appointment
- Assists with creation of less-toxic household cleaners
- Assists with food waste reduction
Ambassador trainings are ongoing, and you do not have to be a Palo Alto resident to become an Ambassador. If you’re interested in becoming an Ambassador, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and register for an upcoming training.
If you are not yet a member, get started by signing up for a linkAges TimeBank orientation session at timebank.linkages.org.