We received an absolutely delightful email from Melissa in Massachusetts who with a tiny bit of help from us, started a GreenGroup in Massachusetts:
We've started a Google group to share info online between meetings, and to my surprise, even though we kind of offered folks the option to push the date of the next meeting back til January because of the inevitable holiday insanity, everyone pretty much thought we should book a night and have as many people as can make it plan on coming. I think that might have felt like the biggest indicator of the success of the night!
Anyway, I'm sure you have dozens of e-mails from the people who've followed in your footsteps out your way and started offshoot Green Groups, but I had to say thanks again for your input and for motivating me to stop thinking about it and do it!
Truthfully, we have a ton of people who contact us about GreenGroups. Many of them are interested, but often confused. They fear it will be a major undertaking. They think they need to set up a big ol' blog site like we have. Not so! It's like a mom's group or a book club -- only you talk about sustainability. When you want. Where you want. It's simply about finding support and solidarity in the green movement, and focusing on the very local (i.e., neighborhood level). Do you see a GreenGroup in your future? It is probably the easiest thing we've done on our own green journey, and one of the most rewarding. If you are interested in setting up a GreenGroup in your neck of the woods, drop us an email and we'll help you get started!