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Truly solving the interlocked challenges of unsustainable energy use, dwindling fresh water supplies and climate pollution requires us not only to marshal unprecedented innovation and clean technology but also to marshal the courage to change behavior and conserve like no tomorrow. The Climate Change Leadership Institute (CCLI), a small New Mexico based non-profit, is calling for integrated solutions to these integrated problems. In the spirit of spurring on imaginative change, restorative saving and creative conservation (versus the status quo pollution and wastefulness plaguing our economy and earth) CCLI is putting on The Conservation Qwest and providing participants a chance to win our symbolic canoe and a $1,000 leadership prize.

Each year, we invite any individual, family, school, small business or farm in America to register at for The Conservation Quest. This is an adventurous challenge to come up with your own integrated ways – pathways – for changing behavior and inventing solutions that foster energy and water conservation at once. Beyond our 10 general recommendations, we don’t dictate what you do or how you do it. Rather, we call on you to provide us (and the world) your best water & energy saving ideas, actions and results.

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On or before October 1st each year participants must submit their Conservation Pathways to These Pathways are your stories (one page or less) that include your imaginative water~energy saving plan, how you have actualized and implemented it in your life, household, school and/or workplace and what you have learned (and what we can learn) from your experience. In evaluating these Pathways, we will place a premium on the originality of the plan, the results (verifiable improvement in energy and water bills, achievement testimonials, any other proof of performance you see fit to provide) and your journey’s displays of any or all of the 10 C’s of Conservation Character: Creativity, Commitment, Community Spirit, Courage in adversity, Common Cause and Change in Consciousness & behavior from the experience.

The CCLI team (made up of the Director, Student-interns and Board Members) will review your Pathways and determine who are the On-going Conservation Champions. The Champions will receive a $1,000 leadership prize. The more sponsors that join with us, the greater the prize and/or the more prizes there will be. For a ticket to win the CCLI's annual raffle prize (past prizes have been a Toyota Prius, an old Town Canoe, A New Belgium Bike and more) raffled off before Thanksgiving and all
who submit Pathways of Conservation by October each year can earn up to
$1,000 and have you stories broadcast from the website for the public to
learn from.

Use your heart as a compass, your imagination as your guide and…Godspeed!

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