The Cool Block Program

The journey is taken right where you live.

  • Each Cool Block begins with a block leader - a volunteer who is ready to make change right on their block.
  • A community of block leaders requests a new Cool Block be created for each, and receives registration and other information to get started.
  • Using Cool Block leadership resources, each block leader goes door to door to invite all the households on the block to an information meeting. By the end of the meeting, a Cool Block team has begun to form.
  • The Cool Block leader then holds a team-building meeting, where a vision for the journey takes shape. Members sign up to lead or host one or more Cool Block topic meetings. Together, the team will explore eight topics over about five months - building community, preparing for disasters and protecting the planet.
  • Each topic includes a menu of action recipes to choose from. Whether living in an apartment, a condo, a house or a dorm, team members find and select several actions in each topic which they most want or need to take and are practical to do in their household. Local resources may be available which support team members in taking action.
  • At the start of the program, households are working to change habits within their home. By the end of the program, the team is working together on actions that will impact their block, neighborhood, city and planet. Achievements add up within their city to be celebrated!

To learn more about the Cool Block experience, take the Cool Block Journey - Video Tour