12 Steps to a Greener 2012


The Worldwatch Institute—an independent research organization based in  Washington, D.C., that works on energy, resource, and environmental  issues—recently published these 12 tips we can all try in order to ring in a  greener 2012.

1. Recycle

What you can do:

Put a separate container next to your trash can or printer, making it easier  to recycle your bottles, cans, and paper.

2. Turn Off the Lights

What you can do:

Earth Hour happens only once a year, but you can make an impact every day by  turning off lights during bright daylight, or whenever you will be away for an  extended period of time.

3. Make the Switch to Fluorescent

What you can do:

A bill in Congress to eliminate incandescent in the United States failed in  2011, but you can still make the switch at home. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)  use only 20-30 percent of the energy required by incandescents to create the  same amount of light, and LEDs use only 10 percent, helping reduce both electric  bills and carbon emissions.

4. Turn On the Tap

What you can do:

Fill up your glasses and reusable water bottles with water from the sink. The  United States has more than 160,000 public water systems, and by eliminating  bottled water you can help to keep nearly 1 million tons of bottles out of the  landfill, as well as save money on water costs.

5. Turn Down the Heat

What you can do:

Turn down your thermostat when you leave for work, or use a programmable  thermostat to control your heating settings.

6. Support Food Recovery Programs

What you can do:

Encourage your local restaurants and grocery stores to partner with food  rescue organizations, like City Harvest in New York City or Second Harvest  Heartland in Minnesota. Go through your cabinets and shelves and donate any  non-perishable canned and dried foods that you won’t be using to your nearest  food bank or shelter.

7. Buy Local

What you can do:

Instead of relying exclusively on large supermarkets, consider farmers  markets and local farms for your produce, eggs, dairy, and meat. Food from these  sources is usually fresher and more flavorful, and your money will be going  directly to these food producers.

8. Get Out and Ride

What you can do:

If available, use your city’s bike share program to run short errands or  commute to work. Memberships are generally inexpensive (only $75 for the year in  Washington, D.C.), and by eliminating transportation costs, as well as a gym  membership, you can save quite a bit of money! Even if without bike share  programs, many cities and towns are incorporating bike lanes and trails, making  it easier and safer to use your bike for transportation and recreation.

9. Share a Car

What you can do:

Join a car share program! As of July 2011, there were 26 such programs in the  U.S., with more than 560,000 people sharing over 10,000 vehicles. Even if you  don’t want to get rid of your own car, using a shared car when traveling in a  city can greatly reduce the challenges of finding parking (car share programs  have their own designated spots), as well as your environmental impact as you  run errands or commute to work.

10. Plant a Garden

What you can do:

Plant some lettuce in a window box. Lettuce seeds are cheap and easy to find,  and when planted in full sun, one window box can provide enough to make several  salads worth throughout a season.

11. Compost

What you can do:

If you are unsure about the right ways to compost, websites such as  HowToCompost.org and organizations such as the U.S. Composting Council, provide  easy steps to reuse your organic waste.

12. Reduce Your Meat Consumption

What you can do:

You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan, but by simply cutting down on  the amount of meat you consume can go a long way. Consider substituting one meal  day with a vegetarian option.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/steps-to-a-greener-life.html#ixzz1iUlqLoXx

Author: Bobby Kenyon
Bobby Kenyon is the Creative Solutions Guru for C.E. Pontz Sons who has over a decade plus experience in the Landscape & Water Garden industry . He enjoys long walks on the beach and grocery shopping but has a strong dislike for regular cake and off brand paper towels

One Response to '12 Steps to a Greener 2012'

February 11, 2012, 3:57 pm

Why cut back on meat consumption? I am assuming Bobby came up with this one!
Because of the production costs and energy input into producing these animals?

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