Posted by: dagmarsands | July 30, 2011

Get Your Hands Green – Green Eco Village – Green Tips

GET YOUR HANDS GREEN TIPS

Green Eco Village Model – Green Energy – Green Environment/Development

1. Organize a clean-up in your neighborhood. Beautification projects such as
tree plantings are quick solutions to many common problems.
2. Conserve paper by using both sides of a page in your notebooks. Buy 100%
post consumer recycled paper.
3. Organize to have healthy food served at in your school district and reduce
the availability of junk food, sodas, and other unhealthy options.
4. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils,
trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
5. Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
6. Inquire about non-toxic cleaning products and buy them for your house.
They clean as good –or better – as the toxic kind!
7. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient, Energy
Star-approved CFLs or LEDs – reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
8. Car pool, use public transportation or drive a fuel efficient car – reduce
your carbon footprint by 1 pound for every mile you do not drive.
9. Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage – reduce your
carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
10. Change your car’s air filter regularly.
11. Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees
in the summer – reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds
12. Use a low-flow showerhead because the less water you use, the less energy
required to heat the water – reduce your carbon footprint 350 pounds a year
13. Buy local products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass
– reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
14. Buy organic food because the chemicals used in modern agriculture pollute
the water supply, and require energy to produce.
15. Teleconference instead of traveling. For must-go trips, keep track of
the miles driven and flown and buy “carbon offsets”.
16. Convince teachers to include the environment in their lesson plans.
Get environmental ed curriculum at http://www.earthday.net.
17. Lobby your school board to incorporate green building practices.
18. Plant a tree as an effective way to reduce greenhouse gases.
19. On Earth Day, venture to a park, fly a kite, ride a bicycle, clean-up
trash at a local stream or nature setting.
20. Make a Tire Swing. Have any old tires lying around? Objects that
ere destined for the garbage can be reused for entertainment.
21. Write a story with your kids of an imaginary trip through the jungle.
Go to the library and research how deforestation and animal poaching
are damaging the rainforest.
22. Use organic-cotton bags – or of any other sustainable fabric like hemp
– for your shopping.
23. Change your paper bills to online one. If every adult in the US did
this just once, we’d save almost 218 million paper sheets!
24. Run your dishwasher or washing machine only when they are full, and
buy Energy-star appliances when it’s time to renovate. Your pocket will notice!
25. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Living by the 3 “R’s” of environmentalism are
the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to go green!

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