What we eat every day profoundly impacts our personal health and our environmental “food print.” Eating unprocessed fresh foods from local and sustainable farms reduces our carbon footprint by using less transportation, better farming practices, greener packaging and more. Sustainable farming preserves our land and water resources by rotating crops, using less chemicals, preserving topsoil and avoiding fertilizer runoff. [Read more…]
Energy efficiency protects our environment and saves money at the same time. Being an energy-efficient consumer reduces the use of oil, natural gas and coal resources and decreases the pollution and harmful emissions that occur during energy production and use. Conventional power production uses large amounts of water so using less energy means saving water too. Find out how you can use less energy, promote renewable energy and save money. [Read more…]
Water is life. We can’t live without it. Yet, our finite water resources are being rapidly depleted and polluted. Although water is a renewable resource, we use water at a greater rate than it can replenish itself naturally.
It’s also important to reduce the run off from our properties as rainwater running through our gutters and our lawns picks up fertilizers, poisons and animal excrement. Once it flows to the street, it picks up more pollutants. Think of the black snow that accumulates on your car in winter.
Water must be treated before we use it and again after we use it. Reducing our use of water saves not only water but also the energy required to treat that water. Let’s do what we can to conserve this valuable resource. [Read more…]
Please refer to our complete Recycling Resource Guide for households and businesses. Recycling consumer goods, food scraps and yard waste is an important part of reducing waste and preserving our natural environment. Recycling reduces the consumption of raw materials by reusing materials that have already been processed. It saves the energy and water that would be used to process these materials and it decreases pollution and greenhouse gasses from landfills. [Read more…]
The care of our yards has a big impact on our environment in many ways. Conventional lawn care equipment causes air and noise pollution. Water is wasted when lawns and gardens are watered inefficiently. Runoff from yards stresses our storm water management systems and dumps harmful fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides into our waterways. Turf grass and non-native plants offer little food or habitat for native birds and beneficial insects. The disposal of yard waste instead of composting it locally uses a great deal of energy to collect and transport it long distances. [Read more…]