Ways You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 

Rule #1: First and foremost, DO SOMETHING.

  • Buy local, organic if possible, in-season fruits and vegetables.  Avoid fruits and vegetables wrapped in plastic. Start a backyard garden. Feed the bees.

  • Compost your fruits and vegetables. It will provide rich nutrients to your garden or flower bed. Click here for more information on composting. 

  • Bring your own bags to bag your groceries.

  • Go vegan or vegetarian on Mondays and Tuesdays. Eating less meat may also lower your cholesterol. Cattle are the top sources of methane emissions in the US. 

  • Plant a tree. Go on the Phipps conservatory website to learn what native plants and trees improve the environment and help our wildlife.                https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/green-innovation

  • Don't spray your lawn. Pesticides impact climate change throughout their manufacture, transport and application. When pesticides are made, three main greenhouse gases are emitted: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. 

  • Check your furnace and air conditioner. One degree can make a difference you hardly will notice. 

  • Leave the room? Turn off the lights and your computer. Change your light bulbs from fluorescent to CFL or LEDS.

  • Drive 10 fewer miles a week. Think before you get behind the wheel to plan out your driving itinerary. Call a friend to carpool.

Rule #2: Become Politically Active

  • Write, write, write. Letters to the Editor, voicing your concerns about the lack of local commitment to lower the carbon footprint. Write to your local state senator and representative, up to the President voicing your concerns with the present policies lacking in our commitment to lower our carbon footprint.

  • Attend local meetings, including school board meetings, that make decisions affecting the world we live in. Local meetings are posted on our homepage.

  • Vote. Vote for politicians whose agenda includes a plan to reduce our carbon footprint.

Rule #3: Buy Green products