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Mar 17 2008

Go “Green” for St. Patrick’s Day

by Nolan R

I wrote today’s post last week, well before this past weekend’s devastating weather.  My heart goes out to those who suffered losses in the storms.  Please note that my last tip involves the City of Atlanta.  Unfortunately, many in the city are involuntarily without power this morning, and whether or not Atlanta will still be participating in Earth Hour 2008, I am not sure.  Please check their websites for more info at a later date.

Being environmentally-friendly has never been so trendy, although I’m hoping it’s here to stay!  Here are ten quick and fairly easy tips for going “green” on St. Patrick’s Day–and every day!

  1. Buy locally grown produce!  Check out the Decatur Organic Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the corner of Commerce and Church St.
  2. Conserve resources by contributing to Georgia Power’s Green Energy program.
  3. Start a compost heap in your backyard and put your leftovers to good use (check out your county Extension Office and watch for spring programs at the Library!).
  4. Dumpster-dive from the convenience of your own home with Freecycle.
  5. Bike, walk, or carpool to work.
  6. Swap out your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and save money and energy (don’t throw them away, though–they contain mercury so be sure to recycle!).
  7. Don’t throw away that old broken cell phone, radio, or VCR–recycle it! Check out the City of Decatur 2008 Spring Electronics Recycling Day at Decatur High School on March 29th from 9am-1pm.  Information on regular local recycling locations can be found at Earth 911, DeKalb County drop-off locations, or at Your DeKalb Farmers Market
  8. Conserve water by checking out these tips from the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management.
  9. Save money and the environment by using natural cleaning formulas.  Check out a book for more info.  (For more titles, click on “Title Info” and then on one of the subject areas for more books on those topics.)
  10. Participate in Earth Hour 2008.  Join the City of Atlanta and thousands around the world and turn off your lights for one hour on March 29th from 8-9pm.

Small changes can make a big difference in the long run, and sometimes a small change in thinking can lead to an eventual and overall lifestyle change.  Send us your tips for recycling, reusing, or reducing!

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