What can I do?
Explore the Outdoors!
By learning to love the natural world, you will be well-primed for taking care of it. Beyond this, you can become a “citizen scientist” by reading about and observing these natural areas, plants, and animals. The more you see, the better you can assist your local scientists and land managers.
Transform your backyard into a haven for local butterflies, birds, and other wildlife.
Visit the Conservation Foundation for information on how to transform your yard through their Conservation@Home Program. You’ll be amazed at how your own property can be transformed into a rich display of wildlife!
Below are some simple, everyday ways to contribute to a greener planet and save money while doing it!
- Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
- Turn off lights and televisions when not in use.
- Use a smart power strip or unplug appliances when you’re done with them.
- Wash clothes in cold water.
- Use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your clothes.
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
- Take shorter showers.
- Install a low-flow showerhead and toilet.
- Landscape with native plants.
- Install a rain barrel on your property.
- Buy locally grown fruits and vegetables.
- Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy.
- Eat lower on the food chain.
- Plant a garden and use a compost bin.
Skip the Bottled Water
- Use a water filter to purify tap water.
- Use a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum, when traveling or at work.
Think Before You Buy & Shop Smart
- Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Check out websites like Craigslist and Freecycle or join some Facebook garage sale groups to track down furniture, appliances, and other items that are gently used, low cost, or free.
- Check out garage sales and thrift stores.
- Buy food in bulk to save money and packaging.
- Wear clothes that don’t need to be dry-cleaned. If you must dry clean, locate one that uses fewer chemicals.
- Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products.
- Borrow when you can and check out your local library for books and movies.
- Use a reusable bag whenever you shop.
Keep Electronics Out of the Landfills.
- Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible.
- Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.
Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies.
You can make very effective, non-toxic cleaning products from a few simple ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, and water. Making your own cleaning products saves money, time, and packaging – not to mention improves indoor air quality.