We can all do things every day to reduce our carbon footprint and improve the sustainability of our environment. Do your part! Here are some easy things YOU can do:

–         Work From Home: Saving one trip to work and home will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. It will also save you time and money!

–         Eat Organic: What you eat matters and effects our environment. Read Food Facts from the Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/globalwarming/eatgreen.asp

–         Join a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture: Supporting your local farmers increases the sustainability of your community and reduces transportation emissions. Visit www.localharvest.org to find a CSA near you.

–         Change your commute: Take the bus, ride your bike, ride share, or take the train. Summer time is the perfect opportunity to try other forms of transportation. Why not get some exercise on your way to work?

–      Switch to paperless: Pay your bills online. It’s easy and the whole process is much faster.

–         Choose Wild Caught Fish: Studies have found that farm raised fish can contain high levels of mercury and leave bigger carbon footprints. Use this guide to make better decisions about buying fish: http://www.simplesteps.org/food/shopping-wise/consumer-guide-mercury-fish

–         Reduce Meat in Your Diet: This is not only great for your waistline and heart, but cutting out one day of meat you can make a difference for the atmosphere. The average American diet is responsible for emitting 3,578 pounds of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere each year. Just by simply reducing your red meat intake, you can reduce approximately 1,500 pounds of pollutants each year.  Source: http://www.simplesteps.org/food/shopping-wise/co2-smackdown-step-6-trimming-out-beef-and-pork

Next time you are about to drive to work, buy dinner, or pay bills take a moment to think about how you could lessen your impact on the environment. Every little step makes a difference!

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