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Going Green

Spring means Green!

The grass is turning green, and the trees are filling with leaves. Now is the time to think about keeping the environment green. The information provided below will include lots of good ideas for ways to Go Green.

Local:
Healthy Monroe Solid Waste Program encourages recycling and proper disposal of household, yard, and electronic waste. Check the website for dates and times of recycling opportunities. They also sponsor a site on My Ecoville. Check it out for tips on business and residential recycling and other ways to cooperate in green ventures.

State:
Environment Michigan advocates for protection of the state’s environment, whether it is air, land, or water quality. Read about the issues and take action today!

MI DNR green initiatives shows how the state parks and harbors are handling renewable energy practices to save energy and the environment. The site includes links to other Michigan agency initiatives being followed for the same purpose.

Michigan green jobs initiative promotes green industries and wants to make sure skilled workers are available to work in these green areas

Country & Beyond:
Natural Resources Defense Counsel website offers information on green living in the form of press releases, reports and links to NRDC activism in a variety of areas. A non-profit organization, they focus on the effect that the multitude of chemicals used daily have on the body and the environment. This site includes a link to Greenpaws for environment-friendly pet care, and a learning activity for children. Follow The Green Squad around school and find out where problem areas are lurking.

Wastes, a website put out by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, promotes green living by educating the public about the effects of household and industrial waste, both hazardous and non-hazardous. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is a common theme on the site, and ways to do this at all levels are highlighted.

The Go Green Initiative starts at the school level by teaching children about ways to care for the environment. Incorporating green initiatives with children in turn rubs off on the adult population as teachers and parents strive to be green role models. Check out this site for ideas to promote the green initiative in the school.

National Geographic’s Green Guide offers facts, buyer’s guides, books, quizzes, and much more to help consumers Go Green.

Treehugger offers consumers a variety of ways to Go Green, divided into categories to fit personal, business, and social lives.

Green Living & Eco Friendly Home includes a variety of ideas and links covering green cleaning, green home improvement, reducing carbon footprints, and information about chemicals in today’s household items from cleaning solutions to sheets.

Why is this important? Learn about the effect toxins can have on humans and on the environment as a whole. The Safer States website offers explanations about all of this and what states are doing to correct the problem.

The Monroe County Library System has a good variety of books to help the community Go Green—Why not save a tree and check us out instead?

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The carbon-free home: 36 remodeling projects to help kick the fossil-fuel habit
By Stephen & Rebekah Hren

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Clean home, green home: The complete illustrated guide to eco-friendly homekeeping
By Kimberly Delaney

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Designs for a healthy home: an eco-friendly approach
By Dan Phillips

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Dreaming green: Eco-fabulous homes designed to inspire
By Lisa Sharkey & Paul Gleicher

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Easy green living: The ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home
By Renee Loux

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The eco-nomical baby guide: down-to-earth ways for parents to save money and the planet
By Joy Hatch & Rebecca Kelley

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Green guide: The complete reference for consuming wisely
By the Editors of the Green Guide Magazine

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Green remodeling: Your start toward an eco-friendly home
By John D. Wagner

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Green Teen: The eco-friendly teen’s guide to saving the planet
By Jenn Savedge

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Greening your home: Sustainable options for every system in your house
By Clayton Bennett

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How to reduce your carbon footprint: 365 simple ways to save energy, resources, and money
By Joanna Yarrow

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Your eco-friendly home: buying, building, or remodeling green
By Sid David

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Your eco-friendly yard: sustainable ideas to save you time, money and the earth
By Tom Girolamo

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U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) - Passport Information

 


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