Environmental Stewardship for Individuals

Sustainable Food and Agriculture

  • Buy local.
  • Avoid boxed and bagged.
  • Buy fruits and vegetables only in season.
  • Read the ingredients. (Michael Pollin’s rule: no more than five ingredients in the product.)
  • Eat it before it rots; if it does not rot, don’t eat it.

Zero Waste

  • Compost.
  • Avoid boxed and bagged.
  • Reusable bags – then actually remember to use them!
  • Reuse before you recycle.
  • If you are not in the room, turn off the light.
  • Install zones in your home and use them.
  • motion detector light switches.

Environmentally Responsible Purchasing

  • “Why take energy from Hell when you can have the clean energy of the Heavens?”
  • Replace old appliances with Energy Star rated appliances.
  • Replace old lightbulbs and fixtures with the newest, energy friendly products.
  • Say “no” to unnecessary boxes and bags.

Climate-friendly Garden and Landscape

  • Native flora only.
  • Grass is supposed to die in the heat of summer.
  • Use rain barrels underneath your gutter drains.

Eco-friendly Transportation

  • Public transportation is best, if available.
  • Consider hybrid or electric vehicles for your next vehicle.
  • Bicycles with a basket.

Other

  • Unplug small appliances when not in use.
  • Put televisions, computers, and recording devices on surge protectors, turning off the surge protectors overnight and when electronic devices are not in use. (Replace surge protectors once a year too.)
  • Programmable thermostats.
  • Need outdoor lights for safety, install a motion detector switch to trigger them.
  • Check window and door seals once a year.