Greening Our Resolutions
In 2009 let’s resolve to…
1. Turn trash to treasure, or at least, not be so quick to throw it away. There is no away. Today’s aging furnishings will soon become vintage. Think about it.
2. Avoid toxic materials. Viable alternatives exist. Go find them.
3. Support FSC-certified wood. Write it into every specification. As we increase the demand, supply, and price reductions will surely follow.
4. Participate in the process. Join USGBC, post comments on the rating systems and credit revisions, vote in the elections. Activism works! Speaking of which…
5. Sign on to the 2030 Challenge, which commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for all buildings by 50 percent right now, and…
6. Remember this number: 350; and this date: October 24, 2009. It’s a global day of action. Organize!
7. Switch out every incandescent light for a CFL or one of the fabulous new LEDs.
8. Search out and discover innovative ways to install renewable technology strategies in our projects, and/or…
9. Purchase carbon offset credits. Get a list of reliable providers here.
10. Avoid greenwash by learning more about what’s truly green. Third party certifications are a great place to start.
11. Support the triple bottom line by giving your business to manufacturers and suppliers that equally value ecology, social justice and economics
12. Eliminate paper and plastic use. Go digital in the office and polyester or canvas at home. My favorite reusable is by ChicoBag.
13. Boycott bottled water–at the office, home, and on the road. Install water filters or use a water delivery service. Tote your water in a stainless steel BPA-free bottle.
14. Eat healthfully and exercise more–everyone’s inevitable resolution. This year it’s yours by eating locally grown organic food and leaving the car at home. Walk or bike to work.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!