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I thought I would share with you some of the actions Yvonne and I have adopted to lower our impact on the planet.
We recycle. First, we reuse in the office. Printer paper is printed on both sides if it is not leaving the office. All ink jet cartridges and toner cartridges are refilled or recharged. File folders are reused. And, at home all possible items are sorted into the recycle bins.
We buy all our electricity through a program that funds wind energy development with Xcel. Coal fired electric plants must be phased out. To reduce our use of natural gas we keep temperatures just on the uncomfortable side.
We replaced our SUV (18 MPG) with a Camry Hybrid (36MPG). We still have a VW Passat but in several years we hope to trade it in on a plug-in electric vehicle. We watch our tire pressure. We change our oil at 3,000 miles. We limit the use of air conditioning. We try to drive with a soft foot and extract ourselves from the ad hype that speed and heavy iron matters. Certainly ego can be expressed in healthier ways. I will never understand why we let the car industry convince us that manhood or “coolness” is tied to the vehicles we drive.
We joined an organic farm community. The farm is a fourth generation family-run organization and has been organic for over 80 years. We also buy organic at the grocery.
We limit and are gradually eliminating the meat we consume. We’re inspired by the Engine #2 life style.
We pay our bills with online banking and ask that our bills be sent electronically. Technology is making it easier to reduce the size of the postal service.
We support CORE, a business trade association in Denver that promotes and educates the community on matters of sustainability and environmental concern.
We are converting our lighting to CFLs. I hope that we see LEDs come on strong.
The culture of consumerism has put the planet under tremendous pressure. CO2 concentrations are at the tipping point. It’s time for us all to do our best to mitigate the use of carbon and pass to future generations a cleaner version of planet Earth.
We are eager to hear and learn from you about your sustainability strategies. Go Green. Be Green.