The eco-friendly movement is a global phenomenon, yet some of the simplest and most effective ways to go green lie much closer to home. Here are five tips on how to go green by staying local and engaging with your community.
Participate in an eco-friendly community garden
Community gardens make gardening an accessible hobby for everyone—not just homeowners with big backyards. Cultivating a plot in your local community garden is a fun and healthy way to meet your neighbors and promote green spaces in your area.
In fact, check out our tips for cultivating an eco-friendly garden.
Shop locally when you can
Getting groceries from local producers is an eco-friendly way to supplement your homegrown fruits and vegetables. Local products generate fewer emissions because they’re not shipped very far to reach their market, plus they’re more likely to be fresh.
Farmers’ markets and CSA (community supported agriculture) programs are both great ways to connect with local farmers. Learn more about CSA and find programs in your area at LocalHarvest.
Explore local sustainability initiatives in your area
From recycling programs to invasive species control, communities often seek to engage locals in sustainability initiatives geared toward improving quality of life for all residents. Getting active in such programs can help you meet like-minded peers, and you may even learn something along the way.
Check out your local government’s website for ways to participate.
Need some time to yourself? Staycation instead
Everyone needs a break from time to time, but taking time for yourself doesn’t have to mean expensive plane tickets and hotel rooms (nor the carbon emissions that come with them).
Instead, opt for a “staycation” in your local area during your time off. Check out these tips from Amateur Traveler on how to explore your hometown in style.
Lower your carbon emissions by carpooling
For those times when you can’t avoid getting in the car, you can still reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling. In addition to producing fewer emissions, you’ll save money on fuel expenses and may even find you enjoy the company on your commute.
If carpooling isn’t an option for you, consider an alternative such as using public transit to get to your destination.
Participating in your community can be a big part of going green. Here at Western National Property Management, we recognize that green living is quality living. Contact us today for more tips on green living.