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Myra says ...
As a member of my condominium association's board of directors, I will strongly encourage the other board members to replace a lot of the common area lawn with ground cover and other plants that do not require much water.
04/27/2009 9:12:40 PM CDT
Madeline says ...
My green resolution is to encourage my family members to be more environmentally conscious. I have got my mother into the habit of using a reusable Whole Foods bag for her groceries, and now i am working on doing the same for my father. In addition, I will buy my father a reusable water bottle in order to halt his consumption of plastic water bottles.
04/27/2009 9:14:46 PM CDT
LuAnn Foty says ...
Educating kids about recycling will continue to be my passion, but this year I would like to reach out to all the restaurants that throw away tons of crayons every day.
04/27/2009 10:22:38 PM CDT
Ginny says ...
I commit my family to be more concious of the electricity we use-unplugging electronics and turning lights off. We already use reuseable shopping bags at the grocery but forget to use them at other stores. Going forward there is no excuse for bringing home another plastic bag from anywhere! I am also entertaining the idea of adding a rain barrel and compost container to my backyard - if the HOA doesn't oppose it!
04/27/2009 11:06:12 PM CDT
Ashley says ...
I will not buy another package of paper napkins, ever! I have slowly phased them out and our family of 5 now uses only cloth napkins!
04/27/2009 11:50:52 PM CDT
Tom says ...
I have just put into place my 5th water barrel, that covers all my downspouts and hopefully all my gardens which have been muscling out the grassy areas so there is less to be mowed. The gardens are primarily natives that I don't need to water and soaker hoses hooked up to the rain barrels so the only time I need to use the tap is is wash the mud off my hands and that water goes to the garden to so it's nothing down the drain and nothing wasted.
04/28/2009 2:36:07 AM CDT
Lee Schaller says ...
I am taking shorter showers, turning off water between brushing teeth, unplugging everything not in use, recyclng all paper, bottles, etc., buying recyeld products, working with my college stiudents and my young grandchildren on the fragility of our planet and the importance of living green.
04/28/2009 6:07:54 AM CDT
Judy says ...
I will walk to the pool and other places more often and be better about using reusable bags.
04/28/2009 8:33:59 AM CDT
jaye says ...
recycled numerous no longer used pairs of gym shoes at a local drop off collection center.
04/28/2009 2:15:39 PM CDT
Candi says ...
My one simple goal is to ferment more of our preserved foods and can less so that we have nurturing food that uses less energy to preserve.
04/28/2009 3:14:13 PM CDT
jennifer says ...
I resolve to recycle... even if it means having to drag my items to the recycling center.
04/28/2009 3:49:15 PM CDT
sharon says ...
Our family of four downsized from an SUV to a hybrid. And we love it. We consistently recycle, so it was time we switched to an eco-friendly car.
04/28/2009 6:32:49 PM CDT
ann says ...
wow, so many entries here, i don't stand a chance haha! but i will post here anyway to remind myself to take the bus more often. my school offers unlimited ride bus passes with our tuition and even though the commute is pretty long for me, i can use the bus time for studying :)
04/28/2009 8:46:05 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
I separate paper towels in half to be frugal and help the environment.
04/28/2009 9:11:51 PM CDT
Mike says ...
I purchase a off grid, stand alone 500 watt solar power system about 5 years ago to power any outdoor lights and garage lights while I did some shop work at night. The system had much more reserve power than I needed so last year, I decided to purchase an electric scooter (shaped and sized like a Vespa). I now use the reserve solar electrical power to charge my scooter. It goes about 20 mph, has a range of about 25 miles on full charge and the best part is that there is no legal requirement of a license. I do all my local errands with this now and really enjoy doing the errands knowing that I don't have a give a dime to the oil companies.
04/28/2009 9:13:00 PM CDT
Michelle D says ...
I am going to follow the lead of my 12 year old daughter. It seems that the kids are more aware of what can be done to make the world a better place. She's taught me that the stickers on produce have codes that tell you if it's organic or even genetically modified, that turning off a light will save energy and money (although she still forgets a lot!), and that one person can make a difference.
04/29/2009 9:23:31 AM CDT
Deb says ...
Where I work they only recycle white paper so I started recycling others items. For example, when my tissue box is empty I flatten it and take it home so I can include it in my cardboard recycling. I bought lunch the other day and it came in a plastic container. I brought home the plastic container and included it in my glass/plastic recycling bucket. I also don't use styrofoam cups at work anymore, I use my re-usable ceramic mug and I bring in utensils from home so I don't use the plastic utensils here at work.
04/29/2009 10:39:06 AM CDT
M.Pio says ...
This year I will continue all the changes I have made over the past 4 years to make this a better planet. Buy local, reusable bags, no pesticides, soap and water for most cleaning jobs, 1 light on, recycle, compost and catch rain water to cut down on watering my garden. This year I added plant a fruit tree and let the birds enjoy the fruits of my labor.
04/29/2009 11:46:54 AM CDT
iVal says ...
1. recycle, recycle, recycle 2. reduce shower to 5 minutes 3. sell my SUV and bought a hybrid car
04/29/2009 12:35:13 PM CDT
Yvonne says ...
I actually went through with my resolution and planted an organic heirloom garden. I planted the veggies I love the most that are most suited to my area. I am already seeing turnip leaves! Mother Earth is amazing!
04/29/2009 2:42:12 PM CDT
S. Giryotas says ...
This year we are doubling the size of our vegetable garden and sharing with friends and neighbors that do not have gardens. We are changing the way we water our gardens by installing drip irrigation systems and practicing xeriscaping techniques in the rest of our gardens. We have been composting for the last 3 years which has cut down our contribution to the local landfill and we help others to set up compost bins to spread the word.
04/29/2009 5:27:25 PM CDT
Melissa Fernandez says ...
For Earth Day 2009, I pledge to be more diligent with unplugging electronic devices and appliances when they are not in use.
04/29/2009 6:01:55 PM CDT
Wm says ...
I am going to show more enthusiam and actively support my wife's recycling endeavors.
04/29/2009 9:26:22 PM CDT
BD says ...
My in-laws live in an area of Colorado where the recycled items are limited. I have previously offered to carry off cans and plastics to area that will recycle these items. I have met resistance because my in-laws think it is too much trouble. I plan to escalate my green crusade and convince them otherwise!
04/29/2009 9:32:26 PM CDT
Teresa says ...
We are doing a vegetable garden this year. We are also teaching the kids about preserving the environment and saving/re-using energy. We have already managed to reduce the number of times lights stay on when there is no-one in the room. We are also working on time spent in the shower.
04/29/2009 10:37:42 PM CDT

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