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Kristin says ...
My resolution to take five minutes showers (maximum) and turn off the water while brushing my teeth. I love a nice warm shower... at least once/day. It's selfish. As I continue my research for a biodiversity course at Kent State University, I realize that steps are needed -- even small ones -- to stop the destruction we cause. Starting at home is one way I can contribute.
04/21/2009 3:18:37 PM CDT
Drew says ...
I've already been riding a lot but my resolution is to hit 100 miles a week, which will essentially mean I will no longer be using my car for anything but hauling large items once in a while. And they say my city is unbikeable!
04/21/2009 3:18:42 PM CDT
RachelDP says ...
Remembering my reusable grocery bags, and bringing my own take out containers when I eat out. I'm also trying to use non-toxics to clean, etc.
04/21/2009 3:18:44 PM CDT
KRIS MCCABE says ...
I will cook more vegetarian meals for my family. I will no longer purchase red meat. I've been an ova-lacto vegetarian for 16 years.
04/21/2009 3:18:45 PM CDT
Roseanne Yoakum says ...
I will walk to Whole Foods. I live a few blocks away and it is easy to stop on the way home from somewhere. But this will be a way I can save the stop and get exercise too! How fun is that?
04/21/2009 3:18:54 PM CDT
Colure says ...
Although I have already been trying to live "Greener" this year by being conscious about energy usage - turning off lights when I leave the room and replacing bulbs with CFEs, and by purchasing organic when possible, and using reusable shopping bags when I shop for groceries, I plan to further my "green living" in celebration of Earth Day by starting my own garden (even though I live in a small apartment!) - I want to plant my own tomatoes and herbs and grow them organically, so that I can be a part of the solution.
04/21/2009 3:19:11 PM CDT
Raquel Aguilar says ...
I will no longer leave the TV on and tuned to Animal Planet so that my cats won't be lonely while I gone.
04/21/2009 3:19:40 PM CDT
Lorie Gavina says ...
I bring all of my empty bottles to a local supermarket that offers recycling for bottles, cans, and glass. Also, one of my best friend's neighborhoods picks up recycling each week, so when we have bottles and cans, we put it in his recycling collection bucket. My father has also changed many of the bulbs in our house to ones that save energy.
04/21/2009 3:19:43 PM CDT
Judy Shreve says ...
I plan to use recycled bags in all stores -- not just the grocery, replace all of my bulbs with CFI's and unplug appliances (that can be) -- when not in use.
04/21/2009 3:19:46 PM CDT
Marifrances Bartels says ...
I use my newspapers THREE times. First I read them. Second, I shred them and use them as litter in my duck and goose pen. Third, when I clean out the bird pen, I put the litter in my garden. I guess you could say I use newspapers FOUR times as I would then plant seeds in the garden and eat their produce. In the end I EAT MY NEWSPAPERS.
04/21/2009 3:20:08 PM CDT
Cathy Smith says ...
Use fewer bags when shopping. I tell stores not to bag my items if I can carry them all in my arms. Or, I just minimize how many I use. I often forget to bring in my reusable bags, so I'll try to get better about that!
04/21/2009 3:20:09 PM CDT
Raquel Aguilar says ...
I will no longer leave the TV on and tuned to Animal Planet so that my cats won't be lonely while I am gone.
04/21/2009 3:20:09 PM CDT
Patti says ...
We have made so many changes over the last year; rain Barrels, compost, recycling, drinking tap water, buying in season organic. I guess my resolution is that I want to make sure my kids understand why we do those things, as we continue to make changes that work with our lives. There is so much hype out there, products and services that say they are "green" or "natural" that are not. You need a degree to weed through all the trash. We have been trying to live more simply and I want my kids to GET IT!
04/21/2009 3:20:30 PM CDT
Jean Layton says ...
I am paying my employee to ride her bike to work since I am unable to do so myself. And we are planting our first vegetable garden to make the food miles traveled = 0
04/21/2009 3:20:31 PM CDT
John Seabaugh says ...
We are a family on the go, so it's always been difficult to eat healthy and sensitive. I am changing things. For the rest of summer, I will only eat out once a week. Everyday, I will eat at least one meal that is 100% organic. I am planning on switching over to a vegetarian diet. A few years ago, I was one for about a year, but stopped. I am going back to it. We are cutting back on how much money we spend, and what we are doing, we are buying more environmental friendly. I am also planting some trees in our back yard. I want us as a family to change our lifestyle! Some live to eat, I want to learn how to eat to live.
04/21/2009 3:20:56 PM CDT
Evan Schoninger says ...
I will unplug my cell phone charger when not in use and all my small kitchen appliances.
04/21/2009 3:21:00 PM CDT
Megan says ...
My simple green solution may not be that simple, but it was actually pretty inexpensive (around $30). I bought recycling containers for my office's kitchenette, reusable coffee mugs for people to use (which I will take home and wash once a week, or they can do it themselves), and I bought everyone a reusable cup to drink water out of. This is the way I am making my office less reliant on Styrofoam! GO GREEN!
04/21/2009 3:21:14 PM CDT
SIndy says ...
I use reusable bags when I go to the grocery store. Most of the light bulbs in the house have been changed to CFL's. We open all the blinds during the day to get the natural sunlight. We use a vinegar/waer mixture to clean with. And we use a Brita pitcher instead of buying bottled water.
04/21/2009 3:21:15 PM CDT
Donis Dowling says ...
I have enrolled in a 100% wind power program for my electricity. I will be using only renewable electrical power. I have also completely switched to reuseable shopping bags-no more paper or plastic.
04/21/2009 3:21:52 PM CDT
mary! says ...
i will begin to turn off the faucet while i am brushing my teeth. i have always left the water running, and i know that it is wasteful to do so. starting tomorrow (or tonight, if i remember), no more!
04/21/2009 3:21:57 PM CDT
Tracy says ...
In light of our uncertain and challenging economic times and my own recent job loss due to company closing; I draw further and further on my faith. “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” -Martin Luther
04/21/2009 3:22:04 PM CDT
Rhiannon Smith says ...
My Green resolution this year was to actively recycle. I don't live in an area where you are required and I have made time in my schedule to take all of my paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum to the recycling center. ~Rhiannon
04/21/2009 3:22:26 PM CDT
Erica says ...
I've decided to make environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies using baking soda, fresh lemon juice and vinegar, among other things! I'm excited to clean with agents that won't harm the earth!
04/21/2009 3:22:39 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
I will eat at least 1 raw (living) vegan meal each and every day.
04/21/2009 3:22:46 PM CDT
Natalie says ...
For Earth day and after, I pledge to walk to as many places as I can. Not only will I be helping the environment, but I will be helping myself stay healthy, too. I've also started using more Earth friendly light bulbs and using the reusable bags when I go grocery shopping. I love this Earth...It's the only one we have!
04/21/2009 3:22:53 PM CDT

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