You’re an eco-conscious consumer. You already have your household on the recycling, composting, and generally “green” path… but what about your community?
If you’re already committed to a lifestyle with a low carbon footprint, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the next step? How can I do more to help reduce the effects of pollution, global warming and climate change?”
The answer is simple: Get involved with the community! Below, check out our
Top 5 Favorite Community Opportunities for the Eco-conscious Citizen
- Adopt a highway, river, or park: Consider participating in any number of “adopt a ____” initiatives. These projects dedicate a few hours, days or weeks to cleaning up the community, one highway at a time. Safety note: Be sure to pay careful attention to safety tips and heed all warnings while on the site!
- Volunteer: Check out local opportunities to give back to your community and your planet through eco-conscious volunteer programs. The EPA provides a helpful list of inspiring examples, for those of you who don’t know where to begin.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Chances are, there are already countless ways you can encourage your community to recycle, as well as volunteer groups you can join within a local recycling initiative. A quick Google search will help you find a number of organizations in your area.
- Begin a composting initiative: Get into composting, and get others in your community to join in the efforts! Start with your own household, and then expand to your neighborhood, school, team, etc.
- Carbon offsetting: Want to get involved in green projects, but not sure what to do? Carbon offsetting is a convenient way to offset carbon emissions and contribute to a green lifestyle. Learn more about carbon offsets here.
For the truly ambitious, green go-getter, starting a new organization, business or non-profit that focuses on green initiatives/projects is a wonderful way to give back to the planet! Do some research on the green organizations that already exist in your community (and you might just discover a few things that are lacking!).
Already involved in a number of influential community groups or service organizations that aren’t overly eco-conscious? Try slowly introducing green practices and projects to your meetings, events, and everyday activities!