Go green for a community project with absolutely no downside! Going green in your neighborhood or town is a terrific way to pull your community together while making a positive impact on the environment. A little effort by everyone can go a long way toward helping the earth, whether it’s a one-person crusade or a large-scale operation involving everyone in your city or region. Here are four ways you can make your community a greener place.
Take Advantage of Existing Resources
Cleaning up a community is a big job. Before you begin, explore your options. Most likely the resources for initiating a greener community are already in place, waiting for someone with the drive to take advantage of them. Begin by contacting local and regional leaders and filling them in on what you’d like to accomplish and what you’ll need to do it. Government sponsorship can connect you with potential funding and resources. The Environmental Protection Agency is an excellent source for ideas on creating and improving green infrastructure. Local merchants can donate tools, advertising, and the like. Ask for help and you’ll usually get it.
Create Community Gardens
More likely than not, there’s a piece of public land in your community currently serving no purpose. Find out if it can be spared for a community garden. Community gardens are spaces where individuals can be stewards of the land, even if it’s just a six-foot-by-six-foot spot. Community gardens are wonderful on many levels. They provide healthy and fresh produce to communities that may not have access to it. They’re educational opportunities for people of all ages. Finally, a properly cared for and bountiful garden always looks great. Far better than a weed-ridden patch of land.
Become a Composting Community
As a next step for your community garden, start a composting program. Compost is an excellent way to recycle organic waste, rather than wasting it in a landfill. Find and take a training course in composting (there are several online). Decide on a place to set up a community composter or investigate a city-wide program. Your local waste management company may already have an option for composting, trash collection, and recycling, so give them a call. Even if you don’t have a community garden, many of your fellow citizens might have backyard and windowsill gardens that could use a compost boost.
The last of our four ways you can make your community a greener place hits close to home. Shop locally and encourage others to do so. Buy groceries from local farms. Institute or give your patronage to a farmers’ market. Shop at stores that sell products made by local and regional artisans. These efforts make a difference in the number of vehicles needed in the land, sea, and air to deliver products from far away, thereby reducing carbon emissions. It’s also a good way to keep money in the community, which can lead to further initiatives to beautify and “green” up the town!
Going green in your neighborhood or town is a great way to pull your community together while making a positive impact on the environment too. Remember, small actions collectively make a significant impact. Encouraging and involving others in these initiatives can create a ripple effect and inspire further positive changes in your community.
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