Going Green

By Jim Bona

(Hamilton, NY – Jan. 2012) At the end of the old year, and the beginning of the new, it is always good to take pause and reflect on how the year went.  In that process, hopefully the realization that we may have fallen short will inspire us to try harder for the new year.

As it is often said: resolutions are made to be broken. I hope not.  It is a poor excuse for not fulfilling your new commitment. Rather that setting your sights too high, it might be appropriate to be more modest and more realistic and set some goals that have a better chance of being fulfilled.

We already may be doing some things to be green, but it is always good to try a little harder.  Some easy things you can try:  turn off lights when you are not in a room.  Replace incandescent bulbs with cfl’s. Turn off the television if you are not watching. Don’t stare into the fridge endlessly. (I am bad with that one)! Try to take a shorter shower. Don’t run the faucet while you are brushing your teeth. Catch that water that usually goes down the drain while you are waiting for the hot water to arrive. Do a full load of laundry. Use a clothesline.  Lower your thermostat in the winter and raise it in the summer. Compost your vegetable scraps and leftovers. Compost your lawn trimmings. Grow a garden. Try to buy more bulk items, so as to cut down on packaging material that ends up in the landfill.  Try to be more conscientious about recycling your junk mail and newspapers. Try not to print every good article you find on the net, and just save them on your computer instead.

The list can go on and on, but I think you are getting my drift.  It isn’t hard to be green.  You just have to make up your mind and then actually do it.

Jim Bona is a technician at Colgate and passionate about all things green. He can be reached at jbona@mail.colgate.edu.



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