Green Living

Join us on a journey to sustainable living and reducing your environmental impact. We believe everyone can make a difference in their daily actions at home, school, workplace or place of worship. Green Living is designed to help those who are environmentally-concerned get a great start on caring for our community. Here, you'll find information about sustainable living practices to help you make informed, local, green lifestyle choices. By going green, our community will be more prosperous and enjoy a better quality of life. Together, we can make Carmel, and the Earth, a more beautiful and healthier place to live. And besides, it’s cheaper being green. Save energy, save the planet and save some money.

lowcarbdiet-sFor a solid foundation to going green, we recommend The Low Carbon Diet, A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds, by David Gershon. This illustrated workbook offers much more than a list of eco-friendly actions. It walks you through every step of the process, from calculating your current CO2 "footprint" to tracking your progress. The Low Carbon Diet is grounded in over two decades of environmental behavior change research. David Gershon, founder and CEO of the Empowerment Institute , is one of the world's leading authorities on behavior change and large-scale transformation.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost

The amount of trash produced by the average American is about 4.5 lbs every day. You can begin to lower your carbon footprint through these simple actions: Recycle, Reduce&Reuse, Compost.

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Recycle
One of the first things people think of when they think about going green is recycling.
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  • For folks who live in an apartment complex, visit Drop-Off Sites.for places to recycle around Carmel.
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  • No matter how big or small, we're happy to provide you with portable recycling collection bins for your next event: School Social/Carnival, Church Bazaar, Sports Event, Graduation Party, Neighborhood Party! Anywhere you have lots to recycle!
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Reduce & Reuse
The key to real, long-term sustainability are the first two R's: Reduce and Reuse.

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The size of your weekly trash will shrink considerably when you recycle paper, plastics, glass and metals. After you've mastered that, it's time to take the next step in recycling. According to the EPA, yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 27 percent of the US municipal solid waste stream. That’s a lot of waste to send to landfills when it could become useful and environmentally beneficial compost instead!

 

Household Hazardous Waste, Ewaste & Unwanted Medicines
There are some things you can't recycle, compost or put in the trash! Household hazardous waste, electronic waste and unwanted medicines contain elements that are toxic to plants, animals and people. So, after you've tried to Reduce and Reuse where appropriate, these materials must be disposed of properly:

 

 


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Energy Conservation and Efficiency

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FREE Home Energy Assessment
Schedule a FREE Home Energy Assessment to find ways to save energy and save money. A home energy assessment is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to go green. Plus, you'll receive a detailed report as well as a FREE green gift worth about $50. Read more.

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Make the Switch!
Another easy and cost effective way to save energy and save money is to switch out your incandescent bulbs to CFLs or LEDs. If you have any questions or concerns about CFLs, please contact Leslie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more.

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Kill the Vampires
Eliminate ‘on demand’ power to electronics by putting them on power strips or surge protectors that can be turned off when the devices attached to it are not in use. You can use a smart power strip to turn off vampire loads while keeping essential equipment on. Don't forget to unplug unused transformers.

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Blower Door Test and Infrared Scan
After you've taken the easy steps above, consider  taking additional steps to look for more energy savings by having a blower door test and infrared scan to detect hard to find problems such as insulation issues, drafts, air leakage, and moisture.  Local home performance contractor, Energy Outfitter, is an Angie's List "A" rated service provider with 30 years experience in home building performance.  Chris Maher is a certified energy auditor, thermographer, RESNET home energy rater, and Building performance analyst.

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Eat Sustainably

According to Worldwatch, our food travels an average of 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table. To eat sustainably, we need to reduce 'food miles' and embedded carbon emissions associated with our food production. Read more.

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Green Gifts

Nature's Karma located at Carmel City Center offers a wide selection of unique gifts and goods made fom recycled materials.

 

 



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Get Involved

We invite you to join us. There are many ways to get involved. Take Action