Going Green

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Green Living

“Going green” and adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle may be all the rage, but truly changing your lifestyle and habits can be a challenge. If you know where to look, though, the Internet can be an important part of your sustainable world. The resources in this Web guide explain how to reduce your environmental impact in ways big and small. So get started with green living, and even find out where to connect with other green people and organizations.

Going Green

There are many ways to go green, whether you choose to make tiny changes or drastic ones. If you’d like to make your life a little greener, or better understand environmentally friendly living, use this section to learn what going green entails and how it might apply to you.

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  • Signing up for a daily e-mail with simple ideas for green living can be a good way to remind yourself about going green every day of the year. Ideal Bite is a lighthearted, sassy site with down-to-earth tips that anyone can follow.
  • When reading about green living, you may encounter acronyms like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), used in rating green buildings; and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), a term created by the Natural Marketing Institute.

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Choosing Green Products and Services

No matter where you live, you can make a difference by buying green products, choosing green energy sources and green home designs, or by making use of green transportation alternatives. The Web sites in this section can point you in the right direction.

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  • Benefit from green incentive programs. Check the Web site of your local utility company to see what tax credits or rebates are available for your green investments. Your power company’s Web site can also be a good source for energy-saving tips.
  • Know the difference between companies that are truly green and those that just use the green facade as a marketing gimmick. Read a Web site’s “About Us” section to find out the vendor’s mission and methods.

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Environmental Activism

It’s nice to know you’re not the only person out of the world’s six billion who is doing something to throw Mother Nature a bone. The Internet offers so many opportunities to meet new people and participate in environmental activism from the convenience of your home. Use the Web sites recommended below to explore different groups of environmentally conscious people.

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  • Some environmentalist Web sites provide prewritten letters to send to politicians or corporate executives, and you often have the opportunity to tweak or edit the letter to make it more personalized. Editing a letter makes it less generic and thus more effective.
  • Sometimes it’s more beneficial to see the initiatives other people and organizations have taken, rather than reading article after article on the subject. Many environmental activists chronicle their endeavors on their Web sites, making it easy to learn by example.
  • Social networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook have innovative new mediums for people to express their ideas and concerns. Check your preferred social networking site for groups of environmentally conscious members, and make friends with other like-minded folks.

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Environmental News

You may think your neighbor with the hybrid car has already taught you everything you need to know about going green, but it’s worthwhile to read the findings, projections and opinions of people who have dedicated their time and careers to environmental causes. Use this section to keep current and informed.

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  • Educational networks and public broadcasting often address environmentalism. Check out your favorite network’s Web site and search for the green issues you want to know more about.

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