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to use less products with too much packaging

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12/29/13 9:53 A

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Wishing my electricity were produced by wind or solar. My power company is working on it, but still burns coal. They have built several wind generator farms. Fracking for gas is being promoted because it is considered cheap. Trouble is, it endangers / ruins our water, and that is a terrible price to pay! We really do need to stop the burning as quickly as we possibly can.
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8/26/13 5:47 A

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Personally, I just really want to get off the grid and go to solar panels. However, first I'll have to buy a lottery ticket, and then be a big winner!
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8/22/13 8:57 P

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A little bit of good news is that two of the trash haulers in our county now offer recycling included in our trash collection. It's single stream, meaning it doesn't have to be pre-sorted, but it is supposed to be clean, and some items, such as styrofoam, are excluded. They dump it into a regular garbage truck, and haul it all off to Ann Arbor, where, as I understand it, there is a sorting center.
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6/21/13 8:21 A

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A couple of goals I would like to achieve are:

1. Start a recycling program in our school system. terracycle.com has some great brigades for difficult to recycle items. In order for recycling to really grow, it has to be implanted in the minds of our children, who grow into recycling adults. I know some members of our school board and plan to prepare and present this idea to them.

2. Petition my county to provide more convenient recycling options and to recycle more classifications, such as glass, tin/steel cans, and paper. Not sure how to go about this yet.

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5/19/13 9:56 A

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I finally bought a composter bin.

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5/12/13 3:22 P

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Great question! I would love, love, love to start gardening and eventually grow most of my own vegetables and herbs. With the apartment I'm living in right now, that's not an option, but I'd like to at least have an indoor/window-sill herb garden soon.

I don't have a car but my bf does, and I'd like to both of us to be car-free in the near future, though I'm not too sure how feasible that will be for him.

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5/4/13 2:44 P

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Two years and still posting!
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The community solar group ended, mostly.
The concept is wonderful, and lots of places are doing it.

I'm looking at moving to a smaller space, which takes less energy to heat or cool.
I've forsworn air condoning, so I'm looking to return home to Colorado, where it isn't necessary.

I have yet to get a vehicle, and with a move home, and considering not getting a car at all for a while. This will be job-dependent, of course.

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4/24/13 2:14 P

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I would love to have a bigger piece of property to live on in a wooded area so I could have my own chickens for laying only and I would like to be able to set up a rain collection system and heat and cool by solar and alternatives other than oil!!!! I don't want too much, do I! emoticon If I can ever make these things my reality, I'll let you know!

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4/18/13 2:56 P

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To walk the AT - I know this is beyond me, I couldn't afford to do it for a start and its half way across the world from me here in the UK, BUT what I am going to do is do all the walks here in the Hebrides where I live I CAN do those walks!!

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2/1/13 2:07 P

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I would love for us to more like other countries and ride bikes more. I would love to see more bikes on the road than cars. I think that we rely on cars too much!

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1/23/13 11:48 P

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LongIslandPam, shopping for eco-friendly clothing isn't that difficult if you don't mind shopping online. A friend of mine owns Faeriesdance.com and I buy a lot of clothing from her. Also, REI, Patagonia, and lots of others offer clothing from organic, renewable, or recycled fibers.

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11/20/12 7:14 A

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Solar panels. Not just one or two, but enough to cover the entire roof.
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11/12/12 11:34 A

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I'd like to find a way to convince the major energy companies in our state (there are two) that they should move more quickly to clean, renewable energy production. Guess it needs to deal with their profit motive, i.e., the bottom line.
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9/2/12 9:47 P

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While I've recently discovered that my shoes are MAGIC, I am not yet a runner -- and it's a little out of reach right now until I strengthen my knees and core ... One day, I'd like to bike to work -- it's only 4 miles. If we're really dreaming, I'd love to move to a very small, energy efficient home, but until my high schooler graduates, that's out of the question. I can dream!


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8/27/12 11:20 A

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I would love to install a wind turbine to offset my energy costs, be self-sufficient, and for environmental reasons, because wind energy is a clean, emission free, renewable energy source. But (always a roadblock) it's very expensive and I'm sure my neighborhood association would not approve. I'd like to move away from others forcing their thoughts on the minority. But I digress, I'm researching more about the turbines and will hopefully find an economic, neighborly fit.

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7/10/12 6:49 A

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I want to be riding my bicycle more instead of driving. But because of the heat, I've been unable to do that.

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7/4/12 4:49 P

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Getting the garden space and compost area at my house under control.

Obviously a person who owned my house was seriously into gardening (flower and veggie) and composting. Owners after this person (including me) haven't had the time to take care of all the gardens, so several areas are overgrown and look horrible.

I've started one step towards this goal - reducing and consolidating the garden areas to a manageable level. I also need to assess if I would be able to supply the time and effort needed to compost, and repair/redesign the compost area to the level I could handle.

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6/22/12 11:46 P

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I'd love to have a compost bin built for my small back yard. I can't afford a commercially built one. My composting would turn my scraps. etc. into beautiful black soil for my small organic garden.

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6/18/12 10:02 A

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Walk, run, and ride my bike more to get places. My shredded ACL prevents it until I have a total knee replacement.
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3/22/12 12:50 P

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I know this may sound crazy and totally out of reach but I would like to create a wetland area near my home in northern Kentucky. Sorry to say we live in a condo, mainly because I loathe mowing grass. After checking the map and talking with the folks at DNR I find that there really aren't any remnants of wetlands in the county (Campbell). What a pity, Wetlands are a magnet for migrating wildlife. And I find the concept of vernal ponds fascinating. These are pools of water that form over the winter and disappear during the hot part of the year. In between salamanders, frogs, toads and many other creatures come and lay their eggs and produce the next generation of their species. By summer the eggs have hatch, grown up and gone on their way.

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2/5/12 9:01 P

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I want to build a self-sustaining home out of straw bales. The house will be in the country where I can grow my own food. For now I just do small things in my everyday life to reduce my footprint.

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2/3/12 1:42 P

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I want to be more conscious about the clothing that I purchase. This is for a couple of reasons. I have growing concerns about items produced in China from a human rights standpoint, and I want very much to purchase more natural, renewable products. It takes a little investigation on my part, but this is something that is important to me.

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12/19/11 8:18 P

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Interesting the pro/con list you have going. I hear you about two steps forward one step backward feeling. We have thought about going rural for more privacy and to become more self-sufficient. but right now, I see the extra cost of travel back and forth to day job. The property we were looking at about 30-45 minutes from town. In our pro/con list, I had not added the garbage pick up. But, I have started composting food and paper items. I recently learned some of the fat items can be used for birdfeed or other animals. I was thinking I would continue reducing my waste/trash items that way. We have a long way to go toward reducing our waste products.

I might be able to grow more in city home if I trim some trees or start a green house. I think I need more sunlight. This year I will have some compost to add to the soil so maybe garden will do better. Will look to hear more about how things are working out for you.

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12/18/11 8:12 P

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I'd love to have my own windpower generator, but can't because I'm close to downtown here. I'd also love to have solar panels, but can't afford it at this point. I want very much to ride my bicycle more when the weather here permits, but I have to get my knee repaired first. I'm seeing an orthopedic specialist on Thursday morning to assess that possibility.
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12/13/11 7:25 P

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Grow veggies in Winter. Have not talked my husband in to hanging my grow light yet (three years and counting) .

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12/1/11 10:12 P

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Well, I'm taking a lot of SMALL steps. I want to get fitter and firmer, obviously I wouldn't likely be on SP otherwise emoticon . I'd love to find help with MAINTAINING solar and other kinds of alternate energy residential installations. My home has PV and solar hot water and a small wind turbine, and we use trees thoughtfully for windbreaks and summer cooling. But there IS some maintenance on each of these systems and we've been disappointed with the help on this.

In terms of being truly green and sustainable about living on planet earth, I would like for us all to appreciate the value of individual animals' lives. Today we kill so many dogs and cats in US "shelters" (really, pounds). We don't have to do that, and for people's emotional wellbeing, we shouldn't. For the sake of peace and kindness in our communities, we should cherish life. And we can't continue destroying our planet, the trees and the grass AND the animals and their habitats ... and feel that we're being green!

That is the step that is out of reach, because there is such strong investment in the killing approach, so many pounds with so many bureaucrats comfortable running them -- and those people are not willing, or so it seems, either to admit that what they've BEEN doing is not working, or to open their minds and think about trying something different.

I'm trying to eat more local and organic foods too, but that's within my power and reach, so it's not that closely related to this topic!

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11/27/11 7:29 A

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An Eco Friendlier car. The car I own now gets 26 to 33 MPG but I have a 28 mile one way commute. Not owning a garage makes all electric impossible. And I can't afford a hybrid at the moment.

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11/24/11 8:44 A

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LADYEYRE, I have had my eye on a Prius, too! Someday!

I do have a place with garden areas I keep on expanding and some fruit trees and nut bushes that I planted when I got here, and on-going! My house has almost no insulation, needs more caulking to keep the wind out, gets humid when it is humid outdoors, and I have some chickens that attract dogs and hawks. So, it is a mixed blessing, but definitely a blessing.

My well went dry during a second, 2-year drought ,in a decade, and now it pumps mostly air and mud; so that would be my next "first step." I never feel good with city water--except in one place where the city water was ionized instead of being chlorinated. Even the swimming pools had supplemental ionizers instead of chlorine!

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10/30/11 7:58 P

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I want to expand the reach of the NGO that I'm a part of.



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I would love to own my own house so I could have my own garden, composting area and save through better insulation, weatherstripping, ets. but alas I'm stuck in an apartment for now. Also, would love to own a Prius. My parents have one and love it.

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10/24/11 10:28 A

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I have a couple of things on my list of things. I would like, to loose a couple more pounds so, I can use, my wii fit balance board! I want to be able to confidantly walk the Turkey trot this year! I would like, to get my dogs better trained around strangers. I have a new spring/summer dress I would like to be able to get into for easter next year. Get off my medications.



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Will you be able to kill and butcher a cow that you have taken care of? My mom grew up on a small farm. Her mom was able to stay uninvolved with the animals and did the butchering. My mom probably could have too, being used to it as a kid, but I know I could not do it or even send them to be butchered. I love your amibition and used to dream about living on a farm when I was a kid.

I want to apply for the position of medicaid service co-ordinator at my company. The position call for a bachlors degree, or an associate degree and six years of experience. I have the associate and more than eight years of experience. What is holding me back is my resume and cover letter. I haven't done a resume in thirty years! I am researching online how to do an updated resume but I have not found the courage to just get it done and send it in. I am not good at self-promotion and right now I am working with a supervisor and program administrator who contantly critisize every more I make. They make me wonder how I managed to keep my job this long since I am so stupid. It is amazing to me how some supervisors love you and some can't stand you. I really need to get this done and get out!



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I don't believe in "out of reach". I am living in a rural area, so unfortunately I have to drive a vehicle to town for doctor appointments. I live 11 miles from our small town. I am trying to get as self sustaining as possible. I am just getting started building a garden. I am removing fencing and poles from someone I met at a yard sale who is moving. I am gleaning seeds from anyone who will let me who grows organics. I plan on raising chickens for eggs and meat. My possible out of reach is that I want to raise a cow and a couple pigs for healthy meat. It cost over $3/lb. to have a cow butchered and not including slaughtered. I would like to use the creek for irrigation. Its 30 feet down the side so I have to get a pump which means more energy use. A lot of the time it seems the more I try to do the less it is for the environment. Like I have to haul trash and recycles out because of no trash pick-up this far out. That means more using my vehicles. Good luck to all of those trying to be self sufficient and protecting our environment. emoticon

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I would like to expand my gardening skills, I have a small garden of things that are easy tomatoes, etc but i would like to grow many things.

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8/23/11 2:02 P

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HurlerGirl, I have an option for you:

solar for renters, those who have shade and historic homes (and everyone else). www,solargardens.org

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I want to RETIRE!!! Eight more years!

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I want to start a garden once we've moved. emoticon

I want to give up my car and live in an area where I can emoticon , roller blade, emoticon or take the bus. I also want to be living in an area with emoticon pickup - right now I have to load my recycling into my car and drive it to a recycling location in town.

When we buy a house, I want to paint it in all recycled paints.

Also, I'm hoping in the next couple of years to have my own chicken coup and raise my own emoticon for emoticon and chicken. And my hubby's gonna hunt for a large portion of our meat, which will mean we can eat some good lean cuts of venison and elk without the steroids and other contaminants in a lot of the meat at the store

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8/8/11 11:30 A

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I want to put a wind turbine/wind mill on the side property for collecting power - Problem: The Winter Park Code Enforcement Nazis would have a heart attack and then take great pleasure in making me take it down.






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I would love for Western New York to find an alternative to salting roads in the winter. All of that salt (which isn't free) runs into the sewer system and into our creeks, rivers and lakes.

EcoMuffin: giant compost heap in the pool?

Being new at both gardening and being green, can you use your dishwashing water in a compost bin? Which dish liquid do you use? Can you water plants with it? I think my grandmother used to use dishwashing water on her roses to control aphids.

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How awesome for you!! Congratulations! Someday I will have one. And an outdoor solar kitchen. Sigh. Happy, happy thoughts. =D

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We have the land, bought June 1, and are in the process of designing, with monolithic domes, our dream dome home! www.monolithic.com I would love to be in it by Christmas, but I think next summer is probably the more realistic goal.

We are about 1.5 hours away from where the Monbololithic Dome site is, in Little Italy, Texas, and have visited a couple of times. It's cool!

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For those that want to live off the grid, I saw an article a while back (as this is also my dream) on dome homes. If you look up "rumi house" it is a beautiful dome home that has Rumi inscriptions built into the walls. Amazing!! The models are to be used by Fema for earthquake prone areas since the models almost broke the earth quake simulator. Cal earth has a number of models shown on their website. A basic dome starts at 10,000.00 which is of course without installing anything. They stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer and can be modeled in a number of different ways. Check out the web sites, its' a beautiful dream at least.

Good luck with your gardeing and "earthy dreams!"

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I would like to live self-sustainable, not dependant upon any outside resources, such as gas or electricity. I want solar off the grid power, enough water and food, gardening, recycling, and to get my family totally on board.

I actually do not know which of these is the hardest to do!

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The step that I want take that is out of reach is to have our society wake up and realize what we are doing to our fresh water supply. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing someone "wash" their driveway or sidewalk. We are so fortunate to live in North America and for the most part we have clean water at our disposal...but with that everyone should be given the knowledge of responsible use.
Whoo.....I could get up on a soap box about this one....better stop.
I guess this is the step that is out of reach...for now I will settle with making sure my children understand their responsibility towards water usage!

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I would love to hear your "voice of experience" when you put in the laundry greywater system. I aspire to the same. (Right now my greywater system is just me taking the dishpan of water outside after I wash dishes...)

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We bought a major fixer-upper four years ago. My goal is to make it as "green" as possible.

We started with the basics, recycling bins in the pantry, CFL's wherever possible, power strips, etc.

As we have been doing small projects like painting rooms and refinishing the deck, we have been using the greenest products I can find, like low V.O.C. paint and soy stripper.

I have cut way back on watering the landscape and have added a rain barrel. Eventually, I would love to add a cistern for rain harvesting. (That's probably several years down the road) Also, I will probably add a graywater "laundry-to-landscape" system in the next year or two.

I desperately want to add solar power and solar pool heating. Yes, the pool is a big eco-no-no. I didn't realize just how bad it would be when we bought the house and it would be way to expensive to fill it in. (I was shocked when I found out how crazy expensive it is to get rid of a pool!) So, to limit the environmental damage, I want to install a more efficient pump as soon as I can afford it.

I've started composting when mixed results, but at least I am keeping food scraps out of the landfill. Fortunately, we have green waste recycling in our community.

I've also been experimenting with organic gardening the last couple of years, again with mixed results. Like everything else in this house, my organic garden is a work in progress.
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As I work on the landscaping, I am trying to transition to native plants and edibles. I just planted Chardonnay grapes next to the house where some other vines had died. This weekend, my husband planted our first peach tree in back of the house where we hope to start a little "urban orchard".

So things are coming along, slower than I would like, but we do what we can, when we can.

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I would love to make use of solar power, but in such a way that it doesn't detract from the character of my 1920's house.

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JXNCHICORY, have you heard of Terracycle? They take unrecycleable packaging-- like Clif bars, Capri Sun packets, etc.-- and upcycle them into messenger bags, pencil boxes, and other useable stuff. It might be worthwhile to look into collecting for them if you have a lot of packaging you can't get rid of. They pay for the shipping & will donate to the charity of your choice when you collect for them, too.

As far as changes... I'm with everybody else. I'd love to have a house with a garden, solar panels, and a windmill. As it is now, we compost on our apartment balcony and reuse a lot of stuff.

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I want to buy a house and take it off grid. Solar for electricity, well for water....Out of reach for now but is possible in the next 5 years.

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I want to switch EVERYONE to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs TODAY! And I want all our energy to come from clean, renewable sources TODAY!

(My own lightbulbs in my old, but insulated (although my windows are somewhat leaky) house are all fluorescents except a few in the basement and attic - but they are rarely used.) And I checked, but it seems I can't put a windmill on my small, downtown property. And solar panels are beyond my means for now.

I'm upset because EVERYTHING seems to come packaged in plastic. I DO recycle, but plastic wrappers aren't recyclable - at least not here.
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Soooo many things I want to do!!!!

I want to start a small garden, I want to compost, I want to raise chickens for eggs, I want to stop eating processed foods, I want to stop eating meat (except for maybe fish), I want to clean without chemicals (home and body), I want to never use paper products again, I want to use less plastics... There are probably more things that I just can't think of right now lol. A lot of these things will be very easy to do once I get an apartment next year, the rest possibly once I own my own place.

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I feel like I'm scrambling to live the green life that I want. I live alone in a large house -an eco-ding right there. And it's well over 100 years old, so there's another one. And in the craziness of learning to live alone (I literally NEVER did until I was 50!), manage the house, the career, my other projects.... I started to make more and more compromises in the environmentalism department.

The thing is... those choices have started to weigh on me. I have to make some changes in order to build the life I want. But for now, I'm starting over from the beginning. Seriously, I have to figure out where to put the recycling bin so that it's not in the middle of the kitchen floor (no, there are NO cupboards... I'm not kidding.). I have to remember to USE it, and to take the recycling out on trash day.

Why is it that I can compost, but I can't remember to take the recycling out????

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Gold, I cannot tell you how much we've saved in food from purchasing our FoodSaver and pre-portioning meals. It's just my hubby and me and we come from medium-sized familes who overate and ate until the plates were empty. We were buying bulk food and not eating it, it would almost always partially go bad before we could ever finish it. Since we honed in on buying only fruit and veggies for the week and foodsaver things that can be separated, for example, a 6-pack of chicken thighs would get split into 3 meals, plus the foodsaver allows you to freeze food longer - gosh if you can, buy one!!!

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i really want to cut back on my use of plastic... and reduce the food I waste (better meal planning)

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I am currently working towards a Bachelor's to teach teach Geoscience for grades 5-12. So that is one of my goals. To teach the next generation all about the Earth and what they can do to help take care of it. I am also hoping to inspire more than just a few to go into rocket science and space engineering fields, since they may not be able to clean up our mess, which means relocating the human species. I only have about 2 years or so until I get into the classroom, so look out polluters because here I come!

I also plan on building my own house when I get that permanent teaching position and incorporating all the latest green technology in it.

Oh, and trust me, I use every opportunity to I can to educate people about the enviroment, healthy living, and getting all the facts before making ANY decision.





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bizzmckill, have you read fakeplasticfish.com?
you might also want to see" take out without"

she inspired me to get a few more gizmos, but I will use less plastic in the form of single-use containers.

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A thought about community gardens: a lot of landowners would love to have growing things make their land more attractive, but are afraid of liability is someone steps on a nail while on their property. Cities that have written liability limits so that it really is something the landowner can consider cost-free may be just the key for you.

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I would love to start a community garden. I even found a vacant lot that would be perfect, but the investment company that owns it won't return my calls. Tempted to guerrilla garden the lot, just as I do several other areas, but since they know who I am now I'm afraid they'd charge me with trespassing. Besides, I want to get the neighborhood kids in on the fun.

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I would really like to have a compost and a garden. Which is something that I'm working on, but I don't know anything about either, not having any experience growing up. Also, I rent. Which makes it difficult to make things the way I want them. Including things like replacing windows or replacing weather stripping around doors. My biggest problem, though, is probably plastic containers. I would love to avoid them, but how does one get yogurt and cheese and milk without the plastic containers... Oh and ice cream! Can't forget the ice cream.

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Rhodan,
build raised beds on the concrete.
Feed Denver does that for community gadens and the plants, while small, are prolific.
Bonus: no weeding the paths. :-)

what will I do with a caulking gun? why, Caulk!
Basically, becoming censervative about energy used in buildings will be a major component or changing over to a renewable energy economy by lessening load needs.

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I'd like to have a place to put a garden. Owning a house doesn't guarantee that. I have a house and there's no exposed soil in what passes for my back yard. It's a solid layer of concrete.

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I want to buy my first house so I can be in charge of heat and electricity more, also so I can plant my own pesticide free veggie garden. I would also like to buy strictly organic but we just don't have the funds.

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I have been trying to cut down on my use of paper. But I work for the government and they love to use tons of paper to say absolutely nothing in duplicate may I add.
So every year on Earth day I go out and plant trees. This year though I have asked people in my division just for that day not to use so much paper.
We will see.

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I'd like to stop buying plastic.

I write stilly stories about stuff, illustrated with clay figurines: www.claybaboons.com


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Not too low, I hope. You need it to hot enough that it won't harbor legionella. www.legionella.org/general_public.ht
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I just want to banish styrofoam from anywhere I am - church, meetings, office, take-out, etc. [... except it is helping insulate my home ....]
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and what will you be doing with your caulking gun?

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Interesting that most of our collective focus is on food sourcing and energy use/conservation.

I truly believe the next revolution will be won with a caulking gun.

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I replaced my water heater last year. I wanted to use a tankless, but couldn't because of the cost and it would have required rerouting a lot of plumbing in my house. The rerouting would have been necessary because of how a tankless needs to be mounted in the home. Also, since I live in a fairly conservative area, when I sell my house in a few years, it would possibly be seen as too new and a negative.

So, I did the next best thing -- got an energy star water heater and have it set fairly low.


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I'm a big proponent of lasagna gardening, where you build your own dirt by composting in place. That way, you end up with soil that is rich and healthy and you are composting organic matter that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

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Lisa,

My sister has a tankless system and loves it! I'll see what I can find out for you.

As for the raised beds, that might be the way to go if you feel your soil is not good. There are places that will test your soil & they do sell kits in stores...although I have never done mine because since I live out in the woods, I didn't suspect anything.

Good Luck! There is another great team, Organic Gardeners...I sent you an invite!

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Also wanted to add - can anyone weigh in on the tankless water heaters? Ours is nearing the end of its life and I want to install something efficient and cost-saving. thanks for your input!

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Chrissy, I know exactly where you are coming from!!!

this year, I would like to sustain a plentiful garden. I have to ask this question to you all - Should I build a box for the garden and add special dirt? We live near where the old steel mills used to be and the dirt is well, awkward and very clay-like. I dont want to be putting toxins or poisoning myself and family... if that's possible. In the past years, I have just used pots for peppers and tomatos. This year I want to elaborate and the pots just won't cut it.

Thanks!! Have a great day!!

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A few years ago we got a quote for solar panels and a solar water heating system, but $ wise it's been so far out of reach.

In the meantime, we've been working on growing and raising our own food. This summer will be the largest garden by far and I've also been growing in other places around the yard...if you knew how much I love flowers and pretty gardens you'd know what a big deal it is too grow squash and beans instead : 0

Two years ago this spring we added chickens to the mix for eggs...love them; the eggs and my hens! This year we have plans for pig pen and maybe some meat chickens.

We also have a wood stove for heating the house and we have plenty of free fire wood in the forest (pertrified wood from a forest fire years ago). We never cut live trees unless it's for more sunlight. Our heating costs have been cut by 2/3!

I don't imagine that we could go without a car anytime soon with the kids and a long commute, but maybe one day we could

So as much as we'd like to go solar, right now our main goal is being more self-sustainable food wise.

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You know, sometimes I miss the old wavy glass we had. It was kind of pretty. We had blowing curtains when there was a breeze, too though, so they had to go. The reason I said furnace first was that we did our windows first (because of the claim that it would cut our energy costs the most) but it really didn't make that much difference. Also, it took me a few years to find a furnace company that was willing to deal with hauling the giant old octopus furnace out of the basement. That turned out to be a red herring; the guy who did it said all they had to do was pull some bolts out and just haul the pieces upstairs and out the door.

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My furnace is in pretty good shape, but the house has lots of leaks. When it's windy outside, the curtains next to one of my windows sways in the breeze even though the window is shut. And the windows are single pane. Plus, there is NO insulation in the attic - I can see the points of the nails that hold the shingles to the planking - its just shingles, plywood, and then the attic air. I don't think there's any insulation in the walls, either. So my first line of defense will be to replace the windows with double or triple pane high-e windows, put insulation up on the walls and ceiling of the attic (and then drywall - it could be additional living space), and then seal up the other leaks (fireplace, cracked plaster walls, electrical duct work...) I'd like to cut more windows into the south wall of the house to get more solar gain, but the neighbor south of us is just the width of the two driveways away and her house is slightly taller than mine (although not perfectly aligned east to west) so most of the additional gain would be when the sun is high in the sky (aka SUMMER) so maybe that's not such a good plan. I need someone who actually knows solar engineering to take a look at it. And then I'd like to put solar PV panels on the garage which has an unshaded south-facing roof. The pipes are pretty well insulated. I need an energy audit to give me other advice.

Congratulations on the work you've done on your place, SIRIRADHA. I would love to keep the charm of my old house while retrofitting it for a smaller ecological footprint.

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Grebjack: our house is from 1901. We've replaced windows, all the pipes (some so closed off that you couldn't stick a pencil through them), replaced the old "modernized" coal furnace with one that's energy-efficient, replaced almost all the windows...My best advice would be starting with the furnace.

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I'm making this a sticky topic - definitely a great one!

For me, I'd like to be car-less one day. I currently live 25 miles from where I work but will be moving sometime in the near future. I hope to live within biking distance and stop using my vehicle on a regular basis.

I'd also like to encourage more farmer's markets, CSAs, etc. in my area. There is only one farmer's market that I know of that is regularly open but they are not convenient for most people because our city is so spread out. There are no CSAs. I would love to start a community garden when I move into my new area.

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Love this thread, although I'd call it not "out of reach" but "slow to realize."

Since childhood I've wanted to build and live in an earth-sheltered passive solar home (I love the idea of growing strawberries ON TOP OF my kitchen). Can't build a house until I settle down in one place where I intend to live for multiple decades, though.

For where I live now, I'd like to get a more productive garden (I really struggle with crabgrass in my current yard and I refuse to use poisons, so the labor time is just more than I have available to weed on those hot weeks when the crabgrass takes off - trying corn gluten meal this year ???).

I'd like to do a bunch more work to make my 1914 house more energy efficient. The wait there is just financial - I'm spending so much on heating oil that I have nothing left to insulate the house to make it need less heating oil - how's that for a vicious cycle?

I'm working with a local group to get a bike path built - it has been on the local transportation planning commission drawing board longer than I've lived in this state, but the local funding to match the federal TEA grant hasn't been appropriated.

And I want to buy a cargo bike this spring so I have one less excuse to use motorized transit (the other is weather).

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Good post! Let's see... I want to start gardening. I talk about it every year, but time is a problem for me and I'd really like to conquer that this year.

I'd like to ride my bike for errands more and only use my car for work.

One day I'd like to have a hybrid car.

I want to talk my town into hosting a biking event... can't spell it but one of those biking events where they close streets off to cars and you can ride, walk, etc. without fear. I think that'd be doable for a small town. I'd also like to talk them into making more bike paths... although that would be expensive and probably complicated to bring about...



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I'm curious about what members are working toward. (and I expect some posts with 40k PLUS members) :)

Short term, I'd like to start replacing CFLs with LED lights, but I seem to have some of the ones that really are lasting seven years.
I have two bulbs that have been in three residences!
I think they will be a gift for the residents after us here.

I'm also joining a community solar garden. (I work to help others start them as well)

Longer term, I am looking at transportation. I'm car free, but will be starting my own business in 18 months or so. I'll need my own vehicle, so Zip car is not a great option.
I'm not in the new car market, so I'll be looking for an easy to convert to electric model.

Eventually, I want an all RE home. (with electric car charging station)

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