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Earth Day 2018

by on ‎04-21-2018 02:00 AM

Earth Day has always been one of my favorite non-food related holidays. As a kid growing up in southern Minnesota most times Earth Day meant getting out of the classroom early, and hitting the streets to pick-up trash or planting flowers around town. My love for learning to live sustainably was fostered throughout high school as being a part of YES! (Youth Energy Summit) then in college taking classes on Urban Sustainability. As an adult Earth Day is just not made into a huge deal, but maybe it should be since our purchasing choices can also impact our environment too.


EnergyStar2018.pngChoosing to live more environmentally friendly goes beyond using reusable shopping bags, using your own reusable water bottle, and choosing to recycle.  Did you know most TVs and large appliances have ENERGY STAR ratings? ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Purchasing an item that has a lower energy rating will not only be more cost effective for you, but also less taxing on our natural resources and power grid. Your local power or utility company may also have bill credits or rebates available for choosing select Energy Star approved products. Next time you’re out shopping look for the bright yellow and black ENERGY STAR labels! You're also welcome to check out the ENERGY STAR products available on here.


If you’re curious about how your choices can impact the environment I highly recommend the Minnesota Science Museum’s Household Flux tool, or the EPA’s Climate Change tool. I personally prefer the Minnesota Science Museum’s tool as it takes into consideration how even your food choices can effect the environment.



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