Importance of Going Green!
By Nathalie McCrate and Lillian McBee
Special thanks to Kelly Carter-Smith's High School class for their contributions to our Green Links section below.
As Florida’s population expands, more land and resources are required to fulfill the essential needs of our community’s residents. Deforestation, habitat fragmentation, loss of resources, and pollution are often the results of this urban and rural expansion
In order to aid in the reversal of these drastic effects, we, as residents of Florida, can reduce our own impact on the environment by implementing small green, or environmental friendly, policies and/or practices in our communities and homes. For example, small green policies can range anywhere from simple recycling to the addition of solar panels.
By implementing these green activities in your home or business and relaying them to the community, you can help reduce the negative impacts on our environment and save yourself some money (e.g. on energy and water bills).
Your effort makes a difference!
What does Green mean in the context of Going Green?
“Green” describes any activity, policy, event, thing, etc. that is beneficial to the environment; therefore, when someone suggests the idea of Going Green, it means that he/she wishes to initiate an action that will be beneficial to the environment.
When you reduce, reuse, and recycle, you help reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills, which prevents land loss and pollution while saving earth’s valuable resources, such as paper, metals, and products made out of fossil fuels (like plastic).
When you conserve water, you help protect the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water. After all, only 0.003% of the Earth’s water supply is potable fresh water, so we should be
When you save energy by simply turning off your lights when you leave a room or in other ways, you help reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide and other green house gases that escape into the atmosphere; therefore, you help prevent Global Warming.
Places in the community where you can get in touch with nature and learn about the environment.
- Loxahatchee River Center
- Jonathan Dickinson State Park
- Everglades National Park
- Blowing Rocks Nature Preserve
- Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
- Grassy Waters Preserve
JERFSA Green Links
Join the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Study Academy students who are helping to protect our planet’s air, water and other natural resources for future generations. Below are environmental hints and tips. By making just a few small changes in your day to day life you can change the world!
Green Food and more Food
One of the best ways we can be 'green' in the current economic situation is to plant a vegetable garden. A small one or large, in your backyard or if you don't have a backyard there might be community garden somewhere close to you; even a window box of herbs will be a help in many different ways.
FPL Green Tips
Provides helpful information on how to reduce water/energy use, which can help the environment and save one money at the same time.
Solid Waste Authority
You can request free bins for your home from the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) and learn about the important role that the SWA plays in our community.
Nicor Home Service's Energy Efficiency Guidebook for Kids! - (This tip comes from Mrs. Ward's class in Maine!)
Do you want to save energy? Turn off the lights when leaving the room! Not only will this help stop your mom from nagging you, it will save her a couple of cents. The money she can save on her electric bill could mean more ice cream sandwiches go into the refrigerator! Parents can help their kids save the environment by packing their lunches with Eco-friendly products, such as reusable containers, instead....(read more)
The Environmentally Friendly Car - (This tip also comes from Mrs. Ward's class in Maine!)
The environmentally friendly car (also known as the green car, or eco friendly car) is a vehicle that emits low carbon compounds when it runs. The low emission makes the environment safe because changes in climate and health hazards that result from the inhalation of carbon compounds are greatly reduced.
This website will provide you with thousands of environmentally friendly products that can assist you on your quest to go green.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This link provides you with information about the EPA and small actions that you can take to go green.
Products for a better planet.
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable - Energy Savers provides homeowners with tips for saving energy and money at home and on the road.
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
The mission of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is to generate knowledge and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems.
Clean Air Kids
Here you will find a series of information sheets for ages 5 to 11, to help learn about our planet's air and mankind's impact upon it. There are also a series of games and puzzles to help you learn and have some fun...
The Story of Bottled Water
The Story of Bottled Water employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand, specifically how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when they can get it almost free
from a tap.
Free Drinking Water
CONSERVE IT! A GUIDE TO WATER CONSERVATION. Water conservation can be thought of as the policy of reducing the use of water and recycling waste water for various reasons. These reasons can be anything from basic cleaning to more complicated purposes such as agricultural irrigation and even manufacturing. Water conservation done right not only reduces the waste and loss of water, but it also preserves the quality of water. Water conservation can be implemented by a device, a behavioral change, technology, an action or a new process or design.
World Watch Institute
10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green - How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time? Staff members at the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization, share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work. To learn more about Worldwatch's efforts to create am environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs, sign up here for weekly e-mail updates.
Energy Saving Tips: Using Your Appliances More Efficiently - Saving energy can help cut your household costs and benefit the environment. A significant portion of energy expenditure in the home goes into running appliances. Making sure appliances run efficiently can reduce waste and make for a more environmentally friendly home. There are opportunities for saving energy in appliances throughout the home.
Global Green USA
Global Green is working to address some of the greatest challenges facing humanity. In the United States, our work is primarily focused on fighting global climate change through our green affordable housing initiatives, National Green Schools Initiative, national and regional green building policies, advocacy and education.
Introduced in 1995, Built Green Colorado is one of oldest and largest green home building programs in the nation. A voluntary industry-driven program of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver offered to builders across the state, the purpose of Built Green Colorado is to encourage home builders to use technologies, products and practices that result in homes that are better built and better for the environment.
What is it? Polystyrene is a petroleum-based plastic made from the styrene monomer. Most people know it under the name Styrofoam, which is actually the trade name of a polystyrene foam product used for housing insulation. Polystyrene is a light-weight material, about 95% air, with very good insulation properties and is used in all types of products from cups that keep your beverages hot or cold to packaging material that keep your computers safe during shipping. Can polystyrene be recycled? Learn more at this website.
Go Green: Tips for Choosing Eco-Friendly Furniture
With a recent push toward conservation and smarter environmental practices, the furniture industry has helped to keep the forests almost as populated as they were in 1990. The furniture industries rely on environmentally conscious consumers like you to help cut back on waste and energy use. Buying eco-friendly bedroom and living room furniture will encourage the preservation of natural resources.
Water Conservation Resources - Save Every Drop!
(Special thanks to Samantha, a student of Mrs. Smith science class at Brighter Futures Charter School in California for this Green Tip)
About 75 percent of our planet is water. But the vast amount of that 75 percent is salt water from our oceans, which can't be consumed, used for washing, or for feeding animals or vegetation. Another huge amount of that water is permanently frozen on the planet's North and South poles. What that leaves for human consumption is about 1 percent of the Earth's water. This website contains an abundance of tips for homeowners who want to actively conserve water and use it more efficiently.
Natural First Aid Kit Additions
By Karen Benton: If you’ve ever wondered what natural remedies might be helpful on your outings, here’s a list of a few possibilities to add to your existing first aid kit:
Top 10 Ways To Have A Green 4th of July!
(Contributed by Barry Benjamin)
1. Use your own glasses, utensils, and plates to cut down on waste.
2. Set out a separate bin for recyclables.
3. For beer drinkers, use a pony keg to cut down on can or bottle use. (And drink organic beer!)
4. Make sure you have first aid kit available.
5. Decorate using stuff around the house, or use decorations that can be easily recycled.
6. Serve organic, preferably locally-sourced snacks.
7. Put cooking scraps in the compost. If you used a caterer, take uneaten food to a local food bank.
8. If you're using a grill, use all-natural briquettes made of renewable materials.
9. If you haven't replaced your bulbs yet, use the party as an excuse to save energy on lighting.
10. Share this list with your friends, so they can have a green party, too!