The holiday season is officially in full-swing. While this is a very joyous time of year for most, it is also not difficult to get overwhelmed in the hustle and bustle between attending and/or hosting various events and gatherings, and of course the duty of SHOPPING to find the best for those on your list this year. With all that goes on this time of year it can be easy to forget about our “green” habits and unfortunately studies show this to be the most wasteful time of year in the United States. We have a great article coming up next week on all you can do to help make it a sustainable season. But for today we’re going to focus on one aspect; keeping it local. If you’re finding it difficult to include multiple green items on your holiday to-do list, this is once great thing woth focussing on. Not only does buying local help reduce energy and resources required in shipping and transportation of products, but it also supports our local economy.
We are lucky in New York State to have so many great options available. Here are some gift suggestions right within the greater Rochester area:
Don’t forget to think outside of the box (the gift box that is) for other local options:
- Consider giving the gift of Ecotourism. There are many places in the Finger Lakes and Adirondack Mountain regions worth visiting for the nature lover on your list.
- Got a golf lover on your list? How about giving them lessons from a professional, like Rochester native PGA certified professional Michael Basch (call 585-737-7895 for lesson and package rates) or a certificate to play at one of the many local courses?
- Try to look for local food sources to create the menu for your gatherings.
This last one can be an exciting challenge. Watch here to see how UR Dining combined their annual Local Foods Week with International Education Week by creating an international menu made from local ingredients. What an accomplishment!!
Has it ever occurred to you that helping the Earth doesn’t really take millions of dollars. How about saving a planet, one tree at a time? PATT(Plant a Tree Today) foundation’s mission is exactly that. Their projects focus on forest restoration through environmental education, biodiversity, and community benefits. Forest restoration through tree planting will help accelerate recovery of forest structure and diversity, reinstate ecological functioning and biodiversity levels towards those typical of native forest.
Trees have always been a key symbol of the environmental movement and there are many organizations devoting time and energy to planting trees. So the question is why? First and …
Shopping for eco-friendly food, expensive cleaning chemicals, yard flooding, and expired food are all relatively common problems in running a green house. Use these apps to keep your shopping, cooking, cleaning, and landscaping environmentally conscious.
Rain Garden: This app provides step by step guidance through the process of designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden. It is intended as a resource for homeowners, landscapers, contractors, and more. It also helps you select native non invasive plants that will work well in your rain garden and provides tools to determine rain garden size, a soil drainage map, and a cost calculator.
Seafood Watch: Seafood …
A few exciting additions to the University of Rochester’s recycling program have recently been implemented around the River Campus. The first is a “Package Reuse Station” at the Campus Post Office in Todd Union, open to all students or staff who use the post office. This station houses clean reusable materials such as: bubble wrap, packing peanuts, cardboard pieces, paper, clips and other useful items for assembling outgoing packages. Materials are donated from incoming packages and are then available for use in outgoing packages. The station offers a more environmentally friendly option to handle your mailing needs and materials are available free of charge! Campus …
I recently read that the average household waste increases 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That is crazy! Between the wrapping paper, extra food and shopping bags, the holidays are a time of extra energy use and consumption. So I encourage you to rethink the holidays! Here is a list of tips I found from some of my favorite sustainability websites:
Try to turn off or unplug your holiday lights during the day. There’s no need to keep them on when no one can see them! Wrap your gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper, and recycle or reuse the wrapping paper when you’re …