Top Green Resolutions for 2016

Need a green boost in 2016? Here are a few resolution ideas to spark action for the Oregon you love:

  1. Try something new: The first step to adopting a new, green habit is to give it a try. Ride the bus, cook a meat-free meal, try a fragrance-free product or set a timer on your morning shower.
  2. Give up something old: Today’s major appliances have much tighter energy efficient standards that can save you water, energy and money. Is it time for a new furnace, fridge, oven, clothes washer or dishwasher?
  3. Go for the big ones: If you can manage it in 2016, think about what investments might save you money and resources in the long run. Insulation? An efficient vehicle? They may be big purchases, but they can pay for themselves over time.
  4. Go for the little ones: Some earth-saving habits won’t cost you a cent, but commitment is everything. Bring your own reusable bag on shopping trips. Pick up after your dog. Give up toxic nail polish.
  5. Speak up: Your personal experience and independent opinion can be a powerful change-maker. If you’ve never written a letter to the editor or visited your state lawmaker, make 2016 your year. Don’t worry, we can help you out with these tips.
  6. Read up: Sometimes, doing the right thing starts with knowing what matters.
  7. Eat up: Here’s a fun resolution: choose food and drinks from Oregon growers who practice sustainability. Look for labels like organic, Food Alliance Certified, or Salmon Safe.
  8. Think ahead: What can you do today that will benefit the planet tomorrow? Consider planting a tree or native landscaping, getting rid of pavement—or leaving a legacy gift to OEC.
  9. Look behind: When we work with businesses, the first step is often to measure and track resource use. You can do the same: calculate your water footprint and carbon footprint to discover ways to save.
  10. Spend for Oregon: Oregon is home to some great leaders in sustainability, from restaurants to toxic-free products and new energy technology. You can reward them when you vow to buy local products.
  11. Save for Oregon: Sometimes the best new product is something old. What can you save from becoming trash? Look for paper and plastic products made with recycled materials. Choose durable, reusable lunch and picnic packaging instead of throw-away. Try shopping at second-hand stores.
  12. Share for Oregon: If these tips are already part of your life, that’s great! Here’s another challenge: spread your eco-friendly behavior to your family, friends and neighbors. If you find an OEC tip, report or resource you like, resolve to share it.
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