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2011 Resolutions

January 1, 2011

In 2011, I resolve to reduce my ecological footprint by:

1) Reducing my water consumption further by cutting my shower time by 40-60% daily.
This will not only help the environment, but it will also save money. I will pay for fewer gallons of water and will cut energy usage for the water heater. A side benefit is that I will also have the ability to sleep in a few more moments since it will take less time to get ready.

2) Eating vegetarian/vegan a minimum of 6 meals per week.
Eating meals without meat is better on my budget, since meat is more expensive to purchase. It reduces my footprint because producing grains to feed animals that are being raised for slaughter is less efficient than producing them for personal consumption. I also believe that eating less meat will improve my health.

3) Making my purchases locally and decrease my online purchases.
I love to shop and eat at local, independent stores and restaurants, but the convenience of online shopping caught hold a while back. This year I want to try to shop solely in my local community. I will not have to pay for shipping and handling, and I will help improve my local economy.

4) Stopping by one of Englefield Oil’s fuel stations to fill up on biodiesel when I’m on the highway.
Englefield Oil is a local company, based in Heath, Ohio and supplies three stations in Franklin County with biodiesel, bringing the total number of stations in Franklin County to 6 with biodiesel (Find them Here). This will lower the emissions in my VW Jetta TDI and will support a movement towards more environmentally friendly fuel options.

So many New Year’s resolutions center on weight loss, getting out of debt, and general life improvements and I think that mine fit in those same molds. You can keep the same vague resolutions you’ve made year after year or you can make them more specific, more environmentally friendly, and more likely to be kept. There are so many other resolutions that you can make that are similar to mine but fit into your life. I recommend checking out some of the following sites for even more inspiration:

1) Environment: Big Green Head, Greenista, The Huffington Post
2) Economic:       Mint
3) Social:              Resolution Revolution

Happy New Year! Make 2011 a Green One!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Deborah Sheridan permalink
    January 14, 2011 10:11 PM

    Love your ideas Danielle.

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