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Oct 10, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

Driving Green - Not a Contradiction in Terms

While driving a car may not be the greenest option available, it's a necessity of modern American life. Unless you live in an urban area with plenty of amenities close by, and a reliable public transportation system, you probably have to drive.

Regardless of where we live, we can operate our vehicles in ways that lessen the impact of our driving trips. The US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency's FuelEconomy.govtips for driving more efficiently. Among the practices they suggest: website offers

  • Avoid rapid acceleration and braking - less aggressive driving uses less gas.
  • Obey the speed limits - driving faster than 60 mph decreases your fuel efficiency.
  • Avoid idling - why would you want to burn gas while sitting still?

Your Action for Today:
Commit to Greener Driving

For the next three days, start observing your driving habits. Do you tend to accelerate quickly from a stop? Do you assume that the highway patrol won't pull you over unless you're driving more than 15 mph above the speed limit, and drive accordingly? Observe your habits, and record them (obviously, not at the same time!). Make a commitment (in your Green Journal) to adjusting these habits... and do it!

Tomorrow: Why buy it when you can swap for it?

Sincerely,

Green Options

The GO Team
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Posted: Oct 10, 2007 9:10pm
Oct 4, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Various
Location: United States

Now That You're Thinking... Start Planning!

Hopefully, your first six lessons have you thinking about ways that you can green your life. Today, you're going to start shaping that thought process into a plan of effective, manageable actions that you commit to taking on a regular basis.

Don't worry - the plan you create today is a draft. You'll continue to tweak it as you move through later lessons, and apply the knowledge that you've learned.

Your Action for Today:
Create Your Greener Life Plan

As with any new way of doing things, living greener requires developing habits. Repetition is key to developing these habits, but knowing what actions you plan to repeat comes first.

On a new post in your Green Journal (make sure to title it appropriately), create three headings: Daily, Weekly and Monthly. Under each, you want to list at least two actions you can take on this schedule based on what you already know.

Once you've got your plan in place, you might want to send private messages to friends and fellow students asking them to take a look. You'll benefit from their support as you implement your plan.

Start following your plan. In the first week or two, keep a close eye on what you do (and what you don't do) - it's important to pay attention to what's working for you.

Tomorrow: Take your recycling efforts up a notch!

Sincerely,

Green Options

The GO Team
GreenOptions.com

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Posted: Oct 4, 2007 6:40am
Sep 28, 2007

What a Waste!

According to the Annenberg Foundation’s Garbage exhibit, the average American generates 4.6 pounds of trash per day - that’s 1460 pounds per year! Less than 25% of that waste is recycled, with the rest going to landfills (which are becoming harder and harder to create) or to incinerators. Decreasing the amount of garbage you put into the waste stream is an easy way to lighten your footprint.

Everyone Can Recycle

Recycling has become the green gold standard for most Americans – if they know nothing else about contributing to a healthy, more sustainable environment, they’re aware that the can recycle aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic. Many communities have curbside pick-up services available for recyclables, and a few cities have even mandated recycling to deal with shrinking landfill space. If you don’t have a pick-up service available, there are likely locations for dropping off recyclables. You may even be able to pitch those cans, newspapers and bottles at a location that benefits a non-profit organization you support.

Your Action for Today:
Learn About Recycling in Your Community

Earth 911 is your one-stop location for details about recycling services in your community. Visit their recycling page, and find out how easy it is to dispose of recyclables without throwing them in the trash! While you're at it, also take a look at the Recycling section of the Green Life Guide.

And...

Start your Green Journal! The Green Journal is your space on the Green Options web site to record your daily actions, to publicly commit to larger actions (as we’ll ask you to do in later lessons), and to discuss your efforts to live a greener life with other GO members. Starting a journal is easy:

  1. You do have to be a member of Green Options to start a Green Journal. Creating a membership is easy and free, and we won’t fill your inbox with junk email.
  2. Once you're logged in to your account, visit our Green Journals discussion board.
  3. Click on "Post New Forum Topic"
  4. Title your journal something like "Bob & Amy's Green Journal." Feel free to be creative (within the limits of the forum rules, of course!).
  5. Every time you complete one of your daily actions, create a post in your journal for it. Write as much or as little as you like. Ask questions of other users - they can often be one of your best sources of information. By writing in your journal, you'll also be helping them with their own green journey.

Tomorrow: Start looking at your energy use.

Sincerely,

Green Options

The GO Team
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Posted: Sep 28, 2007 5:23am
Sep 26, 2007
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Other
Location: United States

Welcome to Day 1 of 30 Days to a Greener You, a month-long e-course from Green Options that will help you lighten your environmental footprint while maintaining the comfortable lifestyle you love. Over the next thirty days, you’ll learn to save energy, reduce wastes, and lessen your carbon emissions. Many of the strategies you’ll learn will cost you little or nothing, and can be put into practice right after you learn them. Many of them will even save you money!

While 30 Days to a Greener You is designed to be self-paced, that doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. You can discuss these lessons with your fellow students, or see how they’re implementing these lessons on the course’s discussion forums. If you have questions or concerns, you can always email us at 30days@greenoptions.com.

So, What is "Green Living?"

A green lifestyle is about living comfortably with a smaller environmental impact. It’s about having the best of both worlds: a modern American existence that doesn’t take such a large toll on the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the climate that maintains all of these things. It’s about taking responsibility for our relationship to the natural world, and also about lowering our costs of living by using natural resources more wisely and efficiently. Ultimately, green living enhances our health, happiness and well-being, while often saving us money in the long run.

Some have said that green living involves “freezing in the dark.” Nothing could be further from the truth. By considering the many available options, you can lower your environmental impact while still living a life of convenience and even luxury.

You may have other questions about green living, including why you’d want to do it, and what does it cost. You’ll find many of those questions answered as we progress; if not, dig into the Green Options Green Life Guide, or start a conversation in our Discussion Forums.

Begin Living the Green Life!

Today, you’ll begin your journey towards a greener life. This won’t involve buying fancy products or getting rid of the convenience items that we all rely upon. It will involve starting to think differently, and building new habits. The green life involves thinking about the environmental impact of our actions, and doing what we can to lower that impact.

Your Action for Today:
Turn off a light that’s not in use

Lighting accounts for 5-10% of our home energy use, and costs us from $50-150 per year. When you turn off a light, you’re saving energy and money. Every time you come across a light that’s on, or leave a room, turn the light off.

We’ll send you reminders throughout the course about these actions. For now, congratulate yourself: you’ve taken the first step to a greener lifestyle!

Tomorrow: Are your really going to throw that away??

Sincerely,

Green Options

The GO Team
GreenOptions.com

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Posted: Sep 26, 2007 7:24am
Aug 6, 2007
Focus: Health
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: United States
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Raw For 30 Days Is Hosting A Raw Food Summit
 
 
 
     
     For the last 3 months, Mark Perlmutter, creator of the film "Raw for 30 Days", and Kevin Gianni, optimal health instructor and author, have been putting together a project that features 12 of the foremost health, wellness and living food educators that they know of.

     They interviewed each of them, asking questions and requesting advice that, hitherto, they had not been asked for before. They used this to create a world wide RAW FOOD SUMMIT to change the way we feed our bodies.

     This event, available via the internet, will feature these world class nutritionists, doctors and health promoters who will help you get answers to your pressing health and wellness questions.

    Each Expert was selected because what they do works! THE RAW SUMMIT contains a lot of information most people have all been searching for and I'm honored to be involved.

So here's how you can benefit from all this good news--

     Mark and Kevin have convinced each expert speaker involved in their project ---- to reveal our deepest feelings, tips and protocols on topics such as raw and living foods, activism, optimal health, response to all forms of dis-ease and much more.

     Better still, to get involved it's 100% free with this invitation only as long as you use the link included here, which means that you received a personal invitation from me. This extremely beneficial knowledge, which costs nothing for those of you who are friends of the film, "Raw For 30 Days" will only be available if you opt in by the 4th of August. After that, there will be a charge. We will also be selling digital downloads and pdf. transcripts of all the interviews or we can ship the interviews on cds and transcripts to your address. All revenue earned from this summit will be used to help finish the movie.  Here is the link to use:


 


Right now, the project is set for release to the general public on August
7th, but we wanted you to take a look at it first and make sure you
sign up as there will be additional bonus material free to those who sign up early.


So go ahead, take a look and if it's something that you feel will help, join us today.



Enjoy!
The "Raw For 30 Days" film team

P.S.Remember, in just a short time, this event will be over, so don't miss the
opportunity now, just click on the link below!


 
 
 
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Posted: Aug 6, 2007 12:21am
Jun 25, 2006
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SARASOTA, Fla., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- If you have ever heard of "Super Size Me," the junk food documentary, then get ready for a stunning look at the other side of the dinner table. Scheduled for release this
summer is "Supercharge Me ... 30 Days Raw."
(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060622/FLTH011LOGO )
And we mean "RAW."
"Supercharge Me ... " is a "rawcumentary" -- a film showing what happens when one eats only vegan, raw, organic food -- and nothing else -- for a month. This is the story of a woman who wanted to fulfill a
lifelong dream: to dress up as a Las Vegas showgirl for Halloween. But that dream met reality in the mirror -- and she knew something had to be done.
Her odyssey took her from Sarasota, Florida to San Diego, where she began a 30-day raw food detox program. The regimen was difficult to follow at first because it had little in common with the way she
was accustomed to eating. Raw foodists eliminate from their diet all but uncooked "living" foods. These foods include organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and juices. Some believe raw food to
be more nutritious than cooked foods because the foods' digestive enzymes and nutrients are intact.
Documentary cameras followed this young woman as she interviewed doctors, raw food gurus, celebrities (Ben Vereen and Kathy Sledge) and a variety of other people from around the world who follow the
raw food lifestyle. And the lenses captured her daily determination to follow the program for one month.
You'll definitely want to see what happens during this woman's quest to turn herself into the Las Vegas showgirl of her childhood dreams.
"Supercharge Me ... 30 Days Raw" is being produced by Emporia Pictures.

The film trailer may be viewed on the web site:
http://www.SuperchargeMe.com
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