Getting Local Wherever You Are 1: Paul Miller, Sustainable Community

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You are going to hear us talking a lot this year about “gettin’ local wherever you are.” It’s kind of our 2012 theme. We’ve always believed strongly in supporting our local communities, but we’ve also always had a very national and international audience. This year, we’re working more closely with our own awesome local organizations, municipalities and media to not only share and grow within our own region, but also to share with other communities that we reach some of what is working here in terms of local sustainability and greener living.

Does your local city or town hall have an Office of Sustainability? Ours does and Paul Miller, as its coordinator, is in the middle of EVERYTHING sustainable, local, green and community-based in Morristown, NJ. He’s done a lot to learn and draw on the experience of other cities and towns around the country and has been a trail blazer too. He’s been busy building an amazing model for any community to follow from getting the city to buy 50% of ALL its municipal energy from green, renewable sources; to rallying local businesses to promote more sustainable practices and join in buy-local campaigns.

Plus, he’s just fun.

The Sleeping Naked is Green segment: No More New Plastic – of course, this led to a memories of GD Meg’s personal revelations about participating in Plastic-Free February last year and some enlightened ideas of why we need to be more aware of how we interact with this man-made material. Listen to this week’s 5-min segment on the perils of plastic.

We also announced the winner of last week’s Eco Friendly Printer KNOW YOUR GREEN Quiz - Laureen Marston, who won a $50 Gift Certificate to the Eco Friendly Printer! This week’s Eco Friendly Printer KNOW YOUR GREEN Quiz will be about VOCs – What are they exactly? Please go to our facebook page and find this week’s quiz and play to win!

As always, please visit our website for LOTS of relevant links & resources from the show - Green Divas website.

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Gary C.
Gary C.3 years ago


Dave C.
Dave C.3 years ago


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Rebecca S.
Rebecca S.3 years ago

I'm trying to buy local and/or at least buy in a manner that supports local businesses, rather than grocery stores like safeway.

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

Thank you

megan m.
megan m.3 years ago

I'm with you June T. What I don't make for gifts, I try to buy from local artisans or small, family-owned retail shops. I don't mind spending a little bit more, especially if I know it is going to help support my own local economy.

june t.
june t.3 years ago

I make a point of buying local honey. And when I see local produce I try to choose that. This Christmas I bought locally made children's toys, which were unique and well made. They might have been a little pricier, but not that much more.

Mary Brady
Mary Brady3 years ago

Buying and growing local helps the local growers and generally taste better. I can produce when it is fresh, and stock up the freezer so in the winter months the benefits of the summer and fall harvest are welcome when cant find local produce. Also helps with the food budget.