What It Means
Living "green" means making healthy, Earth-friendly choices that are good for the environment and good for your health. And, since preventing disease is at the heart of public health, we believe in giving people options to make healthier lifestyle choices including how we interact with our environment, food safety and nutrition, and active living. You can take small steps in your daily living habits to help sustain the communities in which we live.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The best place to start making a difference is right in your own home! Learn how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle materials.
- At Home - Reduce food waste, learn how to compost, lessen energy and water consumption, buy used, look for products that use less packaging, buy reusable over disposable items (such as batteries), and donate gently used items.
- Lawn & Garden - Feed your soil with compost to hold nutrients and water better, mow higher and leave the clippings, choose plants that require less water, and water deeply but infrequently.
- Recycle – Start recycling rather than disposing of waste in the trash. Buy products that are recyclable and/or made from recycled materials. Buying recycled encourages manufacturers to make more recycled products.
- Household Hazardous waste – Properly store, use, and dispose of household chemicals. Take advantage of household chemical round-up events or other local recycling programs. Use alternative methods or products such as making a household cleaning solution from 1 cup of warm water, 3 drops of vegetable-based liquid soap, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
See our Pollution Prevention Tips (PDF) for more ideas.
You can improve your nutrition by knowing what is in your food and how it was produced, from farm to fork. Eat your veggies and add extra physical activity everyday. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park the car, and walk or bike.