Here are URLs that the Cool Cities Committees members like that are relevant for both adults and young people to become more educated about reducing their carbon footprints. This information is meant to educate and promote individual actions.
Resources to help you determine your carbon footprint and learn how to reduce it – try the surveys - they’re fun and educational for you and your children:
We often don’t consider what we eat to have major environmental impact…but it does! Below is a list of ways that you can be more environmentally conscientious in the way that you choose the foods you and your family eat.
Support your local farmer: Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community. Check out this article for more information on the benefits of growing food locally:
-To find a farmer's market in your area, visit Local Harvest - www.localharvest.org/
• Goshen Market – North Main Street, Edwardsville, Saturdays 8 a.m. – noon, May-October; 307-6045; firstname.lastname@example.org
• Oak Grove Farm and Market – 7352 Route 140, Edwardsville, (right before you get to Hamel) Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – pasture-raised pork, chicken, beef, eggs; produce and sprouted grains; 606-7212; Tina Mick
-Buy organic foods. Organic soils capture and store carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soils from conventional farms.
• All the major grocers (Shop ‘n Save; Schnucks; Dierbergs; ALDI); in the area now carry organic, and the selection and variety continue to increase.
• Green Earth Grocery – 441 S. Buchanon (by Market Basket); 656-3375
• https://www.communityhelpingscoop.com/ (on-line co-op)
-Cut down on meat consumption: One lb. of meat causes the emissions equivalent of roughly 16.5 lbs. of CO2, and 2,464 gallons of water (due to water needed to produce hay for food).
-Buy fresh foods instead of frozen or canned. Frozen and canned food use much more energy to produce and deliver (unless, of course, the ‘fresh’ has been shipped in such as bananas from South America).
-Here is an article on the benefits of local, seasonal food: httdp://shrinkthatfootprint.com/food-miles
-Avoid heavily packaged products and cut down on your garbage. Give back that extra napkin or sugar packet. Carry the gallon of milk by the handle instead of using a bag.
-Know what’s in season and don’t buy things that are out of season…they will have been shipped or flown in.
-Investigate Food Co-Ops/Community-supported gardens
• Biver Farm, Edwardsville, 656-9082; (269) 604-9527
• La Vista, Godfrey, IL, 467-2104, http://www.lavistacsa.org/
Caring for Nature-Monarch Butterflies
In the last 20 years the Monarch Butterfly population has dropped by 90%. That is the equivalent of losing every living person in the U.S. except those living in Ohio and Florida!
Learn what you can do to help save the Monarchs:
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) represents excellence in green building design, construction, renovation, and operations and maintenance. This continuously-evolving standard provides a concise framework to measure sustainability in all commercial building types – office, retail, schools or healthcare – as well as tenant improvements and significant retrofits.
Solar Energy: Illinois has more sun power per square mile than Germany, the world’s leading producer of solar energy. Solar panels work in cold temperatures. Panels are actually a little more efficient when it’s cooler outside. They can work in snowy climates as well. You get the most solar power on a clear, sunny, day, but your panels won’t stop working when it’s cloudy. Solar panels protect and preserve the portion of the roof they cover. For customers in Illinois, 100% financed solar is a better investment than the stock market. Here are some current references to help you become more informed:
There are many ways to reduce our carbon emissions by the judicious use of our means of transportation. Here are some alternative transportation resources:
http://www.ridefinders.org/ -carpools for work
School Pool Program:
http://www.ridefinders.org/schoolpool.aspx -carpools for school
Madison County Transit:
www.mct.org/ –public transportation in Madison county
MCT Bike Trails:
www.mcttrails.org –opportunities for safe recreational cycling
Getting Your children Involved—It’s Their future at Stake!
Games and activities for kids of all ages: