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Question of the Week: What are your New Year’s resolutions to help protect the environment in 2010?

2010 January 4

Happy New Year!  I will combine more trips and drive efficiently. I will unplug my rechargers when not using them. I will read more pesticide labels and use them carefully. I will…
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What are your New Year’s resolutions to help protect the environment in 2010?

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  1. J.J. permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I’m going to work on converting my compact fluorescent lighting (dirty stuff) to LED little by little.

  2. wade t harter permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I will continue to be a voice for proclaiming the virtures of manufacturing as the only lasting solution to providing jobs, creating wealth, advancing technology and creating the use of engineering/technical skills. One may ask how this helps to protect the environment. Our manufacturing requires adherence to regulations on air, wastewater, non-contact cooling waters, stormwater, hazardous waste. Many third world countries have none of these regulations. Secondly, be aware of what is common to all third world countries. They have little or no manufacturing. China now owns almost all of our debt because they started manufacturing. Think about what our living standard would be as a third world nation.

  3. Tomas Gonzalez permalink
    January 4, 2010

    We will review of Global Purchases and establish method of gauging the carbon footpring of supply stream. Will review the manufacturing methods for key raw materials and parts as well as the cost of landing these materials at our factories. Include the environmental cost as part of the evaluation of value proposition for complete supply stream.

    Too often cost over-rides the environmental impact of supply stream. Special attention will be given to the imported raw materials and components from countries that use unregulated manufacturing technologies and emissions – which are often the low cost vendors.

    Promote local supply stream and jobs.

  4. Marilyn Wilson permalink
    January 4, 2010

    My New Year’s Resolution to protect the environment is two fold. On a business level I am publishing several papers to help the real estate industry learn about ways they can take their real estate brokerages and associations green. I am also on the board of the National Association of REALTOR’s Green Resource Council.

    On a personal level I am organizing an electronics recycling program for my daughter’s school and I am planning a large ‘green” renovation for my home.

    My 7 year old daughter has started a blog called Lightsoff.org to help children learn about ways they can go green

  5. Jonce permalink
    January 4, 2010

    Eliminate Paper Towels in the House
    Eat less meat
    Reduce Energy Consumption
    Adovocate!!

  6. Jon permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I’m going to simplify my lifestyle by giving away and/or selling my “stuff” that I either don’t need or don’t use. Clean out my apartment of the clutter that takes up space (http://www.storyofstuff.com/); continue to buy locally grown produce by participating in a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); clean my windows so sunlight heats up my apartment so we use less oil heat (good old New England home); replace my CFLs; drive only one car on the weekend; and encourage my friends to do similar things to care for the environment.

  7. Jackenson Durand permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I will continue moving forward in this same ideology, relative to a common green optional attribution.

  8. BILL COCCHI permalink
    January 4, 2010

    In between jobs to keep busy I designed a PORT o POD that can deliver Fresh Water to the International Space Station so CREWS do not have to us Distilled “URINE and Sweat and when the PODS are emptyed they can be “CUSTOMIZED” into living Quarters and attached to the Space Station or used for Drilling Rigs and Manufacturing “TITANIUM STEEL FOIL on the MOON and the “FOIL” can put a protective Coating around Space Station

  9. Steve B permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I’m going to reduce my daily consumption of meat. And try to be more efficient in the shower; use less water and still get clean.

  10. Meth Lab Homes Com permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I plan to continue to do my part to educate the public about the devastating impact that meth labs are having on the environment and on the health and finances of innocent families, many of whom have babies and young children, across the U.S. It is all I can do, until the federal government steps up to the plate and enacts national laws to protect the innocent individuals and families who have become the casualties of the war on meth in the U.S.

  11. Tung Nguyen permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I will reduce 1/3 time of using washing machine. turning off all electric devices if not use(because standby also spend power). continuing to educate my children protect environment.

  12. Fred R permalink
    January 4, 2010

    Convince as many people as I can about what a joke “Global Warming”, I mean “Climate Change” is. It’s all about scare tactics and making money. You can’t convince me that man can possibly change the weather. Global Warming. Really. Have you stepped outside lately?

  13. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I plan to increase recycling efforts both in what I do at home and as a member of my condomimum homeowner’s association board of directors. I have just won my second election to the homeowners board and am looking forward to completing the recycled water project. I am working with our city public works department and local trash hauler on the possible use of solar powered trash compactors at our complex which would cut trash truck pickups by 80% if the technology can meet the requirements of the complex. I am also interested in developing a compost program that would take the leaves and grass clippings from the grounds and convert them to valuable fertilizer for use on the grounds instead of trucking to the landfill. Our current recycling program that started at the complex on May 1, 2009 has saved the association $3,800 so far on its trash bill–$480 per month, May through December. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  14. M.B.GOSWAMI permalink
    January 4, 2010

    I have planned my resolutions as below:
    * I will be traveling 60% by public transport, 30%by bicycle and 20% on foot.
    * I will promote the above concept and make at least 5 of my friends to follow the same.
    * As such I save electricity, this winter I will bath with cold water
    * I will use staircase instead of lift for 4 to 5 floor building
    * I will amass funds by devoting 4 hours every week for promoting the green revolution.
    * I will devote at least 5 hours every week on ecofriendly energy research

  15. Carlos Pimentel permalink
    January 5, 2010

    Angolan people is widely non concerned about environment, with very few exceptions. So I am sharing more informations about the major environmental issues like: greenhouse effects, pollution of waters, and specially animals that are near extention as I recall, recently a white shark was captured and killed in Angolan oceans just to mention an example. I hope my friends here listen to me and start gaining conscious about this real matter.

  16. Don permalink
    January 5, 2010

    I purchased solar cells and will install and start generating some of my own electricity in the next couple of months.

  17. logicallygreen permalink
    January 5, 2010

    This year I will continue to design and develop low cost, low tech, eco friendly & sustainable systems (rain water collection, heating, solar etc.) for the average person and third world countries to utilize in their homes or villages.
    I will promote the use of recycled/reusable and eco friendly goods in these designs.
    I will promote designs, mine and others, on earth sheltered (underground) homes, commercial buildings and farm structures.
    I will offer the use of these designs and research for free on my blog.
    I will dedicate myself to helping those who can not afford the commercially offered systems and yet need it most to enjoy sustainable living.
    In addition this year, I will be working on turning what would be considered unrecyclable items (headed for the landfills) into usable products again while educating others to consider reuse or donating instead of trashing.
    If there is anyone interested in helping, please reply or Google logicallygreen.

  18. Jon permalink
    January 5, 2010

    The weather and climate are two different things, something you should have learned in middle school. What is occurring today (1-05-2010) is an artic cold front is penetrating south across the east coast of the U.S. Weather patterns constantly change. Cold weather in one portion of the World does not mean there is not a climate issue.

  19. Greenlady permalink
    January 6, 2010

    I purchased a car which gets better gas mileage. I plan to use my outdoor clothes line earlier this spring and use it longer into the fall this year. I am going to expand my garden and can my extra veggies. I plan to buy corded phones and do away with my electrically dependent cordless phones as well as purchase 2 of the new led lights for starters (they are still rather expensive).

    I plan to buy more clothes at the local, upscale thrift shop instead of buying everything new.

  20. Rachel permalink
    January 6, 2010

    I just moved to a new place to be near town so I can ride my bike to do most of my errands. I walk to the post office and bundled up on New Years Eve day to ride my bike to the grocery store when it was @ 30 degrees. I turn off lights in every room of the house except where I am and burn candles to help light and heat that room. I put an energy saver light in the kitchen to avoid using the overhead which is not. When I leave for the day, I turn down the furnance to the lowest setting and then turn it back up when I get home. I open the blinds first thing in the morning to let the sun heat the place and close them after sunset to keep out the cold. I have a slow leak in the shower so I put a pot under to catch the water which I use to water my indoor plants. There are many very simple inexpensive ways we can all help, no matter what you call it, to help protech our one Earth!

  21. Jim Adcock permalink
    January 6, 2010

    I will continue to push the news media and our politicians to speak truthfully about the threat of global warming — and to actually DO SOMETHING about it!

  22. Al Bannet permalink
    January 7, 2010

    The only thing that can relieve the pressure of our growing tons of waste and garbage is a policy of 100 % recycling. For example, EPA should be encouraging the formation and growth of companies that recycle plastic. Then our plastic trash would have similar value as our aluminum cans. There are a few companies already doing this kind of work, but not nearly enough. What we need is the disappearance of those mountains of “landfill” and those off-shore “dead zones” and the only way that can happen is through a dedication to 100% recycling.

  23. Heidi Chisholm permalink
    January 7, 2010

    I will advocate the removal of flouride as an additive to our water supply until I see any empirical evidence that indicates it is safe for human consumption.

  24. Jaxxon permalink
    January 7, 2010

    I am going to quit my job to not release emissions into the air driving. I will just paint cars in my garage under the table to make ends to meet and apply for a grant to study how much profit the Environmental Profit Agency makes since we never see any figures on how much they collect on a quarterly basis.

  25. Anne N. Sefalie permalink
    January 7, 2010

    I am so happy to start going green. My daddy bought me a Toyota Priapus car because it doesn’t use any fuel. It’s electric. I love it ’cause it’s green – like my daddy’s old VW van. It really smells funny in there, but it’s really cool (except it’s hot ’cause it doesn’t have an air conditioner).

    My girl friend said that a good way to go green is to reduce my carbon footprint. So I went from a size 9 to a size 7 shoe. My foot print didn’t go green. In fact, my toes hurt and they were starting to turn purple.

    I made my daddy get a John Deere lawn tractor to mow our (green) grass because it’s green (the lawn tractor). He also bought a little green whirly thingy to trim around the edge of the lawn. Going green is a lot of fun. He lets me drive the tractor and use the whirly thingy.

    My daddy let me go to one of Vice President Al Gore’s Global Warming rally thingys, but they have all been really cold. So, since I like green so much, I had daddy buy me a new wardrobe (all green) and clothes to go in it (all green.) They look so chic with my sable hat. I know, it’s not green. It’s really black and furry, but it really looks good as an accessory. And, it keeps my head warm when I am freezing my tooshie off listening to all the global warming speeches.

    Mr. Gore had that really scary movie about an incomprehensible truth or something. My neighbor told me that the reason it’s incomprehensible is that carbon dioxide and methane make up only an eentsy tiny part of our atmosphere (way less than 1 per cent), but carbon dioxide is what really makes the earth green. He said that the more carbon dioxide there is in the air, the more plants grow big and green. He also showed me that with more carbon dioxide the plants don’t use so much water as they do when there is less carbon dioxide. That’s really good – and green.

    I love to eat green beans and green salads. My favorite food is watermelon because it’s green on the outside and either pink or bright red in the middle. My neighbor said that Mr. Gore is a watermelon, but I certainly wouldn’t want to eat him! Did he really invent the internet?

    My neighbor said that the sun is what heats up the earth and that water vapor is the most powerful global warming gas. Not only that, but it is also the most powerful global cooling gas. He said that it keeps the temperature in balance so that it can never get too hot or too cool. He said that water vapor holds heat near the ground so plants can continue to grow at night. In the desert there is almost no water vapor. The temperature is really, really hot during the day and then almost freezing at night even in the summer. In the winter, clouds keep the temperatures more mild, but clear days and nights let the heat escape into space. Low clouds hold in heat, but also reflect sunlight out into space. How’s that for climate control?

    He told me about the ice ages that came suddenly and killed off a lot of animals like mammoths. Those mammoths had to eat a lot of grass and green stuff every day to stay alive so they must have lived in a warm climate that grew a lot of food. But the ice came so suddenly that the grass in their mouths and stomachs froze instantaneously. My neighbor said that that means the temperature had to drop to colder than 150 degrees below zero Fahrenheit in only a few moments to do that. How did that happen? I guess that the climate has been warming ever since the ice ages.

    He said that at times before the ice ages, the climate has been extremely warm with very high amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. There were big green plants, but there were no factories or cars around. He said that eventually the climate cooled and the carbon dioxide in the air was reduced. He told me lots of other stuff that I can’t remember.

    I do remember though, he said that if Mr. Gore and the global warming people in Congress and the EPA would show some leadership by absolutely not giving off ANY carbon dioxide personally at all – ever, that the polar bears would not have to worry about them and we wouldn’t have to worry about paying high taxes to prevent global warming that isn’t even caused by man. Isn’t it strange that some rich and powerful people like Mr. Gore and senators and congresspeople and the EPA want to boss other people around and tell them what to do, but they won’t make the changes they want us to make or live the way they tell us we have to live.

    My neighbor also showed me articles about and books from long ago times in Europe when the climate was really warm. The tax records from about 1000 to about 1400 A.D. show that farmers grew grapes in central England, but they can’t do that now. The climate is too cold. At that same time people grew wheat (that comes from Egypt, which is like… tropical) all the way up north in Scandinavia. It must have been really warm then, but the polar bears lived through it all. We know that because they are still around. He showed me books about times of really cold climates in Europe too from about 1400 ’til about 1880 A.D. when the winters were really, really cold and it was hard to stay warm. In the summer time it was really cool and stormy and crops were often destroyed by hail and frost and floods or just not enough warmth. Crops need hot days and warm nights in order to set fruit and seeds. Why would we want cold and gray climate instead of warm and green climate? I am all for going green with juicy watermelons and green grapes. I like lemons too, but limes are really green.

    My neighbor said that the EPA just wants to get a lot of power and control people. He said that they are green with envy about people living their own lives in freedom. He also said that if the government continues to tax American businesses and industries who have to pass on the costs to the people who buy what they make, and if they force us to work under more and more regulations, that our economy will fail. If the economy fails, there will no longer be enough money to pay to clean up messes like we have for a big part of the past century. Not only that, but if they tax carbon-based fuels, my car won’t have any electricity to run on because solar panels and wind turbines can’t produce as much energy per acre as coal or natural gas or gasoline and diesel. There won’t be enough money to buy food. I guess we would just have to rely on clean, safe nuclear power like they do in France and the Peoples’ Republic of China. Can you fly passenger planes on solar power or wind turbines?

    My neighbor said that people in those countries that are really poor don’t have the freedom to own land, start up businesses, hire people and produce anything that they want to do. Their governments are really greedy for tax money. Their governments are also really corrupt and tell their people what they can and can’t do, just like the EPA and Congress are trying to do to us with Cap and Trade. If those people were free, they could earn money and clean up their environmental messes too.

    My neighbor is really smart. He’s nice too. He doesn’t get red in the face and yell and try to scare me like Mr. Gore does. He just shows me where I can find the answers to my questions like at junkscience.com or “Watts Up With That” and how to really go green.

  26. shashank permalink
    January 8, 2010

    i will use mass transportation serivce for travelling places thereby reducing air pollution and i will plant more trees this year than the last year thereby reducing climatic changes.

  27. HCM permalink
    January 8, 2010

    It is very important to promote recycling plastics as most types are tremendous materials to reuse or convert to energy efficiently. One of the items restricting recycling is FTC regulations that do not allow manufacturers to promote recycling (printing the phrase “Please Recycle” on packages or even printing the plastics code with the recycling arrows) boldly and clearly unless the product is already collected for recycling for the majority of Americans. It could be “false advertising” to promote recycling a material that can be recycled easily if it is not already recycled in high volume… a real “chicken or the egg” issue due to well-meaning regulations that were not examined thoroughly enough. It should not be illegal to educate about material types and encourage recycling in general. The guidelines are listed here: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/energy/bus42.shtm

  28. theshowmestate permalink
    January 8, 2010

    I will store up as many incandescent light bulbs that I can so I don’t pollute the environment with mercury. We are replacing bulbs with something that is dangerous just to save energy? All that has to be done is turn off lights. Why do we have to light up interstate highways, parking lots, and empty buildings with more lights than are needed? Take a look around. The whole United States is lit up so much you can’t see the sky. We light up statues, fountains, billions of highway signs and silly things just because we can. The majority of people will not dispose of CFLs like required because they don’t recycle anyway because it costs more. People will not be forced to recycle. Also, why do we mow everything in sight, especially along highways? A little nature never hurt anyone and it cleans the air. We could be planting grasses that don’t require as much mowing and also wild flowers. There are so many more things we can do other than just replacing something with another problem.

  29. Melinda Harper permalink
    January 8, 2010

    I also participate in recycling opportunities, walk where I can and grow food and purchase locally. Small items really, but I do what I can. I will ask this question: Why are not all plastics used to package electronics such as MP3s and phone accessories, and all other items like knives, even clothing, required to be recyclable? The plastics used by companies in other countries only adds to our already burdened waste streams; if the plastics can’t be recycled then there should be a tariff imposed to pay for the cost of disposing of such.

  30. phil permalink
    January 8, 2010

    why do you delete people who oppose what lisa jackson is doing? Is this freedom or feedom to censor people who have legitimate questions?

  31. mlarry48@yahoo.com permalink
    January 9, 2010

    why do you delete so many posts you don’t agree with?

  32. kaden permalink
    January 10, 2010

    i will use green bags and i will not use a hair dryer and will not go to school in a bus but i will go to school on my bike and will plant a tree on arbor day
    Thank You

  33. Steve King permalink
    January 10, 2010

    My big plan for 2010 is to try and and get more people to use alternate home energy in the UK. I am just looking into the feasibility of using either solar power or wind power at my home and have set up a website to share the information I have found, you can see it at http://www.alternatehomeenergyreview.com, I plan to chart my progress as I make it

    I was hoping to have started on my own house already but we have been snowed in in the UK, with what is seemingly uncharacteristic snowy weather…that’s global warming right there!

    I’ll keep you posted on how it goes
    all the best
    cheers
    Steve

  34. Andrea Davis permalink
    January 11, 2010

    Last year, I maintained a local website about becoming more green in my city of Lincoln, NE.

    And I basically used 2009 to get the gist of what my partner and I were doing right, and what we could do better.

    This year, in 2010, I have more direction, and I have pledged to blog once a week about my progress. I wrote more about my goals here: http://www.lincolngreenscene.com/profiles/blogs/do-you-have-personal

  35. Teresa permalink
    January 11, 2010

    I am planning to lose 5000 lbs in 30 Days- off my carbon footprint! I’m going on the low-carbon diet.

    Last night I installed a low-flow shower head and I line dry most of my laundry in the basement- it will take less energy and money to heat water for showers now!

    I also ride the bus to work everyday and recently got off the direct mail junk mail list.

  36. Jeffrey Levy permalink*
    January 13, 2010

    Phil, I’m not sure what comments you think we’ve deleted. We review all comments according to our comment policy: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/comment-policy/

    Jeffrey Levy
    Director of Web Communications
    US EPA

  37. Libby permalink
    March 21, 2010

    My 2010 New Year’s Resolutions to protect the environment is to:
    1. investigate solar energy for home use (www.how2buildsolar.com)
    2. grow more of my own food even though I live in a townhome (no yard just a back porch)
    3. begin a food storage program
    4. investigate how to store water (rain barrels maybe?), purify water in an emergency
    5. consider a hybrid car

  38. chrise permalink
    May 9, 2010

    Replace my old freezer with one of the energy efficient chest freezers. Wont just save the environment, it will save me money too!

  39. angela (phg) permalink
    June 4, 2010

    If only I could afford a fuel efficient or hybrid car, one that uses water for fuel. Presently I drive about 87 miles a day to and from work.

  40. Aaron Thomas permalink
    June 11, 2010

    I know this isn’t quite the time of year for NEW Year’s resolutions, but it IS time to re-commit to the resolutions made 6 months ago.

    In the beginning of the year, we installed several solar panels and have been extremely pleased! We’re actually sort of thankful summer has been warm this early in the year (Texas).

    As a family, our next mission is to recycle more water! The Ogalala Aquifer won’t last forever, and our pocket books won’t either. We hope to install a water filter to process grey water to water the lawns. Hopefully that won’t cost too much.

    We decided to try to not only help the environment, but also help our bank accounts at the same time! We are contributing all of the proceeds received from advertising to our gray water water filter project. :) Hopefully we can get it done before next years resolutions!

  41. May 31, 2012

    Thanks for your information.Good post.

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