Getting a Personal Tune-Up

By Matt Bogoshian

I like to save money.

As a husband and dad, finding more ways to save money is just part of living and raising a family.

From a national perspective, the same thing applies. To make an America built to last, making smarter choices not only can save REAL money but it often also means preventing pollution at the same time, it’s a twofer!

So to save money at home I first ask myself, how do I start to make smarter choices to “tune-up” my own use and consumption habits?

There are many web tools like EPA’s guide to make smarter green living choices. Yet despite so many useful tools, I’m still sometimes slow to change my ways.

That’s why, with many others, I have accepted the Sustainability News & Entertainment for the Planet™ 5 Day Trash on Your Back Challenge April 22-27. The challenge is inspired by Dartmouth College and MIT’s Climate Interactive Team and I’m hoping that my participation will help me realize how much trash I generate so I can then start to figure out smarter alternatives.

I’ll report back soon and let you know what I learn about my own habits and what insights it gives me toward my work. Writing this blog has already made me wonder if 5 Day Trash On Your Back challenge can motivate me to take the first step to tune-up my own habits, could it motivate millions of Americans to do the same? Could a challenge like this lead to greener, safer products in the marketplace and accelerate our economic recovery in a way that improves our health all at the same time? Could a challenge like this motivate more of our over 300,000 manufacturers to tune-up their factories so they spend less money on waste and have more money to hire workers and create new market innovations?

When Americans come together with common effort and common purpose, we have a solid track record of getting the job done. In fact, the challenges we face now remind me of those faced on the home front by the great WWII generation that came together to build our defenses to protect the nation. That great American effort and the famous iconic Rosie the Riveter who embodied it, is the same kind of “can do” American spirit that will help us come together now to make an America built to last.

Stay tuned……

About the author: Matt Bogoshian is Senior Policy Counsel for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Matt is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

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