Going green

The New York Times article “Praise the Lord and Green the Roof” reports on a group of unlikely trendsetters: Episcopal sisters going green. What was inspiring to me was the sisters’ devotion to local and sustainable eating. The sisters shop at farmer’s markets, pick up a produce share from Roxbury Farm at a neighboring church, and even compost their food detritus. The sisters are now working on a new green home which will be built in West Harlem.

This eco-conscious move underscores the correlation between knowing where your food comes from and knowing where your roof comes from. One green idea, shopping at your farmer’s market, leads to the next green idea: understanding your surroundings and registering the implications of consumption on a variety of levels. While I currently do not have the opportunity, like the sisters, to build a new green structure from ground up, I do have the opportunity to start with just a few, small green thoughts: carrying my own bags with which to shop at farmer’s markets, drinking tap water, consuming less in general but being more thoughtful when I do. Recycle your green thoughts here and share the ways in which you and your community are going green.

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4 Responses to “Going green”

  1. tinaspins Says:

    Home composting and if you can’t do that, put vegetable peelings and bits that would be good for stock in an airtight container in the freezer until you have enough to make stock. Baking your own bread. Using the least amount of commercially packaged/created materials as you possibly can.

  2. Ashley Says:

    And NY tap water is supposed to be the best there is, so drink up!

  3. brooklynfarmer Says:

    Did anyone see the article in the NY Times today about unplugging your refrigerator? While this idea seems to be gaining in popularity, it might not make the most sense in terms of energy savings. What do people think? Could you live without your refrigerator?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/garden/05fridge.html?_r=1&ref=garden

  4. rougTroutramp Says:

    Interesting article will definitely come back soon.

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