Green Living

Sustainable living isn’t just for the birds. Rising gas prices, increasing energy costs, and environmental concerns have brought these issues home. But minimizing your impact on the earth doesn’t mean giving up your lifestyle. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you reduce your environmental impact at home and in your community.

This page offers a small sampling of resources available to us locally and is intended to be a growing addition to my website. If you have a great idea to add, please contact me.

Green Services and Shopping

  • Farmers Markets - What better place to buy your fruits, veggies, fish, flowers and more? Locally produced items abound at these markets, and with so many in our area, there's sure to be one near you.
  • EcoMetro - Find green and local products, merchants and ideas, from the creators of Chinook Book.
  • Remodeling contractors - List of environmentally-sensitive home remodelers.
  • NW Eco Building Guide - Sustainable Building Resources.
  • - A Guide to Green Furniture.

Eco-Friendly Living Resources

  • Tolman Guide - Site offering simple, sustainable, and affordable practices and DIY projects to enhance the sustainability of your home and garden. Includes some local event information and free downloadable guide.
  • Redirect Guide - This free resource helps you locate merchants and organizations that offer environmentally, socially, and health conscious goods and services in the Portland/Vancouver regional area.
  • City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development - Local news, information and events that promote healthy and sustainable living for Portland and its residents.

Your Family & Community

Have Some Fun

  • Sustainable Style Foundation - With a tagline such as "look fabulous, live well, do good," you're sure to discover interesting things companies and individuals are doing to help all of us make better choices.
  • Care2 - Social networking based on the issues that matter to you and to the earth, powered by its users.

Please note, while I have not yet used all of these products, services and/or companies, and can not personally vouch for their quality, I do support their attempts to be kind to our planet. If you have used any of the above, and would be willing to share how well they worked for you, or would like to share the names of other green companies, please send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

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