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Sami’s 18 Resolutions for a Greener 2018

  1. Get Outside. Visit New York and New Jersey’s state and county parks. Check out Greg’s recommendations for trails throughout the Raritan Bayshore here.
  2. Plant A Tree: Trees are a natural green infrastructure solution to absorb rainfall and prevent water from adding to our stressed sewer systems.
  3. Skip the Straw. Americans use 500 million plastic straws per day. Say, “no straw please” when ordering a drink or even bring your own.  Learn more here.
  4. Become A Member. Together we can protect, preserve and restore our unique urban environment. More info on how to become a NY/NJ Baykeeper member here.
  5. Get Your Hands Dirty. Join us at one our cleanups! Check our website for dates and locations.
  6. Ditch Plastic Water Bottles:. Opt for a reusable one! Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill.
  7. Conserve water. Refrain from flushing the toilet and using the shower during heavy rain to lessen the volume of water entering our stressed sewer systems.
  8. Read A Book. Some of my favorite environment oriented are Silent Spring, The Riverkeepers, Eaaarth, and the Sixth Extinction.
  9. Reuse. Before buying something new, ask yourself, do I really need this stuff? Sometimes instead of buying new we can repurpose our stuff. Here is a great link for how to repurpose common household items.
  10. Carpool. Instead of driving, walk, bike or carpool to work to reduce emissions and save on gas money.
  11. Say No To Foam: Styrofoam, that is. It is one of the worst forms of litter- the kind that spreads everywhere and is not biodegradable. Instead of taking a Styrofoam to-go box when you’re out to eat, ask to have your food wrapped in aluminum foil or bring your own container.
  12. BYOB: Bring your own bag that is! Using reusable bags will prevent plastic litter and wastefulness in our communities and waterways. NYC disposes nearly 9.37 billion bags annually. The costs of disposing this volume of single use bags can reach nearly $12.5 million per year.
  13. Recycle: No explanation needed for this! Make sure you recycle your cans and bottles. Learn more here.
  14. Watch A Doc: Some of my favorite documentaries include-Mission Blue, Cowspiracy, Gasland and an Inconvenient Truth.
  15. Find a Bag, Fill a Bag: Bring a bag with you to collect trash when you visit your beach, park, etc.
  16. Volunteer: Come to our oyster reef and check out the progress we have made for our living shoreline.
  17. Prevent Poo-llution: Be sure to clean up after your dog. Pet waste contributes to high bacteria in our waterways, resulting in algae blooms and fish kills.
  18. Try Meatless Monday: Skipping meat one day a week is good for you and even better for the planet. According to a recent Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report, livestock production accounts for 18% of all global warming gases.