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Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Environmentalism

My Green Guru’s Tips To Save The World on Earth Day

My soon-to-be-wife, Alexis Cooper, hereafter referred to as the GREEN GURU (as dubbed by a reporter at the Waco Tribune Herald) offers a few ways to be more environmentally-friendly in an article from Sunday’s edition of the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Here’s a snippet:

Small steps you can take to save the world on Earth Day

Bureaucrats offer tips for going green

Megan Miller, who as program coordinator for the City of Waco Solid Waste Services is a professional greenie, offers a few of her favorites tips:

* Use less: Much of what is thrown away is either packaging or something you only thought you needed. At the core, our needs are few: It’s our wants that are killing us.

* Remember to take your reusable shopping bags with you to the store.

* Research and use nontoxic cleaners in your home. If you make them yourself, they are inexpensive, use the same container over and over, and are surprisingly effective.

* Spend some time reconnecting with Mother Earth — watch insects at work, close your eyes and absorb the wind and sunshine, listen to birds, gaze at clouds and stars.   


Alexis Cooper, research manager for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and a green guru for the organization, offered additional tips to lighten your carbon footprint:

* Walk to lunch. This supports local restauratuers, keeps yourself fit and saves gasoline.

* Instead of using a commercial preparation to keep spots off the glasswear in the dishwasher, try a tablespoon full of vinegar in the reservoir.

* Don’t water your lawn in the middle of the day, which wastes water and money. Do it early in the morning or late in the afternoon, to avoid the most evaporation.

* Whenever possible, drink tap water rather than bottled water. This saves a lot of money, as well as space in landfills

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  1. Wow! A “Green Guru” working for a Chamber of Commerce??

    I’m having cognitive dissonance here. As the grandson of a labor organizer, it’s hard for me to have any positive associations with the Chambers of Commerce, but clearly that needed challenging.

  2. The Green Guru works in a chamber that recently built a green building for its offices, including capturing some of the rain water that lands on the building, a no-water urinal in the mens room, and generally energy saving and otherwiese environmentally friendly features. And it was underway prior to her joining the organization.

  3. BTW, Alexis was a green guru long before joining the Waco Chamber of Commerce staff, including such things as organizing a campus recycling project.

  4. Yay, Alexis!

    I had no idea vinegar would work in the dishwasher.

  5. Off-topic, but you sure got a nice mention from James Dunn at the dinner in his honor at Wake Forest this past Friday.

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