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Vegetarian Diet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, livestock farming contributes more to global warming than total worldwide transportation. To reduce your carbon/environmental footprint, consider reducing the meat in your diet, or becoming a vegetarian. For information about the benefits of being a vegetarian, and becoming a vegetarian gradually: http://vegetarian.lifetips.com/cat/62069/benefits-of-a-vegetarian-diet/

Laundry and Energy Efficiency

Use cold water to wash clothes. Wash only full, but not overfull, loads. If buying a new washer or dryer, consider an energy-efficient model. See: http://www.energyhawk.com/laundry/index.php  

Solar Energy

Find out about solar energy and how you can use the sun to reduce your fuel bills and impact on the planet. See: http://www.eere.energy.gov/states/alternatives/resources_ma.cfm Also see: http://findsolar.com/index.php

Yard waste disposal

Concord Public Works manages a drop-off program for yard waste recycling that is open to all Concord residents. Compost and wood chips made from collected yard waste are available for free to all Concord residents. See: http://www.concordnet.org/Pages/ConcordMA_Recycle/yard

Junk mail: How to Reduce

For $15 and a few minutes of your time, you can reduce junk mail and save trees, water, and other precious resources. See: http://www.greendimes.com/

Biofuels: For your car or truck

Biofuels are the future of transportational energy and that future is now. Biofuels are fuels made from plant materials that can help free America from oil dependence and cut global warming pollution. If produced the right way, biofuels will increase revenue to farmers, cost less than gasoline, and may actually improve the condition of land that is not usable for other crops.

Find out more about what biofuels can do and how they are made at NRDC.org. Read More »

Carbon Offsets

The phrase "carbon offsets" doesn't tell you a whole lot, which most likely accounts for some of the confusing around the topic. Carbon offsets are, in fact, purchased. Carbon offset organizations are essentially fund raising organizations which take the money you spend buying "offsets" and use it in big ways that individuals may not be able to -- for instance, to fund large alternative energy projects. So the idea is, if you drive your car 1500 miles and produce 1300 lbs of CO2, then you would buy enough carbon offsets to plant 82 trees and negate that 1300 lbs of CO2. Read More »

Food: Eating Locally

Buying and eating local food can reduce your diet's impact on the environment. Concord Agriculture Committee is putting together a brochure of Concord farm stands (check back later for more information). Read More »

Biofuels: Home Heating

Any existing oil-fired heating system can use biofuel with little or no modification. Test results show that biofuel use results in improved combustion, lower emissions, and reduced soot buildup. Contact Mass Biofuel for more information or to purchase biofuel for your home: http://www.massbiofuel.com/

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