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Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

Established in 1995, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency [DSIRE] is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DSIRE database is a comprehensive list of financial incentives for lowering your impact on the environment. Visit DSIRE Massachusetts for listings.

Adopt The Sky: Help Reduce Air Pollution

Adopt the sky: learn more about how you can reduce air pollution at http://www.adoptthesky.org/?source=ozone_email2

Water Filtration Guide: why bottled water is not green

Try installing a water purification system instead of purchasing bottled water.

Comparisons of water filtering systems: www.waterfiltercomparisons.com

Learn more about why tap water is better than bottled: www.news.nationalgeographic.com

Trade Shows

Instead of purchasing a new trade show booth try a re-usable trade show production service from companies such as SecondLife Exhibits http://www.secondlifeexhibits.com/

Printers

There are dozens of printers that are now certified by The Forest Stewardship Council as sustainable. Click here to see a list of printers by state [PDF]http://www.fscus.org/images/documents/FSC_certified_printers.pdf  

Review this website for help finding an environmentally friendly printer: http://www.greenbiz.com/

News and Education

Stay up to date with environmental news, education and commentary from these renowned organizations: Grist World Changing Treehugger Sustainable Metropolis

Green Meeting

Meet with your business associates or household to discuss how your business or family can care for the environment. Discuss impacts and think about ways to reduce these impacts. Appoint someone the Green Manager. Ask this person to perform an environmental audit and research ways to "green" your home or place of work.

Vinyl Alternatives

According to the EPA http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/vinylchl.html and other organizations http://www.vinylchloridefyi.com/vinyl_chloride_health_effects.html , Vinyl is one of the most toxic substances in widespread use today. Vinyl is typically the only substrate available for signs, banners, awnings and other marketing materials. There is now a non-toxic alternative called Eco-Flexx. Learn more at Eco-flexx.com.

Telecommute

For a primer on telecommuting, see Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuting Read "The Ten Advantages of Telecommuting": http://www.gilgordon.com/telecommutesafe/telebenefits.html Read about telecommuting trends and how you can telecommute (and join the American Telecommuting Association for $10) at: http://www.yourata.com/index.html

Investing: Green Securities

Also known as socially responsible investing (SRI), green investing considers the impact of your investments on the environment. There are many criteria for measuring green investments, so make sure and cross reference any investments touting themselves as "green." Helpful sites include: http://www.socialinvest.org/ http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com/ See also Alternative Energy Stock and Clea Tech Investing

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