What does Green Mean?

By
Real Estate Agent with Platinum Partners Realtors

The Color of 2008 is Green. Everywhere you look these days you hear talk about green.

Just what is the Green they are talking about today, and why is it such a big concern?


The free dictionary defines Green as:
A supporter of a social and political movement that espouses global environmental protection, bioregionalism, social responsibility, and nonviolence.
a. Beneficial to the environment:
b. Favoring or supporting environmentalism:

Wikipedia writes:
Recent political groups have taken on the color as symbol of environmental protection and social justice, and consider themselves part of the green movement, some even naming themselves green parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products.
Webster's definition is:
relating to or being an environmentalist political movement b: concerned with or supporting environmentalism c: tending to preserve environmental quality (as by being recyclable, biodegradable, or nonpolluting)

I think Webster's b & c definitions fit most people. Concerned with, and supporting environmentalism. Tending to preserve environmental quality. 

Now that we have a good idea about what it means to be green, what are a few things we can do to help the cause? 

 

Recycle: Make sure that you place all recyclable material in the recycling bin and not in the trash. Buy products with recycled material. Try to buy products that are recycling friendly, and are packaged in recyclable material.  Reuse whenever you can.

  

Become more Energy efficient:Turn down the thermostat in the winter, and up during air conditioning time.  Better yet, buy a programmable thermostat to cut down on energy use. Put an extra blanket on your bed so you can keep it cooler in the house during the night. Turn off the lights when you don't need them. When a bulb burns out, replace it with a compact fluorescent bulb.  

Conserve Water:  Fix leaking faucets, each repaired leak will save gallons of water. Turn off the water while brushing or shaving. Use water saving shower heads, and cut down on your shower time. A one or two minute reduction will save hundreds of gallons a month.

These are just a few tips to help you go green in 2008. I Hope you find this information helpful.    

 

 

Comments (6)

Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate
I am trying to be more green... I did not know about the connection to social justice.. I mean I knew of the Green Party but did not see a connection to conservation.
Jan 11, 2008 07:53 PM
Mike Klijanowicz
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Perry Hall, MD
Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors
I am also trying to be more green these days.  Especially since my heating bill is through the roof!
Jan 19, 2008 01:45 PM
Hank Roeters
Platinum Partners Realtors - Darien, IL
Thanks for your comment Michael. It's nice when being green helps our buudget too.
Jan 20, 2008 12:51 AM
M A
Boston, MA

There's so much we can do to save..... 

How about keep a bucket in the shower and use that water to flush with. 

Turn the sink off when you're soaping the pots.

I the dish washer in our house and have really gotten the whole process down while using very little water.

Thanks for the pointers and the green definitions.

Jan 25, 2008 07:04 AM
Hank Roeters
Platinum Partners Realtors - Darien, IL
Thanks for your comments, and the additional tips Martin.
Jan 25, 2008 11:09 AM
Patsy Turner
Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners - Gainesville, GA
Hall County GA Real Estate

Thank you for sharing your GREEN comments.  Check out National Geographics GREEN GUIDE and take a GOING GREEN quiz. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and may the winter snows melt and flow South to help fill LAKE LANIER and other area lakes.

Patsy Turner, Realtor - Hall County GA 
Keller Williams Realty Lanier Partners

Jan 25, 2008 11:49 AM

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