April 22nd - Happy EARTH Day!!!

Home Stager with Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm

We have projects from morning until night tomorrow...so I'll say it a bit early (except for my friends in India over there)....





I'm a Home Stager in Minnesota, but read an article by the Mayor of Chicago and the North Carolina DPP where they put together some of their Top 10 Earth Day Tips. I thought they were pretty good so wanted to share:

Mayor Richard M. Daley

Mayor Daley outlined 10 simple things that everyone in Chicago can do to fulfill the goal of making Chicago "the greenest and most environmentally-friendly city in America." They are:

  1. Walk, bike or take public transportation to protect air quality
  2. Recycle
  3. Disconnect downspouts where appropriate, to reduce flooding
  4. Make your home energy-efficient
  5. Clean up your neighborhood
  6. Plant a tree or garden
  7. Pick up litter
  8. Conserve water
  9. Support local farmer's markets and buy organic produce
  10. Use and dispose of hazardous chemicals properly

You can read more from this article at:


The other article I liked was at North Carolina's Division of Pollution and Prevention site http://www.p2pays.org/main/athome.asp 

Earth Day Tips for Home Earth

  • Plant a tree that will shade your house as well as reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Participate in your community's recycling program and recycle all you can.
  • Combine short car trips, or use a bicycle or walk instead.
  • Improve your home's energy efficiency by adding insulation and caulking, and regularly cleaning heating and air conditioning filters.
  • Compost yard trimmings and food waste in a backyard compost bin. Don't bag grass clippings - either leave them on the lawn or compost them.
  • When buying paint, cleaners or other chemicals, buy only what you need and use what you buy.
  • Practice water conservation - install a low flow shower head or make an Earth Day pledge to take shorter showers.
  • Use compact fluorescent lights to conserve up to 75 percent of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs.
  • Purchase durable goods and choose products made with recycled materials and with minimal or recyclable packaging.
  • Reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail - have your name removed from mailing lists. 

If everyone makes a few simple changes in their routines, it ALL helps. 

All the best,


Comments (9)

John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
I saw a very enlightening program tonight from ABC News. It's time for us to think globally and act locally to start preserving our environment and the animals of this planet. Thanks to many on the Rain, I'm now much more aware of issues and looking for more opportunities to act.
Apr 20, 2007 08:19 PM
Maureen Graziano
Third Eye Home Staging - West Islip, NY
Hi Beth - happy earth day to you too!  I'm just wondering how many of the things on the list does Mayor Daley actually do.  Does he ride his bike to the office? Sadly, probably not.  Oh well, good ideas in theory and something to think about.
Apr 20, 2007 11:27 PM
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Darn, I thought you said happy BIRTH day and wondered how you knew..... lol....

GREAT TIPS!  I just planted 3 trees and am a big recycler.... need to get better about the walking, not just for the earth, but my waistline!

Apr 21, 2007 02:09 AM
Gary Smith
Agent Marketing Today - Commerce Township, MI


Happy Earth Day to you also, Sunday will be a full day for me. 

The disconnect downspouts is a big one for me. City of Detroit has combined sewage system and requires downspouts to be connected to sewer. since 1978 they have been under Federal Court "observation" and are spending more than a Billion dollars constructing Basins to catch excess flow. All that could be avoided by removing downspouts.

Apr 21, 2007 01:05 PM
Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

John - Wonderful! Glad to hear you are helping int he efforts. If everyone did just a couple of new things, it would be HUGE.

Maureeen - Good point. I'm hoping he follows thru with ALL of them but one never knows.


Apr 30, 2007 12:55 AM
Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

Oh boy - is Active Rain getting hit by the SPAM'ers???  I just had a similar post to a couple of my others blogs.

This could be very bad.

Jun 26, 2007 12:10 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Beth what are you talking about here - I read another of your comments with the spam'ers?
Jun 26, 2007 02:07 AM
Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

Hi Karen,

Strangley enough...the messages 3-5 messages that popped up in my blogs and other blogs on AR have been deleted. I'm guessing the AR guru's caught the bandits and had them erased.  YEAH!!!  Luckily they weren't any "bad" messages, but were a bunch of links to various sites for autos, medications etc. Strange....

Hope you are well!  I've been out of town and off-line a bit. My next trip in a couple of weeks - CHINA!!!

Jun 26, 2007 02:15 AM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

That explains why I couldn't understand what you were talking about.  Enjoy your trip! I'm off and online too these days summer is a flexible but family time around here and we're having company, leaving, working, kids home etc.... nice to "see" you again!

Jun 26, 2007 02:28 AM