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February 26, 2009

Green Your Community: Be a Role Model

Keep an upbeat attitude when you encourage others to go green Green neighborhoods aren't just good for the planet. When times are tough, strong communities can ease financial burdens and provide emotional support. This week we're providing tips for getting by with a little help from your friends and neighbors.

Tip #4: Set a Green Example

Your green habits may be routine, but those actions could seem like novel ideas to curious neighbors. Be open to questions about your lifestyle, and be prepared to let people know exactly why you think it's important to recycle, line-dry your clothes, or carry a reusable shopping bag. Newcomers to the green movement may feel discouraged by the big picture (global warming), so let them know that it's OK to start small. Suggest some easy first steps such as switching to CFL light bulbs or opting for organic produce.

Share your tips: What did you do or say that convinced a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to go green?

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