What we’ve done to reduce our footprint

There are many simple ways to reduce the footprint we leave on the planet. Here is what we’ve done and continue to improve to reduce our footprint in each consumption category-carbon, food, housing, and goods and services. And we didn't stop there. We continue to amplify our impact by encouraging others to follow our lead. We engage our friends, clients, and community with local and global movements for social change!
What we do to reduce our Carbon Footprint:
  • We use cleaner transport
  • We use tele- and video-conferencing whenever possible
  • Walk, bike, or take public transit whenever possible.
  • Avoid allowing our cars to idle. If we have to wait for more than 30 seconds, we turn off the engine (except in traffic). We don't take the drive-through. We park our car and walk inside instead.
  • Our vehicles get serviced regularly to keep the emission control systems operating at peak efficiency. Check our car's air filter monthly, and keep the tires adequately inflated to maximize gas mileage.
  • Use one vehicle (carpool) for work or family travel when possible.
  • Avoid short airplane trips-take a bus or train instead.
Add energy-saving features to our home and office
  • We use compact fluorescent low-mercury models bulbs in all our light fixtures
  • We weatherproof our home and office, insulating the walls and ceilings and utilize double-pane windows.
  • And choose energy efficient appliances.
Adopt energy-saving habits
  • Keep thermostat relatively low in winter and ease up on the air conditioning in summer. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended to keep the A/C operating at peak efficiency.
  • Unplug our electronics when not in use, using a power strip.
  • Choose green electricity whenever possible.
  • What we do to reduce our Food Footprint
  • Eat more local, organic, in-season foods.
  • Shop at our local farmer's market or natural foods store.
  • Choose foods with less packaging to reduce waste.
  • Eat lower on the food chain-going meatless for just one meal a week can make a difference.
What we do to reduce our House/Office Space Footprint
  • We choose sustainable building materials, furnishings, and cleaning products.
  • Choose efficient appliances, including low flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets.
  • Choose furnishings that are second-hand, recycled, or sustainably produced.
  • Plant drought tolerant plants in our garden and yard.
  • Use biodegradable, non-toxic cleaning products.
Adopt water-saving habits
  • Take shorter, less frequent showers-this not only saves water, but the energy necessary to heat it.
  • Run the dishwasher and the laundry machine only when full.
  • Wash cars rarely, or better yet, take them to a carwash. Commercial carwashes use less water per wash than home washers, and they are also required to drain used water into the sewage system, rather than storm drains, which protects aquatic life.
  • We avoid hosing down or power-washing our deck, walkways, or driveway.
  • And regularly look for and fix leaks.
What we do to reduce our Goods and Services Footprint
  • We focus on buying less! And replacing items only when we really need to.
  • We recycle paper, glass, aluminum, plastic, and electronics.
  • We buy recycled products, particularly those labeled "post-consumer waste."