It’s easy being green in 2009
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
According to Kermit the Frog, “It’s not easy being green.” In the song “Bein’ Green,” Kermit laments about blending in with the leaves and wishing he could be a nicer color like yellow or red. By the end of the song, he comes around and embraces being green. After all, it’s the “color of spring, and can be cool and friendly-like.”
When this song was written in 1970, the term “green” was literally referring to the Kermit’s color, and he was feeling sad about being so bland. A lot has changed in our world during the last 39 years, and if Kermit were to sing his song today he’d likely be celebrating his greenness. In 2009, there is no doubt that being green is “cool and friendly-like.”
So what does it mean to be “green?” It means something a little different for everyone, but there are both large and small steps we can all take to reduce waste and conserve energy. Being green doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to read by candlelight every night, eat only food cooked in a solar oven or never drive a car again in your life.
In order to reduce their carbon footprint, some people will opt to retrofit their homes to be more efficient, install solar panels or purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle. These are great options that can save money and energy in the short and long-term.
On the other hand, there are plenty of small ways to reduce waste and conserve energy. For example, if you leave a room, turn off the light. Not only does this save energy, but it also saves you money on your utilities. Eating more locally grown food is good for your health, and it also helps our local economy. If it’s possible, try riding your bike, walking, carpooling or taking the bus to work one day per week. If you have flexibility in your job, working one day from home or working “four tens” might be a possible alternative to the traditional five-day work week. Any of these options will save gas and money. And, if you walk or ride your bike, you might be able to skip the gym after work!
To learn how to live green, eat green, play green and save green, stop by the Clean Energy Expo on Friday, May 8, from 4-7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Admission is free. Let’s all show Kermit the Frog that it is easy being green. Oh, and by the way, there will be complimentary food, beverages and door prizes. Contact the chamber at 945-6589 or visit glenwoodchamber. com/green for more information.
Angie Anderson is vice president of operations and communications for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.
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