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(Updated January 2013)

Going green is a great thing to do! It's as easy as using a travel mug, recycling newspapers and turning off the water when you brush your teeth. Learn about other easy ways to help the planet with tips from the White House, Planet Green, HouseLogic and many green websites. (D. McCormick, Operations Analyst)

4 Ways to Green Your Neighborhood

  1. Organize a community garage sale
  2. Create an e-newsletter to keep people updated and motivated
  3. Carpool to work and school
  4. Organize a community garden

Source: 4 Ways to Green Your Neighborhood, (science.howstuffworks.com).

Greening Your Neighborhood Basics 

How to Go Green: In the Community, (planetgreen.discovery.com, 2010).

Green Your Neighborhood, (re-nest.com, 2010).

5 Tips to Create a Green Neighborhood, (HouseLogic.com, Sept. 8, 2009).

Organize a Neighborhood Cleanup in 6 steps, (planetgreen.discovery.com, 2008).

How Green is Your Neighborhood?, (Time.com, Dec. 19, 2007).

Grassroots is Greener, (Builder, Aug. 2007). Q


Greening Neighborhoods—Greening Neighborhoods promotes, educates, and supports neighborhood efforts to conserve our natural resources, save money, and reduce dependency on nonrenewable resources

Alliance to Save Energy—promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

Energy Star—joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Greenhome—your home on the Web for environmentally friendly products.

National Recycling Coalition, Inc.—national non-profit advocacy group with members that span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling in North America.

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Community by Design (Adobe eReader)

Green Guide (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Living Green (Adobe eReader)

Sustainable Residential Development (Adobe eReader)

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Commercial Green Buildings

Field Guide to Greening Your Office

Field Guide to Green Homes & Green Mortgages

Field Guide to Green Property Management

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