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July 4

Declare Your Independence!

It's easy to get used to the same old, same old domestic routines, but this July 4th, we want you to start your own Revolution and declare your household's independence from these five common culprits:

  • Garbage disposals. After the barbeque and firework festivities are through, toss your picnic scraps and leftovers into the trash, not down the drain. The disposal can actually do more harm than good to your kitchen pipes so skip the grind this time.
  • Plastic Bags. Keep a reusable bag with you at all times to avoid having to use those store-provided plastic bags. Reusable bags hold more goods and they're a lot more stylish than anything you would ever be handed from the local checkout line!
  • Bottled Water. Why settle for expensive store-bought water when you can have fresh clean water from the tap for a thousandth of the cost? Grab a reusable bottle and fill 'er up. And don't forget to check out the TapIt locations across the region that will help keep you hydrated while you're on the move.
  • Junk Mail. Make history out of your junk mail by removing your name from unsolicited mailing lists and opting out of receiving directories. Click here for some quick and easy links to reduce your mailbox clutter.
  • Fertilizer. Break free from the cycle and make a soil test part of your lawn care routine instead. Knowing your grass and its specific needs can lead to a healthier lawn that is sure to make you the envy of the neighborhood.
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Conserve Energy. Save Money. Have Fun!

Here's a great energy-saving tip for July - instead of taking a trip out of town, stay home, save money and have fun! There are oodles of ways to get away from it all right here in Hampton Roads. Plus, you'll be doing a service to your car-and the environment.


Happy Birthday to ... Us!

 

Guess who turns two this month? We do! It's been two years exactly since we launched the askHRgreen.org website, and what a fun couple of years this has been. We've hosted contests, sponsored recycling events, distributed two issues of our beautiful Green Living guide, published hundreds of helpful posts on the "Let's Talk Green" blog, chatted with you on Facebook and Twitter, rolled out Green Learning (a super-cool educational supplement for the region's sixth graders) and generally had a ball promoting simple steps Hampton Roads residents can take to find their inner green. 

 

Birthdays, alone, are great reasons to celebrate. But we have another wonderful excuse to party. Results of a fall 2012 survey of residents from our 16 city/county coverage area have revealed that the askHRgreen.org campaign is making a difference. Hampton Roads residents are more knowledgeable of local environmental issues than they were two years ago, and they know where to turn for information they seek about recycling, efficient water use and tips for making local living easy on the environment. That's gratifying to know as we embark on a third year of this regional environmental education and outreach campaign. And we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you for making askHRgreen.org part of your life. And continue to let us know what you think about the website, as well as our publications and promotions. We look forward to another great year ahead! Many happy returns!

 

Team

Members of askHRgreen.org include the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD).

 

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askHRgreen.org is a public awareness program of the 16 cities and counties of Hampton Roads administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). Members include the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD).