10 Green Tips
Sara H. Brosnan
1. Make sure schools in your neighborhood are following MCPS guidelines on idling:
. "Idling school buses waste fuel and pollute the air. Children are especially sensitive to diesel exhaust, which causes respiratory problems and worsens allergies and asthma."
2. Work to make sure there are safe routes by which kids can walk to school in your area: Kids walking to school reduces pollution from car travel, and it's great exercise. International Walk to School Day is October 8th
. Find out if there's an event near you or start one.
3. If you're a teacher or parent consider ways to teach
your students/kids about the environment
4. Reduce or Eliminate Pesticide Use Part I: "Autumn is a time when pests such as insects and rodents may try to move indoors. Eliminate sources of food, water, and shelter to reduce your pest problems."
5. Reduce or Eliminate Pesticide Use Part II: Locally, Safe Grow Montgomery
is working on the issue of cosmetic pesticide use.
6. What's in Season?
: There will be a variety of seasonal produce and fruit available well into the fall. When the weather gets cool, it will also be a great time for kids (and adults) to visit one of several Montgomery County Farms where you can "pick your own
7. Put your garden to bed: This is a great time to clean up and compost dead plants and leaves, mulch, and plan new garden projects.
8. When gardening "choose hand-powered or electric tools over gas ones." Gas powered leaf blowers in particular cause both air and noise pollution. Plus raking is better exercise!
9. Think about how to make your Halloween more "green"
10. And finally, fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature!