Make a Green New Year’s Resolution
December 27, 2019
The new year is drawing near and you may be pondering how you can be your best self in 2020. Challenge yourself to make a bigger impact by incorporating sustainable living practices into your daily life! Check out Whisper Valley’s ideas for a green new year’s resolution and let us know your ideas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Buy Seasonal, Local Produce
Out-of-season fruits and vegetables must be imported from places across the globe, polluting our planet in the process. Research fruits and vegetables that are in season and head to a local farmer’s market to reduce your environmental impact.
Whisper Valley is proud to grow organic produce grown right in our own community gardens! Our new farm manager, Zach Herigodt, and his team at YardFarm are currently growing growing a wide variety of cold season crops in all of the gardens and enhancing one of our smaller gardens to be a perennial garden, full of herbs, flowers and perennial fruits and vegetables such as blackberries and goji berries.
As our community continues to grow, additional gardens will be design and installed, and Zach’s team will provide support to each of the gardens with plants and supplies, as to provide guidance on planting, maintenance and harvesting.
Consume Less Meat
You don’t have to go completely vegetarian to reduce your carbon footprint. Researchers say food production makes up an estimated 19-29 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, a majority of which are from agriculture. Participating in meatless Mondays or eating vegetarian during the work week can lessen your impact on the environment.
Change Your Commute
Can you carpool, use public transportation or even bike to work a few times a week? Changing up your commute routine to work or even the grocery store means less emissions polluting the air.
Spend More Time Outside
Put down the electronics and connect with nature! Spending more time outdoors means less energy consumption, and it’s also good for your health and your wallet.
Hit the beautiful trails in Whisper Valley and explore the nearby Walter E. Long Park. We are also excited for the opening of our dog park in 2020 and our planned 600-acre park, which will feature nature trails along wooded creeks and rolling green space. The trails will eventually connect to East Metropolitan Park and Walter E. Long Park.
Making a sustainable new year’s resolution will mean slight changes to your everyday life to make a broader impact on the environment. Make 2020 an eco-friendly year for you by taking our green resolution challenge!