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Home is where we can make the greatest contribution to a healthy environment for the simple reason that we spend most of our time, money and energy there.

If we're concerned about climate change (and goodness knows, we should be!), home is where we can implement energy-saving measures to reduce electricity usage (see Naturally Cool and Light and Bright). It's also where we can install solar panels or switch to green energy through our utility.

Say we want to reduce polluted run-off into local waterways. We can replace our driveway and walkways with Permeable Pavement.

If we want to eat more local food, there's an easy answer: Kitchen Gardening.

What if we want to address things in a really big way? We can move to a sustainable community or work on greening up the one we're in now. (See I Heart New York.)

For more ideas, see below.

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