Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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The Year Ahead

January is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. Oftentimes, we make unrealistic resolutions for ourselves. This time last year, I resolved to learn French, exercise for 60 minutes each day and never ever procrastinate again, ever. I'll let you guess how much of that happened.

So this year, let's actually do some of our New Year's Resolutions. This year, let's start small.

What are your resolutions this year? Here are some common Green Neighbors goals:

“I want to spend more time with my family.”

Don't we all? But other things seem to get in the way. So let's be specific. "I want to Skype with my family twice a week." Or "I will play one board game with my family every Wednesday after dinner." Or [Crazy Green Neighbors Idea Alert] why not try WildWatch?! It's a monthly citizen science/backyard nature program that's fun (and educational) for the whole family. The program relaunches on January 14th with an exciting backyard birds activity.

“I watch too much TV.”

Yes, this is an all-too-familiar complaint. So be specific! "The TV will be off by 7:00 at night." Or maybe replace some TV time with something else, like journaling, yoga or reading. Take a leap with us and join our brand new book club that will meet for the first time this February. We'll read about all kinds of great green topics—wildlife and the outdoors, waste and recycling, agriculture and energy. It will be a wonderful opportunity to discuss current events and meet other members of the community. We can't wait to read with you!

"I want to be greener."

You probably already recycle and maybe you compost, bike to work or buy from local, independent businesses. But no matter where you are on your journey to sustainability nirvana, make sure to set some attainable goals. Pledge to take a shower that is one minute shorter or maybe resolve to use alternative transportation once a week. And while you're at it, challenge your family to join WasteBusters this year. It's a waste reduction competition, and with a little determination, maybe your family will be crowned waste-busting royalty!

2015 is shaping up to be a great year. We hope you'll join us and resolve to make it a Green New Year.

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