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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    Water Heater

    Behind the furnace, the water heater is typically the second largest user of energy in the home. Set your water heater thermostat to no more than 120 degrees.

    Sooner than later, the new norm in home water heating will be the heat pump water heater. They take the heat from the surrounding area and use it to heat the water. They are MUCH more efficient than standard water heaters, since they are up to 2.5 times more efficient, and they can be integrated with existing water heaters. Get more information about heat pumps.

    Bike

    It’s pretty obvious: we drive way too much. Do you live close enough to bike to work, to a friend’s or family member’s house, or even around town? Granted, it takes a little more physical strain than driving, but biking will provide exercise, ease your budget, and allow you some outdoor time (which never hurt anyone, except in the case of Grizzly Man). Even carpooling or bussing is preferable to the lonely car trip.

    • Water Heater

      Behind the furnace, the water heater is typically the second largest user of energy in the home. Set your water heater thermostat to no more than 120 degrees.

      Sooner than later, the new norm in home water heating will be the heat pump water heater. They take the heat from the surrounding area and use it to heat the water. They are MUCH more efficient than standard water heaters, since they are up to 2.5 times more efficient, and they can be integrated with existing water heaters. Get more information about heat pumps.

    • Bike

      It’s pretty obvious: we drive way too much. Do you live close enough to bike to work, to a friend’s or family member’s house, or even around town? Granted, it takes a little more physical strain than driving, but biking will provide exercise, ease your budget, and allow you some outdoor time (which never hurt anyone, except in the case of Grizzly Man). Even carpooling or bussing is preferable to the lonely car trip.

    • Transportation

      Explore travel options like walking, biking, public transit, and green cars. Taking advantage of these green living options for short and long trips can have a positive effect on our environment while saving you money and improving your health.

      Combine commute options

      There are a number of ways to combine commute options to make your trip the best fit for you. Be creative. Buses have bike racks installed on the front. Utilize bike lockers and walk part of the way. Take a bike to the transfer station and bus the rest of the way. Bus to a carpool location and get picked up.

    • Holiday Waste Reduction

      It’s easy to be green no matter what holiday it is —
      Here are some tips you can use all year long

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    • Biking

       

      Short or long trips, biking is a great opportunity to get some exercise into your day and potentially get to your location quicker by avoiding traffic and stoplights by taking a trail.

      Stay safe:

      • Always wear a helmet, even for short trips. Like when you put on your seatbelt when driving a car, get in the habit of always putting your helmet on whenever you hop onto your bike.
      • Keep your bicycle maintained; inspect your bike often. Check the PSI in your tires, and always check for a flat before taking off.
      • Obey traffic laws and follow the direction of traffic (unlike walking). Drivers won’t expect you to come from the opposite way of traffic, they are looking for cars and will see you if they are already looking that way.
      • Wear bright clothing, reflectors, and lights when it is dark
      • Use the proper hand-signaling to tell cars and other bicyclists what you are doing. Vehicles have turn signals and brake lights for a reason, and you should be doing the same signaling.