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How Green Is Your Community? Questions You Should Be Asking!

When you are looking for a new Miami home, are you asking yourself important questions, such as weather your new community offers a design and location that encourages healthy, greener living?

Not too many people are asking the right questions when it comes to finding a community that promotes a healthy lifestyle and well-being. The times have changed, and more people are aware and actively doing their part where carbon footprints are concerned!

Helping: What Can I Do to Make My Community Greener and More Environmentally Friendly?

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At Istueta Roofing we know that recycling and reducing air pollution are the more commonly known “green’” practices, but there are so many more. Advances in technology have paved the way for greener infrastructures, energy-saving corporations, and water-quality preservation techniques, just to name a few.

We have compiled a list of a few things you should be asking about and doing for your community!

  • Transportation – This one is huge, as transportation is essential for all community members, especially those who travel for work, school, and other events. Public transportation reduces air pollution and congestion, and better yet, clean transportation reduces the community’s exposure to toxic and harmful air pollution.
  • Solid waste generation and recycling – Americans generate a ton of trash. Our landfills are overflowing, and we need to implement more ways to alleviate landfill burden.
    • We can help better manage our communities’ waste generation by building awareness of the waste hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
    • Start community composting programs in local parks, schools, and even at home!
    • Promote Reuse Centers, where items that can be recycled back into the community are used instead of dumped into our landfills (e.g., wood, paint, and building materials).
  • Energy, climate, and air quality – Encourage your community’s public facilities to enroll in the Energy Star Challenge and reduce energy use by 10 percent. The federal government offers an energy tax credit for consumers, private home builders, manufactures, and commercial builders! Who doesn’t want to save money?
  • Water Management – Everyone relies on continuous access to clean water! Through a variety of strategies like on-site stormwater collection, and water recycling and treatment, we can protect and conserve our water resources!
    • Support and/or implement sustainable water infrastructure in your community.
    • Improve the watershed by taking measures to protect wetlands, like passing local laws and ordinances.

 

Everything Counts!

No matter who you are, you can help, and enlist the help of others to make your community greener and more sustainable. We all want to leave behind a better community, atmosphere, and earth for future generations to to enjoy. Let’s start now to ensure we are all doing our part in making our world a better place!

Ask yourself, how green is your community?

~Frank Istueta