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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAMWE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. YOU CAN STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: When you’re on vacation, keep the environment in mind by remembering the Road Trip summer 2014sustainable practices that you use at home like recycling, conserving water and conserving electricity.

Vacations are a time to relax but while you’re recharging your batteries remember to continue to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Whether you’re road tripping it, camping or staying in a hotel it’s important to be mindful about how you’re using our natural resources.

Here are some simple tips for your next vacation:

  • Before you even leave for your vacation make sure you turn off and unplug any appliances, computers, TVs to avoid wasting energy while you’re away. Also remember to set your thermostat and water heater at low settings – another way to avoid wasting energy when you’re gone. 
  • As you’re shopping and packing for your vacation, think about how you can reduce wasteFor example, if you are grocery shopping, look for items that have little packaging to reduce what you will throw in the trash.
  • Bring your own water bottle. According to the Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the United States each day. Recycling or reusing those bottles instead would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for an entire day in 15 million households. Travelers can help by recycling and reusing existing water bottles, and refusing to purchase or accept new bottles; instead refilling a single bottle or other dishwasher-safe, reusable bottle with filtered water.
  • Use the right gear. Choose environmentally friendly clothing and travel gear made from recycled, reused, organic, and sustainable natural materials such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo.
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag (or two). Packing a basic canvas tote, or other similar sturdy, washable bag, in your luggage is an easy way to help keep trash out of landfills and off roadsides, conserve energy, and protect marine life. Use the bag—instead of the paper or plastic bags provided by stores—to carry souvenirs and other purchases made during your trip.
  • While on the road, remember to recycle. Bring a small box or bag to collect recyclables in your car so that you Baby Greek goddess and the purple carare not tempted to throw them all in with the trash. Watch for the blue bins while you are on your trip (or wait until you get home) so you can recycle the box or bag of recyclables.
  • Shut off the lights at home and in your hotel rooms.

Source: National Geographic Traveler

Here is a list of the Top Ten Environment Traveling Faux Pas, in other words, What Not To Do While You’re Traveling:

1.  Don’t litter.
2.  Don’t purchase illegal souvenirs or food produce.
3.  Don’t waste water in destinations which face shortages.
4.  Don’t leave lights on.
5.  Don’t leave the air conditioning on in hotel rooms when you’re not in them.
6.  Don’t purchase mineral water in plastic water bottles when the hotel provides drinkable water.
7.  Don’t stand on coral reefs. It takes approximately one hundred years for one inch of coral to grow.
8.  Don’t disturbing wild animals by getting as close as possible for a better picture.
9.  Don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground.
10. Don’t forget to recycle when offered the facilities to do so.

Source: Traveling the Green Way

My Green Side’s weekly web pick:

Sustainable Travel at http://sustainabletravel.org/

Sustainable Travel’s mission is to help destinations, business and travelers develop and implement innovative solutions that protect the environment, support adaptation to climate change, preserve cultural heritage and generate economic benefits. Their site is full of responsible travel tips and information.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: EACH TUESDAY MY GREEN SIDE BRINGS SIMPLE TIPS FOR GREEN LIVING TO THE CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL PROGRAMWE ALSO HIGHLIGHT A FAVORITE GREEN SITE EACH WEEK. YOU CAN STREAM THE SEGMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1220PM (CENTRAL) EVERY TUESDAY AT WDAY.COM OR, IF YOU’RE IN NORTH DAKOTA OR WESTERN MINNESOTA, LISTEN ON YOUR RADIO AT AM970 WDAY.

GREEN TIP: As you travel this summer, make sure you’re using the same sustainable practices that you use when you’re at home. For example, continue conserving water, recycling and reusing even when you’re away.

Here are some sustainable tips to remember when you’re traveling this summer:

  1. Don’t litter.
  2. Don’t purchase illegal souvenirs or food produce.
  3. Don’t waste water in destinations that face water shortages.
  4. Don’t leave lights on.
  5. Don’t leave the air conditioning on in hotel rooms when you’re not in them. Most hotels have systems that are designed to quickly respond to make sure you’re comfortable when you return to your room.
  6. Don’t purchase mineral water in plastic water bottles when the hotel provides drinkable water.
  7. Don’t stand on coral reefs. It takes approximately one hundred years for one inch of coral to grow.
  8. Don’t disturbing wild animals by getting as close as possible for a better picture.
  9. Don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground.
  10. Don’t forget to recycle when offered the facilities to do so.

Here are some more tips from National Geographic Traveler from their Ultimate Guide To Sustainable Travel:

  1. Before you even leave for your vacation make sure you turn off and unplug any appliances, computers and TVs to avoid wasting energy while you’re away.
  2. Bring your own reusable bottle. According to the Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the United States each day. Recycling or reusing those bottles instead would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for an entire day in 15 million households. Travelers can help by recycling and reusing existing water bottles, and refusing to purchase or accept new bottles; instead refilling a single bottle or other dishwasher-safe, reusable bottle with filtered water.
  3. Shut off the lights. When you leave your hotel room, turn off the lights, television, and radio to save electricity. In the summer, close the blinds and/or curtains to reduce heat gain in the room. In the winter, open the blinds and/or curtains on sunny days to let in the sun’s warmth.
  4. Use the right gear. Choose environmentally friendly clothing and travel gear made from recycled, reused, organic, and sustainable natural materials such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo.
  5. Bring a reusable shopping bag. Packing a basic canvas tote, or other similar sturdy, washable bag, in your luggage is an easy way to help keep trash out of landfills and off roadsides, conserve energy, and protect marine life. Use the bag—instead of the paper or plastic bags provided by stores—to carry souvenirs and other purchases made during your trip.
For more sustainable travel tips from National Geographic Traveler, visit http://traveler.nationalgeographic.com/sustainable-travel-tips.

More sustainable DO’s for your green vacation:

  • Eat Local. Find local restaurants during your trip that source their foods from local farmers. You will get better tasting, fresher food and you’ll be supporting the environment at the same time. Visit the Eat Well Guide and search their extensive database to find local, sustainable and organic food at http://www.eatwellguide.org/.
  • Buy Local. Buying keepsakes from local artists and businesses who have local products will give you something that is truly reminiscent of your vacation destination. But buying locally also supports a reduction of emissions because you aren’t purchasing an airbrushed t-shirt that shipped from some far away location.

My Green Side’s web pick of the week:

SustainableTable.org

Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food. The program is home to the Eat Well Guide, an online directory of sustainable products in the U.S. and Canada, and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Meatrix movies – The MeatrixThe Meatrix II: Revolting and The Meatrix II½.

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by Wendy Gabriel

WOW! It’s been a busy summer so far. We’ve fit a lot of fun into a month and a bit. Here’s a recap:

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter

We’ve been to the Mall of America, had a lovely visit (in Fargo) with my sister and her family, attended my nieces graduation at the Target Center in Minneapolis (added bonus, got to see Target Field up close on our way to and from the graduation), spent time at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s farm in Wisconsin, spent a few days with our whole extended family relaxing at a hotel with a waterpark, Caleigh attended her first basketball camp (and loved it) and then more time at the farm. Add to all that: fun playdates, gardening and a lot of playing outdoors!

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~Wallace Stevens

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~John Lubbock

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

Some of my favorite photos and photo blogs:
Twilight Earth’s Photo Sunday
Mother Nature Sunday Gallery: Beaming Flowers from Love Earth Always
Photo Terri
True to Words’ Friday Photography
Twin Cities Photo Blog

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GREEN TIP: While traveling for vacation, remember to employ WDAY Green Tipsthe same sustainable practices that you use at home like conserving water and electricity.

According to Traveling the Green Way these are the Environmental Top Ten Traveling Faux Pas:

1. Don’t litter.
2. Don’t purchase illegal souvenirs or food produce.
3. Don’t waste water in destinations which face shortages.
4. Don’t leave lights on.
5. Don’t leave the air conditioning on in hotel rooms when you’re not in them.
6. Don’t purchase mineral water in plastic water bottles when the hotel provides drinkable water.
7. Don’t stand on coral reefs. It takes approximately one hundred years for one inch of coral to grow.
8. Don’t disturbing wild animals by getting as close as possible for a better picture.
9. Don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground.
10. Don’t forget to recycle when offered the facilities to do so.

Source: Traveling the Green Way

Another fabulous source, National Geographic Traveler, has an Ultimate Guide To Sustainable Travel which includes the following:

1. Before you even leave for your vacation make sure you turn off and unplug any appliances, computers, TVs to avoid wasting energy while you’re away.

2. Bring Your Own Water Bottle.
According to the Container Recycling Institute, more than 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away in the United States each day. Recycling or reusing those bottles instead would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for an entire day in 15 million households. Travelers can help by recycling and reusing existing water bottles, and refusing to purchase or accept new bottles; instead refilling a single bottle or other dishwasher-safe, reusable bottle with filtered water.

3. Use the Right Gear.
Choose environmentally friendly clothing and travel gear made from recycled, reused, organic, and sustainable natural materials such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo.

4. Bring a Reusable Shopping Bag.
Packing a basic canvas tote, or other similar sturdy, washable bag, in your luggage is an easy way to help keep trash out of landfills and off roadsides, conserve energy, and protect marine life. Use the bag—instead of the paper or plastic bags provided by stores—to carry souvenirs and other purchases made during your trip.

5. Shut Off the Lights.

Source: National Geographic Traveler

My Green Side’s weekly web pick:

Traveling The Green Way
Traveling the Green Way offers earth friendly ideas for your travels.

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a different favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.

UPDATE: Simple Tips for Green Living now airs at 1220pm central time.

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