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Want to be "green" but not sure how? Below are resources for some of the most common sustainable living topics plus some things Columbia Springs does to be green.

Check out what Columbia Springs does to be green! 

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Composting  
Turn your spoils into soils!

 

  • Nourish your plants, conserve water, and reduce your waste by composting. It's easier than you think and will save you money on your garbage bill. 

  • Small space? Start a worm bin. These hungry guys (red wiggler worms, Eisenia fetida) can eat 3.5 lbs of food scraps per week!

  • Lazy? Try "Lasagna Gardening" and turn your yard waste and food scraps into a garden bed. No tilling or turning required!

 

Composting Resources: 

 

Vermicomposting Resources:

 

Lasagna Gardening

 

Gardening

 

 
 
Recycling  
What's old is new again!

 

  • Recycling 1 ton of plastic bottles saves enough energy to light a home for a year.

  • The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it. Last year in Washington State, we threw away $133 million worth recyclables, enough to provide 43 million school lunches to children. 

  • Choose to reuse! Most durable items (water bottles, plates, cups, silverware) are used over 2500 times in their lifetime, and you’ll gain savings in energy, money, and pollution after just a few uses. Click here for more info! 

  • Did you know throwing away batteries can have a massive impact on our environment? Learn more about how and why of disposing batteries properly here.

 

The website below, from Clark County Public Health, allows you to enter the name of something you want to dispose of and it tells you how and where to recycle it! Try it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Recycling Resources:


How to recycle electronics and other items that can't go in your curbside bin:

 

Recycling is great, but the greatest impact (on the earth and your wallet!) comes from using less. 

 

Reducing your consumption:

  • Buy in bulk with your own bags and containers

  • Carry a reusable water bottle

  • For special occasions, give experience-based gifts like tickets or charitable donations

  • Maintain and repair goods you already own rather than throwing them away

  • DIY - Learn to bake, sew, or grow fruits & vegetables

  • Borrow, rent, or buy second-hand instead of buying new items

  • Sell or donate items you no longer need or use instead of throwing them away

 

More reduce and reuse resources can be found here!

 
Clean Air  
Healthy, green "cleaners" for healthy homes

 

  • You can make your own cleaners for less than half the cost of their commercial counterparts. They work just as well, and best of all you can make them smell like anything you want! 

  • Common household cleaners (such as bleach) can negatively affect our health by causing respiratory problems, skin burns, and damage to the nervous system. 

  • Toxic cleaning products contribute to dead zones in our waterways where no fish or other beneficial aquatic creatures can live.

 

Safer cleaning alternatives

Easy DIY cleaners recipes

 

 
Stewardship  
Strong watersheds, strong community

 

  • Healthy watersheds provide more ecosystem services to our communities; ecosystem services include providing clean water and air, regulating localized climates, increasing resilience to disturbances like fires, floods, and windstorms, and cycle nutrients needed for food crops and animals. 

  • The American Psychological Association supports the findings of the positive impacts nature has on our attitudes, development, mental disorders, etc., saying, "Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity, and improved concentration."

  • "Outdoor activities can help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimers, dementia, stress, and depression, and can improve cognitive function in those recently diagnosed with breast cancer." - University of Washington College of the Environment

 

Sign up for a Stewardship Saturday event to help us protect and restore the natural area at Columbia Springs!

 

Or find more natural areas to get involved with from our friends at the Intertwine.

 
 
 

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Green Materials

Cleaning of all facilities is done by staff using our handmade green cleaning kits. We use microfiber clothes for all our cleaning so we don't need to dispose of paper towels after a cleaning project. We even painted our new Visitors Center with recycled paint.