Responsibility? Green? Me?


I am listening to Boundaries, by Henry Cloud – a book about creating boundaries in all aspects of your/my life. He talks about learning when to say yes and how to say no. I especially relate to his statement “have responsibility TO others and FOR yourself”. Wow – did that hit home. The more I learn about me, the more I get about how important understanding me is to the work I share through my business. This connection is there for all of us, yet for small businesses and entrepreneurs the lines are so blurry there usually is not distinction between personal and business – it all contributes to the end results.

So what does this have to do with “green?”  A lot.

The whole idea of “green” (my point of view here) is that green is about taking responsibility FOR my actions and living up to my values. Walking my talk. For me that means, incremental improvements on my home, driving a gas-efficient car, recycling (yes, I sometimes take it home if I can’t find a recycling spot) and just turning stuff off (lights, fans, water) when I don’t need them. It just doesn’t feel right for me to tell you about all the things we can do and not do them myself. I also recognize, I can’t do it all at once, so I am accepting that I am doing what I can.

My responsibility TO you is to share what I know and have learned. This information and our services are available to you to help you get going – whether you want to make a few better (aka greener) choices on your next shopping trip or build a new green certified home, or something in between.

In the spirit of sharing and since I travel a fair amount, let’s talk about what I (and you) can do to leave a little lighter footprint when we do travel, be it for business or pleasure. This is where a little planning goes a long way. Thinking ahead about a few things not only leaves a lighter impact on our world, it also may leave a lighter impact on your wallet.

  • Plan your trip to minimize miles driven or flown wherever possible and to use the most efficient (fuel, time and budget) transportation for the size of group traveling. While carpooling is my preferred mode of transportation (not much public transportation where I live), sometimes flying makes more sense in the total picture.
  • Use reusable stuff wherever you can. This definitely takes some planning while traveling since food and drink on the go tends to be thrown away.  I carry a travel coffee cup and refillable water bottle with me and see lots of others doing this too.
  • Choose lodging that supports a green program. Many hotels are sharing what they are doing and what you as a guest can do to contribute.

There are lots of other “little things” that add up. Just pick 1 or 2 and take some action. Add your idea to the comments and happy greener traveling!

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