My Next 5 Commitment
Ready to commit to your #NEXT 5? Choose 5 actions from the list below, then share your commitment with family and friends!
100% Clean Energy
Energy efficiency is the most effective way to cut your energy bill and to help move the Northwest on the path to 100% Clean Energy.
Cut energy use. Turn off lights, use turn-off power strips and unplug all appliances that you are not using.
Set the thermostat to 68°F or lower when you're at home and awake, and lower 7°F to 10°F when you're asleep or away. Or install a programmable thermostat.
Turn down your water heater to 120°F or the "low" setting.
Use weather-stripping or door sweeps to reduce heat loss and drafts.
Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
Using a ceiling fan to circulate air can lower both your cooling and heating costs (counterclockwise recirculates warm air).
Do an energy audit and find ways to save energy and money.
Power up with solar energy.
Find and use efficiency and renewable incentives
Purchase green power – check with your utility on green power programs
Reduce, reuse and up-cycle. Each one of us can play a central role in making the Northwest the first region in the nation to be Zero-Waste.
Recycle right: Empty. Clean. Dry.
Reduce, reuse and up-cycle: donate or give new life to old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out.
Target food waste – reduce, donate and compost.
Reduce or eliminate single-use plastic.
Ensure environmentally responsible re-use and recycling for electronics.
Bring your own containers. From leftovers at restaurants to shopping bulk items in the grocery store, skipping the packaging goes a long way toward zero waste.
Purchase goods and services without unnecessary, individual packaging.
Avoid last-minute purchases and reduce excess by making a shopping list- and sticking to it.
For cleaning chores, use reusable mops, rags and sponges. Look for environmentally friendly and Safer Choice products.
Promote a Zero-Waste by connecting with online sharing communities or donating unwanted items in good condition to your local thrift store or community service organization.
Clean Air & Water
You can make a meaningful difference in our collective effort to ensure our region has clean air and water for all generations and species.
Turn off the tap. Reducing the amount of water that goes down the drain, reduces the amount of wastewater that needs to be treated.
Use hand-powered garden tools and avoid using gasoline or diesel-powered lawn mowers and leaf-blowers.
Purchase and use environmentally and socially responsible products.
Find and fix leaks.
Don’t flush any chemicals, pharmaceuticals or products containing plastics or microbeads down the drain.
Plant trees and steward local green spaces by supporting programs and projects that absorbs and captures carbon.
Advance sustainable gardening practices and backyard habitats (choose native species and avoid pesticides/herbicides).
Install a rain barrel to capture the water your garden needs.
Protect the outdoors and leave no trace to sustain health and vibrant natural lands.
Support programs and projects that absorbs and captures carbon.
Clean & Equitable Transportation
Arrive green and accelerate the transition to cleaner, cheaper, faster and safer transportation in the Northwest.
Drive less try walking or biking.
Change up your commute with carpooling and using public transit.
Plan ahead. The shorter the drive, the better for the environment.
Try “green driving,” such minimizing hard- acceleration and braking.
Maximize fuel efficiency.
Reduce trips by checking into alternative work hours and telework programs.
Ask your workplace about options for clean transportation – EV charging infrastructure, bike racks and subsidized transit passes.
Support alternatives to personal travel that advances the transition to a cleaner transportation economy, such as using airlines that utilize sustainable aviation fuels.
Make the switch to electric, re-chargeable vehicles.
Advocate for Flipping the Fleet away from gasoline and toward electric at your work, business or school.
Healthy & Sustainable Food
There are concrete steps that every person can take right now to transition to sourcing and producing food in a manner that is healthier for people and the long-term health of the planet.
Shop locally and purchase from community vendors, such as Farmer’s Markets.
Reduce food waste, and donate extra food taking up space in your pantry.
Purchase items delivered or sold in minimal, recycled or compostable packaging.
Make a list and plan for meals in advance.
Consider gardening and growing your own food.
Choose sustainable seafood and other locally-sourced menu items.
Get involved in reducing food insecurity.
Find information on urban agriculture groups, businesses and blogs.
Learn the difference between “sell-by,” ‘use-buy,” best buy” and expiration dates to reduce food waste.
Go meat or dairy-free once a week.
I commit to take action by taking the steps outlined in my #Next5
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