Reducing your ecological footprint is something that everyone can do—and it needn’t be a complicated or tiresome process. With just a few changes, you can easily make your presence on Mother Earth less obvious. Here's how:
Start at Home
Your own abode is the ideal place to start reducing your ecological footprint, since it’s a place in which you typically have the most control. The ways you can do this range from simple to complex. Implement them all, and you’re well on your way to significantly reducing your impact on our green planet.
- Take shorter showers to save water
- Install energy-saving light bulbs
- Buy energy-efficient appliances
- Recycle everything your community allows—glass, aluminum, paper and plastic
- Choose nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning products. Click here for more information.
- Control the amount of energy you use in your home. You can find fantastic tips by reading this Essex blog post.
Exert Your Influence Further
There are also practices you can implement outside your home that can make a significant difference in whittling away at your ecological footprint. One of the best—and most satisfying—methods is to shop at your local artisans and crafters whenever possible. Seek out recycled products when you’re shopping. Visiting a local farmers market gives you access to fresh foods without the added cost and energy required to ship produce and other goods to your area.
You will make an even more pronounced effect by bringing your own tote or cloth bags when you shop. You can also plan your errands so that you’re running them all on the same day. This works especially well if your errands are in the same general location. Additionally, your energy savings will be especially satisfying.
Featured image: Mosso apartment homes in San Francisco, California
Essex Green Living
Essex apartment homes have a steadfast commitment to make every day Earth Day. Since 2006, Essex has embraced sustainability and feature communities in California or Washington that meet state - or national-level recognition—with more expected in the future as the list keeps growing.
- Agora at South Main in Walnut Creek (GreenPoint Rated*)
- Century Towers in San Jose (LEED Certified) completion by 2017
- Connolly Station in Dublin (GreenPoint Rated*)
- Emme in Emeryville (GreenPoint Rated*)
- Epic in San Jose (GreenPoint Rated*)
- Lawrence Station in Sunnyvale (LEED Certified candidate)
- MB360 in San Francisco (LEED Silver*)
- Mosso in San Francisco (LEED Gold*)
- One South Market in San Jose (LEED Silver*)
- Park 20 in San Mateo (GreenPoint Rated*)
- Radius in Redwood City (LEED Gold*)
- Solstice in Sunnyvale (LEED Silver*)
- Station Park Green (LEED-ND Gold*) completion by 2017
- Via in Sunnyvale (GreenPoint Rated)
- 5600 Wilshire in Los Angeles (LEED Silver)
- Park Viridian in Anaheim (LEED Gold)
- Wilshire La Brea in Los Angeles (LEED Silver Certified)
- Belcarra in Bellevue (LEED Silver)
- Eastlake in Seattle (Built Green)
- Expo in Seattle (LEED Gold Certified)
- Joule in Seattle (Built Green)
- Aviara in Mercer Island (LEED Silver Candidate)
- Taylor 28 in Seattle (LEED Silver)
* Met certification design, pending final project completion