P2 for Winter Recreation

For those of us who live in the Great Lakes Region, it’s the time of year when snow and ice set the scene. Visions of a winter wonderland may be inspiring you to participate in any number of wintry recreational activities, including skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, etc. Before you join in any reindeer games, however, you may want to take a moment to consider how P2 applies. Here are some resources to help you out.

Have Yourself a Green Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us and so are the suggestions for making them a little more environmentally friendly.

Environmental Protection Magazine provides green holiday suggestions from the Nature Conservancy in the article “Tips: Dreaming of a Green Christmas”. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has some excellent suggestions for a no-waste holiday while Use Less Stuff offers 42 Tips to Trim Your Holiday Wasteline.Green Gift Guide logo

U.S. EPA suggests ways to add some green to your travel and recycle for a tech savvy holiday and San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Susan Fornoff examines the environmental impact of real and artificial Christmas trees in her article,“Real vs. Fake: Which Tree is Greener?”

Librarians’ Internet Index points to several sites with a focus on green crafts:

On the retail side, Barneys New York is lighting their tree with LEDs this holiday season. They also have a green gift guide for items available from…Barneys. Meanwhile, Grist reviews the green gift offerings from Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart.

Yahoo! and Treehugger offer green gift suggestions from a plethora of retailers. The Madison (WI) Public Library, California Department of Conservation, Eco-Libris, Grist, Reduce.org, Environmental Defense, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Co-op America, and the Sierra Club also have green gift guides.

If your favorite tip for a more sustainable holiday isn’t covered by these sources, post it in the comments.