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10/18/2012

County launches Green Neighbors website to promote sustainable living

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Sally Fisher, Environmental Services
Phone: 360-397-2121 ext 4939
Sally.Fisher@clark.wa.gov

Serena Calder, Environmental Services
Phone: 360-397-2121 ext. 5290
Serena.Calder@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – County residents have a new way to learn how to make their homes more environmentally friendly and share ideas about sustainable living.

Clark County Environmental Services has launched a new website, clarkgreenneighbors.org, to provide information regarding water conservation, urban wildlife, energy efficiency and natural gardening.

Residents who become Green Neighbors members can post to online forums, browse and participate in community events and add additional events to a community calendar. They also can accumulate points and earn badges by participating in quizzes and other fun, interactive features on the site.

In addition, registered members can use home assessment forms to audit their indoor water use, learn about the quality of their water and track their solid waste production, including household hazardous waste. Links to eco-calculators allow users to further gauge their “greenness” by assessing their home energy use and overall ecological footprint.

Helpful improvement tips are just a click away in the site’s “interactive house,” where each room has clickable icons that reveal easy and practical suggestions for a greener lifestyle.

Green Neighbors also offers opportunities to get involved offline by promoting volunteer opportunities, workshops, events and a “WildWatch” program that invites people to observe and share their weather and wildlife observations to contribute to scientific projects. Projects, such as “The Lost Ladybug” and “Nestwatch,” rely on submissions of citizen data to monitor long-term wildlife patterns.

To learn more about Green Neighbors and subscribe to a monthly email newsletter, visit clarkgreenneighbors.org.

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