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Get more information about how you can "go green" and green incentives, energy facts and programs, energy policy, news, events, how to make your home energy efficient and more in Maryland. For more information about these programs and more, CLICK HERE
What does Green mean and where does it come from?

The term "green" gets its roots from the political term "Green Politics" which comes from the political organization "Green Party", whose principals, among other things, includes "ecological wisdom". "Greens", as they are called, believe essentially that humans are disrupting the environment.

Here is their official stated value: "
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems."

So there you have it...the birth of "live green". So partly from this, strategies have been developed related to programs, guidelines, laws, and more for consumers and businesses that are designed to help achieve these goals. Recycling itself dates back over 100 years, but it has been only in the last 20 years with the advent of the "Green Movement" spurred on by organizations like the Green Party, that "turning green" has come to the forefront of our lives. So Live Green Howard County!

Our goal here is to attempt to inform and educate what the "green" or "environmentally friendly" movement is about and how it affects individuals and businesses. We will also provide tips and information to help consumers and businesses utilize various "green" initiatives that will help the environment. We will try to explain it in easy to understand terms that will assist you in your "live green" everyday life.

Our goal is two-fold:
1) to help consumers and businesses gain knowledge about how to consume less and recycle more.

2) to promote "green" related events, educational material, and educate consumers on environmental friendly products and services here in Howard County, Maryland.
The most common applications for achieving these goals...the 3 R's

Recycle what you use:
Most cities or counties should have a recycling program, whether it’s paper, aluminum, plastic, or glass. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Recycling is the reprocessing of materials into new products. Recycling generally prevents the waste of potentially useful materials, reduces the consumption of raw materials and reduces energy usage, and hence greenhouse gas emissions, compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key concept of modern waste management and is the third component of the waste hierarchy.

Reduce what you use: Waste prevention means consuming and throwing away less. Simple enough.

Reuse what you use: Reusing items -- by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them -- also reduces waste. Reusing products, when possible, is even better than recycling because the item does not need to be reprocessed before it can be used again.
Here's are real life example:
If you throw your jeans away, you increase the amount of garbage that ends up in the landfills. However, if you decide to donate them you are REDUCING the amount of garbage that ends up in our landfills. And, shoppers at Goodwill can extend the life cycle of the jeans by purchasing them, thus REUSING the items. Even if the jeans aren't purchased at our store we have a RECYCLING program where those jeans can be recycled into new items or sent to other countries for process. Think about it—not only are you helping the environment you are helping people in your community by donating to Goodwill.

The possibilities are endless. In everything we do all day long, there are ways to recycle, reduce, and reuse. How many can you think of? Better yet, how many can you do each day?
So what is going on in Howard County to "do our part" for the environment? Here are just a few links to County Government initatives.
  Howard County Main Recycle page
  Cardboard Recycling
  Glass Recycling
  Metal Can Recycling
  Plastics Recycling
  Electronics Recycling
  Grass Recycling