DEP ENCOURAGES FLORIDA TO REALLY GO GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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DEP ENCOURAGES FLORIDA TO REALLY GO GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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TALLAHASSEE – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) encourages everyone to celebrate responsibly by practicing green living tips on March 17 and throughout the year. 
St. Patrick’s Day is a day filled with everything green – from outfits and decorations to beverages and food. What better way to really go green on St. Patrick’s Day than to practice some easy tips that can help the environment? 
DEP has taken steps to go green as well. DEP continues to implement the Florida Green Lodging Program, which recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve Florida’s natural resources. DEP regularly updates less-efficient energy sources, including lights in its buildings to cut down on consumption. 
“Going green in our everyday lives can benefit our health and finances as well as our environment,” said Brad Stombock, DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives. “Practicing green habits protects our natural resources and reduces unhealthy waste.” 
Wear Green “Green” – Sure, you want to dress up in your best green clothing, but it’s better to be green while wearing your green. Choose clothing that is made with organic or recycled cotton. And don’t purchase disposable hats or decorations that will just add to the trash pile. Rather, buy something you can wear on March 17, 2012 and beyond. 
Drink and Eat Green – Many beverages and foods today are made organically, which means no pesticides or added chemicals are used in the processing. This is not only good for your body, but good for our environment. Make smart choices about what you’re eating and drinking and see how it affects the land, air and water in your community. 
Going Green in Your Commute – If you’re out with friends and need transportation, consider carpooling. This could be done by sharing a taxi to get home or driving in a group. Fewer vehicles on the road create fewer emissions in the air and that cuts down on levels of ozone and carbon monoxide, which harms ambient air quality. 
How to Make Your House or Business Greener – When you’re cleaning up from your St. Patrick’s Day party or any other time of the year, consider some things you can do to make your house a little greener as well. Many common green products can be used to make green cleaners that are better for the environment, but also better for people, pets and your wallet. You can use products with third-party certifications, which let consumers know if they are buying green goods.
Recycle – Many communities throughout Florida offer either mandatory or voluntary recycling programs. Putting bottles, cans, cardboard, newspaper and other products aside to recycle can make a big difference. In 2009, nearly 8.5 million tons of products were recycled in Florida. That's an easy way to go green every day.
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