Do more than just Googling ‘going green’

 Commentary by Rachel Anne Spencer
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   A great way to go green is to use your computer. In this day and age, everything is available online, so we should take advantage of all the environmentally friendly advantages that the Internet offers.
   About 35 billion paper statements, payments and billings are sent in the U.S. each year and about 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills. That’s a lot of paper and a lot of waste! One great way to cut back is to use paperless billing. You can contact your gas, cell phone, water, electricity and other providers to sign up for paperless billing. You also can sign up for paperless bank statements and paperless reminders from doctor’s and dentist’s offices and the local library. Receive an email or phone call instead of re-treeing a forest.
   A great way to get gardening advice is to sign up for Alamance Gardener emails. Alamance Gardeners are free, monthly emails that run year-round and feature gardening tips suited for that season. You can sign up by emailing horticulture extension agent Mark Danieley at mark_danieley@ncsu.edu.
   If you’re interested in going green at school or in your dorm, check out http://www.teensturninggreen.org/. This site offers many ways to get involved, including intern and volunteer opportunities, ideas and plans you can use to put your school on the green track and other fabulous resources.
   You can save paper and further your green knowledge online, so plug in now. Just remember to unplug when you’re done, so you don’t waste energy.

 Rachel Anne Spencer is a home-schooled senior and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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