Gallery: 6 Green Ways to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

 
You know how it goes - most of us kick off the new year in high spirits with ambitious resolutions, but how many of them end up falling flat by President's Day? If you feel like you could use a little extra motivation to maintain your resolutions for 2012, why not use green living as an excuse to keep up with them? While many of the most popular resolutions - eating healthier, losing weight and saving more money - are things that we can do for ourselves, they can also do double duty as ways to benefit the environment. Read on for all of our tips on how to make 2012 a healthier, more prosperous year for yourself as well as for the Earth.

GET A BETTER JOB (or just get a job)

Advancing professionally is a goal that many people set for themselves at the beginning of the year but with unemployment so high, even finding a job to begin with is tough these days. If you’ve been wanting to make more money, do something more rewarding or heck, just secure a place in the job force, obtaining LEED accreditation or other green credentials is a surefire way to make your resume look better. Unlike many other sectors, green jobs are actually on the rise, so if you’re looking to find a fulfilling career, better pay and job security, check out some of the coolest green jobs here.

STOP WASTING FOOD

Can you still hear your parents telling you to think of all of the starving children every time you trash that takeout you forgot to finish? With our busy lifestyles and so many yummy offerings at the supermarket, it’s pretty easy to end up literally throwing away pounds of food and money each week, a practice that is as bad for the environment as it is for your wallet. The good news is that all it takes to fix this problem is a little bit of a design change in your refrigerator. By setting up a fridge triage box, you can modify your behavior and that of your family by making it super obvious what needs to be eaten pronto before it goes bad. As simplistic as it may seem, this small addition to your kitchen can make a big difference in the amount of CO2 that results from food waste as well as on your annual grocery budget.

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