HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So the ball has dropped, the champaign has been popped, and today we embark upon a brand new year! As Barack Obama takes office and a whole new political era begins, it is clear that 2009 is going to be a memorable year. 2009 presents an extraordinary set of challenges and opportunities for the world, and we’d like take a moment to share our personal reflections and resolutions with you. Times may be tough, but in every challenge is an opportunity, and we’re looking forward to the future with optimism, creativity, and the passion to make the world a better place for our children.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FROM THE INHABITOTS TEAM

inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new yearBETH SHEA, Managing Editor, Portland, OR

Having just moved with my family to the greenest city in the country, Portland, I plan on getting involved in and supporting local eco-efforts and programs, and we will be basking in and appreciating nature and the great outdoors more in 2009. My personal New Year’s Resolution is to drastically cut back and eventually stop using paper disposable products like paper towels, napkins and tissues, in favor of using reusable alternatives. I will also continue to spread and encourage sustainable awareness via Petite Planet and Inhabitots!

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Jill Fehrenbacher, Green Design, Green Designer, Eco Designer, Green Design Blogger, Green ArchitectJILL FEHRENBACHER, Editor-in-Chief, New York, NY

Though many people out there are giving gloomy forecasts for 2009, and bemoaning the tough economic climate, I am looking forward with great anticipation to the new year. I believe the new year offers a lot of opportunity for self-reflection, giving us a chance to reexamine priorities and figure out what really matters to us. I just gave birth this year to a baby boy (he’s 5 months old now), and this change in my life has meant a major change in my priorities. For me, the necessity to engage in some belt-tightening in 2009 is a chance to rethink some of my consumption habits, and to resolve to not buy anything that I really don’t need. On that note I will make an effort to get more DIY / crafty, and start making anything that I need in my house (like cleaning supplies), rather than buying them. Most importantly, I also resolve to find a better live/work balance in my life (ie tipping more towards the ‘live’), so I can spend more time with my new family.

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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, Abigail DoanABIGAIL DOAN, Senior Editor, Sofia, Bulgaria

I resolve to find even more eco-friendly ways to make and install art, improve studio processes, and reduce waste overall in the home. With two babies I am very conscious of the added impact we have on our immediate environs and the daily demands involved. My family is committed to not owning a car but prefers to travel by mass transit or by simply strolling on foot and maximizing neighborhood resources. As a mother and artist, I want all materials that enter and exit our home to be utilized to the utmost and to have a positive influence and green ripple effect.

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inhabitat editorial team, inhabitat new year's resolutions 09, 2009 inhabitat resolutions, sustainable design editor, green design editor, Jennifer ChaitJENNIFER CHAIT, Blogger, Portland, OR

When the going gets stressed and busy, the stressed and busy purchase prepackaged foods. Not that you can’t find decent healthy organic food items prepackaged nowadays, because you can, but I used to make homemade everything – veggie burgers, bread, applesauce, etc. This last year we’ve bought more than our fair share of packaged items which leaves us with excess packaging to recycle and all in all means we’re draining more resources than we should. So, my goal this year is to get back to how we used to cook; more homemade and less prepackaged.

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