We had ten solar panels installed on our roof in 2007; these generate 100% of our electricity over the course of a year.

Sustainability: Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time.

In 2000, I participated in a program called EcoTeams where we talked about the negative impacts of energy usage, transportation, water, and general consumption (especially food) on the planet. We learned how using less (or using in a better way) can lead to a richer life. This program was eye-opening and life-changing for me. We immediately began using green energy for 100% of our electricity (eventually producing all of our own juice with solar), reduced our water usage (down to one third of the average household), and also reduced our garbage and miles driven (and got down to one car for our three-person family). I was already vegetarian (since 1986) and eventually cut dairy out of my diet, too.

I know the issue of climate change is near and dear to many people, but we can become paralyzed by all the choices we're given for living greener. I try to shine a light on the most effective solutions below.

This is obviously a topic of great interest to me. If it interests you, too, contact me; let's meetup and chat!