While work­ing on the brand­ing and mar­ket­ing of our unique finan­cial plan­ning sys­tem, The Pros­per­i­ty Expe­ri­ence, I came across a doc­u­ment that was cre­at­ed awhile back that had a brief expla­na­tion of the four phas­es of The Pros­per­i­ty Experience.


  1. Engage: cap­ture where you are today, and where you want to be tomorrow
  2. Empow­er: map your expe­ri­ence. Iden­ti­fy goals and milestones
  3. Enrich: small and large actions that get you clos­er to your goals.
  4. Envi­sion: CELEBRATE your progress, change key areas, make course direc­tions. Repeat.


And that is what hit me, cel­e­brate your progress.  Usu­al­ly my arti­cles are rid­dled with star­tling sta­tis­tics and bla­tant calls of action, but not this month.  This month is about cel­e­brat­ing what green things are going on in the world!  So with­out fur­ther ado I present my Top 8 Green Goings-On


  1. The Cincin­nati Street­car! (http://www.cincystreetcar.com/why029.html) The street­car is a zero emis­sion, elec­tric­i­ty pow­ered form of trans­porta­tion that will pro­mote liv­ing in the urban core and walk­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties which means less cars on the road.
  2.  Pres­i­dent Obama’s Clean Ener­gy Goal.  Pres­i­dent Oba­ma set a goal in his State of the Union Address this year. That goal is to cre­ate 80% of America’s elec­tric­i­ty from clean ener­gy by 2035.  Is it ambi­tious? Yes.  Is it attain­able? Maybe. Is it inspir­ing? Oh yeah! 
  3. The Plas­tic Bag Ban.  To some it might seem extreme to ban plas­tic bags, but I see it as a good thing for two rea­sons.  One, it is a sim­ple non-essen­tial item that can be tak­en out of the equa­tion and not cause major issues while help­ing save the plan­et. And two, it can help boost the econ­o­my a bit. Think of all those reusable bags being designed, man­u­fac­tured, and sold.
  4. Ken­ton County’s Month­ly Cleanup (http://www.kentoncounty.org/kenton/docs/Kenton_County_Public_Works_Monthly_Cleanup_Appl_pu_2006.pdf).  The first Sat­ur­day of every month Ken­ton Coun­ty opens up its Pub­lic Works sta­tion for free dump­ing of trash, appli­ances, used motor oil, and auto­mo­bile bat­ter­ies. This prac­tice great­ly decreas­es the risk of improp­er­ly dis­posed items seep­ing into the water sup­ply or the ground.
  5. The Tan­k­less Water Heater (http://www.getwithgreen.com/2007/12/19/water-heater-return-on-investment-roi-on-tankless-water-heaters/).  I have yet to imple­ment one of these in my own home, but the idea makes me a lit­tle gid­dy.  Basi­cal­ly, a tan­k­less water heater pro­vides hot water only when need­ed as opposed to a tra­di­tion­al water heater that must store water and use ener­gy unnecessarily.
  6. The Ener­gy Star pro­gram (http://energystar.supportportal.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=23018).  This pro­gram was cre­at­ed in 1992 to help us all save mon­ey and pro­tect the envi­ron­ment through ener­gy effi­cient prod­ucts and prac­tices.  The pro­gram has been so suc­cess­ful the Ener­gy Star label has now been extend­ed to new res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and indus­tri­al buildings.
  7. Buy Local­ly Move­ment (http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/eatlocal/). I hope this one isn’t a fad! It is healthy choice that cuts down on car­bon emis­sions, and sup­ports the econ­o­my you live in!
  8. Car­bon Off­sets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_offset).  Some peo­ple pur­chase them to off­set their entire year of car­bon emis­sions and some pur­chase them just to make up for that trans-con­ti­nen­tal vacation.