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.