Our future is in our hands. While living sustainably may seem daunting, taking small steps can lead to big changes. We know it’s not easy knowing where to start, and that’s why we’ve created this guide. If you have five minutes or are ready to change your life, we have some tips for you.

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Do you have five minutes?

Here are a few small steps you can take every day to be more sustainable.

  • Give us your email—we’ll stay in touch and provide you with the tools and the opportunities to make a difference.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle! Bring reusable items with you (coffee mug, cloth bags, to-go containers) to avoid waste. This change starts with all of us.
  • Consider how far your food travels before you eat it. Buy as local and seasonal as possible.
  • Turn down your water heater a few degrees to save some money and electricity.
  • Change out your old light bulbs to LED as they burn out. You’ll save money and energy!
  • Double check your voter registration, and help your friends and family register to vote.
  • Spread the word amongst your friends, online and offline. Be a voice at the dinner table, on social media, in your salon chair, on the bus, and wherever you can share your sustainability story.
  • Facebook has a new Town Hall feature. Activate it, and it will tell you who your representatives are and how to contact them.
  • Vote with your wallet by supporting companies that are producing sustainable products and putting the planet first.
  • Did you know that local independent businesses invest three times more money back into their communities than chain stores? Support local companies, and encourage others to buy local.

Do You Have an Hour?

Have more time to dedicate? These tips will really get the ball rolling.

  • Educate yourself. Sustainability is complicated. Become aware about sustainability issues. Read credible sources every day so you know the facts. Here are some sources we recommend:  Grist, Think Progress, Fast Company, Huffington Post, The Guardian, National Public Radio (NPR), KGNU Radio
  • Help grow Colorado’s sustainability movement with The Alliance Center. Attend our events, or host an event here.
  • Measure your carbon footprint, and take steps to reduce it by 20% year over year. Remember, nobody is perfect, but do what you can. You can do it! Measure it here and then see where you can reduce.
  • Start your own veggie garden. Start small year one, and grow bigger as you gain experience.
  • Start researching drought-resistant plants for your yard, and consider opting for xeriscaping over a traditional green lawn.
  • Be an informed voter. Don’t feel like you know enough to make informed decisions all the way down the ballot? Visit this site.
  • Help keep our legislators accountable—find out how here.
  • Check out some responsible impact investors who can help you support sustainability through your investment portfolio.
  • Use public banks and credit unions over big corporate banks.
  • Review your mutual fund portfolio to make sure you’re supporting the right companies. If not, divest! If you’re a student, encourage your school to divest from fossil fuel investments.

Do You Want to Change Your Life?

Living a sustainable lifestyle will change your life and inspire others. Join with us to create the biggest impact.

  • Get political: Call your congresspeople, and ask them to support clean energy policies. Visit them at their home offices and attend their town hall meetings to hold them accountable!
  • Write an op-ed to your local paper about clean energy policy, the possibility of making your community 100% renewable, or on another important local sustainability issue.
  • Want to become an activist to support sustainability? Check out this tool kit.
  • Change your career to change the planet. We’ve found this is a great site to find inspiring careers in Colorado. Beyond Colorado, check out idealist.org for job postings that will help you impact the world.
  • Attend an Alliance Center event. We host up to 20 events per year pertaining to education and action around sustainability.
  • Run for office. You don’t have to run for president (not yet, anyway), start with your local town council, or public utility board.  Maybe Congress, if you’re feeling lucky.