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Help Your City Become More Sustainable

Emily Howard

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. produced 250 million tons of waste in 2011. Waste production is down 6 million tons (that’s about 2.5%) from its peak in 2007, but there is a long way to go to make our cities sustainable.

The good news is that cities are implementing sustainability efforts for residents. Take a look at what some are doing:

* Several cities including Portland and San Francisco reduce landfill waste with composting programs, where compostables are collected along with other waste on trash day.

* Many cities in Illinois supplied rain barrels for residents to collect and reuse rainwater.

* Public transportation and car or bike sharing service like ZipCar or Citi Bike reduce emissions and can save residents money on transportation costs.

Whether you have a passion for zero waste or want to explore how your city could be more sustainable, check out local orgs and your city’s website to learn how you can get involved.

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