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Green Central Station

So I mentioned in passing last week's warm-up Earth Day event inside Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall. Well, this Friday and Saturday, Earth Day NY's seminal Earth Fair took over Vanderbilt Avenue-showcasing for New Yorkers a bundle of ideas, solutions, strategies, and products for a greener life. Too many businesses and organizations to run through them all here, but worthy of mention was certainly GOOD Magazine's presence. Fortunate table assignments put me right across the way from GOOD's reps, allowing for plenty of ambiguous charades and indiscreet verbal assaults. Of course, I made well certain to send the most-how should I say?-inquisitive attendees over their direction. I'd also collaborated with the GOOD gang to come up with a set of tips for easily greening your NYC life.

Ben's Top Ten after the jump.Top Ten Ways To Easily Green Your NYC Life

Change a Bulb: Replace all your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs) and save money (about $10/month per bulb switched) and energy.

Eat Local and Organic: Pick up produce at your local Greenmarket or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Chem-Free Clothes: Keep chemicals out of your clothes with eco-friendly dry cleaning services. One of our favorites is Green Apple Cleaners.

Green Power!: Bring renewable energy into your home through ConEd Solutions or Sterling Planet

No More Water Waste: Conserve water by installing faucet aerators and a low-flow showerhead, which can be picked up at just about any hardware store.

Curtail Junk Mail: Take your name off of mass mailing lists and prevent all the junk mail from ever reaching your home.

Gettin' Around Green: Use the subway and busses; ride a bike or walk.

Recycling By Nature: Start composting in your kitchen or backyard-it's really simple and the processed compost is nutrient rich and great for your plants.

One Man's Trash: Before you throw out anything, post on community reuse and exchange sites like Craigslist and Freecycle-there's always someone looking for everything in this town.

Mix and Mingle: Sip or swill Brooklyn Brews (100% wind powered) at the monthly Green Drinks get-togethers--a very casual mix of green-minded folks from any and all fields.

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Ben Jervey is the author of The Big Green Apple

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