Things To Do During Take Pride in Berlin Week

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Maintain a green home and garden

  • Use nontoxic cleaning products
  • Reduce mail by receiving online statements and reducing junk mail 
  • Compost
  • Create a wildlife habitat 
  • Reduce stormwater runoff through rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, and reducing pervious surfaces
  • Plant native plants, shrubs and trees, especially in buffer zones next to ditches, streams and bays

Conserve energy

  • Reduce “vampire” electricity use by unplugging electronics or plugging them into power strips 
  • Use a programmable thermostat 
  • Purchase renewable energy like wind power 
  • Conduct an energy audit
  • Install a solar water heater 

Reduce auto dependence

  • Walk, bike, or take public transportation to neighborhood errands or on local outings
  • Purchase products online 
  • Make a lower emissions choice when you drive (reduce number of family cars; drive a hybrid, or scooter) 
  • Set up a carpool for a regular group or meeting (i.e. place of worship, children’s sports team, or a civic group) 

Shop responsibly

  • Use reusable shopping bags, coffee/tea mugs, and water bottles 
  • Purchase products made from recycled materials 
  • Purchase fair trade and organic products 
  • Instead of new items, buy or find used products from thrift stores, yard sales, or online 
  • Commit to buying food and other products from local farmers and businesses 

Green your community

  • Participate in a local conservation project (Berlin Clean Up Day is April 26th!)  
  • Organize your friends and neighbors to clean up the neighborhood 
  • Green your place of worship, office, or school 

Have more ideas of how to show your Pride in Berlin?  Let us know on Face Book at Town of Berlin Maryland or tweet us @BerlinMD, #BerlinMDPride.

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