Just Bea a Little Greener at Your Library
Libraries are the ultimate practitioners of the three Rs of the green lifestyle. Just think of the trees and money you'll save by checking out books from your local library instead of purchasing them, thereby reducing your consumption. And talk about reuse! You can read a book or watch a DVD over and over, then return it to the library for someone else to use. When it comes to recycling, you can donate your old materials to libraries for used book sales.
Libraries also have other resources to help you go green, like books and other materials on living green, growing your own foods, using sustainable materials and reducing your energy costs. Plus, informative programs to help you plant a sustainable landscape, learn more about nature, alternative energy and more. Check out a Kill-A-Watt and monitor the energy consumption of your appliances. Many libraries are taking it a step further, with LEED certification, like the Ferndale Library and Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch. It doesn't get more green than that.
The Just Bea cartoon strip, created by Detroit-area artist Birgit Keil, shows you how to make a difference with what you've got. And the library is a great place to start.