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How green will you be in 2008, Vail Valley?

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Along with incorporating those heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids into his diet, Neil Murphy wants to start recycling in 2008.

Laziness, he says, has been the only thing preventing him from gathering newspapers, bottles and cans every couple weeks and dropping them off at the recycling bins in Avon.

“All that goes in the garbage. Doing it the other way won’t take long,” Murphy said.

In many ways, going green is a matter of adopting small lifestyle changes, the kinds of changes you typically hear as new year’s resolutions.

You could lose weight, drink less, quit smoking, spend more time with the kids and top it all off with buying compact florescent light bulbs and organic chicken. They are little things that add up, requiring gumption to start and will-power to make a habit.

Here are a few locals and their green new year’s resolutions.

Kathy Woods says she wants to lower her heating bill, which will also lower her carbon emissions, which will also help save the world from global warming. At least that’s the big picture.

She didn’t though originally think of it as a “green” New Year’s resolution, just one that could save her money.

Her trick will be wearing a thick hooded sweatshirt around the house and keeping the thermostat set low, usually around 60. She doesn’t like being cold, and used to keep her house around 75. By next month, she hopes to see some savings.

“I’m not in the house much, so I’m perfectly comfortable. Except in the morning when I get out of bed. That’s cold,” Woods said.

Julie Norberg said her New Year’s resolution is to become a better buyer when it comes to the environment. She works for the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

“Personally, I would like to see all the products I use be as environmentally conscious as possible,” Norberg said. “It’s a work in progress.”

This means doing research on the Internet, reading product labels at the supermarket and finding companies that specialize in selling green products. At the Alliance office, she’ll be buying supplies from a company in Boulder that sells things like earth-friendly copy paper and printer ink.

Debbie Harris said her resolution is to, at least once, take a bus to the slopes. She says this though, of course, while getting out of her car in City Market parking lot in Avon. Giving up the convenience of a car is a hard thing to do, but taking a car off the road, even for a day, is better for the environment, she said.

“I have to promise myself, next time I ski in Vail, I’m taking the bus,” Harris said. “It seems much easier, and I won’t have to pay for parking.”

Parker Connely says he made a green resolution last year that he actually kept: he quit smoking. Cigarette smoke, aside from being bad for your lungs, is also pollution, he said.

“I wasn’t a two pack a day kind of guy, but still, it’s gross, it annoyed my friends,” he said. “So I quit. I didn’t have it as tough as other people.”

As for this year, there was nothing “green” on Connely’s list, other than to keep doing things he normally does.

“I recycle. And I’m pretty good about shutting down my house when I’m not there,” Connely said.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.


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