Our October Sustainability Snapshot is Alice de Bloois.  Alice and her family have lived in Evergreen for over 20 years where she has been an active volunteer for EChO food bank, National Charity League as well as PTA when her kids were younger.

We are so pleased that she choose to join ESA’s board of directors as her next volunteer adventure!

What inspired you to adopt more sustainable practices in your life?
Good health is important and in order to promote good health for individuals, I feel it is important to do what I can to promote a healthy planet.  Healthy planet…..means healthy people!!
As a stay at home Mom of three (now young adults) I strive to do my part to reduce my footprint, to save energy, to use glass containers instead of plastic, to utilize the ESA Refill Station and buy fewer products in plastic bottles.
Can you give some examples of how you practice a sustainable lifestyle (either related to zero waste, renewable energy, conservation, involvement with ESA etc.)?
By participating in the ESA compost program, my family is putting less waste in our trash bin.
My family took two steps recently to burn fewer fossil fuels.  We installed solar panels and we purchased an EV.  Since my husband works from home now, he and I are able to share our EV and effectively reduce our use of fossil fuels.
We use water saving toilets and energy saving light bulbs and charge our EV at night when the demand for electricity is lower.
I want to do all I can to keep our planet healthy!!
What words of wisdom do you have for someone just getting stared on their journey to ‘go green’?

Reading recent articles about climate change (there are many) and checking out a book or two (or more) about sustainability (The story of More by Hope Jharen for instance) is a great place to start your journey.  Then look at your daily life and think of ways you can reduce your footprint by recycling more and driving less in a gas powered vehicle.  Try combining trips,  carpooling or look into an electric vehicle.

I also recommend joining a composting program.  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself …make it fun.  If there is a busy week when you can’t compost, that’s OK.  It feels great to see less and less in your bin on trash day.