Protecting Our Environment

What You Can Do
  • Spokane’s “Go Green Directory,” is the Inland Northwest’s Directory for Sustainable and Healthy Living.   Obtain a copy of this directory which lists local businesses which sell organic food, locally grown food, recycling resources, phosphate-free soaps, natural nutrition, organic garden supplies, environmentally sensitive cleaning products, etc.   Call 534-3347 to obtain a copy of this directory.  View or download the directory at http://gogreendirectory.com.  
  • Recycle unwanted items with a yard sale.  Recycle your oldest clothes into rags.
  • Purchase and use reusable items, such as rechargeable batteries. 
  • Store Bags.  Ask for paper instead of plastic bags in stores; or, take your own reusable bags with you.  Less than 1% of the 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags thrown away in the U.S. every year are recycled.  These bags take up to 1,000 years to dissolve; and when they do, they leave dangerous toxins behind. 
  • Conserve Water.   Turn off the dry cycle on your dishwasher, and allow the dishes to air dry.  Turn off water while brushing teeth.  Keep your water heater at 120 degrees.  Install a low-flow showerhead and take a shower instead of a bath. 
  • Conserve Power.  Conserve natural resources such as power.  Use LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs.  Use a clothesline instead of a dryer.  Open windows to circulate air instead of using fans.  Open shades during the day for free heat from the sun, and close them at night to insulate.  Turn the thermostat down a few degrees in winter and up a few degrees in summer.  Install a programmable thermostat. 
  • Transportation.  Bicycle to work.  When driving, use cruise control and clean air filters to save fuel.  Keep tires inflated properly for better gas mileage.
  • Work with Others.  Help to make our surroundings cleaner and Spokane a more enjoyable place to live.  Avoid using toxic sprays in your home and yard, by looking for natural remedies.  Pull up or kill weeds with undiluted vinegar or boiling water.  Recycle organic waste as yard compost. 
  • Neighborhood Clean-ups.  Request Waste Management to place large-capacity dumpsters in your neighborhood for a weekend, where residents can dump yard waste and general residential trash.  Don’t forget to notify all the neighbors well in advance. 
  • Purchase and Eat Organic.  These farmers do not use pesticides, so the food is healthier, and organic farming saves energy.  Cut the cost of buying organic by shopping at our local farmers’ markets.  Your food will be fresher and in season, and often cheaper, because there are no overhead costs added to the price, such as the cost of transporting your food to market. 
  • Graffiti.  Remove graffiti from public areas. 
  • Abandoned Cars.  Help identify and dispose of abandoned vehicles in our community.  SCOPE volunteers mark, tow, and ticket hundreds of abandoned vehicles in the City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County.  Alert your local SCOPE patrol of junk vehicles or other city code violations, by calling the City of Spokane Valley at 921-1000, or the county abandoned car tip-line 477-6929. 
  • Become a SCUPPIE  (Socially Conscious Upwardly-mobile Person)   A SCUPPIE is someone green, i.e., one who understands that the love of money does not preclude the love of nature…and vice versa.  A SCUPPIE refers to green young people who love both money and nature.  They buy organic food, recycle, decorate with socially conscious furniture, buy from flee markets, clean with organic cleaning supplies, landscape with pesticide-free fertilizer, eat at restaurants that use fresh local ingredients, drive ecologically friendly cars, get their pets from animal shelters, and use environmentally friendly chlorine-free diapers.  They don’t want to sacrifice living well for doing good.  http://SCUPPIE.com
Local Organizations
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