Resolutions to Ring in the New Year

The members of the Ewing’s Green Team want to thank you for all of your hard work in building a greener Ewing during the past year.   Whether at the Green Fest last March, municipal Shred Days, the Garden Tour, National Night Out, our annual Bike Ride and Scarecrow Contest, Community Fest, or one of our Environmental Insights programs, we had many opportunities to chat with you and learn what you are doing to better our community.   We thank you for making a difference!

As the old year ends and the new one begins, we frequently resolve to begin anew, to do something better and be better.  We asked our members and supporters to share their green resolutions for the coming year. We share them to give you some simple ideas on what you can do. What would you add to the list?

Best wishes for a Happy & GREEN 2019!

The Ewing Green Team

Eileen Antolino

I resolve to change all my bills to paperless to save trees, clutter and recycling…and to get my leaky outdoor faucet fixed to save water…  We would add that to better cut down on your junk mail, go to CatalogChoice.org to opt out of the mailed catalogs that are delivered to your mailbox.

Pete Boughton

I resolve to continue advocating with those who share similar views on biking and walking to each speak up to appointed and elected fellow citizens to advance striping of roads for bike safety and to improve and extend the pathways most suitable in town.

Dan Burke

I resolve to: (1) always take my canvas bags when I go shopping; (2) never ever take plastic straws when dining out; (3) carpool whenever possible: and (4) attend as many protests, demonstrations, and rallies as possible (carpooling, of course) to stand against this Administration for a clean environment.

Dorin Ciocostisan

We can all do our part to prevent further damage to our environment and our waterways from plastics! Therefore, I resolve to reduce the amount of plastic waste I produce by consuming less single-use consumer plastics. I will use cloth or reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags at grocery stores. I will also avoid establishments that don’t offer non-plastic options or opt for “for here” options or regular mugs, dishes and cutlery.

Mary Corrigan

I resolve to continue to grow organically and to do as much for our environment as possible.  I further resolve to tackle the use of plastic and other single-use items and recycle to the best of my ability.

Evan Crumiller

I resolve to pick up litter that’s not my own.  When walking or even driving, I will bring a bag with me to collect litter.  I see litter at many of the places I frequently visit, and I can make an impact on my own by just picking it up and not leaving it for someone else.

Heidi Furman

I am resolved to transform my front lawn from grassy wasteland to flourishing pollinator garden. Green grass looks nice but adds nothing to the environment.  I resolve to increase habitat for all pollinators.

I further resolve to continue to have conversations with my neighbors about proper recycling. We’ve all seen plastic bags, pizza boxes, #3, #4, #5, and #6 plastics in neighborhood buckets because people either don’t know or have forgotten recycling rules in Mercer County.  Every little bit of education can go a long way.

John Hoegl

I resolve to make a list of errands to be completed every day. If they can be done by bicycle, this will be the best in terms of reducing my carbon footprint. If by automobile, the list should minimize the distance between stops, and make the total errands most efficient. The money saved on gasoline usage will be in addition to savings on maintenance and reduced insurance costs.

Kylie King (EHS student representative)

I resolve to continue to educate myself and my peers on how to live a more sustainable life.  We believe that this is critical to enjoying a better future!  We all need to be open to continuing to learn about critical sustainability issues and then taking action upon them.  Future generations depend up it!

Charlie Maack

I resolve to take my car to a car wash instead of washing it at home.  This will prevent soapy/dirty water from going down the driveway to a storm drain that flows into our water ways, or seeping into the ground and getting into our drinking water.  A car wash not only captures the soapy water but recycles the water thereby minimizing the amount of water used.

Jim McManimon

I resolve to continue to turn off lights in empty rooms and to encourage others to do the same.

Joe Mirabella

I resolve to maximize combining car trips to lower CO2 emissions.  I also resolve to convert part of lawn to wildlife habitat for various insects, plants and animals and to see what happens.

Joanne Mullowney

Habitat loss and degradation with its resultant loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest threats to the natural world and is an underappreciated crisis.  I resolve to garden sustainably on my property and promote the same to others.  I will maintain my property as a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat providing food, cover, shelter, and water for wildlife on my property.  And, when I see holes in the leaves of my plants, I will see them not as imperfections in an unsustainable goal, but rather appreciate them for providing life sustaining support for many creatures in the food web.

Caroline Steward

I resolve to continue to educate myself and my family on proper recycling while at the same time working to reduce the amount of trash we create.

Mark Wetherbee

I resolve to mulch all the fall leaves into my lawn and garden beds to feed my property naturally and reduce the amount of township truck stops to pick them up.

Thank you to all our members for their wonderful suggestions!

We add one final suggestion.  We don’t know what the future holds for us beginning in 2019, but it appears that the roles of the states, local governments and environmental organizations will be more critical than ever in continuing efforts to protect and clean up our environment.  So, resolve to join with us in our work, especially as we strive towards our third Sustainable Jersey recertification.  Come to a meeting and help us influence others to make needed positive changes for a better tomorrow for our town, our state, our country and our world.

Green New Year’s Resolutions from the Ewing Green Team

Happy 2017!

As the old year ends and the new one begins, we frequently resolve to begin anew, to do something better and be better.  We asked all green team members to give us some green resolutions for the coming year. We share them to give you some simple ideas on what you can do. What would you add to the list?

Pete Boughton
I resolve to reduce the amount of food waste generated especially within my home.  I promise to either consume or give away what is prepared.

Mary Corrigan
I resolve to grow some of my own fresh food at the Ewing Community Gardens.  Community gardens improve the quality of life for people in the garden; act as a catalyst for neighborhood and community development; teach self-reliance and expand access to nutritious food.

Evan Crumiller
I will refrain from topping off my gas tank, a practice that is bad for the environment.  In case you hadn’t heard of this, our explanation follows:

This  leaves room for expansion in your gas tank.  It allows the evaporative emissions system of your vehicle to operate properly and re-burn fuel vapors which in turn reduces harmful emissions from our vehicles as well as prevents raw gasoline from entering into the carbon filter.  Raw fuel fouls your vehicle’s evaporative emission system and can cause gas to spill on the ground or issues with engine operation, resulting in  poor mileage, emissions and overall decreased engine performance.   Finally, gas station pumps are equipped with vapor recovery systems that feed back gas vapors into their tanks to prevent vapors from escaping into the air and adding toxic air pollutants such as benzene. So if you overfill your tank the extra fuel may be drawn back into the vapor line and fed back into the station’s storage tanks.

Lisa Feldman
This message is for walkers.  I resolve to pick up litter to make sure it doesn’t get washed down the sewers into the waterways as I walk.  In addition,  I resolve to bring a bag with me on my walks to help pick up more litter. I also like to think people see me doing this and will get the message.

John Hoegl
Whereas a comprehensive home energy audit would help me discover where and how my home is using energy inefficiently and what can be done to rectify the situation,  and whereas  household energy reduction benefits me and Ewing and the environment, and whereas I can save money by upgrading my home, I therefore resolve to schedule a home energy audit in 2017.

Garry Kheel
In our effort to make Ewing an even “Greener” community, I encourage other business owners to join me in making and following through with each of my New Year’s resolutions: (1) ensure that all proprietary documents and digital records are immediately shredded; (2) purchase a paper cutter and use it to cut all non-proprietary documents into squares and reuse them as note pads; and (3) enroll in the Direct Install program to upgrade and install energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, and heating units within your building.

Garry also provides a bonus suggestion.  With the beginning of the new year, many of us will be making a resolution to exercise more regularly.  One of the best low impact exercises is bike riding and at the same time of getting in better shape.  Bike riding also helps to reduce the auto exhaust into the air, thus helping our community become more green.  Bike riding and becoming more green: exercising and breathing better: a perfect combination.

Joe Mirabella
I resolve to mulch my trees properly and to let others know that the habit of piling mulch high around the base of a base of a tree can kill it.  Piling the mulch high around the tree base softens the bark.  Mice, insects, and fungus then feed on the living parts of the tree, killing tissue, cutting off water and nutrient supply as well as causing other serious problems. Proper mulching insures that mulch is never piled against the bark but kept 6 inches from the trunk and about 2 to 4 inches deep.

Joanne Mullowney
Did you know that the loss of habitat is probably the greatest threat to the variety of life on the planet today ?  I therefore resolve to become a better steward of nature on my property by employing eco-friendly gardening principles.   I will: (1) eschew the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that destroy the molecular life of the soil and are harmful to all wildlife, (2) rebuild my soil via composting, using shredded leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps, (3) rip out some lawn and replace it with native plants that will assist in providing habitat for wildlife, and (4) include at least one (native) tree in my plantings.

Michael Nordquist
I will work to reduce the amount of waste I produce by simply buying less and buying items with minimal packaging. Most waste is produced through the production process of goods (mining, logging, manufacturing, packaging, shipping) and buying less and more intentionally is necessary to reduce one’s waste footprint.   I will also work to transition to eco-friendly household cleaning products, even if it takes more work to clean things.

Caroline Steward
I resolve to create a stronger, more resilient community by participating in my neighborhood association.  If there isn’t a association in my neighborhood I resolve to help form one.  Good neighbors build strong, and sustainable, communities.

Sarah Steward
I resolve to remember to bring and use my re-usable shopping bags at the grocery and other retail stores to do my part to limit additional plastics in our trash streams and environment!

Mark Wetherbee
I resolve to reduce my home energy usage.  I will keep my water heater’s temperature at about 120 to 125° F, the perfect temperature that does not create a thermal loss of the water as it would if folks set it at 150° F.  It is also safer for kids.  I will also use LED lighting all over the house.  Along with the energy savings, there is the life time of LEDs which is about 10 years.  They also are great with motion sensors as the CFLs degrade each time they are turned on and off.  That reduces their life.


We add one final suggestion.  We don’t know what the future holds for us beginning in 2017, but it appears that the roles of the states, local governments and environmental organizations will be more critical than ever in continuing efforts  to protect and clean up our environment.  So resolve to join with us in our work.  Come to a meeting and find a way that you can help us influence others to make needed positive changes for a better tomorrow for our town, our state, our country and our world.

The Ewing Green Team

Let’s Make 2013 a Greener Year in Ewing

New Year’s Resolutions that Everyone Can Keep

Going green for the New Year.  It sounds daunting and expensive – solar heating, energy efficient cars, tankless hot water heaters and so much more.  Yes, it can be.  But you don’t have to break the budget to reduce your impact upon the environment and adopt a greener lifestyle.  It mostly has to do with the way we think, or actually don’t think, about the many ways in which we waste resources and damage the environment.

Going green can start with small steps.  If we all change our lifestyles to adopt small changes the cumulative impact would certainly be positive.  Here are a few suggestions for your New Year’s resolutions.  Start small.  Work on one or two and then a few more.  Add a few of the more expensive options at the end.  Before long, you will have conquered the list.

  1.  I will bring my own reusable bags when I go shopping.  This is not only at the grocery store, but wherever I shop.  If I forget and leave them in the car, I will go back and get them!
  2. I will buy more organic and local produce. I will shop at the local Farmer’s Market or support a farmer by buying a share at a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
  3. I will tear up more lawn this year and grow some of my own veggies!  Then I will know that they are pesticide free and organically grown.
  4. I will use less plastic!  I will use containers that I can wash and reuse.
  5. I will use cloth napkins instead of paper.
  6. I will recycle faithfully and find more to put in the recycling cans every 2 weeks rather than putting it in the regular trash.
  7. I will shred all of the paper garbage that I can.  I can add this to my compost pile.  Don’t have one?  Oops.  Go to #8.
  8. I will build a compost pile in the yard for my vegetative debris.  This includes many food items from the kitchen such as vegetable peels, coffee grounds, used tea bags, melon rinds, peelings, corn cobs, egg shells, fruits and vegetables, in addition to vegetative matter from my yard.  Don’t have a yard?  Set up a worm bin instead.
  9. I will leave my grass clippings (from what lawn I have left) on the lawn.
  10. I will shred my leaves in the fall and keep them for mulch in my garden.
  11. I will replace my old light bulbs with LED bulbs. They last 15 times longer and use 75 percent less energy.
  12. I will buy low flow shower heads.   They can save up to 15 percent on water heating costs and reduce water usage by as much as 20,000 gallons a year.
  13. I will not use bottled water.  It takes around 1.5 million barrels of oil used to make plastic water bottles each year.   Far too much unnecessary plastic is also added to the waste stream at the other end of the bottle’s life cycle.  I can buy reusable bottles for my family and get a water filter.
  14. I will plant a tree.  Trees take C02 from the air and add Oxygen.  One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
  15. I will try to cut back on the paper towel usage and use washable rags instead.
  16. I will use more environmentally friendly cleaning products.  more info…
  17. I will Freecycle instead of buying new.
  18. I will reduce the number of appliances and gadgets that are constantly plugged in so they are continually using power.  I will use power strips to turn off my appliances at once.  I can also put them on timers so that they automatically shut off.
  19. I will have a home energy audit done to see where I can make home improvements to save energy.
  20. If I have to buy a new appliance I will make sure that it is Energy Star rated and the most energy efficient I can afford.

Some of these New Year’s resolutions are so easy there is no excuse not to keep them.  Not only will they help you save money, reduce waste, and cut your carbon footprint; they will also contribute to a greener Ewing, Mercer County, New Jersey…  You get the picture.  By the end of the year, you’ll be glad to have made resolutions that you can keep.

We welcome additional suggestions for a greener New Year.  Happy New Year from the Ewing Green Team!