#LuminaryLiving is Sustainable Living: Luminary’s Eco-Friendly TipsPosted March 12th, 2020
Sustainability is important to us, and we encourage all of our residents to take pride in their environmental impact as well because small steps incorporated into your lifestyle can truly add up. Read below for Luminary’s tips to begin reducing your environmental impact.
Create a Baseline: Measure your carbon footprint
An easy way to begin your sustainable journey is to evaluate where you’re starting from. Calculate your carbon footprint, and see how many “Earths” would be needed if everyone lived your lifestyle. Would we run out of resources? Measuring your carbon footprint is important so you can create a baseline and check in on your progress, allowing you to quantify the difference and be proud of your efforts.
Utilize Public Transportation
Reducing the amount of vehicles on the road greatly benefits the planet. Lucky for all who are #LuminaryLiving, we have prime access to public transportation to give eco-friendly residents a greener transportation option. Luminary has a Walk Score of 98 and a Transit Score of 92, allowing for an environmentally friendly commute to work, or a sustainable stroll to one of the local dining options in Downtown Baltimore. Opting for public transportation is an easy and inexpensive way to become more sustainable.
Buy in Bulk
Not only does buying in bulk save you trips to the grocery store down the line, but it also reduces waste by cutting down on packaging. One way to buy in bulk is to utilize the dry goods dispensers at your local grocery store. These dispensers are often accompanied with paper bags to fill with your food instead of buying smaller portions in pre-packaged plastic. Take this tip up a notch — bring your own reusable produce bags or Mason jars to transport your dry goods and produce.
Edit Your Diet
Changing your diet to be more environmentally conscious does not have to mean eliminating all of your favorite foods. Reducing animal product consumption in the forms of vegetarianism and veganism are great ways to reduce your impact. Incorporating a meatless meal into your dinner rotation, using a non-dairy coffee creamer and buying local and seasonal produce are all ways to reduce your impact in regards to your diet.
If you’re already implementing these tips and sustainability is a cause that you are impassioned about — get involved! Your time is one of the most precious resources. Spending a couple hours volunteering or joining an organization not only makes a physical impact that you can see, but allows you to be a part of a community that is working towards similar goals — a healthy environment.