Christian Ryan, WKU sustainability coordinator, suggested the following ways to “go green” this summer on any budget:
- Support wildlife by creating a habitat in your yard. This could include planting flowers that attract butterflies or that provide nectar and pollen sources to attract pollinators. More information can be found at the North American Butterfly Association, National Pollinator Garden Network and National Wildlife Federation.
- Build rain barrels. This saves money and conserves water for more sustainable uses. The OoS recommends re-using food grade barrels. Visit Better Homes & Gardens for tips on how to make a rain barrel.
- Create a low- or no-mow landscape. This reduces maintenance, cost and environmental impacts and can include shrubs, flowers and rocks. For more information, visit timberpress.com.
- Invest in a smart thermostat like a Nest to help keep cooling costs down.
Ryan also encouraged visiting local natural and historic features, eating local, visiting the farmers market, taking family bike rides or volunteering locally, including at the OoS community garden.
“If the only thing you’re going to do is sprinkle some wildflower seeds to help the honeybees, that makes a big difference,” Ryan said.