To help combat climate change the nonprofit organization Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC) is launching a new program called Chicago Grows Green. Chicago Grows Green is an educational program that provides the information you will need to grow in a way that reduces your contribution to climate change, helps your lawn and garden adapt to an already changing environment, and produces beautiful outdoor spaces. Together, by making better decisions on how we maintain our outdoor spaces, we will have a big impact on the health of the environment and our communities. Take action to combat climate change in your backyard by following these five steps:
- Fertilize Organically
- Grow Chemical Free
- Water Smartly
- Select Native Plants
- Use Climate-Friendly Tools
For more information, download MPAC’s newest resource, “Chicago Grows Green – A Guide to Growing a Climate-Friendly Lawn & Garden.”
Through the Chicago Grows Green program, MAPC is also working with local hardware and lawn and garden stores to make information on using sustainable lawn and garden products and practices available in stores. By participating in this program, these stores are demonstrating their commitment to improving their communities. Click here for a map of participating stores.
Grow Climate-Friendly Lawns and Gardens – Chicago Grows Green
Spring is finally here and with the warm weather we welcome the beginning of the gardening season. Our efforts to create beautiful outdoor spaces for our families and friends to enjoy, however, can unintentionally harm the environment. The practices and products we use to maintain our outdoor spaces such as over-watering, fertilizers, and weed killers, produce heat trapping greenhouse gas emissions. To promote climate-friendly lawns and gardens, Midwest Pesticide Action Center is launching a new program called Chicago Grows Green. Take action to combat climate change in your own backyard by following these simple tips:
- Buy Natural, Organic Lawn and Garden Products. Greenhouse gas emissions come from unexpected sources such as fossil fuel-based, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. For climate-friendly alternatives, buy organic fertilizers and natural pest control products.
- Compost your Food Scraps and Garden Waste. When food scraps and garden waste decompose in landfills, they generate methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Reduce your emissions by purchasing a compost bin and composting your food and garden waste at home. The compost you create will serve as an inexpensive, nutrient-rich soil amendment that can replace or supplement fertilizer use.
- Reduce your Water Use. Lawn watering accounts for up to 60% of all residential water use. Use less by watering deeply, infrequently, and in the morning. Ideally, you want only one inch of water delivered to your lawn each week.
- Select Native Plants. All plants absorb carbon dioxide. Native plants, however, are the climate-friendly choice as they require fewer resources like water, fertilizers, and pesticides to maintain.
- Use Low-Emission Tools. Gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment generate greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of toxic air pollution. Buy electric, or people-powered, lawn mowers, clippers, and leaf blowers instead.
For more information, download Midwest Pesticide Action Center’s newest resource, “Chicago Grows Green – A Guide to Growing a Climate-Friendly Lawn & Garden” at www.spcpweb.org, call 773-878-7378.