Kermit the Frog reminds us “it’s not easy being green.” But when it comes to reducing climate change, small steps and simple actions go a long way.


Just ask the folks in Boston where the city has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions 25 percent by the year 2020, and 80 percent by 2050. The campaign, called “Greenovate Boston,” encourages communities to help the city reach its goal. The website includes tips for small, earth-friendly changes anyone can make.

For example… switch to cold water when washing laundry or dishes, then air dry – and wait for a full load before running the washer. Use nontoxic cleaners. Many simple, household ingredients such as distilled white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can do the job. And burn calories, not oil, whenever possible. At work, take the stairs … walk and bike when you can … make a car-free commute. At the end of the day, turn off and unplug your electronics.

The Greenovate program shows that it’s often easy to make greener choices. Anyone, anywhere can do it. And lots of little things do make a difference.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

More Resources
Greenovate Boston’s Quick Tips
City of Boston’s Climate Plan
Greenovate Boston Awards

Jan O'Brien was assistant editor and website manager at Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. She brought more than three decades of experience in environmental publishing and policy research and more...