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There are many simple changes we can make in our daily routines to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Energy used to power everyday products often comes from fossil fuel burning power plants. Because using less energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality, choosing "Energy Star" is one way we can do our part to protect the planet for ourselves and future generations.

Local Food

The Pioneer Valley was once a giant lake bed, and the rich soil left behind grows lots of good food. You can find locally grown food at a number of farmers' markets in the area, which offer fresh produce, plants, and sometimes eggs, meat and cheese. The Smith Community Garden offers the chance to be involved with growing a shared crop of food which requires zero fossil fuels to transport to the table. The garden also organizes a lot of field trips to learn more about sustainable gardening.

Restaurants and shops in the area also offer natural, local foods and vegetarian options; check out Atkin's Farm in Amherst; Local Burger, Paul and Elizabeth's, and Northampton Brewery all in downtown Northampton.

Biking

The Bicycle Kitchen

The bicycle kitchen offers a bike rental program and meets once a week to help people with their bike repair needs. They can be found tinkering from 4–6 p.m. on Fridays in Ainsworth Gym. E-mail bikes@smith.edu or visit their Web site.

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