On the greening of America, part II

I’ve been doing a little bit of traveling up the East Coast and have witnessed more examples of people getting their acts together and getting green.

1) In New York, I came across this banner in Columbus Circle:greening , which was just a few yards from some serious subway construction and a sign indicating that the new Columbus Circle station will be environmentally efficient when it’s finished as part of a commitment by the MTA to make New York City transit more environmentally sustainable. The above banner is part of the GreeNYC campaign.

2) A college friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn told me she’s been fined $50 several times for not recycling properly. She is now a very vigilant recycler.

3) At the Clark Park Farmer’s Market in West Philadelphia most people were toting cloth shopping bags. Yes, they were also inevitably using some plastic bags.

3 Responses to “On the greening of America, part II”

  1. 1 Ivan Friday, 28 September, 2007 at 7:59 am

    This is another example of what you observed in your previous post about the greening of america and the comparison with spanish “environmentaly efficient society”.

    I totally agree that if Spain is more sustainable than the US is just because of need instead of concern. So far I haven’t seen campaings encouraging people to reduce plastic bags consumption (instead you can get as many of them as you want for free in most hipermercados). Recycling policies are almost nonexistent and never enforced with fines. Most people have no idea what a hybrid car is. And so on… Qué lástima! (such a pity…)

    By the way, nice blog!

  2. 2 Amy Friday, 28 September, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Lately it has seemed as though the Spanish government is starting to encourage more environmentally-friendly behavior. There are ads running encouraging the conservation of water (“el total es lo que cuenta”) and a program running on Quatro, Que Desperdicio, about changing all kinds of domestic tasks and habits to save money, energy, etc. One can hope that such interest is on an upward trend.

  3. 3 Katie Friday, 28 September, 2007 at 10:12 am

    You’re right, Amy, the Spanish government is fairly “with it” on environmental efficiency. Ads about saving water have been around as long as I can remember, but I get the feeling they have more to do with Spain’s water shortage in general than saving the planet. I know the government also offers you money back for buying an energy-saving appliance, which is a step in the right direction. I guess what I’ve been impressed with in the States is that I’ve really been noticing the initiatives taken by individuals, rather than the government.

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