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  • Sales of local food in the U.S. in 2007 is $5 billion,up from $4 billion in 2002$7 billion: Expected sales of local food in 2011
  • Reduce emissions from cars and airplane17 million invitations per month are sent from electronic invite website EviteSources: New York Times, Evite, Packaged Facts, Renewable Energy Works, Food and Agriculture Organizations Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.
  • 27% of food available for consumption is wasted by AmericansThe cost of wasted food in the US is $48 billion


  • 1. The path to a Green
    Presented By: Ronit R. LevyEnvironment Commission MeetingTuesday, November 3, 2009
  • 2. GreenThanksgiving – Really?
    Learning starts at home
    Old habits can change
    You can make a big difference
    Every little bit counts
    Don’t wait - Start today!
  • 3. Decorating
    Reuse decorations
    Use items from your back yard
    Find creative ideas online
    Use candles, plants, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • 4. Shopping
    Carry reusable bags
    Buy and eat locally grown food
    Make your meal organic
    Shop less – Buy fewer things
  • 5. Celebrations
    Celebrate at or close to home - Invite neighbors to join you
    Send electronic invitations and holiday greeting cards
    Before departing on holiday trip reset thermostats and check tire pressure
  • 6. Cooking
    Cook less food
    Omit the use of garnish
    Cook seasonal food
    Wash in buckets/bowl
    Use Green cleaning supplies
  • 7. Mealtime
    Use cloth napkins
    Wash dishes in the dishwasher
    Reduce the use of disposable plates/utensils
    Keep your thermostat down
    Use reusable containers for leftovers
  • 8. Gifts
    Give food products
    Wrap with reusable bag
    Give plants, trees, fruit and vegetable baskets
    Gift a community service or donation
    Offer assistance
  • 9. Trash
    Recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum containers
    Use fruit and vegetable trimmings to start a compost bin - the compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring
    Turn trimmings into mulch
  • 10. Every little bit counts
    And Conserve
  • 11. Thanksgiving = Giving Thanks
  • 12.
  • 13. Next Month:
    Path to aGreenHoliday Season
    Thanks for listening,
    Ronit R. Levy
    Environmental Commissioner, City of Calabasas