All this week, Brazos Valley This Morning is giving you tips on how you can get green, and maybe save some as well.
Thursday, talk turned to sustainability, a buzz word when it comes to keeping the environment clean on big and small scales.
As explained by Erin Chastain-Harris, sustainability coordinator for the City of College Station, and Allen Bruggman with the City of Bryan explained, sustainability is trying to do more with less and using resources wisely to avoid people having to do without resources in the future.
Examples of efforts in College Station include new trash compactors, irrigation and lighting in parks. New hybrid vehicles have also been purchased. The city also suggests signing up for e-billing as much as possible to avoid paper usage.
In Bryan, the city formed a green team with representatives from various departments at the city to find ways to be more efficient. One of those ways is their reclaimed water program, where non-drinking water is used to keep up Traditions Golf Course's grass. As part of a pilot program, the city also converted eight trash trucks to biodiesel, cutting emission significantly.
Through their respective sustainability efforts, the cities are also encouraging residents to take steps in their everyday lives, like reusable shopping bags, recycling and using hiking and biking trails and sidewalks.
There are plenty of other tips when it comes to everyday things you can do at the Green page here at KBTX.com. The cities of Bryan and College Station have pages talking about what is happening in the cities as far as green efforts go.