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Carbon offset your Christmas holiday, let reason be the season

Tis the season to share holidays and spend time with loved ones, friends and family. As we gather together either by car, plane, train, bus or walking we can consider the environment as well. Finding ways to enjoy more with less has been driven by economics this year by but it is also an excellent way to put back in perspective what is really important, realigning our priorities.

Living in Fort Lauderdale surrounded by a wonderful network of friends and acquaintances, sustainability has taken on a new depth as an important factor in creating a livable and connected world for us all. To think this is all just about hugging trees is to miss the point. The principle of the triple bottom line is to address life as being holistic. The USGBC stresses economic, environmental and social sustainability. I always include one more, our humanity, our souls.

I am not talking about religion, I am referring to what makes us “us”. So many factors contribute to what makes being alive livable. It is more than an energy efficient building or a community that works together to create new jobs. It is about reaching out to each other and remembering, “That everything is connected” showing each and every day that our world is a place full of amazing and wonderful people, moments, places that should take our breath away on a daily basis.

Determined that a hug alone won’t due for a wonderful present or concerned about your carbon footprint? While addressing a serious matter it is done in a light hearted way, visit for a last minute environmentally friendly gift that keeps on giving. Where else can you offset this year’s reindeer games for $50.00, make Santa’s trip to your house carbon neutral for $25.00 or coal for being naughty (3 tons) for $30.00?

Happy Holiday from the Broward News Emerging Green Writer!

About Valerie J. Amor:
As an architectural consultant, LEED AP, LEED certification reviewer, real estate broker and AIA associate, Valerie J. Amor is dynamically engaged in sustainability and issues regarding the built environment. Actively participating in several local, county and national organizations and committees focused on sustainability issues, she is also owner/principal of Drawing Conclusions and founder/president of Green Collar Connection, companies engaged in sustainable design, real estate development, green job training and research. Knowledgeable and well connected she brings you timely and thoughtful articles. Reach her at .

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Posted by Valerie J. Amor on Dec 25 2010. Filed under Broward County, Emerging Green, Holiday, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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