The Low Down On Green Living
December 9th, 2007
Yes, folks, one year ago this week we launched Low Impact Living! It’s hard to believe it has only been a year– we have been so busy and we’ve been growing like a weed–er, like a native plant. We like to think of our little green business growing in terms of dog years– we feel like we are turning 7 today!
We launched Low Impact Living with the mission of bringing the best educational information and resources to help all Americans make their homes and lifestyles more environmentally sustainable. To do that we have built a library of online educational information on green building, remodeling, materials, solar and wind power and much, much more. We also now have over 700 products listed and 3,000 green service providers across the US. We are adding more recommendations, products and service providers each and every day. Hey, it’s what we do!
We had a mere 5,000 visitors to the site last December– and this past month, November, we had over 80,000 visitors. In December we’re sure we’ll cross 100,000 visitors. It makes us just incredibly happy to know that so many people like you are all over these United States looking for ways to embrace the environment in your homes and lives. You inspire us to keep making Low Impact Living better each day.
We have some great new treats coming out for you early next year. We are rolling out a new and much improved version of our environmental impact calculator. You’ll be able to input much more information about your home and life and get a highly tailored summary of your environmental impacts. This is no mere carbon footprint calculator–it will cover energy use, carbon emissions, water use, trash production, run-off water production and more. AND– we’re really excited about this– we’re going to give you a LILI– a Low Impact Living Index. Each household will get a numerical score, the LILI, which will let you know how you rank in terms of your environmental impact relative to regional averages. The goal is for all of us to get to a LILI of zero– no negative impact on the environment. That may seem like a stretch– but if many of us can go from a 67 to a 34, we will have made a huge amount of progress on a personal and a national level. Together let’s start an American movement to lower our LILIs!
These improvements to the calculator and the LILI scores will be rolling out on the site in January 2008. We’re also going to be adding ways for you, our site visitors, to interact with each other and share your green home improvement questions and experiences. We’re going to create a green community where we can all learn from each other as we lessen our environmental impacts.
Is there anything you’d like to see from us? Is there anything you feel is missing from our site that you’d like to see? Please let us know– we would love to have your help in making this the best green site online. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We read every email!
Thank you all for making our first year so exciting and fulfilling. We appreciate your interest and time. Let’s all make 2008 the greenest year yet!
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