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What Being “Green” Really Means

Welcome to Loren-Green!

Why “Loren-Green” you might ask? Well because those two words fundamentally describe who I am and my current passion in life. I’m Loren McDonald and most all things “green” – as in sustainability – are what I care deeply about in addition to my family, friends and work life.

If you are of a certain age, saying “Loren Green” might conjure up a certain actor with the name that sounds the same. But that is coincidence, this site is about the importance of taking care of our planet – but trying to be realistic about it at the same time.

Unfortunately in America and many parts of the world saying you are “green” immediately labels you as a “Prius-driving, tree-hugging, liberal whacko.” But to me, being green and taking care of this planet is the responsibility of every citizen. It is about understanding our legacy as humans who are just borrowing this planet we call Earth, for the few tiny years we reside here. It is about leaving Mother Nature in as good a shape – or hopefully even better – for our children and grandchildren – as we inherited from our parents.

There is no political affiliation for being green. Being green doesn’t mean you wear Birkenstocks, drive a converted VW Beetle that runs on recycled cooking oil from local organic farm-to-kitchen restaurants.  It doesn’t mean that you are a vegan and only eat food grown within 100 miles of your home.

If you are the person above – that’s great. But that lifestyle won’t fly in Peoria as they say.

To me being green means you are “green aware.” You understand the impact of the choices you make and you give a reasonable and consistent effort to try and minimize any negative impact you have on the planet and those around you.

This means that you buy and use biodegradable dog poopy bags instead of using the single-use plastic bags from the local supermarket. It means that if you live in many parts of the Western United States you realize that we are in a serious drought phase and you are fixing broken sprinklers, reducing overwatering and replacing your shower head with a low-flow product.

It means that even if you aren’t sold on buying an EV at this point, that you eliminate unnecessary trips and are planning to buy a hybrid or higher-mileage diesel model for your next car. It means that you’ve investigated solar, and installed panels on your roof if it made sense for your specific situation. And speaking of plastic bags, it means that you carry at least a couple of reusable bags in your car at all times and are doing your best to remember to take them into the store with you. And when you forget or leave them at home, you ask for paper bags if an option, you avoid taking a plastic bag if you only have a few items, or if you have to use the store’s plastic bag you recycle it later at a nearby store that has a bag recycling bin.

It means that you don’t get caught up in arguing about whether global warming is real or not. But instead simply see the logic in moving away from fossil fuels that pollute the air and waters, cause cancer, destroy environments due to oil spills, contribute to Middle East conflicts and have a limited supply. And you realize that by putting solar panels on your roof, you save a LOT of money on your electricity costs – and reduce your utilities’ need to generate electricity from fossil fuels.

It is the last point that I plan to focus a lot of the content, tips and resources on The concept I refer to as “green squared.” That one of the main reasons to adopt green practices in your life is that many simply save you money – AND have a positive impact on the planet at the same time.

At the end of the day, I don’t care what your motivation is to drive an EV, replace your water-sucking lawn with drought-tolerant grasses or put solar panels on your roof. I just hope you find your reason – and do it.

I look forward to your feedback and ideas.

Go Green, Save Green.

Loren McDonald