As you probably know, the Y has made a lot of changes in the last few years to increase our awareness of our carbon footprint and become a more sustainable place. To name a few, our catalogs are printed on 100% recycled FSC certified paper with soy based inks, we put renewed energy into our recycling program to make sure you can recycle cans, bottles, paper and food in our building, we have a CSA that anyone can join, and our Afterschool program began composting their snack cups and leftovers.
Summer is one of our favorite times because it’s the growing season! If you haven’t joined a CSA like ours, (mountain view farms provide shareholders with fresh veggies right from the fields every week), be sure and take advantage of the rich and varied farmers markets in our city. In our neighborhood alone we have so many options! It’s a great way to not only support local farmers but to also acquaint yourself with what’s fresh right now. When you know what is available locally and seasonally you’re more likely to enjoy the freshness of what you’re eating. It also helps us understand better what it takes for non-local, non-seasonal food to get to us. For starters…lots of gasoline!
Here’s a few pictures of how the Y is helping our community eat sustainably this summer. Take advantage while you can!