Be The Solution

What does that even mean?

It means enough of us deciding that keeping this place special for generations to come is worthy of our best ideas and actions—unless we thoughtfully act, this place will become some other place. It means being fearless because the challenges we face are urgent—we can’t bring back what we lose. It means doing things differently—from making small day-to-day changes in how we live, to being open to big new ways of thinking and doing.

Here’s what we can do to be the solution:


  • Ride a bus, bike or train – or walk
  • Carpool
  • Use your commuter mug
  • Take you own to-go containers
  • Mitigate your carbon footprint with Evergreen Carbon Capture
  • Pick up after your pets
  • Eat local: shop at farmers markets, join a CSA, support local farms
  • Eat thoughtfully: organic, low on the food chain
  • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  • Pick products with less packaging
  • Don’t print out emails
  • Take your own bag
  • Choose online bill pay
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Support your local businesses
  • Reassess needs vs wants
  • Use Craigslist or Freecycle


  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Hang your clothes dry
  • Unplug electronics when not using them
  • Conserve water
  • Compost
  • Turn off lights
  • Stop junk mail
  • Remove invasive plants from your property
  • Ask your neighbors to remove invasive plants
  • Grow your own food
  • Install solar panels
  • Set up a graywater reuse system
  • Build rainwater collection system


  • Tell your garden shop to only sell local, non-invasive plants
  • Participate in your neighborhood association
  • Let your representatives hear from you
  • Smile at strangers
  • Help others get outside and enjoy nature
  • Donate to organizations making a difference
  • Vote
  • Volunteer
  • Pick up trash
  • Report illegal dumping
  • Enjoy an urban park
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Here’s what Forterra is doing to be the solution:

  • Being a beacon for affordable, healthy and vibrant cities by working with neighborhoods to acquire keystone properties.
  • Encouraging development that works for all of us by pioneering cutting edge projects and advancing innovative strategies.
  • Partnering with rural communities on land-related projects that help revive local economies.
  • Preserving our wild lands, not for five or ten or even 20 years, but forever.
  • Conserving our working lands so farming and forestry remain a vital part of our heritage and economy.
  • Helping raise the voice of our region by engaging with people from dinner tables to community centers—connecting face-to-face and online.