Our home is a place of safety, security, and happiness. Large or small, our home environment allows us to be relaxed and energized or can make us feel overworked and overwhelmed. The importance of a healthy home is well documented. We spend much of our time at home, so many factors go into creating an atmosphere that is healthy and makes us happy: indoor air quality, furnishings, cleanliness, access to natural day light and views, the ability to get outside to play and connect with nature. How we design and construct our homes, operate and maintain them, and what we bring into them to eat, clean, furnish, and use, all contribute to the health of the home for the occupant, as well as the health of the environment.
Our community is a natural an extension of our home. The location of our home relative to the places we work, shop, or worship; and proximity to parks, trails, schools, and medical care is invaluable. The connection we have with our neighbors, ability to walk to local venues; quality of our schools, local restaurants and grocers; condition of sidewalks; safety of our children to play outside; local air and water quality; and existence of tree canopy and local gardens; collectively make a difference in the health and value of the entire community.
We can all make our communities and homes healthier and more valuable by increasing access to nature through community parks and gardens, maintaining clean streets and safe sidewalks; supporting local businesses; selecting sustainable materials when we construct, furnish, operate, and maintain our homes; and purchasing consumer and lawn products containing minimal chemicals.
I work with individuals, corporations, faith-based groups, schools, and homeowner associations, to understand your personal, business, and community priorities, and help you come together to make healthy decisions.
Below are a few simple steps, challenging you to improve your home and community, protecting the health and well-being of your yourself, your family, your neighbors, your business, and our Earth.
Be informed and make healthy decisions
Exercise & keep fit…feel better...save gas money!
Enjoy & connect with Friends & Nature
Conserve natural resources
Protect the environment
Always remember…no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
I encourage you to enjoy the resources* provided below to start your journey. If you would like help knowing where to start and develop a plan, I speak to groups, work with individuals or just a few friends to help you determine your personal priorities and understand how small steps you take can be healthy for you & your children, while also positively impacting the health of our Earth.
Understand how to operate and maintain a healthy home by preventing exposures to unnecessary contaminants.
Environmental Protection Agency: Understanding the Importance of Indoor Air Quality
Environmental Working Group (Consumer Guides to healthy foods; safe cosmetics, sunscreens, & cleaning products, and more)
Healthy Stuff (Ecology Center)
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
Healthy Communities/Community Involvement
Utilize the following resources to get outside, build community involvement, and promote a healthier environment in your community.
Cities Connecting Children to Nature
Citizens' Environmental Coalition
Healthy Tweaks: Healthy Schools
Healthy Tweaks: Garden Resources
Houston Parks and Recreation Department - Parks, Gardens, Nature Preserves, and More!
Park Score (Trust for Public Land)
Texas Children in Nature: Healthier, Happier, Smarter
Whether you build from scratch or remodel, seek certification, or simply want to learn the principals of sustainable design and construction, the following resources will help:
*If you find one or more of these websites helpful, please support the organizations working to eliminate toxins from consumer products and the science behind it for a healthy Houston & beyond!
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