Native plants developed to grow in local conditions. Plants that are not tolerant of the local climate can require more water and care like the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Native plants can be essential components of a balanced ecosystem by providing food and habitat for animals. Check out this native plants directory by region.

8. Create a green team

It is easier to hold yourself responsible with the support and help of others. Institutionalizing green changes also makes them stick (even after you’ve left). Find ways to green your workplace, school, or community organization. Organize a green team to create goals and draft a sustainability policy if one doesn’t exist. Reach out to different stakeholders for input.

Some initiatives you can take on with your green team include improving waste management and greening your purchases of supplies, equipment, and services.