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Help Preserve the Environment in Your Community

Simple ways to save the planet

Every day, our decisions impact the environment. Here are five ways to help the planet right now—and possibly save a few dollars, too!

Upcycle and recycle for good

Minimize the waste stream.  Volunteer to promote recycling and other waste-reduction initiatives or to help used items find new life.

Expect the unexpected as a disaster preparedness and response volunteer

Natural disasters, and some made directly by humans, are becoming stronger, lasting longer and occurring more frequently than ever. As a volunteer, you can help in a variety of ways—from educating yourself and others and helping communities prepare, to responding directly and helping neighborhoods rebuild.

Seize the Day. Volunteer Outdoors

Microvolunteering and virtual volunteering have enabled millions of volunteers to make a difference from the comfort of their own home. Here are a few ideas to kick-start your outdoor inspiration.

Let’s Take Out the Trash

Even the cleanest neighborhoods and communities have the occasional litterbug. You can make your town cleaner, while inspiring your neighbors to do the same.

Answer the Call of the Wild

Helping track and care for wildlife in both urban and rural areas of the U.S. is vital to a thriving ecosystem. And it doesn't take a huge sacrifice to make a big difference.

Go Green, Do Good

Start a community garden, choose to ride the bus, help clean a river. When you get out and get green, the earth will pay us all back generously for generations to come.

National Park Service

Experience the great outdoors and stay active by volunteering at one of America's 400 National Parks.

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Guide to Going Green