Why not replace a silk plant with a live one? Research shows that certain plant species can remove chemicals from the air to improve indoor air quality. Go to the clean air gardening website for more tips, http://www.cleanairgardening.com/ houseplants.html.
Keep your mulch source local. Many municipalities collect yard waste separately from household trash to produce compost that can be reused in public areas and sold to homes. Check your local government’s website to see if this service is offered. Or start your own backyard compost. For ideas on how to do this, go to http://www.p2pays.org/compost/.
Select native plants to include in your garden. Native Plants require less maintenance once they become established and are an important food resource for wildlife. For information on native plants, go to http://www.ncsu.edu/goingnative/.
DEQ Sustainability Vision
DEQ is the primary environment agency and model for sustainable actions of all North Carolina government agencies.
DEQ Sustainability Mission
To inspire a culture of sustainability within DEQ by promoting environmentally responsible actions.