By Dana J. Robinson, NBC Universal

If you don’t know what a hex code is, don’t sweat it – there are plenty of other ways for you to go green online! There are tons of ways to be proactive about saving the environment conveniently located on the web, which means you don’t have to leave the house to participate. (Added bonus: you’re also reducing your carbon footprint by not driving anywhere…win/win!)

My Baby Tree

The Indonesian rain forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, thanks to factors such as the country’s massive rubber and palm oil industries. According to the site, forest the size of 6 football fields is destroyed illegally. People and animals, both in Borneo and around the world, need these forests in order to thrive. For a small donation, you can pay for a new tree to be planted…but it doesn’t end there! You get to watch your tree grow up right before your eyes (and from the comfort of that sofa you’re probably still on… ahem!)


dana02.jpgLil Green Patch

Ok, admit it… you’re addicted to social networking. You keep tabs on your friends, closer tabs on your enemies, and dread the day your parents or kids try to add you as a friend. So why not turn some of that energy into green energy? Lots of environmentally friendly groups are on Facebook and MySpace, and some of them even convert your interactions into actual monetary donations to good causes! My Lil Green Patch has over 450,000 users and has raised nearly $17,000 for The Nature Conservancy.

Green Dimes

Here’s one online tip that’s not only good for the environment – it’s also good for your mailbox. Using the Green Dimes website to manage your account, you can reduce the amount of junk mail you receive from companies dramatically. These days, most companies have online stores, so why do they keep sending us all those catalogues? The basic account on Green Dimes is free and within just a few weeks you’ll start
noticing a dramatic difference in the amount of junk mail stuffed into your mailbox. As if that’s not enough, they’ve also planted over 1 million trees thanks to the people who’ve signed up.


Electronics Recycling/Donation Info

One important thing to remember as you go green digitally is that you can’t just throw away your old computer once you decide to upgrade. While computers and the web are definitely helping us rely far less on natural resources like paper, they’re also causing their fair share of problems in landfills. To find out how to properly recycle or donate
old computers, visit the EPA’s site, which contains information about a number of national and local options.

Oh! One last thing… that hex code I mentioned? I think #00AF33 is pretty nice.

Dana J. Robinson

Director of Social Media