Interested in learning more about what sustainability options exist in the Auburn/Opelika community? We’ve put together a small sample of local and regional sustainability-related resources to get you started.
Have a favorite organization or resource you think should be on our list? Feel free to let us know about it!
Food choices have a direct impact on our health, the wellbeing of food producers, and the natural world. Things to consider when making food purchases include:
- Distance to site of production
- Method of Production/Processing
- Nutritional Value
Whether you’re a member of a CSA, shopping at a farmer’s market, growing your own food, or making a run to the grocery store, Auburn provides many opportunities to make sustainable food choices.
Grow Your Own
Fresh from the Farm
Water is a limited and irreplaceable necessity for life on Earth. Humans and countless other species need sufficient supplies of fresh, clean water to survive.
The choices we make every day – from how much water is wasted or contaminated to how we care for our land – impact nature’s ability to provide this precious resource for our use. To learn more about water, and how you can help protect it, consider contacting one or more of the following organizations.
If our homes are poorly insulated, built, or designed, they can waste resources, cause environmental harm, and cost us much more than necessary. Sustainable building and home improvement practices can reduce the cost of operating our homes and decrease resource use, while bringing beauty and functionality into our lives. So whether you’re renting, building, or own your home, a number of local resources exist to help improve the performance and comfort of your home, while reducing its impact on the natural world.
Getting from where we are to where we need to be can have a significant impact on our pocketbooks and the planet. Choosing to walk, bike, use public transportation, or power vehicles with alternative fuels can be a great way to improve health, save some money, and/or reduce environmental impact.
What we choose to buy and from where, along with how we dispose of goods and materials once they have reached the end of their useful life for us, can have a lasting impact on the availability of natural resources. By choosing wisely, we can reduce amounts purchased, reuse what is purchased over and over again, and make sure that at the end of a product’s useful life it enters a new resource stream rather than a waste stream.
Check out this list of places to shop for new or new-to-you items, donate old goods, or recycle what would otherwise become waste.
Antiques and Consignment Sources
Vibrant communities are necessary for a sustainable society, and each one of us can contribute to creating a thriving social fabric. Embracing local culture and history and participating in community activities and organizations, including local government, contribute to communities characterized by connectedness, caring, equity, and engagement.
Auburn provides a number of ways to engage with the cultural and historic richness of our region. In addition, events throughout the area provide ample opportunities to get out and have fun with your fellow Alabamians.
Museums and Events
Personal health, happiness, and fulfillment are conditions necessary for a sustainable society. Self-care nourishes and replenishes us, and enables us to contribute to the wellbeing of others and the community as a whole. Yet, in today’s fast-paced world, it can be hard to carve out time to take care of ourselves – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here are just a few of the many local resources that can help us reconnect with those things that make us our own personal best.