I was seven years old when I was introduced to the notion of “going green” (we didn’t call it that in the 70’s, but I digress.) I remember crushing aluminum cans with my dad on the asphalt of our driveway. When you’re seven, the world and its resources seem endless, so it didn’t really occur to me that the primary objective in recycling was to conserve resources—not necessarily to recoup the one-cent-per-can at the recycling center (which I thought was really cool until I realized how many cans it would take to buy a new bike).
Whether we’re just striving to recycle or own a self-sustaining, off-the-grid hobby farm, most of us have made positive strides in applying the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. There’s always more we can do, but motivating ourselves though guilt is probably more self-defeating than triumphant. So triumph—and go green by doing what makes sense to you; you’ll have more energy to do more for the planet when you’re not burdened by guilt!
And, fortunately, there are many ways to “go green.” This issue celebrates the progress we’ve made as a community in preserving our environment while at the same time, being true to the fact that we live in the modern world. Our feature, “It’s hip to BEE-keeping” (p. 20), takes us back to the basics with sustainable beekeeping, while author and chef Yvette Marquez sources local springtime freshness to create delicious Southwestern recipes (p. 28). A luxury eco-SUV truly does exist—a Bimmer, no less—in the BMW X5 xDrive40e (p. 26), and we spotlight a local youngster’s genius invention in “A Salient Solution” (p. 14).
For many of us, spring is a season of growth and change. In that vein, this letter heralds the first official issue for me as editor of Highlands Ranch Lifestyle, and I consider it a privilege. I’m forever thankful to outgoing publication director, Robin Bond, for her expertise and for giving me wings.
Welcoming spring, its changes and everything “green”!