I’ve lived in the same city throughout my childhood. I knew the ends and outs of my city in Florida and you couldn’t tell me nothing. There are even people I graduated high school with that I have known since first grade. As you can imagine I was one of many college students ready to leave my hometown and spread my wings when I left to South Florida for college.
My recent move from Minnesota to Florida was a world-wind to say the least. While living in Minnesota so much happened in two years (graduate school and getting married) but now my husband and I are in our next adventure in the sunshine state of Florida.
As many of you know, moving can be a ridiculously stressful time where sticking to your sustainability values can quickly fall to the wayside trying to balance everything else that’s happening. I’ll admit it happened to me often. Moving to a new place can be exciting and daunting all at the same dang time. With that being said, here are 12 useful tips I have put together that helped me adjust to a new city while sticking to my sustainability values.
1. Get a library card
Access to hundreds of resources for $FREE.99
2. Register to vote
Support candidates and policies that prioritize the environment
3. Connect with your school alumni
These organizations touch diverse people that have their own contacts
4. Find the thrift stores
These stores are gold mines for cheap & unique items
5. Discover local farmers markets
Great place to get fresh food while supporting your local economy
6. Network with your sorority/fraternity
A community of people that you already have a connection with
7. Find nearby flea markets
Time to channel your inner hustler and watch your sustainability values save you money honey
7. Determine recycling options around you
Know your facts so you can do right.
8. Learn your organic recycling options near you
Not every apartment has recycling so know what you’re signing up for in a lease
9. Join online communities in your city
Utilize social media platforms to meet people in REAL LIFE
10. Look up local government sustainability priorities
Learn how your local government addresses climate change so you can provide support
11. Volunteer with sustainability focused organizations
Another way to make REAL LIFE connections
12. Attend local events (Eventbrite, Facebook events, etc.)
A way to learn new areas of a city, experience something new, and learn something new
However you see this list as tips or a checklist it can be helpful to anyone moving to a new city. My hope is that these suggestions provide you opportunities to connect with your new city while sticking to your sustainability values.