Below are various ways you can conserve at home and within your community.

Community Gardens

Community Gardens have several benefits that may include:

  • Education for youth
  • Community development
  • Fresh, local produce & plants
  • Community beautification and More!

Check out the USDA’s Community Garden checklist if you are looking to start one in your local neighborhood!


Benefits of composting include:

  • Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests.
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material.
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.

There are a variety of sizes and types of composters. To learn to make your own:

 Water Conservation

Did you know there are over 100 ways to conserve water in your household? A few examples can include:

  • Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes, which can save you up to 1,000 gallons per month.
  • Minimize evaporation by watering your lawn or garden during the early morning hours when temperatures are cooler, and winds are lighter.
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  • Reduce your monthly water bills by checking for household leaks with these tips from the City of Staunton!

By conserving water, you are also protecting drinking water resources, saving energy and money!