The Green Commission
meets at 2 p.m. the
second Friday of every
month in the Coursey
Please join us.
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The purposes of the Green Commission are to :
1. Assist the bodies of government in Hinsdale County to work in a manner
consistant with the most efficient use, and protection of, our physical
2. Insure that the bodies of government represented on the Commission are
pro-active in initiating programs for the most efficient use, and protection of,
3. Conduct educational programs for the public that promote the most
efficient use, and protection of, our environment.
The Commission is advisory and educational in its scope, and thus has no
regulatory power. Any other actions ( other than advice and education) by
the Commission are under the auspices and direction of the respective
Greening up your kitchen– A few simple tips from your Green Committee
The kitchen is one of our busiest rooms. Many of us spend our mornings and
half the evenings in the kitchen; it should be comfortable, efficient and safe.
Modern science has brought us the materials we use to cook and clean;
however, in the green light of today, many have hidden consequences. A few
thoughts from your county, town and school’s Green Committee follow on
how you can ‘green up the kitchen.
Pots and pans: The favorite iron skillet of old; one can fry in it, grill in it, or
bake in it. Iron remains the best for cooking. Not only can a well-seasoned pan
be as non-stick as Teflon, it has been found to add significantly to the iron
requirements of the body. Yes, cooking in iron gives you more iron; what does
that say for other materials? Aluminum has been found in some studies to add to
the overall risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Some aluminum cookware has been
found to increase aluminum in the food; however, there are many other
environmental sources of aluminum that can contribute much more to the body
and some scientists will argue that aluminum in the levels we face may not
contribute to health problems. What to do? Hard anodized aluminum pans (ones
not just cast or stamped) have been electrically treated to have a coating of
oxidization that prevents almost all aluminum from escaping into the food. One
can also switch to stainless steel or glassware. Elsewise, avoid salty and acidic
foods which add to the leaching of metal. Dupont Teflon coatings will give off
toxic fumes if heated too much; it can also sent microscopic particles into the
air that can cause flu like problems. Some researchers believe Teflon leads to
long-term health problems - causing birth defects, cancer and increased stroke
risk. Consider the other materials above if you want a greener, safer kitchen.
Utensils and Containers: Again, we find some of materials of the past –glass,
wood, steel – were better for us than we knew. The recent reports of
polycarbonate plastic (#6, it is used in baby bottles and other reusable
containers) warn that heating, scrubbing, washing or aging can cause the
release of chemicals that confuse natural hormone levels. Other plastics may be
at risk for creating health problems, too. Some metals are poor food containers.
Copper or brass leaches into acidic foods – lemonade, tomato sauce – creating a
toxic brew. Galvanized metal is coated with zinc, another worry in higher
doses. Ornamental items made of pewter may be fine to hang on the wall but
should never be actually used for food as they contain lead. Take a little time to
think about the things you put next to the food you eat. Greening your kitchen is
an easy enough way to make healthier meals. Remember, iron, stainless steel,
glassware and crockery are the best alternatives for durability and your well-
Schuyler Denham 9 May 2008
Sources available upon request.
|WELCOME TO OUR COMMUNITY!
We are a Green Community and encourage our citizens and visitors to save
energy, resources and to recycle. We’re glad you’ve chosen to spend some
time in our community and want you to enjoy your stay. Here’s some
information about local regulations and customs that may apply to you during