August 12, 2013
From recycling to conserving energy, an area woman is helping people and local businesses learn more about sustainability. Lindsay Snoddy is this week's hero. She's showing people how to help the earth and save some money with a few simple tips.
When Lindsay Snoddy isn't working for the Albemarle County School system as the environmental compliance manager. you can find her volunteering with Charlottesville non-profit Better World Betty.
The organization helps teach people about sustainability.
"It makes me feel good. It's what I have to do everyday with the school system and I love that can be translated into something that helps businesses as well. Then it goes to individuals things people can do in their own home to reduce their waste, reduce their energy and water consumption," said Lindsay Snoddy, Volunteer, Better World Betty.
Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville has taken a few tips from Better World Betty and Snoddy.
"The challenge really for us is wonderful because it showed us not only what other businesses were doing but maybe brought ideas that we hadn't thought of. It really allowed us to see the benefits and the difference in the small step that we were making," said Laura Galgano, Owner, Blue Moon Diner.
In addition to switching to more energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, they're asking their customers to conserve water and turn off the lights in the restroom. They are even growing their own vegetables which are later listed as ingredients on the menu.
"I think people think there's some big solution and the key message is it's not one big thing. It's a lot of little things that add up," said Snoddy.
Better World Betty's founder says having people like Lindsay on board, makes spreading the message much easier.
"It's been great to have Lindsay as a part of the organization since the inception in 2008. She has contributed a tremendous amount to the organization. In terms of her experience with the Albemarle County Schools, she's involved in the community and always ready to help," said Teri Kent, Founder, Better World Betty.
Snoddy is ready to help people and businesses save a few bucks all while helping the environment.