American Association of Retired Persons recommends green living.

In the 21st century, protecting and preserving natural resources doesn’t need to take a backseat to other priorities.

Instead, being mindful of environmental impacts supports a range of goals — from boosting local economies to improving public health.

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Mayors know that expand­ing and preserving parks and open spaces helps create opportunities for physical activity while protecting important habitats from destruc­tion.

They understand that energy efficiency can minimize pollution from fossil fuels while lowering energy bills for governments and consumers alike.

And they're realizing that a focus on green jobs can put people to work while spurring next-generation innovations.

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