There's no escaping the "g" word these days. From politics to fashion, "green" is the buzzword of our society. Heck, there's even a television station offering 24-hour eco-friendly entertainment.

While most of us want to do right by the planet and leave it a better place for our kids, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the information -- news programs, magazine articles, try googling the phrase "go green" and see how many returns you get. Where do you start if you want to make a difference?

Worthington Libraries can ease your "green fatigue" this summer with a practical series of programs chock-full of ways you can reduce your impact on the planet, right in your own home and neighborhood. Your reward? A healthier community, family and wallet.

If you think eco-friendly can't also be easy, think again.

Putting your home on an energy diet will save you lots of money in the long run, and it doesn't have to be expensive to start with. During "Go Green Without Going Broke," Fred Yaeger of Sustainable Worthington will share simple and cheap solutions that will reduce your home energy costs and your carbon footprint. The program is scheduled at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., on Tuesday, June 2, and at Northwest Library on July 16. Both sessions start at 7 p.m.

On June 17 at 7 p.m., Northwest Library will host Stacy Law of Keep Columbus Beautiful. Her program, "Living Cleanly," will focus on waste awareness, specifically how much waste we generate, five ways to manage it -- recycling, composting, etc. -- and how to reduce the amount we generate and dispose of.

Going green must be a community-wide effort. "Go Green in Your Community," planned June 23 at 7 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, will feature architect Chris Hermann. He'll talk about new ideas in land use around the world today and offer ways we could put them into practice in our area.

If you want to reduce how much you drive but don't know how to begin, start with "Go Green While Getting Around," which will be held on June 30 at 7 p.m. at Old Worthington Library. Members of the group Walk, Bus, Bike will suggest tricks and techniques for getting around central Ohio while leaving your car behind.

If green's your thing, you'll definitely want to sign up for the library's eco-themed teen or adult summer reading programs. "Get Your Green On" starting June 6 and earn pro-planet prizes for reading books, attending library programs, becoming a library Facebook fan and more. For more information, go to

From Hillary Kline, communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.