The Art of Living Green

Green! It’s the color of spring and the new “hip” color of families everywhere. This year, Charlotte-area parents and kids are making an effort to minimize their carbon footprint and preserve the resources of the planet by living the green life.

In our house, we’re very conscious of the three R’s — reduce, reuse and recycle. And we all are accountable for our actions, which means we check a container for the recycle symbol before throwing it out. If it has the symbol, we recycle! Anyone in our family who doesn’t will hear about it from the others. And although we haven’t bought a rain barrel yet, (though I’m tempted by the local rain barrel sale at CPCC this month, featured on page 23), we are doing our part and increasing our commitment to a green life.

It’s obvious many of our readers and their children are aware of the impact of going green on our community and our world. In our recent art contest, we received more than 800 creative entries — a record number — depicting the theme, “A Greener City – A Greener World.”

The fun and colorful artwork we received shows the ways local children will continue to protect our resources and the environment as they take over as stewards of our planet. The outpouring of art impressed us. Selecting the winners, however, was a difficult task. Imagine trying to find 19 of the best out of 800-plus wonderful pieces of art! With the help of local judges, we determined the best of the best

Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Charlotte Parent Art Contest. I’m excited about their artful approach to “going green.” Doing something good for the planet benefits everyone and teaches us all to respect the world we live in.

And thank you to all the participants; we hope you continue to grow as artists and protectors of Mother Earth.

Speaking of winners … Charlotte Parent magazine brought home gold, silver and bronze awards from the annual Parenting Publications of America conference in New Orleans this year. We are happy to say we owe it all to our readers. Your input and inspiration leads us to seek out the best in parenting advice and information. You keep us on track, pursuing the experts and leaders in family health, children’s behavioral issues, education and local happenings. You are the reason we produce this award-winning magazine each month, and we say thank you!

A list of the awards is shown below:

Design/Special Section
Gold for “Your Green Home” section in May 2008
Silver for “Back To School” section in August 2008

Silver for “Fox on Fatherhood” profile in June 2008

Editorial/Publisher’s or Editor’s Note
Silver for monthly column, “From the Editor”

Design/Ancillary Feature
Bronze for the 2008-09 Baby Guide “What’s Baby Wearing”

In this month’s issue we explore themes including arts education and the green life. You will find plenty of helpful information about living green, beginning on page 25, including how to furnish an eco-friendly nursery and where to find local organics at a good price. And I know you’ll enjoy seeing all the winning artwork from our young winners on page 36. If you’ve got a budding Picasso in your family, you’ll want to read the story on page 39 for tips on nurturing your child’s artistic side. Even as schools cut budgets, we’re lucky to live in a community that encourages and supports the arts, making art education accessible and affordable for our children.

Peace, love and recycle,


PS. Congrats to our sister publications Piedmont Parent and Carolina Parent that were recognized for design and editorial excellence as well, with a combined total of 11 awards.

Eve White is the Editor of Charlotte Parent magazine