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Tomorrow: Wear green, commute green

We got an email a few weeks ago from Sarah Cushman, a Portlander who's organizing Portland Green Streets Days on the last Friday of every month. On those days, people who live or work in Portland are encouraged to wear green and to commute in an eco-friendly manner -- walking, biking, taking the bus, etc. Apparently, when she kicked off the Green Street Days this fall, local businesses offered some discounts to particpants. Since then, the list has grown.

Here's the list of what businesses are going green tomorrow:
Discounts Around Town for Green Streets Participants on January 25, 2008!
  • Clayton’s Cafe (447 U.S. Route One, Yarmouth, 846-1117, www.claytonscafe.com): Free small coffee to Green Streets participants that day!
  • Lobby Cafe (400 Congress Street - in the Post Office building, 671-5776): Free coffee with breakfast or lunch sandwich for all Green Streets participants!
  • Longfellow Books (1 Monument Way, 772-4045, www.longfellowbooks.com): 25% off all used books for Green Streets participants on Green Streets Day!
  • Panera Bread (343 Gorham Road, South Portland, 780-1212, www.panerabread.com): free small coffee to Green Streets participants that day!
  • Butterfly Baby (543 Congress Street, 553-9255, www.butterflybabyonline.com): 10% discount on all stock to Green Streets participants that day! (FYI, Butterfly Baby has cloth diapers, too - the only ones on the peninsula? - in addition to its other green friendly pre-natal to small child (& parent) products.)
  • Down-Home Cookin’ (28 Preble Street, 228-2064, menu at www.mainetakeout.com): Formerly of the Portland Public Market with yummy offerings - 10% off breakfast items for Green Streets participants!
  • Hilltop Coffee Shop (99 Congress Street; 780-0025): free regular coffee for Green Streets participants who bring their own mug (1/2 off for those who don’t)!
  • Homegrown Herb & Tea (195 Congress Street; 774-3484): $1 Off tea for all participants!
  • Green Tree Clothing (437 Congress Street, 699-2909, www.greentreeclothing.com): 15% off all stock to Green Streets participants that day! (FYI, Green Tree has underwear, too - the only store on the peninsula? - and it’s great stuff!)
  • Guitar Grave (441 Congress Street, 775-4414, www.guitargrave.com): One free DVD with any purchase of $20 or more - & one pair of shoelaces!
  • North Star Cafe (225 Congress Street, 699-2994, www.northstarmusiccafe.com): stop by and let them know you are participating and pick up your free small coffee or tea!
  • Slainte! (24 Preble Street, 828-0900, www.myspace.com/slaintewinebar): $2 pints for all Green Streets participants that day - stop by for some great live music that afternoon and evening!
Participants are encouraged to take photos of their Green Street day, and send them to Cushman's website.

Sounds like a easy enough way to save some cash / get some exercise / set a good example for everyone else. I think I'll do it. Who's with me?

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