July has been a gorgeous month, weather-wise, here in Chicago. We feel like we've been able to really enjoy the outdoors more than usual, with warm (but not TOO hot) days and cool evenings and mornings. When we are out and about, experiencing the city, we can believe that Chicago is working hard to be one of the greenest cities in the US. But we don't always feel that way on a day to day basis... Take recycling for example - we lived for years on the west coast where residential recycling is so effectively managed. In comparison to our past experience, Chicago falls fall short. It was a big shock when we first moved here - the switch to a city where we just don't "get" the recycling plan was a big influence on our family to try and live greener in other ways - hence our decision to go car-free and live small. This month all of the AT sites will be blogging ways to live green - and the focus on green will continue past July 31st. Green ideas and improvements have always been a part of Apartment Therapy, but they will have a dedicated home this week when we are launch AT:Green Home. Stephanie Kinnear and Jonathan Bean, the new editors, will be providing lots of original posts to the blog and the green themed posts from our family of other sites will also be filtered over for a convenient place to fill up your Green AT tank each day. As we prepare for the new site to launch and continue to blog the subject with a focus on the local, please send us your tips, ideas and inspirations on how you live green - we'd like to see photos of it all, from the big to the small to what you can (and can't) live without. We're here: chicago AT apartmenttherapy DOT com. Photo: Thanks again to Meg for tagging the Flickr photo of her miniature indoor rock garden of sedum with "apartmenttherapychicago".