01/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Be Part of the Presidential Green Team

Earlier this week I posted an open letter to President-elect and Mrs. Obama offering to help truly "green" the White House--not just an audit of energy and water efficiency but also a focus on optimum First Family health. Now I'd like you to join me in crafting a comprehensive plan on how to do it.

It was your thoughtful responses and recommendations that gave me the idea to make this a joint effort. I love iconlady's idea of setting aside some Pennsylvania Avenue lawn for organic gardens, having Malia and Sasha help raise fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and leveraging the media coverage to inspire schools and neighborhoods to do the same. And how about pcuvie's idea of creating some vegetarian State Dinners and evaluating the current use of solar power? That's a good one too. You all reminded me that through our ideas and actions we are always stronger together than we are alone, and that the best way for me to be of service to the First Family, and our country, is to represent all of us as a unified voice for greener, cleaner living.

So, consider this our greening petition or call to action. Add your ideas here on how to optimize the health of the First Family, and consequently set the stage for healthier living across the country. Maybe you have some great ideas you've tried at home or perhaps some suggestions you've read about but didn't get around to implementing. Think old, big, white house built in the late 1700s, and reconstructed in the 1800s and a large staff ready and willing to make all necessary changes, setting the perfect example for the World. I will include your recommendations in the proposal I plan to present to the White House.

I hope you are as excited about this as I am. I know that together we can make a big difference.

Sloan Barnett