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Editor's note: Inman News would like to introduce the first column in what will be a regular series from well-known real estate blogger and real estate broker Teresa Boardman. I hate to admit it but I am old enough to remember the very first Earth Day. It was kind of a new idea, a huge grassroots movement to protest what was going on with the environment and to educate the general public on environmental issues, like air and water quality. These days, being "green" is all the rage again, but much of it doesn't make sense to me anymore. There is an advertisement on television for bottled water that is better for the environment because the plastic bottle, a petroleum-based product, is thinner and has less plastic in it. It seems to me that filtered tap water from the kitchen sink poured into a travel tumbler would leave a smaller carbon footprint. Why is a plastic bottle being advertised as "green" when the bottle is not needed in the first place? To sel...