Go Green

We are advocating the 3 R’s of environmental protection. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

REDUCE

… YOUR CONSUMPTION

The first step to reducing your impact on the environment, is reducing the amounts of resources you consume and use. Think twice before you buy or use anything. Do you really need it? By reducing your consumption you will also decrease the amount of waste you produce.

… YOUR WASTE

There are also many other ways to reduce your waste. The opportunities are nearly endless. Here are just a few ideas.

  • Think before you print or photocopy! Print and copy as little as possible.
  • Edit on screen, not on paper.
  • Use e-mail to minimize paper use.
  • Send and store documents like necessary papers and business proposals electronically instead of on paper.
  • When you must print or copy, do it double-sided.
  • Circulate documents instead of making an individual copy for everyone.
  • Change the margins on your Word documents. The default margins on the documents you print are 1.25 inches on all sides. Simply changing the margins to 0.75 inches will reduce the amount of paper you use by almost 5 percent.

… YOUR WASTE

There are so many ways of optimizing your energy consumption

  • Turn off unused or unneeded lights.
  • Use natural lighting instead of electric lighting whenever possible.
  • If you have a desk lamp, make sure it uses fluorescent bulbs (instead of incandescent bulbs).
  • Dress appropriate to the season
  • Select cold water for washing clothes
  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air-conditioned areas.
  • Turn off computers when they are not in use.
  • Turn off printers, especially laser printers, unless printing.
  • Don’t use power strips to turn on all computers and desk equipment at once.
  • When purchasing computers and peripherals, buy low wattage equipment
  • Minimize use of screen savers and instead enable power management features
  • Purchase only energy-efficient products
  • Move your refrigerator. Leaving space between your refrigerator and the wall increases air circulation around the condenser coils, allowing the fridge to operate more efficiently.

… YOUR OIL CONSUMPTION AND POLLUTION

  • Drive Efficiently -  If you must drive, buck the trend toward more wasteful vehicles and drive a fuel efficient car, i.e. one which gets more miles per gallon, and don’t drive it more than you really need to!
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  • Park your car in the shade. Gas evaporates from your fuel tank more quickly when you park in the sun. Parking in the shade lowers the temperature in your gas tank by up to 7 degrees, significantly reducing fuel evaporation.



REUSE

Plastic containers can become food storage, paper can become wrapping paper. The ways in which to reuse things are unlimited. All you need is to be creative. If being creative is not your thing, here are some other ideas:

  • Reuse envelopes by placing a new label over the old address.
  • Designate a box for scrap paper and use it for printing all drafts or unofficial documents.
  • Reuse plastic bags or better get a reusable canvas bags.



RECYCLE

When buying any type of product, see if it is available with post consumer recycled content.

  • Wrap presents in gift bags. Once you tear the wrapping paper off a holiday gift it ends up in the recycle bin, but gift bags can be used over and over again.
  • Production of recycled paper uses only half the water and 3/4 of the energy than new paper
  • Every ton of recycled paper saves almost 400 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space and seventeen trees. 
  • If you recycle soda cans, the energy used and air pollution created, is 95 percent less than if the cans were produced from raw materials. 
  • You could operate a TV set for an estimated three hours with the energy saved by recycling just one aluminum can

Thinking green means being aware of our interconnectedness with the world and reflecting on the unintended damage we cause nature in the daily course of our lives. Thinking green leads to acting green - taking corrective action to make environmental responsibility a reality.

"Every person is the right person to act. Every moment is the right moment to begin". THE Time to Act is Now!


Eat Green

  • Eat lower on the food chain - Meat production can be energy, resource and pollution intensive.
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes is healthier and easier on the planet. Consider exploring vegetarian options.
  • Eat locally – it saves transportation costs and helps the local economy, too!
  • Take only as much as you can eat!
  • Avoid throwaway plates, cups, flatware and trays. Carry and use your reusable mug.
  • Eat at food service areas where you can use ceramic plates and cups, metal silverware and reusable trays.
  • Avoid take-out food which is over-packaged. 

Shop Green

  • Avoid buying new appliances
    A substantial amount of household energy consumption and greenhouse pollution can be attributed to white goods (fridges, freezers, washing machines, televisions and clothes dryers). If you don't really need a new appliance and you only want the latest model because it looks good and your friend has one, don't buy it. If you really do need a new appliance, compare the energy rating of different models (and buy the most efficient one), buy the most durable one, and only operate it to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Only buy things that last
    There is no point buying a cheap air conditioner or TV that you know will not last for long. Look for, and only purchase items that are water and/or energy efficient. Items that are built to last may be more expensive up-front but they'll be much cheaper in the long run. This applies to big purchases (like cars), and equally to smaller purchases (like light bulbs, for example).

  • Look for the stars
    All new appliances are required to show their energy or water efficiency under a star rating system. More stars equal greater product efficiency. Some products like TVs and stereos may comply with energy standards without a label displayed. Ask sales staff and check in brochures for information on how a product compares to the ENERGY STAR standard. If sales staff can't tell you, get them to ask their supplier. And if you can't get any information, don't buy the product.

  • Buy the most energy or water efficient option
    Make sure you purchase the most energy or water efficient item that meets your needs. Consider alternatives. For example, laptop computers are more efficient than desktops. Front-loading washing machines use significantly less water than top-loaders. And refrigerators with built in icemakers are a waste of energy.