The path to a Green
Presented By: Ronit R. Levy
Environment Commission Meeting
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Green Holiday Season – Really?
• Learning starts at home
• Old habits can change
• You can make a big difference
• Every l...
Fact:
If everyone replaced their conventional
holiday light strings with LEDs, at least
two billion kilowatt-hours of elec...
Decorating
• Use Solar or Energy Efficient LED lighting
• Set lighting on timers to shut off after bedtime
• Reuse last ye...
To Tree or not to Tree
Shopping
• Carry reusable bags
• Buy and eat locally grown food
• Make your meal organic
• Shop less – Buy fewer things
Fact:
The 2.6 billion holiday cards sold
each year in the United States
could fill a landfill the size of a
football field...
Celebrations
• Send electronic invitations and holiday
greeting cards
• Celebrate at or close to home - Invite
neighbors t...
Cooking
• Cook less food
• Omit the use of garnish
• Cook seasonal food
• Wash in buckets/bowl
• Use Green cleaning suppli...
Mealtime
• Use cloth napkins
• Wash dishes in the dishwasher
• Reduce the use of disposable plates/utensils
• Keep your th...
Facts:
Between Thanksgiving and New Year's day,
Americans throw away a million extra
tons of garbage each week, including
...
Look Familiar?
Gifts
• Wrap gifts with reusable gift bag or holiday
cloth instead of paper
• Give gift cards
• Gift a community service o...
Trash
• Recycle all paper, plastic, glass and aluminum
containers
• Use fruit and vegetable trimmings to start a
compost b...
Every little bit counts
• Reduce
• Reuse
• Recycle
• And Conserve
Microsoft-hohm.com
Sources:
Mahalo.com/how-to-have-a-green-christmas
Earth911.com/seasonal/green-your-holidays/
Reduce.org/holiday
Treehugger...
Holiday Season is a great time to
appreciate your family and friends
In February:
Path to a
Green Valentines Day
Thank you for listening,
Ronit R. Levy
Environmental Commissioner, City of Cal...
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  • Sales of local food in the U.S. in 2007 is $5 billion,
    up from $4 billion in 2002
    $7 billion: Expected sales of local food in 2011
  • Reduce emissions from cars and airplane

    17 million invitations per month are sent from electronic invite website Evite


    Sources: New York Times, Evite, Packaged Facts, Renewable Energy Works, Food and Agriculture Organizations Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.
  • 27% of food available for consumption is wasted by Americans
    The cost of wasted food in the US is $48 billion
  • Green Holiday Season

    1. 1. The path to a Green Presented By: Ronit R. Levy Environment Commission Meeting Tuesday, December 1, 2009
    2. 2. Green Holiday Season – Really? • Learning starts at home • Old habits can change • You can make a big difference • Every little bit counts Don’t wait - Start today!
    3. 3. Fact: If everyone replaced their conventional holiday light strings with LEDs, at least two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity could be saved in a month1 The savings would be enough to power 200,000 homes for a year2 2 According to Littleton, Colorado-based Holiday Creations 1 U.S. Department of Energy study
    4. 4. Decorating • Use Solar or Energy Efficient LED lighting • Set lighting on timers to shut off after bedtime • Reuse last years decorations • Use candles, plants, fresh fruits and vegetables • Buy an artificial tree or a living tree that can be replanted
    5. 5. To Tree or not to Tree
    6. 6. Shopping • Carry reusable bags • Buy and eat locally grown food • Make your meal organic • Shop less – Buy fewer things
    7. 7. Fact: The 2.6 billion holiday cards sold each year in the United States could fill a landfill the size of a football field 10 stories high.
    8. 8. Celebrations • Send electronic invitations and holiday greeting cards • Celebrate at or close to home - Invite neighbors to join you • Before departing on holiday trip reset thermostats and check tire pressure • Use less candles - Light a family menorah
    9. 9. Cooking • Cook less food • Omit the use of garnish • Cook seasonal food • Wash in buckets/bowl • Use Green cleaning supplies
    10. 10. Mealtime • Use cloth napkins • Wash dishes in the dishwasher • Reduce the use of disposable plates/utensils • Keep your thermostat down • Use reusable containers for leftovers
    11. 11. Facts: Between Thanksgiving and New Year's day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging If every family reused just 2 feet of ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet Robert Lilienfeld, co-author, Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are
    12. 12. Look Familiar?
    13. 13. Gifts • Wrap gifts with reusable gift bag or holiday cloth instead of paper • Give gift cards • Gift a community service or donation • Reduce clutter - Offer assistance • Give plants, trees, fruit and vegetable baskets
    14. 14. Trash • Recycle all paper, plastic, glass and aluminum containers • Use fruit and vegetable trimmings to start a compost bin - the compost will enrich the soil in your garden next spring • Turn trimmings into mulch • Recycle Trees
    15. 15. Every little bit counts • Reduce • Reuse • Recycle • And Conserve
    16. 16. Microsoft-hohm.com
    17. 17. Sources: Mahalo.com/how-to-have-a-green-christmas Earth911.com/seasonal/green-your-holidays/ Reduce.org/holiday Treehugger.com/giftguide/holiday-tips.php Planetgreen.discovery.com/go-green/holidays/ Squidoo.com/a-clutter-free-eco-friendly-christmas
    18. 18. Holiday Season is a great time to appreciate your family and friends
    19. 19. In February: Path to a Green Valentines Day Thank you for listening, Ronit R. Levy Environmental Commissioner, City of Calabasas

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