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Simple ways to save the environment

Simple ways to save the environment



Easy ways to help the environment. Most save money too!

Easy ways to help the environment. Most save money too!



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Simple ways to save the environment Simple ways to save the environment Presentation Transcript

  • Simple Ways to Save the Environment Your Environmental Tour Guide - Teresa Robinson
  • Simple Ways to Save the Environment
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Change Your Light Bulbs –
    • CFL - Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
    • LED - Light-Emitting Diode Bulbs
    • CFL Save about $30 over their life
    • Pay back in about 6 months
    • Uses 75 % less energy
    • Can last up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb
    • Must recycle CFL bulbs (small amount of mercury)
    • LED nightlights and holiday lights available & reasonable
    • LED - More expensive but even longer lasting than CFL bulbs
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Recycle – Why?
    • Some communities have single stream container for all recyclables – Easier than ever
    • Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emission which helps prevent global climate change
    • Energy used in industrial processes and for transportation of “trash” burns fossil fuels
    • There is no away in throwaway. Landfills and their leachate (water) and air emissions are hazardous
    • Old and new landfills are typically located near large bodies of water, making leakage detection and (clean-up) extremely difficult
    • Disposal facilities face public scrutiny and are costly to site, build and operate
    • Some landfills will reach maximum capacity in a few years
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Precycle
    • Consider packaging and ability to recycle before buying
    • Does the packaging use recycled materials?
    • Does the product have excess packaging?
    • Can the packaging be recycled? Plastic (6) not so much
    • Vote with your $
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Air Seal And Insulate Your Home
    • Home energy audits highlight energy loss and moisture issues
    • Typical homes leak conditioned air and can be uncomfortable
    • Increase comfort and save dollars
    • Improve air quality
    • Control air flow (venting)
    • Tax credits for some energy star improvements
    • Test for radon if you don’t know
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Drive Smart – Without Buying A Hybrid
    • Drive smart – Consider walking, combining errands, etc.
    • Carpool, combine trips, use most efficient car for commuting
    • Keep tires properly inflated
    • No jack rabbit starts, plan ahead
    • Coast when you can, maintain constant speed when possible
    • Close the windows to minimize drag
    • Keep the engine tuned and change air filter
    • Follow posted speed limits
    • Remove extra weight to improve mileage
    • If you buy a car, comparison shop all features of car
    • Drive a stick shift
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Compost Fruit, Vegetable, And Yard Waste
    • Save landfill space
    • Composting organic materials helps prevent pollution
      • Avoids production of methane and leachate in landfills
    • Compost improves your garden or container garden
    • Compost has been shown to prevent erosion
    • Compost helps cleanup (remediate) contaminated soil
    • Using compost can reduce the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Think Energy Star And Sustainability
    • Compare appliance efficiency as well as features
    • Think total ownership cost instead of purchase cost
      • Ex: Dishwasher – hot water and electricity $
    • Laptop computers use less energy than desktop computers
    • Consider reviewing company policy for sustainability
    • Can you borrow it instead?
    • Recycle old appliances
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Start A Garden – Grow Organic
      • Small spaces/containers can produce tasty fresh fruits and vegetables
      • Composting creates great fertilizer which creates great food
      • Pesticide and herbicide run off pollutes your water
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Organic – What Is Organic And Why Should You Care?
    • Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things
    • Less chemicals in environment from farm run off pollutants
    • Less chemicals in you
    • Mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a toll with a loss of top soil ($40 billion/yr in the U.S.)
    • Organic foods can contain more antioxidants and flavor
    • Avoid genetically modified foods
    • Celebrate the culture of agriculture and promote biodiversity
    • Buying local organic supports small farming community and reduces carbon footprint
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Turn off electric phantoms
      • “ Heavy” cord adapters continue to draw current…
      • Buy Energy Star when you replace appliances
      • Not all Energy Star items are created equally
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Don’t Toss It!
    • Don’t need or want it?
      • Recycle, Freecycle, Craig's List, Yard Sale, Boeing Classified Ads!
      • Recycling hazardous waste events (See Link Section)
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Indoor Air Quality
    • Indoor pollution
      • Parabens and other chemicals
      • You are a guinea pig
      • Test for radon
      • Ventilation
      • How clean are your cleaning supplies?
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Benefits Of Sustainable Lifestyle - Save Money And The Environment
    • Simplify your life
    • Your dollars vote
    • Become an activist – make a difference!
    • Think globally, support locally
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Getting Started
    • Do one thing
    • After you feel that you have mastered that one thing
    • Do one more thing
    • Repeat steps 1 through 3
  • Simple Things You Can Do
    • Questions?
  • Links for More Information
      • http://www.seql.org/100ways.cfm Simple Ways to Save Environment
      • http://www.thegreenguide.com/ Product Guide
      • http://www.goodguide.com/ Product Guide
      • http://www.epa.gov/ EPA Site
      • http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home.index Energy Star
      • http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_sealing Air Sealing/Insulation
      • http://greenerpenny.com/ Healthy Eco-Conscious Living Guide
  • Links for More Information
    • h ttp://www.greenbuilding.com/ Reference for Remodeling/Building
    • http://www.howtocompost.org/ Composting Guide
    • http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home Organic Food Guide
    • http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=789 Seasonal Food Guide
  • Links for More Information
    • http://earth911.com/ Recycling
    • http://www.co.st-louis.mo.us/Doh/waste/waste_mg.html Recycling
    • http://www.co.st-louis.mo.us/Doh/waste/Spring2009HHWEvents.pdf
      • Hazardous Waste Collection Event (Usually Annual)
    • http://www.organicguide.com/ General Guide
    • http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/carboncalculator/ Carbon Footprint
    • http://www.localharvest.org/food-coops/ Food Co-Op, Small Farms
  • Links for More Information
    • http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html Radon Guide
    • http://www.toolbase.org/ Home Design Resources
    • http://www.freecycle.org/ Freecycle
    • http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites Craig’s List
    • http://www.ewg.org/ Environmental Working Group (Guide)
  • Products – Some Starting Points
    • http://www.ccrane.com/ Lighting Source
    • http://www.seventhgeneration.com/ Cleaning & Laundry Products
    • http://www.realgoods.com/ Many Sustainable Products
    • http://www.dierbergs.com/ Many Sustainable Products
    • http://www.schnucks.com/ “ (Including Full Circle Brand)
  • Gardening
    • http://www.gardenguides.com/how-to/tipstechniques/containerindoor/container.asp Container Gardening
    • http://www.helpfulgardener.com/vegetable/2003/vegetable.html Gardening
    • http://www.containergardeningtips.com/ Container Gardening