Hey, thanks for checking out my seminar! I’ll cover a couple simple steps how going green not only doesn’t have to break the bank, it can actually SAVE you money!
My name is Joshua Foss. I run Thrive Design Studio out of Minneapolis and also have a blog called Metro Hippie… I am an active participant in the US Green Building Council and have worked on several LEED certified buildings. I was on the 2nd season of HGTV’s Design Star and hosted my own series called ‘Get Green’ on HGTV.com.
Environmental movements have been around for a long time now… why this recent resurgence? Well, it would be hard to deny that we are in an energy crisis right now… prices are going up. People are needing to make sacrifices to pay bills, drive their cars, heat their homes…. It is becoming much more prevalent each and every day that our current lifestyle, particularly in America, is not built to last… The way we are going through resources is much like a business in liquidation. We’re not thinking of long term solutions, and that’s what going green is all about.
When it comes to the environment, waste is one of the biggest eco-villains… truth is, when we are wasting valuable resources like energy, water, and building materials, we are wasting money.
When we buy things, we need to do a better job of recognizing that items have 2 prices… First is what it costs to get the item home, second is how much it costs to operate and maintain that item. Light bulb is perfect example of something that costs less initially, but is much more expensive in the long run.
Also equals more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars… Energy Star.gov… A household that invests $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFLs would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity. Look at your utility bill and imagine a 12% discount to estimate the savings.”
Is the Greenhouse Gas emissions equivalent to 25 million cars
-5 to 15% of your electric bill goes down the electric drain. -In all, Americans are spending about $4 billion a year on things we aren’t using. -unplug stuff, smart power strip
-Use reusable canteens. -Americans spend about $10 billion on bottled water! -also, 8 out of 10 bottles end up in landfills. -requires energy to transport, oil to make bottles, etc.
-coffee mugs - go through 14.4 billion disposable coffee cups each year -coffee shops now discount if bring in your own mug
Shopping bag… reusable bags, 500 billion thrown away each year, 1000 years to break down in natural system. 500 billion times 1000 = a number that I didn’t think existed before I tried to calculate it! Irish Tax - cleaned up streets, $.15 tax ‘plastax’ gained $9 mill revenue
-Some stores, such as the chain Whole Foods, offer you a credit (5 cents) for each bag you bring! Ikea's credit is a quarter per bag! -if we use a reusable bag, we can save 6 bags a week, 288 year, 22,000 in an average lifetime!
There’s an island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean that is said to be more than twice the size of Texas! What a mess!
-in 2006, we spent $160 billion of merchandise from catalogs. -8 million tons of trees used each year to produce 19 billion catalogs -the average adult is on 50 mailing lists -get 41 pounds of junk mail a year -www.abucus-us.com -www.catalogchoice.org -www.greendimes.com
-increase fuel efficiency -average fuel economy today is 20.2 mpg. (Europe is 35) -simple math… say gas is $2.75 gallon, drive 15,000 miles year -35 mpg will save $884 over 20 mpg -hybrid that gets 45 mpg will save $1,147 / year
-if you make $40,000 year, you’re working 2.5 months out of a year just for your car! -skip a trip -90% Americans commute alone. -40% of all car trips are less than two miles -bike -carpool, public transit -if one driver in a household cut commuting fulltime, you’d reduce household carbon footprint by 30%
-average household uses between 185 – 290 gallons of water a day. -Dual flush toilet… 1.6 gallons per flush and .8 gallon per flush buttons. -toilet uses more water than anything else in the home -older toilets can use up to 7 gallons water per flush! -dual flush…. you can save up to 10,000 gallons of water per year by changing an old water-guzzling toilet to an efficient dual flush. Save $25 year on your water bill without any lifestyle changes! -low flow showerheads…save $50 - $75 year on water bills and $20 - $50 more on energy bill -faucet aerators… same concept, as little as $2 purchase price
-take all the money you’ve saved from the things I’ve mentioned and invest it green. -SRI (Socially responsible investing)
_______ of the $25.1 trillion in the U.S. investment marketplace today is in Socially Responsible Investments. $2.7 Trillion
<ul><ul><ul><li>-Look for ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) performance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-Mutual Funds – Calvert (CLGAX), Winslow Green Growth (WGGFX) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-Exchange traded fund – www.ishares.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-The New Alternatives Fund (NALFX) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>-Green Century Funds </li></ul></ul></ul>SRI Resources