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

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