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A Green Thanksgiving
Posted November 23, 2009
As Thanksgiving approaches, there are several ways to prepare with the environment in mind. When picking out the perfect holiday meal, consider purchasing organic, locally grown items, such as fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy. Supporting local farms and businesses is better for your community and the environment. Buying locally saves fuel and cuts down on pollution, ultimately helping to reduce your carbon footprint. When at the grocery store, be sure to bring your own reusable shopping bags. If it's not always possible, then be sure to reuse the paper and plastic bags you get from the store. Lastly, when those dishes start to pile up, don't forget to use eco-friendly, biodegradable dish soap!
For more green holiday tips, check out Earth 911.
Make Green Count!
Posted November 17, 2009
As part of Green is Universal’s third annual “Green Week,” you have the opportunity to “make green count” by pledging to adopt an eco-friendly habit. Throughout Green Week, promotion for the “Green Counts Here” campaign will appear on various NBCU properties. For example, the SyFy channel will encourage carpooling to work, and Bravo will promote the use of reusable water bottles. Pledging can be easily made on each brand’s website. A running tally of the various pledges will be kept here.
What have you got to lose? Commit to a greener lifestyle today!
Posted November 13, 2009
Picture a world with no trash dumpsters. Seems far-fetched, right? Well, believe it or not, this is slowly becoming a reality thanks to a new anti-garbage movement known as “zero waste.” From Nantucket down to Atlanta, companies are removing dumpsters and encouraging less waste through recycling and compost. The Honda car dealership has completely removed dumpsters at eight of their North American plants. Even Yellowstone National Park is contributing by using plant-based plastics that dissolve after being heated! How will you contribute to the “zero waste” strategy?
If you are interested in another take on how conservation can impact the rest of the world-in this case, relative to sustainability, check out: Conservation Value Notes.
Posted November 06, 2009
Before you get your hands on an eco-friendly power strip, try shutting down your computer at the end of every workday. For a company like Focus Features, simply shutting off our computers could save over $9,000 annually! Also remember to unplug your cell phone chargers while not in use. This will not only prevent idle current from raising your electrical bill, but will save energy as well.
To estimate how much your office could save by shutting down computers each day, visit: Tips and Tricks
Plants = Productivity
Posted November 05, 2009
Did you know that plant-filled rooms reduce airborne bacteria and molds by 50-60 %? In our offices, plants help purify the air and reduce carbon monoxide and dioxide. Studies have also shown that plants increase worker productivity by 12%! Try the English ivy, heartleafed philodendron, or the green spider plant for plants that effectively prosper indoors with low light and less water. What plants do you have in your offices?
For more information, visit: Green Plants for Green Buildings