Friday, February 27, 2009

Recycling at Work

Have you ever really thought about how much a business wastes? Let's use paper as an example. I know that I tend to waste a lot paper when printing and writing down things on my pad of paper. It might be helpful to ask various people around the office if they feel they are being wasteful. If you do find that your company wastes a lot, and currently are not recycling, consider recycling. It really is simple and helps in such a huge way.



The first step to starting a recycling program in your work place would be to select someone to coordinate it. Second would be to pick the materials in which you would like to recycle; so in my case it would be paper. Third would be to decide the collection method. Are you going to have multiple bins; One for white paper, one for colored paper, one for cardboard, etc. The fourth step would be to either post memos or send emails to all of the employees in the office, to make sure they are aware of the recycling program. The fifth would be once you have your bins full of paper, how do you get rid of it. Well, you can either have a company come and pick it up or you can take it and drop it off. I would suggest that if you have a minimal amount of paper, it would be easier to drop off and if you have a mass abundance, it probably would be better for them to pick it up.



A few other office things that can be recycled are ink jet cartridges as well as toner cartridges. Once you've set up your recycling program, monitored it for a month or two and see if it has a positive effect on the company.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Earth Day


Earth Day as most of you know is a day that we celebrate our earth and find ways to keep our planet clean and protect our environment. Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970 in San Francisco, CA and will be celebrating it's 40Th anniversary next year in 2010.

To give you a little history, Earth Day was evolved over a period of seven years; that started in 1962. Senator Gaylord Nelson founder of Earth Day persuaded President Kennedy to give light regarding this by launching a national conservation tour. After President Kennedy's tour, six years would have passed before the idea that became Earth Day, finally occurred in 1969.

The City of Modesto and The Citizen Advisory Committee on Recycling represents Earth Day In The Park Festival. Modesto's 20Th annual Earth Day is held at Graceada Park on April 22ND of every year; the park is located between Needham and Sycamore. During this festivity in the park there will be many vendors, live music, activities for children, great food, literature to enlighten you about Earth Day as well as environmental products. It really is a good time and fun just to walk around and see all the different aspects of the earth. Listed below are a few different websites that you can visit if you are considering doing any volunteer work on Earth Day. Check them out!


Sierra Club
http://www.sierraclub.org/wecandoit/community/volunteer.asp

US Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/superfund/kids/earthday.htm

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Not to be confused with the FBI's Most Wanted



Don't think that just because you aren't terrorizing the U.S. that your dirty deeds have been overlooked. Last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formed a most wanted list of those who have been accused of assaulting nature.

The list consists of those smuggling chemicals into the U.S., contaminating lakes, illegally transporting chemicals, never standing trial and much more. Check out this link to see pictures and read their stories!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Gilligan and The Professor??


LiveScience has reported that researchers in Texas are making car parts out of coconuts. Trunk liners, floorboards and car-door interior covers have already been made by a team at Baylor University. Walter Bradley, the engineering professor (has nothing to do with my title) who is leading the project, explained to LiveScience that the fibers in the husks of the coconuts have very good strength, stiffness and ductility.

The Huffington Post reports that Walter Bradley and his Baylor University team are testing the coconut car part prototypes for safety. If these parts pass, 11 million coconut farmers' annual income of about $500 could potentially increase.

For more about this story visit MSNBC.com or Huffingtonpost.com.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Who Knew....

I was reading an article on The Daily Green about keeping a pitcher of water in your fridge and what benefits it would have for conserving energy and water.
Did you know that by simply keeping a pitcher of water in the fridge from the tap will help keep your food cool. It also provides you with a cold glass of water whenever you need it. So no more letting the water run to get cold or needing to use much ice, which cuts down on waste and conserves energy.This also will help cut back on buying already bottled water, which can have a nasty effect on the environment.
Now if you are anything like me you are probably saying " I don't really like tap water that much." Well in that case you could always purchase a filter for your faucet or a pitcher that filters the water. They are easy to come by and they are not very expensive. For some different types of filters you can check out http://www.brita.com/us/?WT.srch=1 or just go to your local Walmart or Target.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Dusty Ducts


We recently had our carpets cleaned in our home; after all the Christmas parties and the disasters that came with people trampling through; and I learned something new. If you have carpet in your home, and you see a darker line around the baseboards of your rooms, those lines are caused from your heating and air conditioning. They are often the darkest by the furnace itself, but can be seen in rooms or areas were there is a vent near by. Those lines are settled particles from the air that are kicked around by your furnace. We are breathing that stuff everyday! I was pretty shocked to learn this. We rent our home, and the damage (darkened lines) was done before we moved in. I was pleased to find out that since I am kinda a “clean freak,” I have lessened the particles in the air and in turn continuing damage on the carpet.

But I wanted to find out more ways to help get all that junk out of the air that we are breathing. One way I learned, was to have all the air vents and duct work professionally cleaned and sucked out. This would not only help take the junk out of the air, but it would also make our heating and air conditioning more efficient! A win win. Having your duct work cleaned out is also great for people with allergies and asthma.

This being said, still be careful of the many scams and "extras" that companies will try to sell you in the process. Your coils should be cleaned annually, and although professionals will tell you you need to have your duct work cleaned annually, its just not necessary unless you are particularly sensitive. Chucks of dust and particles just don't build up that fast to warrant the yearly spending of $200-400 (depending on the house) duct cleaning.

American Fresh Ducts If left unclean for a long period of time, your ventilation system could be the largest cause of your house dust and allergy problems, not to mention the leading cause of HVAC system failure. A buildup of less than a 16th of an inch, 0.042 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21% the Environmental Protection Agency (EPS) reports. 9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust as reported by the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Services (LCES).

A clean system restores capacity and lessens running time – translation: clean systems run more efficiently saving money on heating and cooling costs. A well-maintained cooling system can reduce your utility bill by as much as $30.00 per month. Studies show that a well-maintained system can restore capacity by ½ to ¾ tons, improve humidity control and reduce running time according to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) of San Francisco Bay Area. By simply cleaning and maintaining your HVAC system on a yearly basis (your dryer vent, too) can significantly reduce house dust and microbial contamination. For particularly sensitive individuals and those living in very high humidity environments, the system should be cleaned every six months.

A clean HVAC system can actually be used to help decrease allergy and asthma symptoms. Air-conditioning can be used to keep the humidity in your home to 50% or less to significantly slow the growth of dust mites, molds and mildew. Electrostatic, UV air cleanser or HEPA filters used and maintained (cleaned or replaced often) in your HVAC system also helps lower allergy and asthma symptoms as well as better maintaining an overall healthy system. Commercially purchased fiberglass filters are only 7% efficient in stopping dirt, dust, pollen, etc. passing through them says the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Experts (ASHRAE).