Friday, October 3, 2008

Denver Youths Make a Big Splash

What would you do if someone knocked on your front door and wanted to replace your old, inefficient toilet with a new, state of the art, low flow model? Did I mention they'd do it all for free? Well that's exactly what the Mile High Youth Corps and Denver Water are doing in the Denver area.

The program is part of a contract between Denver Water and the Mile High Youth Corps, a Denver based job training program, which began in 2007. At the time the youth corps was already greening up area residences by conducting energy audits for dwellings listed with Colorado's Low Income Energy Assistance Plan, installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, efficient shower heads and other items to cut energy use.

Going door-to-door the youths offer to replace toilets with newer efficient ones, install water conserving aerators, and install high efficiency shower heads saving just this year alone an estimated 18.2 million gallons of water for Denver residents. That's enough water to fill 28 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Awesome job guys!

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Ways To Green Your Office

Lots of companies are looking into more and more ways to go green. Well, here are a few simple ways you can:

1. Buy in bulk- this will not only save money, but you will cut down on trips to the store. An even better way is to order supplies online.

2. Reuse and Recycle Packaging- You can go either figure out ways you can reuse packaging in the office or you can recycle the packaging at places that are in your area.

3. Get the Warranty- This way you can get your electronics repaired instead of having to spend more money to buy new products. And lets face it the warranty is probably less money than buying something brand new.

4. Recycle the Scrap- What does this mean? Well I bet you never new that you can recycle staples, paper clips and pretty much anything else around the office that will is attracted to magnets.

5. Refill Your Ink Cartridges- Instead of buying new ones you can just simply refill your ink cartridges. Which is only about 25% of the cost of buying a brand new cartridge.

6. Monitor Paper Usage- Only make copies when necessary, use a removable stick-on label for your fax cover sheets, and set printers/copiers to print on both sides of paper whenever you can.

7. Set up an Office Recycling Program- This way you can recycle left over paper products from lunch, soda cans, water bottles ext. and earn a little cash for the company as well. Who knows maybe you can use the money for a fun activity for the company as a reward.

These are just some simple ways that everyone in your company can pitch in to save money and help out the environment at the same.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Every Day Cutting Back

Cutting back on expenses in today's economy is a smart thing to do. You can start with the coffee you buy everyday on the way to work. Instead of buying one bring coffee from home and just add all of the money you save in one month. Bringing your lunch also saves you money on food and money for gas. Another easy savings is reading the paper online in stead of having it delivered to your house everyday or buying one from a stand.

Another very effective thing is carpooling. Find a fellow employees that live around you and carpool to work; rotate being the driver. This really allows you to cut back on gas and wear and tear on your vehicle.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Companies Going the Extra Mile

Even though many feel the economy is slowing down some companies are continuing to go the extra mile to make the world a better place. One such company is Toyota who, on Monday, donated 5 of their Prius automobiles and over $600,000 in cash to Yosemite National Park.

YosemiteBlog: “Working as partners with the National Park Service, institutions of higher learning and nonprofits, Toyota’s generous contribution advances leadership and education opportunities to protect and preserve Yosemite National Park,” said Bob Hansen, president, The Yosemite Fund. “The breadth of their contributions provides the resources to inspire new generations to develop an interest in conservation, environmental management and a passion for the outdoors.”

Toyota’s donation will also be used to establish a two-week Executive Leadership Seminar in 2009 designed specifically for experienced professionals in park and protected area land management. Leaders from government, corporate, and non-profit sectors will focus on proactive approaches and strategic leadership for use in complex, real-world land management challenges. This course draws on the University of California’s academic leadership, and pairs it with the unparalleled opportunity for field study and experiential learning in Yosemite National Park.

“The development of environmental education programs is key to preserving our majestic national parks for future generations,” said Bill Duff, Corporate Manager, Environmental Office, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota is proud to be part of this endeavor through our donation to The Yosemite Fund and Yosemite National Park.”

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