Presentation on theme: "FastFacts Feature Presentation November 14, 2011 We are using audio during this session, so please dial in to our conference line… Phone number: 888-651-5908."— Presentation transcript:
Todays Topic Well be taking a look at… Going Green: Sustainable Practices at Home (and for the Holidays)
Todays Presenter Leana Houser Sustainability Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Office of Sustainability
Session Segments Presentation – Leana will discuss ways to go green at home and for the holidays. – During the presentation, your phone will be muted. Q&A – After the presentation, well hold a Q&A session. – Well open up the phone lines, and youll be able to ask questions. – Leana will answer as many of your questions as time allows.
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Going Green: Sustainable Practices At Home (and for the Holidays)
Agenda – Discuss simple ways to green your home and life – Review green holiday decorating, gift giving and party planning ideas
What is Sustainability? Sustainability is smart and responsible actions that prioritize people, natural resources, and finances to safeguard the health of future generations.
The Office of Sustainability A brief overview Established in 2006 Coordinate the University Sustainability Committee and the JHU Climate Implementation Plan Resource for ALL University divisions – added East Baltimore office in 2010 Creation of the Sustainability Network
It isnt all or nothing We all have competing priorities Reduce barriers Start small and work up There are always tradeoffs Dont beat yourself up or give up Its a mindset not a checklist
Light Green Baby Steps Bright Green Eco Savvy Dark Green Hard Core Enviro S HADES OF G REEN
- Programmable thermostat - Use shades to control heat loss/gain - Lower & wrap hot water heater - CFLs or LEDs - Computer power management - Replace filters - Phantom Loads - BGE Smart Energy Saver Programs rgy.com/ rgy.com/ - Weatherize - Buy energy efficient appliances - Use fans instead of AC - Line dry clothes - Green power - Plant trees on south and west facing side of home - Solar PV and hot water – om/solar om/solar - Wind -Geothermal E NERGY : W ITH G REAT P OWER C OMES G REAT R ESPONSIBILITY
R ECYCLING : T HERE IS NO V ALUE IN W ASTE Recycle - Everything! - Compost - Buy recycled and recyclable Reuse - Thrift stores/ Consignment/ Craigslist - Scrap Paper - Get crafty Reduce - Bags, mugs, cups, oh my! - Go paperless - Kick the disposable habit - Buy less
W ATER : W ASTE N OT, W ANT N OT - Repair leaks - Wash only full loads - Limit hand washing of dishes - Turn off the tap - Take shorter showers - Buy Water- Sense appliances/ fixtures - Take back the tap - Let it mellow - Use a rain barrel - Plant natives, reduce lawn area - Plant a rain garden
F OOD : Y OU A RE W HAT Y OU E AT - Buy local - Eat in season - Buy organic - Buy sustainable fish - Waste less - Join a CSA - Reduce take out - Reduce processed food - Eat less meat - Grow your own - Go vegetarian
T RANSPORTATION : P LANES, T RAINS, AND A UTOMOBILES ( AND FEET !) -Drive smart - Dont idle - Combine trips - Keep your car maintained - Buy a fuel efficient vehicle - Carpool - Try Zipcar - Fly less - Bike or Walk - Take mass transit - Telecommute or Flex schedule
C OMMUNITY : B E T HE C HANGE Y OU W ANT T O S EE I N T HE W ORLD - Be informed - Vote - Support NGOs - Take action - Educate others - Advocate - Organize - Run for office!
Greening Your Holidays! Gifts Decorations Entertaining
Gifts Give an experience or membership Handmade items Items made with sustainable/environmentally friendly materials Buy local Use recycled wrapping paper and recycle the paper you get Buy rechargeable batteries Bring a reusable bag when shopping or combine purchases into one bag
Decorations Living tree or cut your own locally Recycle your tree Minimize electric lights – traditional cranberry and popcorn string! Put lights on a timer LED Christmas lights – avoid icicle lights Send E-cards
Entertaining Recycle everything. Asks guests to bring canned goods to donate. Use regular dishes instead of disposable one. If you must use disposables, use dishes made out of recycled paper not plastic. Turn down the heat a few degrees when cooking and before guests arrive.
Contact Information Leana Houser Sustainability Coordinator
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