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Do you commute by car or drive for work? Reduce your impact: stop idling.
Did you know that if you’re stopped for more than 10 seconds, it’s better to turn off your car rather than idle?
It saves gas: If you idle for 5 minutes dropping your kids off in the morning, 3 minutes at the drive-through and 4 minutes listening to the end of a news story in your driveway, you've burned enough gas to drive 24 miles.
It saves money: Americans spend a whopping $13 million every day on unnecessary idling. (That's 3.8 million gallons of fuel, wasted!)
It saves the planet: For every 10 minutes of idling you cut from your life, you'll save one pound of carbon dioxide - a harmful greenhouse gas - from being released into the atmosphere.
It makes us healthier: Idling is linked to increases in asthma, allergies, heart and lung disease and cancer. Kids are especially vulnerable because they inhale more air per pound of body weight. Lots of idling happens near schools.
It's good for your engine: Idling can damage engine components. According to the California Energy Commission, "Fuel is only partially combusted when idling because an engine does not operate at its peak temperature. This leads to the build-up of fuel residues on cylinder walls that can damage engine components and increase fuel consumption."
Even on cold mornings, the days of idling in the driveway to warm up your car are over - today's cars warm up more efficiently when they're driving than sitting in a driveway.
What can you do?
Try these tips during April, or any time of the year.
Did you know recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for three hours? Or that recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in waste management and disposal industries?
Which uses more water to produce? A pound beef or a pound of chicken? Beer or coffee? Find out.
Information is key. Find more informative recycling stats and then share what you've learned with your coworkers.
Videos are a great way to educate and engage. Email them to staff, show them at the start of a meeting, or organize a brown bag.
Only 5 minutes! You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique. (Filmed at TEDxConcordiaUPortland.)
Where does our stuff come from, and where does it go after it we toss it in the trash? This engaging 20-minute video has been watch over 40 million times in the five years since it came out! Already seen it? Check out their other videos about electronics and cosmetics.
Sienna Skinner from Lensbaby, one of our gold certified businesses, shared her recipe for a counter and window cleaner:
“Put in a spray bottle and you're set! One of the things I love about this stuff is that you can use it with your regular kitchen sponge and not wonder what you're putting in the sponge you wash your dishes with. It's just vinegar!” – Sienna Skinner
Find more green cleaner recipes here.
It’s easier than you think! Check out this how-to poster. Make a big batch of guacamole, bring supplies, and encourage people to take home their soon-to-be plants, or keep them at work so co-workers can watch the evolution. (One of our coworkers tried this a few years ago, and her “desk plant” grew into a 4 foot tall avocado tree!)
How do you motivate people to reduce their energy? Watch this engaging, eight minute TED Talk, and find out. Then talk about how these ideas could be applied at your own workplace.
It takes all types of skills to make changes within your workplace. Take this quiz to see if you’re a Networker, Communicator, or Builder. Then talk with other members of your green team to see what they are, and how you can capitalize on each other’s strengths.
This April, drink coffee (or tea), use a reusable mug, and get entered to win prizes. Organized by a group of Green Teams throughout Portland.
In celebration of Earth Month, bring a reusable mug when you grab coffee (or tea), and get entered into a raffle to win prizes.
*Valid for workplaces located within Portland.
A group of green teams from different Portland organizations have gotten together to promote Earth Month and get staff excited about sustainability. They’ve invited all Portland workplaces to join them in reducing throw-away coffee cups, through their Reduce Reuse Recaffeinate campaign, and will provide prizes to winners of the raffle at the end of this month.
Individuals from a wide variety of Portland businesses gathered to share challenges and advice around workplace sustainability efforts.
Last week, 60 individuals from a variety of organizations around Portland gathered to share challenges and advice around workplace sustainability. The crowd at Sustainability at Work’s fourth Problem Solved event was engaged, and ready to share challenges and offer solutions.
Here are some of the top challenges we heard at the event, along with advice provided by fellow attendees:
How do we get buy-in from management?
How can I get co-workers to care?
We use so many paper towels!
Home-based businesses can take advantage of residential energy and water saving programs.
Home-based businesses are able to take advantage of many of the free resources for residences in Portland.
Whatever the motivation — be it cost-savings, improved working conditions, or just the good feeling of making a positive difference — here are a few great ways to improve your home-based business’s sustainability: