Sustainability 101

After Earth Day – Five Things To Do

Here are five things you can do to keep the Earth Day momentum going year-round.

  • Who are you going to call? Know who to contact when you have a question about sustainability at work. It could be your sustainability consultant or a member of your office green team. If there is no point person, consider nominating someone to the task.  And make sure your colleagues and tenants know there is someone they can turn to for help. No one likes to find themselves at a dead end. Great Forest clients can always click here to ask a question or call.
  • Set a goal. It could be a simple personal goal, like a vow to only use reusable mugs; or a corporate or building-wide goal, perhaps to reduce energy use or start a composting program. Setting a goal will give you something to work towards all year, not just on Earth Day.
  • Pay attention to e-waste. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world today. In the U.S., many states have started to institute rules governing their proper disposal. See this fact sheet to learn more about e-waste and universal waste, and what you should do.
  • Learn.  In the spirit of Earth Day, make a personal effort to continue the “teach-in”. Pick a topic and find out more about it.  It could be recycling, LEED, green energy, or something more global like pollution or climate change.
  • Do. Put what you have learnt into action. For example, knowing why and how you should recycle is great, but actually recycling properly is better.
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