Green Tip Archive
|Green Tip Archive|
|Winter 2021 Green Tip |
Lower your thermostat: Reducing the temperature on your heating system’s thermostat by a few degrees will, over the course of a year, reduce the amount of energy and money you spend on heating.
The Week of Monday, December 7
Nearly 40 percent of food produced in the United States goes to waste. This uneaten food represents losses of billions of dollars, pollutes the environment, contributes to the climate emergency, and does nothing to help the one in eight Americans struggling with food insecurity. For food service businesses, wasted food accounts for higher costs on food purchasing, and often results in higher-than-necessary disposal charges. San Francisco’s new food waste prevention program Kitchen Zero SF will help your business track and reduce food waste, eliminating the needless extra costs that result.
The Week of Monday, November 30
Six tips for sustainable holiday decorations via Green Philly: http://www.thegreencities.com/lifestyle/6-tips-for-sustainable-holiday-decorations/.
The Week of Monday, November 16
California Green Business Network is helping small businesses adapt to uncertainty durign COVID-19. To access their resources, check out their website: greenbusinessca.org.
|The Week of Monday, November 9 |
Protect your home, the sewer system, and the environment by disposing of the following items in the trash, not in the toilet or down the drain:
More information about the proper disposal of these items can be found on Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts' website here.
|The Week of Monday, October 26 |
Check out these composting dos and don'ts via California Green Business Network (CAGBN):
|The Week of Monday, October 12 |
Employers that offer telework programs to their employees realize many benefits. According to the International Telework Association and Council, on average, teleworking yields:
In addition, telework programs are a strategy for employers that must comply with South Coast AQMD’s Rule 2202, help meet air quality regulations, or submit Trip Reduction Plans to local cities.
Learn more about the benefits of teleworking on L.A. Metro's website: https://www.metro.net/riding/rideshare/.
|The Week of Monday, October 5 |
Learn about cost-effective ways to save water by visiting West Basin Municpal Water District's conservation website: https://conservation.westbasin.org/.
|The Week of Monday, September 28 |
Dispose of hazardous and electronic waste at collection events scheduled throughout L.A. County via Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. For list of upcoming events, follow this link.
The Week of Monday, September 14
Look into rebates available from some of our Partners to save money, energy, and water:
The Week of Monday, September 8
The California Green Business Network and partners presented a webinar series aimed to help businesses adapt and Recover, Build Resilience, and Incorporate Sustainability into the years that come. Check out their library here: https://greenbusinessca.org/green-tips/id/85/.
The Week of Monday, August 31
Use the Eco-Labels Directory: the Consumers Union's useful guide to environmental labels across a wide variety of industries. Examples of labels: Safer Choice and Green Seal. Additional certifications.
The Week of Monday, August 24
Nearly 40 percent of food produced in the United States goes to waste. This uneaten food represents losses of billions of dollars, pollutes the environment, contributes to the climate emergency, and does nothing to help the one in eight Americans struggling with food insecurity. For food service businesses, wasted food accounts for higher costs on food purchasing, and often results in higher-than-necessary disposal charges. San Francisco’s new food waste prevention program Kitchen Zero SF will help your business track and reduce food waste, eliminating the needless extra costs that result: https://greenbusinessca.org/green-tips/id/88/.
The Week of Monday, August 17
Establishing a Green Team in your organization is essential to engaging employees in your green practices and generating creative ideas and support for your sustainability goals. Read page 5 of this document to learn how to start one: https://greenbiztracker.org/api/wordpress/green-tip/view-doc-file?fileHash=4b4fc6bd238d56c42e16722e3c44827a.
The Week of Monday, August 10
Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps or food waste each year, representing about 18 percent of all the material that goes to landfills. The emissions resulting from the decomposition of organic wastes in land-fills have been identified as a significant source of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions contributing to global climate change. California’s new Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling law (AB 1826) requires businesses to recycle their organic waste. More information can be found here, which provides links to resources and tools for various business sectors (restaurants, schools, hospitality, etc) to reduce thier food waste: https://greenbusinessca.org/green-tips/id/79/.
The Week of Monday, July 13
In 2009, the California Sustainability Alliance assembled an expert group of professionals with substantial experience in commercial real estate to develop and test strategies to overcome the significant barriers to greening the 90% of California’s commercial office space that is leased. This effort focused on “green leasing”, i.e., integrating sustainability practices into the entire commercial leasing process. Follow this link for more a step-by-step guide to green leases for property managers: https://greenbusinessca.org/green-tips/id/65/.
The Week of Monday, June 29
Employee Resource Guide: this guide is full of resources and information employees can use to help them go green at the workplace and at home! Use this guide to improve the health of yourself, your colleagues, your family, and the environment: https://greenbusinessca.org/green-tips/id/82/.
The Week of Monday, June 15
Single-use food containers are often treated with chemicals known as PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) to make them water and grease resistant, but these chemicals are harmful to our health and should be avoided.
The Week of Monday, June 1
Find out how enviromental groups are supporting workers during COVID-19: https://www.earthshare.org/workersandcovid/.
Aerators: Install flow restrictor aerators inside all faucets for a savings of 3 to 4 gallons per minute.
Check out our Partner West Basin Municipal Water District's FREE "Change & Save" program, which distributes aeorators and other water-efficient devices: https://change-save.com/.
The Week of Monday, May 11
Home Shade: In hot areas, if you have west-facing windows use window treatments such as blinds, tints, deciduous trees or trellises to help keep out heat from the summer sun. In general, you will lower your summer air-conditioning bill by planting trees and bushes along the west side of your home.
The Week of Monday, May 4
Fix Leaks Promptly! It is estimated that 13.7% of household water is wasted by leaks. Check your water meter when no one is using water in the house. If it's moving there's a leak. A running toilet can waste 2 gallons a minute. Check by adding food coloring to the tank without flushing. After 10 minutes, look for leaks indicated by color in the bowl. This is most likely a worn flapper valve that can easily be replaced.
The Week of Monday, April 27
Set goals to reduce your energy consumption:
The Week of Monday, March 30
Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis. By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future.
The Week of Monday, March 23
Buy Only What You Need: Buy only as much as you know you'll use for items such as food, cleaning supplies, and paint.
The Week of Monday, March 16
Choose greener hygiene products. It’s time to start reading the backs of your bottles. Some personal hygiene and beauty products contain harmful substances known to be skin irritants, poisons and even carcinogens. Choosing natural-ingredient products over those highly processed ones has many benefits.
First, the toxins will no longer be coming in contact with your body each day, and you’ll also be avoiding companies that produce excessive greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing.
So, which ingredients should you avoid and what products might contain them? In partnership with the Environmental Working Group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has created Skin Deep, a searchable online database of cosmetics and personal care products where you can check your sunscreen, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and more for toxic ingredients.
The Week of Monday, March 9
Pack-it-Out: If you are traveling and no recycle bins are available, pack your recyclables home with you whenever possible.
The Week of Monday, March 2
Mug-to-Go: carry a mug with you wherever you go for take out beverages.
The Week of Monday, February 24
Keyhole Garden: create a garden with a raised bed, lasagna garden, composting, and recycling system all rolled into one. The design creates a garden that uses recycled materials, less water and maintenance, and can be made handicap-accessible.
The Week of Monday, February 17
Offer your employees a greener 401k retirement plan.
The Week of Monday, February 3
Shade-Grown or Bird Friendly Coffee: Switching to shade-grown and bird friendly coffee helps protect dwindling bird habitats.
The Week of Monday, January 27
Check out environmentally-friendly soap nuts (Sapindus) to replace your laundry detergent. It can also be used as a general cleaning soap.
The Week of Monday, January 20
Fixers Collective: create or join a fixers collective in your community to get together once a month or so to help each other repair broken appliances and other household items.
The Week of Monday, January 13
The Freecycle Network provides an online community tool for giving and receiving free stuff.
The Week of Monday, January 6
Set goals to reduce your water consumption:
The Week of Monday, December 16
Observe an Eco-Sabbath: for one day, afternoon or hour a week, don't buy anything, don't use machines, don't switch on anything electric, don't cook, don't answer your phone and, in general, don't use any resources. (source)
The Week of Monday, December 9
For your business/organization, look into developing an Environmental Management Systems (EMS) or Integrated Management System: a set of management processes and procedures that allows an organization to analyze, control, and reduce the environmental impact of its activities, products, and services while operating with greater efficiency and control.
|The Week of Monday, December 2 |
Drop off packing peanuts at a local packing, shipping, or moving store.
|The Week of Monday, November 11 |
Attention entrepreneurs, consider becoming a B Corporation: a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
The Week of Monday, November 4
When you are out hiking, pick up trash along the way.
The Week of Monday, October 28
Gift eco-art: eco-Artware promotes gifts made from reused and natural materials.
The Week of Monday, October 21
Consider purchasing gifts from companies focused on providing products which use renewable energy sources (i.e., solar powered radio or outdoor lighting).
The Week of Monday, October 14
The No-Gift Gift: Offer/ask for gifts that don't involve buying anything. For example, time together, a back rub, babysitting, offer to teach something you know how to do, donation to charity, certified carbon offsets, seeds from your garden, tickets to an event(musical, lecture series, play, concert, etc.), nontoxic house cleaning service, gift certificates for spas, movie or music downloads, etc.
The Week of Monday, October 7
If you are in a mild climate and your building has an automation system, consider cooling the building at night with outside air. This strategy lowers the temperature of the overall building mass, resulting in a smaller cooling load during the day.
The Week of Monday, September 30
Check alerts on equipment that can overheat.
The Week of Monday, September 23
Using BAS data, create a heat map to analyze timing of individual building peak demand, evaluate patters of energy use across time and day, check coincidence factors to discover partial contribution to total peak demand of multi-building complexes, and reduce peak energy demand.
The Week of Monday, September 16
Install occupancy sensors to turn off lights when room is not being used.
The Week of Monday, September 9
Make sure equipment run time matches occupancy. If a room is not occupied, make sure air conditioning is not on in that room.
The Week of Monday, September 2
Turn off heat producing equipment when not in use (printers, copiers, monitors).
The Week of Monday, August 26
Shut off exhaust fans when the rooms they serve are unoccupied unless health codes require constant ventilation.
The Week of Monday, August 19
Shade windows, doors, and skylights with awnings, sunscreens, and blinds.
The Week of Monday, August 12
Keep programmable thermostats set to turn air conditioning on 30 minutes before occupants arrive and off 30 to 60 minutes before they leave. Make sure your system is operating within the building policy set points.
The Week of Monday, August 5
Unless your city/county requires you to bag recyclables, don’t do it! It can get tangled in equipment, starts fires, and shut down machinery. It’s dangerous for facility workers, too!
The Week of Monday, July 29
Pick greener mutual funds and ETFs. There are now so many SRI funds out there that there’s sure to be one that meets your investing style. Check out EarthShare members As You Sow and Green America to see their top picks, or visit Morningstar or Charles Schwab for their own environmentally-friendly fund ideas. If your employer-sponsored retirement broker doesn’t offer the fund you’re looking for, ask them to carry it!
The Week of Monday, July 22
Review your holdings. Have you ever taken a careful look through the holdings in your mutual funds or ETFs? Surprised to find some companies in there you find problematic? The first step in green investing is understanding how your money is being used and coming up with a plan to make it work for your goals.
The Week of Monday, July 15
Use an insulated cooler to bring your lunch to work. “Brown-bagging” it to work may sound nice, but you should try to avoid costly paper waste if you can. Instead of using disposables for your daily lunch, invest in an insulated cooler you can use for years.
The Week of Monday, July 8
Make homemade, healthy meals with few ingredients. Processed foods require lots of labor and energy to make, use too much packaging, then require transportation to the store. You can avoid much of the environmental impact of processed foods by buying ingredients in bulk and making meals simple meals at home. As a bonus, homemade meals are almost always healthier.
Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Re-purpose old towels and t-shirts and cut them into small cleaning cloths.
The Week of Monday, June 24
Choose reusable diapers. Disposable diapers add tons of waste to our landfills every year. And since they’re not biodegradable, the waste they leave behind will linger for thousands of years. You can cut down on this waste and save money by choosing cloth diapers instead. You’ll need to pay to launder cloth diapers, but the costs don’t come close to buying disposables for the first few years of a child’s life.
The Week of Monday, June 17
1Borrow tools and supplies when you need them. Even if you use tools often, you can save money and waste by borrowing from friends and neighbors instead. If each of your friends invests in a few smart tools that complement each other instead of buying a full set, everyone could pool resources, save money, and save some much-needed space in their garage.
The Week of Monday, June 10
Eat leftovers. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, approximately one third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted every year. To reduce waste, make sure to eat leftovers instead of throwing them away. Certain foods freeze well, while others can be saved and reheated for days.
The Week of Monday, June 3
Skip makeup, or make your own. Commercial makeup contains all kinds of chemicals that are absorbed by your skin. You can avoid nasty chemicals, save money, and do something creative by creating your own makeup hues – or skipping makeup altogether.
The Week of Monday, May 27
Check out the library, or invest in a Kindle. Buying new books is a pastime for many people, but the paper costs, shipping, and production of said books adds up quickly. To make your reading hobby as environmentally-friendly as possible, check out books from your local library when you can. Also consider investing in a Kindle so you can read new books guilt-free.
The Week of Monday, May 20
Universal wastes are hazardous wastes that are widely produced by households and many different types of businesses. Learn what products qualify and how to properly dispose of them: http://ow.ly/ARMX30nfGMM.
Interested in joining the California Green Business Network?
Hawthorne businesses: http://ow.ly/BJj630nfDPh
Torrance businesses: http://ow.ly/37ZA30nfDRm