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Question of the Week: How did you do on your 2009 environmental resolutions?

2009 December 28

A year ago we asked you to share your 2009 New Years resolutions to help protect the environment.  Share what you did and why.

How did you do on your 2009 environmental resolutions?

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  1. wade harter permalink
    December 28, 2009

    I am proud to say that our company meet our environmental goals for 2009. We were able to comply with our NPDES, Storm Water, Hazardous Waste and Clean Air Permits without a single exception (violation). Are we proud of the fact that we are protecting the environment? Yes. Did it cost us dollars? Yes. Did this add to the cost of our manufactured goods? Yes. Did this make it harder to compete with overseas companies who do not have such environmental regulations? Yes. This is another reason (low labor rates in China, etc is also a reason) why we need FAIR trade not just FREE trade

  2. sayedalim permalink
    December 28, 2009

    Best thing i could do i dont use my car prefere to use my foot or the bicycle. May it help.

  3. Mariojosé ANGELES permalink
    December 28, 2009

    Dear Friends,

    The first contamination is the contamination of the thought.
    Discipline our thoughts is the key of the better world. If we purify our feelings we purify the environment.

    Happy Christmas and happy New Year!!

  4. Nitish Garg permalink
    December 28, 2009

    I study in 8th class and have made an organisation in class for environment. I encourage the members to reduce,reuse and recycle materials; not to burn extensive of crackers and many more things. I continuously add something in the group so as to make the aim more effective.
    I also send scraps to people via E-mail regarding environmental concerns.

  5. AbdulRahman permalink
    December 28, 2009

    In our hotel we adapted and implement seperation of Garbage solid from Carton, Plastics and glasses.

    We build indoor Garbage Room Refrigerated Instead of outside to prevent environmentsl smell and polution to our community.

    We already start to talk to food supplier about what we do in our hotel and what we want from them as a supplier to adapt what we required if they can if not we will be happy to look for a new one.

  6. AbdulRahman permalink
    December 28, 2009

    We are also looking to educate our employees in order to be familiar with our intetion for green invironment

    By the next year we already have partnership with National Geographic where all our rooms and offices views the channel in order to promote that our support for green is solid.

    We are having many plans deparment wise to spread this values we have in our hotel and we are even ready to go out soon.

  7. Harry DeLong permalink
    December 28, 2009

    2009 was a year of accomplishments. My wife and I had planned to increase insulation in the attic, Accomplished part way. We will be improving both the quantity and the coverage in 2010. We had planned to replace all windows and doors with new and more efficient units. This is completed and the impact has already been noticed. The new windows replaced drafty broken sealed thermal windows with Anderson units. The last item is to replace two gas furnaces (70% efficient) that were 14 plus years old and two air conditioners ( we are on two floors) with a geothermal heat pump system. As I write this, the system is being installed and is scheduled to be completed by Thursday of this week. Next year will be one of monitoring the energy used as a result of the work done this year.

  8. Jackenson Durand permalink
    December 28, 2009

    I was bringing my word on a larger scale. I had not ceased spreading this same word. Sustainability has being my preponderant action.
    I should do those because of my particular love for nature and the environment that are playing the primary role in human health and so on…

  9. Joan permalink
    December 28, 2009

    The problem with resolutions is that I can barely remember what resolutions I made a year ago.
    We should do them month by month!
    What would be a good one for January?
    Happy New Year, all!

  10. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    December 28, 2009

    I was involved in several things in 2009. One was to begin the process that is leading to the recycled water project at our condominium complex. This needed the support of the 4 other board of directors members, the property management company and 2 water districts because the recycled water supply line is in one district but the complex is in the other. It all finally came together and the project will be going in in early 2010. This will be very important for our local environment because we are in a drought area and the complex has more landscaping than most in our county. It will also cut the water bills of the association by 80%. More native plants are being planted and where they have not been done so yet, the older nonajustible metal sprinklers are being replaced with new ajustible ones to make every drop of water count.
    As a member of People First Orange County Chapter and the Transit Advocates of Orange County, I was able to help make sure our south county bus routes stayed in place at a time when the transit district orgiginally wanted to eliminate over 25 bus routes including all but 2 in south county. When the transit board made their final decisions on bus service in November they decided that not only would they not eliminate bus routes in March, but that weekday bus service in March would stay the same as it is now. That was an important win because thebiggest emmitters of grenn house gases in the transportation system are cars. So every person who uses the bus or Metrolink trains takes one more car off the roads to reduce green house gases, air pollution and highway congestion. Transit will play a ctritical role in reducing harmful emissions and all the buses our transit district operates run on CNG or LNG, not diesel.
    Those were the 2 big things for 2009. Things for 2010 include the possibility of placing solar powered trash compactors at the complex that could reduce trash truck pickups by 80%. And since we have a large landscape, setting up a composting program to convert leaves and grass clippings to fertilizer to be reused on the grounds instead of going to the landfill. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  11. Patrick C permalink
    December 29, 2009

    July 2009 i changed my household electric account over to a firm who provides wind mill electricity, they use most of the income to keep building windmills to generate elec. they are a little more expensive but I dont feel so guilty any more. Kind Regards to all and Happy New Year.

  12. Al Bannet permalink
    December 29, 2009

    All these comments and changes are designed to support growing economies around the World, which are blundering into the limitations of a slowly shrinking planet. But it appears no one is willing to think about it, let alone do anything to stop it, because, apparently, the instinct to grow and dominate rules our human behavior.

  13. Francisco L. Cascelli permalink
    December 29, 2009

    We’re proud to participate in a program fated for Social Responsability and Sustentability, which destined up to R$900,000.00 for the procedures. (this amount ,of the last year, in our country is one of the biggest). We’re a cooperative which envolves 105,000 physicians devoted for the health assistence of 14 millions of clients.Francisco L. Cascelli, Co-ordinator of the Social Responsability and Sustentability, Unimed de Piracicaba,SP,Brazil.

  14. Tara permalink
    December 30, 2009

    Last year I resolved to make one small green change in my life each month to ensure I wouldn’t get overwhelmed or drive my family crazy. Here are some of the greenies I have incorporated in 2009:

    1. Started a vermiculture compost bin (love my worms).
    2. Buy organic produce at local farmers market every Sunday.
    3. Stopped using sandwich baggies.
    4. Bring my coffee to work rather than the daily SBX fix.
    5. Use vinegar to clean.
    6. Take more walks.
    7. Kept Christmas simple (and more meaningful) with fewer gifts.
    8. Work for a solar thermal company.
    9. Drive a hybrid.
    10. Use gift wrap made from recycled paper.
    11. Turned down my water heater a notch (energy conservation) and take shorter showers (water conservation).
    12. Got a home energy audit.

    My top green resolution for 2010 is to actually put the energy audit recommendations to work and make my home more energy efficient.

  15. sharon permalink
    December 30, 2009

    We here in California are doing mighty fine. We like it! We eat from our organic garden, use energy saving devices throughout the house and yard; we are putting in containers to catch rain for watering, use only commercial laundry and dish liquids, and natural soaps for our persons. My husband is retired now and he find this a conquerable challenge – he can give Ed Bagley a run for his money!

  16. yamini permalink
    January 2, 2010

    Till last year I did not do anything to protect our environment. But on the begining of this year I got an idea of planting trees around my house.So let me do things one by one.

  17. tarquinus permalink
    January 18, 2010

    Superbly. I bought several of those hi efficieancy light bulbs but when I got home and started to install them I dropped the box of 4 bulbs and broke them releasing Mercury into the atmosphere of my home. Maybe this is not such a good idea.

  18. HostGator permalink
    June 7, 2010

    i have planted two trees in my garden…and alos lessen the use of car and bikes for short distance…i think i should go for more option as cycle and plant more trees……..

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    June 24, 2011

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