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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Routine

2012 July 31

By Alexis Glears

This summer, I’m working at EPA. Because this is an agency whose mission is to protect the environment, I decided to try to create long-term, environmentally conscious habits. Every day for a work week, I chose one simple task to work into my daily routine.

On day one, my friends and I went shopping. Instead of using bags from the store, we brought our own. This wasn’t as hard to do as I thought. The only difficult part was remembering to bring bags. To solve this problem, I’ve left some in my car trunk for impromptu shopping trips.

As a college student, I spend a majority of my time on the computer writing papers and surfing the web. On day 2, I explored different ways to save energy while on the computer. I learned that turning your computer off when you step away for more than 2 hours and using the power-down or sleep modes, can significantly reduce energy use. (Note: Screen savers are not energy savers!)

This summer is proving to be a scorcher, so day 3 was all about water. Instead of paying $2 for a plastic bottle of water every day, I brought a reusable water bottle. Bringing my own bottle was so convenient because I could refill the bottle many times a day. Also, I’m very frugal and hate paying for something that should be free.

About 77% of Americans drive alone to work each morning. I usually drive to the local train station and take the subway to work each morning. Instead of driving by myself on day 4, I commuted with my mom. Commuting with other people can save fuel and money for everyone. Plus, it’s always more fun when you have some else come along for the ride.

Advocacy is important when promoting a cause. I love social networking. It’s the quickest way to share information with my generation. On day 5, I used this method to spread awareness of environmental issues. By far, this was the easiest habit to include because I’m constantly on social media.

All of these habits were easy for me; I plan to keep most of them and will try to add more in my quest to being more environmentally conscious.

What are your green habits?

About the author: Alexis Glears is a summer intern in the Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education. She is studying public relations at Hampton University and will be graduating in December 2012.

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16 Responses leave one →
  1. Ernest Martinson permalink
    July 31, 2012

    I am also frugal and, this ties in nicely with a green habit of mine, namely, expounding on how green money must be paid for the use of the green environment. That is why I hope that when you wrote that you hate refilling your water bottle with water that should be free, you meant that your employer had already paid for the water and that was part of your compensation. Land, water, and natural resources should never be free to the user, abuser, and polluter. The earth belongs to all and the way we should share it is by recovery of the resource rent of those who monopolize the resource. This recovery, be it by taxes or dues, is then to be distributed equally to each as a citizen’s dividend a la the oil dividend in Alaska.

  2. August 1, 2012

    One simple task a day can easily help us all to reduce our carbon footprints

  3. August 1, 2012

    thanks for sharing

  4. August 3, 2012

    Congratulations for your efforts to reduce consumption of energy. So many things are wasted in the world and energy is one of them.

  5. Sharon permalink
    August 5, 2012

    Good job :)
    I compost all my kitchen peelings-egg shells, etc.
    I tear off the bottoms of statements and never throw away paper that I can use for notes (even it means ripping off the writing/typing etc). I cut them into neat pieces and staple them together. Some people reuse old envelopes.
    I unplug my computer-television-dvd players when not in use because they are still draining electricity. :)
    So much more….Etc., etc., etc.

  6. Lorien Walsh permalink
    August 6, 2012

    You’ve provided some great insights, but please remember that clean water is NEVER free. Many people work around the clock to ensure that we can safely enjoy this resource.

  7. August 6, 2012

    On a global level, using a refillable/reusable bottles to carry filtered or healthy tap water will reduce depedence on bottled water. Reducing plastic wastes will reduce energy on municipal waste collections, reduce energy on biosolids processing, and of course reduce dependence on oil.

  8. August 8, 2012

    Excellent post about reduce energy.

    If the people follow all you mentioned there is a lot of energy saved and
    reuse of products that makes less polution.

    Thank you for posting

  9. August 10, 2012

    thank you for all information

  10. August 13, 2012

    This is really useful

  11. klima servisi permalink
    September 20, 2012

    Excellent post about reduce energy.

  12. Bal Harbour permalink
    November 16, 2012

    This tree words explain what we need here in US “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

  13. John Schneider Eunea permalink
    December 8, 2012

    Excellent post.

  14. Klima Teknik Servisi permalink
    February 22, 2013

    thank you for this information sharing…

  15. Klima Servis permalink
    July 10, 2013

    Thank you for this useful post.

  16. Facebook aç permalink
    January 30, 2014

    This blog is really very nice. I’m your followers.

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