Growing up, it was easy for me to describe Earth Day. It was a day we got to spend playing outdoors. A day where recess was a little bit longer than usual. Now that I’m older, the meaning of Earth Day has evolved. It’s a day to think about our world; how beautiful it is and what we need to do to protect it.
Preserving our environment has become very important to me. As the chair of HAP’s Wellness and Safety Committee, my mission is to get my colleagues and my community (especially HAP members) on a path to a more sustainable future. We all need to work toward reducing our carbon footprints. And small changes lead to big results.
So, this Earth Day, will you make a small change in your daily routine? Here are a few easy ways you can get started at work or at home:
- Car pool, walk or bike to work.
- Don’t toss out those paper scraps. Use them to take notes.
- Print double sided whenever possible.
- Recycle office products.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Turn off computer monitors, printers, copy machines and lights when they’re not in use.
- Use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies to help reduce pollution.
- Go paperless with your cable bill, phone bill and even your EOB.
- Plant a garden to relieve stress and reconnect with nature.
- Reduce waste by purchasing permanent not disposable items
- Save energy by turning off appliances and lights when not in use.
- Skip the bottled water and use a water filter to purify tap water.
- Use the Energy Star program using energy efficient products.
Earth Day marks our commitment to protecting our environment. But our planet is worthy of a little attention more than one day a year. By making these small changes to our daily routines, we can impact the planet in a powerful way.
Looking for more ways to get involved? See these resources.