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04/18/14

Earth Day 2017

Earth Day

At Veolia, it's our mission to protect people and improve the environment. We work towards this goal every day of the year, but each spring, Earth Day reminds us that the decisions we make in our own communities can have an impact on the entire globe for generations to come.
 

"Don't think you can't make a difference because you're just one person."

If every person in the world changed one habit to improve the environment, we'd be almost 7 billion steps further than where we are today. Start with some of these easy steps, and let's be green together!

The Light Police
Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Better yet, take advantage of natural light during the day and save your watts for after dark. And when your traditional bulbs burn out, replace them with a CFL of comparable wattage to save energy and money.
 
Reduce Waste
Buy products that use recyclable or minimal packaging, and invest in reusable containers as a green alternative to disposable options. If you can, compost your food scraps and yard waste, which combined account for almost a quarter of all household waste generated in the U.S.
 
Print Responsibly
Whenever possible, review documents electronically, versus printing them. When printing is required, use the "print preview" feature on your computer to check for formatting errors, run documents double-sided and avoid color printing. Remember that many printer cartridges can also be recycled.

Be Water Wise
Make an effort to avoid letting the water run. Just turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving can save more than 200 gallons of water per month. Fixing a running toilet can also make a big impact - saving you up to 73,000 gallons annually!

Green Driving
Vehicles that run on alternative energies are one way to reduce your carbon footprint, but there are other tricks that don't involve purchasing a new car. Limit aggressive speeding and stopping maneuvers, use your cruise control, try to drive the speed limit, and opt for windows down over air conditioning.

Adjust the Temperature
Use a programmable thermostat to optimize your home's energy use by setting different temperatures for the summer, winter, while you’re asleep, when you’re at home and when you’re away. Not only does this help the planet, but it can also significantly reduce your annual energy bill.

Recycling
Do your part by separating your waste and recyclables according to your community's recycling guidelines. Recycling services are also available for electronics, batteries and CFL light bulbs. In fact in many states, it's illegal to dispose of these items in a landfill.

Save Energy
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last 10 times longer and use up to 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. When shopping for new appliances, also look for items that are Energy Star labeled to ensure your appliances meet the latest energy efficiency standards.

Public Transit
Public transportation options and ride sharing programs are a powerful way to be green in how we get around our communities. Carpool with your friends or family whenever possible, and if you're really feeling green, opt to bike or walk!

Unplug!
Many electronics feature an indicator light that uses energy even when the device is switched off. To eliminate this, consider grouping your electronics on power strips and switching them off or unplugging them completely when not in use. You can also use sleep and standby features when stepping away for shorter periods of time.