Celebrate Earth Week

April 17th to the 21st is Earth Week

Here are some suggestions Ben Perreault Wagner passed around as suggestions for the celebration.

Monday April 17th – Bring a reusable water bottle/cup

  • It is estimated that there are 315 BILLION pounds of plastic in the ocean!
  • Did you know?
    • In the North Pacific alone there as a garbage patch twice the size of Texas!
    • It takes over 1,000 years for plastic to decompose and can be very destructive to marine ecosystems.

Recycle reduce reuse earth weekTuesday April 18th – Annual campus clean up

  • Give us 15 minutes of your time and Wagner will give 15 minutes too! Meet at 11:45 AM in the Plant 1 lunchroom. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided! You’ll be assigned in small groups to clean up trash outside and help make the property shine for summer visits.  We’ll blitz the grounds until 12:15 PM and you’ll still have the remainder of your lunch period to eat a quick bite.
  • Those who participate will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa Gift Card.
  • All who participate will also receive a free Wagner water bottle.

Wednesday, April 19th — Carpool to work today

  • If you do this every day, you can save 50% or more on gas!
  • Alternative options to save gas:
    • Public transportation
    • Biking

Thursday, April 20th — Eat a vegetarian meal

  • Lowering meat consumption is the single most important thing you can do to help save our planet.
  • The carbon footprint of planting, fertilizing, watering, transporting, and processing both the crops to feed cattle and the cattle themselves make up almost a quarter of total global greenhouse gas emissions. (https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data)
  • Did you know it takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef?!

Friday, April 21th – Shut off and unplug for the weekend.

  • Taking quick walk through of your office/shop department/home and making sure lights, computers, fans, radios, entertainment centers, equipment, cellphone and laptop chargers, are all shut off and unplugged before departing for the weekend can make a huge collective difference for your time investment.
  • If you do a two-minute walk through for a two day trip and find four lights and the television on (or the equivalent) your hourly wage for that effort is $34.88.


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