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Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with URecFit and CulinArt at the SMC Campus Center!

We’re all caretakers of the Earth. Learn how to empower others as well as yourself to make a positive impact on the planet.

Become more environmentally friendly by joining URecFit and CulinArt on Thursday, April 20, at noon in the lobby of the SMC Campus Center.

Take Action on Earth Day!

  • Bring in three plastic grocery bags and receive a recycled grocery tote
  • Bring in three water bottles and receive a recycled 25 oz. water bottle
  • Participate in the 5K walk/run and receive a mini herb garden
  • Learn about and sign up for the Green Office Program
  • Enjoy some edible dirt
  
Julia Wightman Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University Administration, University Life, USGAApril 17, 20170 comments
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Earth-Day

Energy Conservation

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate this year by conserving energy!

Fact: Walking up two flights of stairs saves 72 kilowatts of energy each trip.
Tip: Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Burn calories, not energy!

Fact: Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light, and 90 percent of this energy is wasted as heat.
Tip: Replace your five most frequently used light bulbs to save money and energy!

Fact: As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
Tip: Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.

Fact: Electronics, chargers, and appliances use energy even when they’re off.
Tip: Unplug to save energy!

Fact: Adjusting your thermostat to the recommended temperature can save 5 to 15 percent on your bill each year.
Tip: Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees during the winter and 78 degrees during the summer.

Fact: Turning off your office lights when not in use saves $160 per year.
Tip: Conserve energy, and turn off the lights.

Resources

  
Sarah RebackBikeUMB, Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 22, 20160 comments
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Stop-Idling

Cut Your Carbon Emissions

Fact: American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic, which adds up to 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.
Tip: Sign up for Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) carpool program!

Fact: Taking public transportation reduces the nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually.
Tip: Sign up for one of PTS’s alternate transportation programs!

Fact: Did you know that Americans waste 3.8 millions gallons of fuel every day from idling our vehicles?
Tip: Pledge to turn off your car when you know you’ll be idling for more than 10 seconds.

Fact: By taking one car off the road for one day’s average commute, you can save an estimated 26 lbs of CO2.
Tip:
Challenge yourself to bike to work or school.

Fact: Studies have shown up to 30 percent of the difference in miles per gallon (MPG) is due to driving habits alone.
Tip: Save more than a ton of CO2 per year by accelerating slowly and smoothly, driving the speed limit, maintaining a steady speed, anticipating your stops and starts, and keeping your tires properly inflated.

Resources

  
Sarah RebackCollaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 21, 20160 comments
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Fact: Did you know that more than 350 million printer cartridges are discarded in landfills annually?
Tip: Submit a work order to have someone pick up your empty ink cartridges!

Fact: Americans throw away 50 million metric tons of electronic waste per year.
Tip: Reduce e-waste and recycle your electronics instead! Submit a work order online or call 410-706-7570.

Fact: The average employee wastes 10,000 sheets of copy paper annually.
Tip: Save the environment and go paperless.

Fact: Every day, the average American produces four and a half pounds of trash — 75 percent of which is recyclable.
Tip: Read up on the recycling rules and make sure you are recycling everything you can!

Fact: 50 percent of office waste comes from paper.
Tip: Instead of throwing away old documents, shred them and reuse them as packing material in shipments.

  
Sarah RebackCollaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 20, 20160 comments
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Four Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

April 22 is Earth Day and we can all do our part to help the environment. How often do you pay attention to the amount of trash you create each week? How much of that trash could be recycled, composted, or reused for some other purpose? Here are some tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and to reduce the amount of waste you produce.

What Can You Do?

1) Buy local and/or plant your own garden.
2) Reduce food waste.
3) Cut back on water use.
4) Use reusable containers.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

  
Elizabeth ParkerBikeUMB, Education, For B'more, People, UMB Go Green, University LifeApril 13, 20160 comments
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Earth Week Challenge #4 – Reduce Waste

You just finished eating lunch and you have an empty water bottle, a paper bag, and a plastic Ziploc bag or two sitting in front of you. Instead of tossing them into the trash, why not take the extra couple of seconds to sort through these items and recycle them?

Whether it’s from laziness or misinformation, many of us seem to have a reason for why we don’t recycle. But, no matter what our reasons are, we can all afford to take the time to recycle rather than waste.

Did you know that the average person wastes 1.5 tons of solid waste per year, and only about 30 percent of that amount is actually recycled? True story.

Why Reduce Waste?

  • Waste reduction preserves natural resources. Recycling just one newspaper every month for a year saves a full-grown tree and reduces contributions to air pollution by 95 percent. Challenge: Recycle your newspaper every day.
  • You can help conserve energy. Collecting recyclables and processing them into new materials requires energy, but far less than the amount required to make those same products from new materials.
  • You, too, can fight climate change. Climate change occurs when gasses, such as carbon dioxide and methane, trap heat in our atmosphere. These gasses are generated when energy is created, which is used in the production of new bottles and cans.

Read the whole article for tips, actions, and ideas!

  
Sarah RebackEducation, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeApril 24, 20140 comments
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Earth Week Challenge #3 – Power Down

Each day, we rely on electricity to light our homes and offices, power our appliances, and charge our electronics. Many people also depend on electricity to fill their homes with hot water, heat, and air conditioning.

Unfortunately, the cost of electricity is going up, both in dollars and in environmental and health impacts, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 86 percent of the nation’s power comes from fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, which are natural resources used to generate energy.

By using less energy, and greening the electricity we do use, we can lighten our carbon footprint.

Why Is This Important?

Powering down and saving energy benefits the environment, the economy, and our health:

  • Environmental problems such as global warming, acid rain, and water pollution are all results of fossil fuels that are produced and used in excess.
  • Implementing an efficient energy system can reduce energy costs by $500 per household each year.
  • Ground-level ozone is produced from vehicle pollution, consumer products, and power plants. This kind of pollution can cause coughing, throat irritation, and aggravated asthma. Energy conservation reduces these emissions and the pollution they cause, which can save lives.

Read the whole article for tips, actions, and ideas!

  
Sarah RebackFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeApril 23, 20140 comments
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Earth Week Challenge #2 – Compost

You just finished cooking dinner and you have a pile of potato peels, stems, and bay leaves. Instead of tossing them into the trash, why not throw these food scraps into your compost pile?

When you compost, you recycle organic material that would otherwise end up in a landfill (or at the incinerator, if you are a Baltimorean).

Compost is a valuable resource, as it is used to naturally fertilize gardens and farms.

Unfortunately, compostable food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away.

Why You Should Compost

Composting kitchen scraps:

  • Is a great way to reduce waste and produce nutritious foods for your plants at the same time.
  • Enriches the soil and provides a good environment for microorganisms, earthworms, and insects who break down soil elements – and, ultimately, help nourish those plants that never seem to grow.
  • Slows down the loss of plant nutrients, thus preventing them from reaching and polluting water. Plant nutrients carry a significant amount of pesticides and excess nitrate content. An excess amount of soil content in groundwater can pose some serious threats to humans ranging from birth defects to cancer.

Read the whole article for tips, actions, and ideas!

  
Sarah RebackFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeApril 23, 20140 comments
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Earth Day Celebrations for the School of Nursing

Tuesday, April 22, was Earth Day! Here are a few great ways you can honor and celebrate our great planet this week!

GREENSONS Office Swap

April 22 through April 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1st floor across from Room 150
School of Nursing

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It’s prime time for spring cleaning your office. The School of Nursing (SON) Sustainability Committee wants to get help you started by saving some green! Don’t throw your gently used books and office supplies away – recycle them by donating them for reuse!

Please bring all of your goodies down and shop for some new treasures beginning on Tuesday morning. Don’t worry if you can’t participate on Tuesday – the swap will be open for business through Thursday!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) on Campus

The CSA that the University uses is called One Straw Farm. The SMC Campus Center is the pickup site and our time is from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. The CSA runs from June through November. Once signed up, Kate McManus, our campus coordinator sends out a welcome note to everyone with an explanation of the process. You will receive a lot of veggies – Kate suggests that you may want to get together with your colleagues and split shares. Each week you receive eight kinds of veggies and fruits, which fill about two bags. For more Information about the CSA and to sign-up, contact Kate McManus.

DEA National Drug Take Back

April 23 and April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, 1st floor lobby

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Police Force and the School of Pharmacy are participating in the DEA National Drug Take Back Initiative. This event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs – perfect for Earth Week 2014! Please contact UMB Police Chief Jones with questions or concerns.

Baltimore Green Week Events & Activities

April 18 through April 26

Baltimore Green Works offers a series of programs focused on promoting environmental awareness and best sustainable practices in and around Baltimore. In an effort to highlight local resources, Baltimore Green Works partners with local businesses, organizations, and individuals who work to provide earth-friendly and sustainable products and services to our community.

The series offers the public a variety of educational workshops, lectures, films, tours, and hands-on projects. Take part in discussions surrounding issues such as climate change, sustainable food and agriculture, water conservation, and energy efficiency within the home.

The capstone event for this series is the EcoFest, a community celebration and outdoor festival.  

  
Rebecca ShelleyCollaboration, Education, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeApril 23, 20140 comments
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Eat Locally - Earth Week

Earth Week Challenge #1 – Eat Locally

Where Does Your Food Come From?

The average American meal consists of foods that come from five different countries that are doused with chemicals to sustain the freshness.

Take the Eat Locally Challenge!

Eating locally is a commitment to buying most or all of your food from local sources, which is a step in the right direction to having control over the foods that make it into your body.

Why Is This Important?

Buying locally helps the environment and your community:

  • Since much of the food you buy at your local grocery store travels from miles away, locally grown food cuts back on carbon emissions and their impact on our climate.
  • Buying locally also promotes natural soil fertility and water conservation, while prohibiting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and synthetic chemicals from making their way into your food and eventually your body.
  • When you eat locally, you support local growers and your local economy.

Read the whole article for tips, actions, and ideas!

  
Sarah RebackFor B'more, Global & Community Engagement, University LifeApril 22, 20140 comments
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