For those who believe “Earth Day is Everyday”.

  "We the people who protect",

Donate this server and hosting services in reflection of "Earth Day being everyday".

Find out more at 'Great Lake Services of Wisconsin'

 

To all EHS professionals,

I would personally like to thank all of you for your career choice dedicated to protecting our greatest resources, “People and The Planet”.

You have made a difference in my life and the world around you.

Sincerely,

 

Christopher Haase

Environmental, Health and Safety Director

 


About "The People Who Protect"

We are not activists, treehuggers or politicians... we are EHS professionals who have thoroughly enjoyed everything this planet and its people have offered us and want to extend the quality of life for both. Our careers and actions are dedicated to this effort and lifelong goal.


 

EarthDay top 10 list.... So, what can you do?

Earth Day should reflect on the benefits we all can have on the environment we so enjoy.

 

Contributing to a clean environment should be everyone's responsibility, by working together to reduce pollution sources; we can limit the harmful effects on our children and families.

 

But traditionally Earth Day is utilized by finger pointing alarmists to scare the pants off the public with stories of impending disaster and eco destruction that are wrecking our fragile environment.

 

This constant doom and gloom information discourages many individuals to make even the slightest change, as they perceive that individually we can have no impact on this global problem.

 

That couldn’t be further from the truth… The fact is that if just a third of US make better choices in our daily lives to conserve and preserve there is a good chance of eliminating these problems.

 

BELIEVE IT! If a third of us agree to stand against the gravest threat in human history, and do our part collectively we can make a huge impact.

 

What's more, many of the ideas that protect the environment also save us money. That helps the economy and dependence on outside energy sources.

 

So what can you do? Quite literally, YOU can stop “Ton’s” of emissions and waste by entering the environment by following some good and practical ideas. I have included the list below of little things you can do today and everyday to make a difference.

 

Earth Day should be a celebration of our individual commitment to protect the environment and how each one of us continues to make a difference. Celebrate that releases of toxic chemicals dropped 42% from 1998 to 2003*!

 

 

Pass this email this on to anyone who cares to make that difference.

 

Thanks for caring,

 

 

Christopher Haase

 

 


 

HERE MY EARTHDAY TOP 10 LIST!

1. Donate your old phone
2. Recycle your old computer
3. Convert your light bulbs
4. Driving differently and get hybrid results!
5. Turn down refrigerator and air conditioning
6. Plant a tree or plant in your backyard
7. Properly dispose of hazardous household waste
8. Recycle batteries for free or even make $
9. Remove hazardous cleaners
10. We have already made a difference...
 

 

1. Donate your old phone?

HopeLine(SM) phone has recycled more than 600,000 phones since 2001. In 2005 alone, nearly 150,000 pounds of batteries were recycled through the national HopeLine(SM) service!

Possible tax benefits… http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

 

 

2. Recycle, but don’t donate your old computer?

According to the U.S. EPA, nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years. As more companies, organizations, and individuals find reasons to upgrade their computer equipment, the problem of disposing of old equipment grows.

Don’t give away your problems! Contact the refurbisher or recycler before donating…

Out-of-date computer systems can be more of a burden than a blessing to schools and nonprofits, as it can cost them up to $400 to bring a pre-Pentium computer up to today's standards. Donate computers to a recycler or refurbisher, rather than directly to these other groups.

Computer Recycling Resources

There are approximately 400 nonprofit and school-based refurbishers in the U.S. A Large listing of non-commercial refurbishers in the country can be found at:

 

 

3. Convert your light bulbs!

When your light bulb burns out swap it with a fluorescent or LED bulb ($3 to $6). If every U.S. household replaced a burned-out bulb with ENERGY STAR bulbs, the cumulative effect would prevent more than 13 billion pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere – which is like taking more than a million cars off the road for an entire year. Other light saving conservation includes turning off unneeded lights, open the curtains and bring natural sunlight into your home when feasible.

 

 

4. Just driving differently and maintaining your car can save TON’s!

Paying attention to fuel efficiency in your car may be the single best thing you can do to prevent pollution. All of things on this list save on gas (saving you money) and can provide near “hybrid” improvement during normal driving.

  • Use your cruise! It cuts down on other unnecessary speed changes which can eat up gas. A Edmunds.com's test, the got almost 14 percent better mileage using cruise control.

  • Drive less or share a ride – once a week saves 1 ton of CO2 a year!

  • Keep your car tuned up. It can double fuel efficiency and add to another ton of CO2 a year!

  • Slow down and watch your braking.

  • Using “lighter” viscosity oil can save 2-3 mpg in cold weather.

  • Keep starts and stops smooth.  “jackrabbit starts and abrupt stops” waste gas and cause extra wear.

  • Maintain tires and keep wheels aligned. Low tire air pressure is dangerous - and costly. It creates a drag on the engine, prematurely wears out tires and burns more gas. Misaligned wheels, worn wheel bearings or dragging brakes also can reduce fuel economy by 10%

  • Use your air conditioner wisely. Running your air conditioner can waste gas. Use fresh air at low speeds. On hot days, park in the shade and open the windows a few minutes to let hot air escape.

  • Lighten the load. Added weight lowers fuel economy. Removing extra “stuff” in the back and truck can make a difference.

  • Avoid traffic. Stop-and-go traffic takes a drastic toll on fuel usage. If at all possible, plan your trips to avoid periods of peak traffic congestion.

  • CAR POOL – It is funnier to drive with a friend than no one at all

  • Plan your errands. Try to combine short trips with your daily commute on the way home from work.

  • Fill up in the morning. You’ll get slightly more fuel for your dollar if you fill up when it’s cooler outside. (Cooler gasoline is more compact.) Over time, the savings can add up.

  • Perform routine car care. Dirty air filters and oil filters, worn spark plugs, neglected oil changes and problems with the emission-control system can reduce fuel economy.

 

 

5. Turn down refrigerator and air conditioning!

Your refrigerator and air conditioning may be responsible for 15-25 percent of your electric bill.

  • Don't set the thermostats too high. Even 1 degree will make a big difference.

  • Clean the condenser coils with a vacuum. This one, very simple thing can improve the efficiency of your refrigerator & air conditioning unit by a third!

 

The other big users of energy in your household are your hot water heater, your washer and dryer, and your dishwasher. Each, in its own way, can be inefficient. Here are some things to try:

  • Either turn the hot water heater down a couple of degrees, or turn on the "energy conservation" setting.

  • Buy insulation for your hot water heater at a local store and insulate the pipes as well.

  • Install a timer on your electric water heater to turn off at night and just before you wake up.

  • When possible, hand wash a dishes by using a “low foaming” cleaner. Over time, that will save a few loads in the dishwasher, conserving energy & water.

  • Use a good dishsoap that does not require you to wastefully pre-rinse dishes.

  • Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher.

  • Wash clothes in warm water, not hot. The clothes will be just as clean, and cut energy use by 50 percent.

  • Don't over-dry your clothes. That will save 15 percent.

 

 

6. Plant a tree or plant in your backyard

Yes, it’s the oldest trick in the book but trees clean air, break winds to save energy and add shade to lower cooling costs. While plants can also help, think of ways to use less water with them. And make sure you water your lawn sparingly. All of these will conserve water & energy.

 

Consider this… According to the “American Forests'” I would have to plant 60 trees to offset my family’s negative impact on the environment. Find out what you can do using the CO2 calculator at: http://www.americanforests.org/resources/ccc/

 

 

7. Properly dispose of hazardous household waste

Every spring the average household has countless bottles, cans and other containers full of hazardous chemicals that can ALL be disposed of properly of even better recycled! Contact your trash collection service to find out where you community household waste drop off center is. Or visit: http://www.p2rx.org to find a collection spot in your area.

 

Here is a short list of hazardous household waste (Full list: http://www.neutralcleaning.com/Toxic%20Hazardous.htm)

  • Batteries (see recycling article)

  • Aerosols

  • Paint

  • Cleaners

  • Air fresheners

  • Automotive products

  • Drain cleaners

  • Polishes and pesticides.

 

 

8. Recycle batteries… free or even make $$$

There's little argument that lead is extremely toxic. Scientific studies show that long-term exposure to even tiny amounts of lead can cause brain and kidney damage, hearing impairment, and learning problems in children. But still more than 40,000 metric tons of lead is lost to landfills every year. According to the federal Toxic Release Inventory, another 70,000 metric tons are released in the lead mining and manufacturing process.

 

What can you do? Simple. Drop off used batteries for recycling.

  • All rechargeables should be recycled. Many retail stores accept them.

  • Buy rechargeable batteries and equipment with rechargeable batteries whenever possible.

  • Many recyclers PAY YOU for your used batteries.

Check out www.rbrc.org or call 1-(800) 822-8837 for a drop-off location near you.

 

 

9. Remove hazardous cleaners

The hazardous chemicals in common cleaners can not only be harmful to your family, but they can have detrimental consequences to indoor air quality, aquatic life and the environment. There are no excuses to use these traditional hazardous cleaners with a variety of safer cleaners available. (www.neuhomecare.com)

 

 

10. We have already made a difference...

*According to the EPA, the U.S. is already getting cleaner. Releases of toxic chemicals dropped 42% from 1998 to 2003, even though more chemicals are being counted. But, don’t kid yourself we all see the looming global environmental problems, and need to continue change now before we reach the environmental point of “no return”.

 http://blogs.usatoday.com/techspace/2006/04/a_dark_forecast.html

  

*http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri03/brochure.htm

 

 

 

Quick Facts About Earth Day (From About.com)

Earth Day is a great day to spend with your kids and remind them about the environment and how important it is to celebrate Earth Day every day of the year.


Earth Day is always observed on April 22.

 

Reason We Celebrate Earth Day: To call attention to the environment and the “People Who Protect” it.

History of Earth Day:

  • Former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson was Earth Day's co-founder.
  • The first Earth Day was in 1970

 

Observance of Earth Day:

  • Take notice of the planet Earth
  • Take care of the Environment

 

 

" On April 22, 1970, Earth Day was held, one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy..."

-American Heritage Magazine, October 1993


 

History of Earth Day

By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

 

I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.

 

After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation.

 

Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?

 

I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.

 

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air - and they did so with spectacular exuberance. For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office.

 

Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events:

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam…a national day of observance of environmental problems…is being planned for next spring…when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'…coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned…."

 

It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities.

 

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

Sen. Gaylord Nelson

THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM


"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor given to civilians in the United States…Twenty-five years ago this year, Americans came together for the very first Earth Day…They came together…because of one American - Gaylord Nelson. As the father of Earth Day…He inspired us to remember that the stewardship of our natural resources is the stewardship of the American Dream. He is the worthy heir of the tradition of Theodore Roosevelt…And I hope that Gaylord Nelson's shining example will illuminate all the debates in this city for years to come."

President Bill Clinton, 9/29/95

 

php hit counter