Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MTV helps youth avoid getting "greenwashed!"

From: Celeste Franklin
This MTV climate change marketing campaign includes an ad about businesses that "greenwash" - misleading consumers about how environmentally friendly they are. One element, by ad agency 180 Amsterdam, features an animated character singing about how to identify "fake greens." This Green Song is part of the youth-targeted climate change initiative MTV Switch.


http://www.mtvswitch.org/

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Green Tips from HGTV

You can take the pledge to change the world by starting at home:

www.HGTV.com/changetheworld

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Green Rest Area

Maybe I don't drive much, or stop at rest areas often, but my pit stop to the GSUSA National Convention has me impressed with Indiana's rest stops. They recycle!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Household Pollutant Event November 8-9

From the MET Recycling Web site:

Disposing of Household Pollutants
You may not realize it, but your home is likely filled with all sorts of dangerous and hazardous pollutants. Many everyday products such as paint and lawn chemicals can be dangerous if used or stored improperly, and cause serious environmental damage if tossed in the trash or poured down the drain. Start off by learning safer alternatives to some products, and find out how to use, store and transport such products properly. Most importantly, when done with them, bring your pollutants to the The M.e.t.'s twice-annual Household Pollution Collection Event.

The next event is November 8-9, 2008

Items accepted include: household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, cooking oil, batteries, all fluorescent light bulbs, small ammunition, smoke alarms, aerosol paint, hobby paint, pool chemicals, items containing mercury and unused or out of date prescription medications.
Items NOT accepted at the event include latex paint, tires, computers, radioactive waste and commercial waste. To dispose of latex paint, remove the lid and let paint completely dry. Place cans of dry paint next to regular residential trash for pick up.

Transport pollutants to the event in the trunk of a car or the bed of a pick up truck. Wear gloves while handling pollutants. To deliver items, enter the fairgrounds from 15th Street at Gate 7. Trained volunteers will remove pollutants from vehicles.

Batteries? Oil? Antifreeze? Don't wait!
While you can take batteries, oil, and antifreeze to the Household Pollutant Collection Event, there's no need to wait in line if this is all you have. These products, along with recyclables such as paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, can be taken seven days a week to one of the area M.e.t. Recycling depots. For locations or hours, click here.

Storing your pollutants
Keep substances in original container and make sure label is attached.
If the container starts to leak, enclose it in a larger container, clearly labeled.
Maintain a list of stored hazardous products with name of product and date of purchase.
Most items should be stored in a cool, dry place, but read label for instructions.
Keep incompatible chemical products separated.
For example, accidentally mixed HTH chlorine and motor oil can cause a fire.
Periodically check containers for deterioration.
If you are unsure of your storage situation, call the experts:
Fire Department Hazmat Unit: (918) 596-1255
Tulsa City-County Health Dept.: (918) 582-9355
Industrial Pretreatment: (918) 591-4378

Transporting your pollutants
Wear gloves and use caution when handling substances
Place pollutants in the trunk or as far away from passengers as possible.
Do not smoke while handling or transporting chemicals.
Do not remove the materials from your car once you arrive at the collection facility.
A worker will remove them for you.
For more information, call The Metropolitan Environmental Trust at 584-0584

Safer Alternatives
There are safer -- and usually cheaper -- alternatives to many products, such as these easy and effective cleaning substitutes:
Wood polish: Mixture of one teaspoon lemon oil to one pint vegetable or mineral oil.
No-wax floors: Vinegar and water or ammonia and water
Wood floors: Oil soap or soap and water.
Rug deodorizer: Baking soda, or two parts cornmeal to one part Borax (let sit an hour before vacuuming).
Mothballs: Substitute dried lavender or cedar shavings.
Metal cleaners:
For aluminum, use lemon juice. Rub and rinse, or soak overnight in vinegar and water;
For stainless steel, use baking soda paste;
For copper, use ketchup or lemon juice and salt;
For gold, use a warm soap and water mixture;
For chrome, use vinegar;
For brass, use salt, flour and vinegar mixture;
For silver, mix 1.5 quarts of hot water, a half tablespoon of baking soda, a half tablespoon of salt, and soak in aluminum pan lined with aluminum foil, polish with cloth.
Sink, tub and tile: Scour with baking soda or Borax.
Disinfectants: Borax or vinegar.
Chlorine bleach: White vinegar, baking soda, Borax, or non-chlorine bleach.

The Metropolitan Environmental Trust
201 W. 5th Street, Suite 600
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
Phone: 918-584-0584
Fax: 918-584-0594
Email: MET@metrecycle.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rethink!

Americans use 250 million water bottles an hour! Wow. We were encouraged to rethink what we use - especially when we are buying products. Check the bottom to see if a container is recyclable. Choose minimal product packaging and buy bulk whenever possible. packaging. Avoid parabins and aluminum in personal products.

Midland Recycling has a Web site with a downloadable paperback with teacher resources.

I am amazed ... Our hostess, Shelley, recycles a lot and only needs to put out trash once a month!
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Recycled with Creativity

T-shirts, scarves, carpet, insulation, and photo frames ... All with at least 50% recycled material! Plastic, jeans, computer parts! Look for the brand Ecospun. By the way, Shelley has very cute shoes and belts ... Tires, innertubes, plastic, etc.!
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Hard Back Books

While not easy to recycle, hardback books can either be dismantled (they don't want the bindings and covers) or dropped off at Midland Recycling, which has machinery to do the dismantling.
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Cans like crazy!

We had a show ... And it was fun. We were told, "It only takes one finger to do this! The next show? Payday (which makes a pocketbook feel really good)!" The worker who shared this was delightful.
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Cardboard or Paperboard?

Corragated cardboard is what brings the $$ back to The MET. Show, Inc. in Sapulpa (918-224-7214) takes paperboard and recycles it with their office paper.
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ONLY "container" glass ...

All glass must be container glass (must have had a lid) ... Not decorative, not window panes, not light bulbs, etc.! Clear, brown, and green glass are accepted.

Speaking of light bulbs, with the new long-lasting bulbs (which contain mercury and need to be handled differently) they can be recycled during the November 8-9 is Household Pollutant Event! Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Tulsa Biofuels and Beyond!

Now I love this! You can run your car on this recycled, filtered oils turned into diesel fuel. The Met also accepts motor oil, car and household batteries and scrap metal. Wondering what else you can recycle? Check out the Earth 9-1-1 Website (they have free monthly newsletters as well with green tips).
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The Met and Plastic ...

Plastics accepted are #1 (PET) or #2 (HDPE) with a neck or a handle. Plastics melt at different rates, so not all plastics can be accepted. Lids are not recyclable but you can get those to Aveda at Woodland Hills Mall or Eco Baby on Peoria. Plastics are shredded, washed, undergo a pulling process, and are made to shapes or fibers.
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Green Team Tours The Met

I have to say, I love this place! The Met not only recycles but employs disabled people. Check them out at www.metrcycle.com and find out locations to recycle throughout the Tulsa area and most recently in Owasso.I have to say, I love this place! The Met not only recycles but employs disabled people. Check them out at www.metrcycle.com and find out locations to recycle throughout the Tulsa area and most recently in Owasso.
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Catalog Cancelling Challenge Results

CONGRATULATIONS
To the Program Department
For the Most Catalogs Cancelled
in the Catalog Cancelling Challenge!!

Below are the results for each department that participated.

Catalog Canceling Challenge RESULTS

DEPARTMENT

CATALOGS

# of

CATALOGS

TREES

GALLONS of

POUNDS of CO2

CARS TAKEN

CANCELED

PEOPLE

per PERSON

SAVED*

WATER SAVED**

PREVENTED***

OFF ROAD****

Business

33

9

3.7

0.4

396

48

0.0

Communication

2

6

0.3

0.0

24

3

0.0

Fund Development

5

3

1.7

0.1

60

7

0.0

Outreach

16

9

1.8

0.2

192

23

0.0

Program

101

6

16.8

1.3

1,212

145

0.0

RUNNING TOTAL -->

157

33

4.9

2.0

1,884

226

0.1

as of 8/22/08

catalogs

people

cats/person

trees!

gallons

pounds CO2

cars

The Math Behind These Numbers according to the National Wildlife Federation

* 312 catalogs come from one tree (producing 19B catalogs comes from 61M trees per year in USA, accroding to CatalogChoice.org). Cats x 4 / 312=

** It takes 3 gallons of water to make each catalog (producing 19B catalogs uses 59B gallons of water per year in USA.) Cats x 4 x 3=

*** To find out how many pounds of CO2 emissions are prevented, you multiply each pound of catalog paper by 1.44. If you don't know your poundage, assume each

catalog is .25 pounds. Remember to assume conservitively that each canceled catalog won't return four times. Cats x.25 x 4 x 1.44=

**** The emissions of 1 car per year = the production of 8,600 catalogs (producing 19B catalogs uses the annual energy equivalent of 2.2M cars). Cats x 4 / 8,600=

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Online Bill Pay

Did you know that if every U.S. household paid their bills online, we could cut solid waste by 1.45 billion tons per year?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Green Team Blog ...

Everyone on the Green Team has received an invitation to the “Green Team” blog. This is a place where you can share the resources you find or knowledge you stumble upon … maybe like 8 sheets of toilet tissue? Ask Celeste about that one!

You can visit the blog right now at: http://girlscoutgreenteam.blogspot.com/ (I took the liberty of posting a couple of things I could easily find in my mail box. Amy, you may want to post more from the content you have put in letters to everyone.)

It’s easy to post your information. Just send an email to IngridisaGirlScout.girlscoutgreenteam@blogger.com. But to make it even easier, I have created a contact file and attached it to this email. If you save this to your contacts, you won’t have to remember the email address! To show you how easy this is, I am sending this email to the blog as well … you’ll be able to see just how your information will appear when you blog this way.

Happy Green Blogging!

Catalog Canceling Challenge

You’ve been waiting for it, Now HERE IT IS!!!

The Catalog Canceling Challenge has begun.

It is pretty simple and can have quite the impact!

Dates for the challenge are August 1 – 31, 2008. All catalogs must be turned in by September 1, 10AM. The winner will be announced September 1st.

1) Start saving any unwanted sales catalogs you get in the mail (separate out the ones you wish to continue to receive). Or ask your neighbors for their unwanted catalogs to be cancelled (with their permission).

2) Cancel the catalogs in one of two ways: first, by calling the catalog companies using the script we have provided below, OR second, by going online to http://www.catalogchoice.org/ and inputting which catalogs you wish to cancel. (It takes about 40 seconds to sign up for free and then you can input away!)

3) Make a pile of all the catalogs you cancelled, tear off the front cover and bring them in to any member of the green team where they will be piled and counted towards your department’s total number of catalogs cancelled. The winning department will be the one with the highest average number of cancelled catalogs per person.

Sample script:

You: Hi, my name is __________ and I am calling to cancel my subscription to your catalog.

The representative will ask you to look on the back of the catalog and provide the subscriber/customer number (they will tell where to look) and/or the name on the catalog. If they ask why your family wishes to cancel the catalog, you could say you are doing it to reduce the number of trees cut down for wasted catalogues.

You: Thank you so much. (Pat self on back. Pick up phone and call another.)

*Each year 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers. 95% of them are unwanted. A majority are never opened. 53 million trees (2,000 Central Parks) are used making these catalogs. This 7.2 billion pounds of paper requires 38 trillion BTUs to produce (enough energy to power 1.2 million homes a year). The annual contribution to global warming pollution is 10.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (equivalent to the emissions of 2 million cars). 53 billion gallons of water are used in this process (81,000 Olympic
sized swimming pools).

Green Team members include:
Amy, Betty, Celeste, Dawn, Debra, Ginger, Gloria, Ingrid, Jackie, Janine, Joann, Kami, Kathy, Lacie, Leslie, Tamela

Online Meetings and Conferences

There’s a lot of buzz these days about oil prices, costly (and inconvenient) travel and carbon footprints — and one can’t help but notice how these things are affecting the way we live and work. Times are certainly changing, and so are the standards by which we do business.

In a recent blog post, bestselling author and marketing expert Seth Godin outlines the “new rules” of meetings and conferences. Put succinctly: “If you're going to spend the time and the money to see someone face to face, be in their face.” In other words, what you have to say had better be good.

Read more about “The New Standard for Meetings and Conferences” on Seth’s blog.

To learn more about Web commuting and virtual meetings, download the complimentary research brief, The Rise of Web Commuting.

An all around benefit…raise money for Girl Scouts and recycle too!

TerraCycle and the Eco-Capitalist

Earn money by recycling. Terracycle buys plastic wraps, candy wrappers, and a whole slew of plastic containers from groups, schools, and fundraisers, to reuse for their business. They make everything they sell out of trash!Check out their story >>

The Eco-Capitalist blog from Tom Szaky, the CEO of TerraCycle, who writes about driving up business profits by being environmentally and socially responsible. Read more >>

http://www.terracycle.net/

Celeste

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Green Team

I wanted to make sure the inagural post truly came from the heart of our "head green girl," so I have posted the first email we all received on 4/22/2008:

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

In an effort to "Make the World a Better Place", I am starting a "Green Team" here at the Council. Our mission will be to seek out ways to make our workplace more environmentally friendly and to share information on how individuals can make their own changes. I'll be passing around a sheet tomorrow at the all staff meeting for anyone who would like to sign up to be a part of this team.

Something you can do today:
Complete this footprint quiz to see how much "space" you take up in the world.
http://www.myfootprint.org/en/

--Amy