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: (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 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 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 >>


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:


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.