Friday
Aug202010

Fix a Little Leak Before it Becomes a BIG Waste

You may be ignoring a leak, because a little one might be less likely to get fixed and ignored.  How can a little leak turn into a big waste? Many of our toilets have a constant leak -- somewhere around 22 gallons per day. This translates into about 8,000 gallons per year of wasted water, water that could be saved. Or think of a leaky water line coming into your house. If it leaks 1 gallon of water every 10 minutes that means that you are losing (and paying for) 144 gallons per day, or 52,560 gallons per year.

"Pay attention to leaks. It could mean big savings."



Friday
Aug062010

Environmental Benefits of Buying Local Foods

There are numerous environmental benefits to "Buy Local" programs and farmers markets. One obvious environmental benefit is saving fuel and decreasing carbon emissions by the food industry into the air by eliminating the necessity of trucking produce long distances.

Industrial agriculture is a major source of water pollution. Runoff of chemical fertilizers, animal waste and pesticides contaminates lakes and streams. Excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water can cause algal blooms and result in ocean dead zones such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, industrial farms use huge amounts of water. Buying from local small farms that practice sustainable, responsible use of water and fertilizer helps to protect the environment.

Another environmental advantage of buying locally grown food is that it requires much less packaging. Commercial food that is shipped long distances often needs to be wrapped to protect it during transport. Some stores also use plastic wrap, styrofoam, and other largely unrecyclable materials to package the food. Produce purchased from farmers markets or CSA programs generally uses little, if any, packaging and so does not contribute to waste.



Friday
Aug062010

Grand Junction Continually Commits to Making Changes to Save Resources

The purpose of GJ CORE (Conserving Our Resources Efficiently) is to promote and monitor waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation, alternative transportation, and pollution reduction and prevention in all City operations.  The overall goals of GJ CORE are as follows:

  • Reduce fuel consumption and resulting emissions through the purchase of flex-fuel vehicles, hybrids, electric cars, CNG and bio-diesel vehicles, considering fuel economy and vehicle size requirements for all purchases, and by reducing vehicle miles traveled.
  • Reduce energy and water consumption at City buildings and facilities through efficiency measures and employee education program.
  • Develop programs and policies to reduce the amount of waste and increase recycling and reduce paper consumption at City facilities and events.
  • Develop a community outreach program.

Read the full details at The City of Grand Junction and Energy Conservation 

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