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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Monday, February 6, 2012 in Dining, News, Waste & Recycling.

Valentine’s Day, February 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts. Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

When showing their affection for each other, Americans tend to go all out. For example:

196 million roses: The number produced for Valentine’s Day in 2011, according to the Society of American Florists.

141 million Valentine’s Day cards: The number exchanged each year (not including packaged kids’ Valentines for classroom exchanges), according to Hallmark. This makes Valentine’s Day the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards.

$15.7 billion: The amount Americans were expected to spend on Valentine’s Day merchandise in 2011, according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation.

Here are some suggestions for showing the Earth some affection, while celebrating with those near and dear to you:

Send an e-Valentine in lieu of a paper Valentine. If sending a paper Valentine, be certain to send one that is printed on paper containing recycled-content. Don’t forget to recycle Valentines you have received that you aren’t keeping!

Give organic or locally-grown flowers, a potted plant, a tree seedling, or a perennial plant instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers. Trees well suited for the southeastern United States include oaks, maples, redbuds, crape myrtles, dogwoods, and tulip poplars. Perennials suitable for the southeastern United States include roses, chrysanthemums, peonies, and hostas.

Give organic or fair-trade chocolates. Organic chocolates are produced in an eco-friendly manner without the use of pesticides, and fair-trade chocolates ensure that cacao farmers work in healthy, sustainable, and safe environments while receiving a fair wage for their products.

Make a donation to an environmental organization on behalf of your Valentine. Several organizations you might consider include the TN Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy of TN, Land Trust for TN, TN Parks & Greenways, World Wildlife Fund, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Clean Air Partnership of Middle TN, TN Environmental Council, and Arbor Day Foundation.

Plan a trip to a wildlife reserve, park or natural area. Your business will help support the running of such establishments. Several destinations you might consider include TN State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in TN, TN Natural Areas Program, TN Sustainable Tourism, and U.S. National Parks in TN.

Arrange dinner at a local restaurant that specializes in organic or locally-grown food, or make your own romantic meal with locally-grown ingredients. Eating locally reduces the number of miles that your food travels to you and supports local establishments. Cooking your own meal will also save gas and money while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.

Commit to going green at work and home. Several easy ideas include turning lights off when leaving the room, shutting down your computer at the end of the day, creating a dedicated home recycling area, washing only full loads of dishes and laundry, moderating your thermostat when leaving your house or office for extended periods of time, unplugging appliances not in use, and printing or using both sides of paper when possible.

Have an idea for celebrating Valentine’s Day sustainability that isn’t mentioned? Tell us about it! Email the Sustainability Librarian with your suggestion.

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Climate action letter for colleges and universities

We recognize that a lot is happening this week (of Earth Day), but we want to draw your attention to an opportunity for your institution to participate in the higher education climate letter that we initiated last fall with a group of 30 campuses.
One of the goals of the effort was to align higher education’s voice with that of the business community for scaled climate action. We have publicly launched that joint effort today with partners under the banner of Low Carbon USA. Over 230 presidents and chancellors, combined with over 1000 businesses, can really move the needle on whether current administration decides to remain in the Paris Agreement and will ensure national climate action will continue to accelerate despite the lack of federal government involvement. It is this type of collective, multi-sectoral support that will be essential for global climate progress.
We are keeping the statement open indefinitely and welcome more campus participants. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Thank you, as always, for your great work and support during this critical time in our country’s history,
Tim
Timothy Carter

President

Second Nature

 

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National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders.

EcoCareer Conference 2017: Building Pathways to Sustainable Careers

Wednesday, February 22nd – Conference Day from 10 – 5:30 PM ET

Thursday, February 23rd – Workshop Day from 12 – 3 PM ET

http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=108403&view=Detail

 

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As we all process and come to terms with the results of the election, the work continues and we keep on keeping on.

National Community College Sustainability Webinar

Community Colleges and the National Council for Science and the Environment

November 15th, 1:30 PM Central Time

This webinar will feature connections between the NCSE and community colleges through the NCSE’s Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education (CCASE).  Our presenters will be:

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the NCSE.

Wyman will discuss the growing role for community colleges at NCSE as well as the upcoming NCSE conference focusing on Environmental Health.

James Miller (Coordinator, Project Admin & Research); Kirk Sawyer (Professor, EMERGE) from Seminole State College of Florida.

The EMERGE program provides foundational, project-based learning opportunities to first- and second-year college students via a multifaceted certificate curriculum in sustainability and renewable energy that’s designed both to complement technical education degrees and to enrich liberal arts studies.  Focuses include hands-on laboratories that create certification pathways for future technicians as well as co-curricular projects that enhance engagement among non-technical students and make for a better informed, globally conscious citizenry.  Seminole State is a CCASE member and will also discuss their relationship with NCSE.

We may also have some time to discuss the impact of the election on our work.

When it’s time, join the meeting from here:
Join the meeting
 
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 1:30 pm (1 hr), Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00).
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Meeting Number:
991 827 124
 
Password:
(This meeting does not require a password.)
 
Audio Connection
 
913-469-2799 (JCCC Webex)

Access Code:
991 827 124

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August 18th at 2 PM Central Time
Student Internships and Utilizing RFPs as Ways to Involve Students in On-Campus Projects

Colleen Butterfield, Project Manager, Education, Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program is a student-led initiative that promotes green careers, generates actual energy savings, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts. At this webinar, representatives from the program – which includes 16 campus and counting – will be presenting best practice case studies to help kickstart energy efficiency projects started on your campus. This particular presentation will focus on community colleges, but the projects are also field tested at four year universities. The webinar will also feature a round robin for questions as well as advice from those at community colleges about how to overcome unique challenges and barriers to initiating energy efficiency and/or student internships on campus.

Carson Bennett , Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison, and Luis Campos, Executive Director, Facilities, Central New Mexico Community College
In order to utilize the built environment as a “Living Lab” for students to learn about sustainability concepts, the Physical Plant Department at Central New Mexico Community College includes an educational requirement in its RFP (Request for Proposals) process. Any vendor who wins a contract with the Physical Plant must be willing to provide educational opportunities to students at the college. These agreements have resulted in photovoltaic array installers visiting Math classes, construction companies displaying how they recycle demolished building materials, and our waste and recycling provider gathering data for use in Statistics, Psychology, and Technical Writing courses.

When it’s time, join the meeting from here:
https://meeting.jccc.edu/orion/meeting/meetingInfo?MeetingKey=993525335&siteurl=meeting&back=all

Password:
(This meeting does not require a password.)

Audio Connection

913-469-2799 (JCCC Webex)
No advance registration is required. For more information and additional access link, see:
http://www.jccc.edu/sustainability/events/webinars/index.html

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Winter bike commuting

Winter bike commuting

Feb. 14, 2014
An annual event celebrating bicycle commuting in winter. Encourage your friends to try. Fun stuff hosted locally. Any community can participate. Register or sign your community up: http://winterbiketoworkday.org/

https://www.facebook.com/WinterBikeToWorkDay

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AASHE Presentation.

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