Did you know that there's an eco-friendly retail spot right in our own backyard? It's true! The ReUse Program Warehouse regularly sells used furniture, bicycles, and other items from across the University. The warehouse, located at 883 29th Avenue SE (see map to warehouse) is open to University departments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and to the public on Thursdays. Visit the ReUse Program Web site for more information, including pictures of recent items.
When looking for ways to make your office life greener, don't forget about your clothes. Try shopping for gently used work clothes from thrift stores or consignment shops. If you do buy new clothes, check the labels for organic or recycled materials. Avoid clothes that need to be dry cleaned, but if they must, seek out an establishment that uses environmentally-friendly cleaning methods.
Right now, you probably have an all-purpose cleaner, deodorizer, fire extinguisher, skin exfoliator, and silver polisher hiding in your cupboards without even knowing it. What is this wonder substance, you ask? Why baking soda, of course! Baking soda has dozens of uses around the house, is non-toxic, and can be bought for mere pennies at most grocery stores. Check out a list of baking soda uses.
Do you know if your mailing list is updated? It's not always possible to use electronic publications instead of printed ones, but you can still help the environment by updating your mailing lists whenever possible. Keeping mailing lists correct and current cuts down on wasted print material, and saves you money on postage to boot.
Pop quiz: Which is acceptable for recycling here at the University, hardcover books or cereal boxes? Whether you know the answer or not (it's both!), it never hurts to brush up on your recycling dos and don'ts. For more information, go to the University recycling guidelines or contact the Recycling Hotline at 612-625-8084 for up-to-the-minute advice on what can and can't be recycled (things change, ya know!).
Avoid auto annoyance by taking public transit to work. You'll be saving on gas and helping the environment (the average Twin Cities commuter puts a remarkable *2.6 tons* of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere every year by driving alone to work!) MetroTransit's user-friendly Trip Planner can help you become an eco-conscious commuter in no time.
Also, consider getting a Metropass. Metropass is a bus pass that offers unlimited rides 24 hours a day. It's valid on all regular routes, as well as express, local, limited-stop, or Downtown Zone routes. And best of all, it only costs $45 per month! For more information, visit the University's Metropass program.
Coffee, tea, or M.E.? (Mother Earth, that is!) When you're going to a meeting where you know beverages will be served, take your own mug along instead of using a disposable cup (and be sure to smile!).
Tired of receiving unsolicited catalogs? Reduce your mailbox clutter and paper waste by visiting Catalog Choice. Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to find and decline catalog mailings using an online database.
How many times have you received a card that you think a friend may enjoy too? How can we begin to pass on the fun? When in the spirit of sending a card rather than write directly on the card insert your comments on a separate sheet of paper (recycled of course) or a recipe card and encourage the receiver to reuse the actual card then the fun can be shared over and over again. (Posted by Mark Olson)
Thanks to Anitra Budd, editor of the CEHD Insider emails, we have loads of green tips to share!