Go Green this Memorial Day

May 31, 2010 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

The Issue

Environmentally Un-friendly Memorial Day!

The Larger Issue

  • A typical party of thirty guests can create 80 pounds of waste!

Be Part of the Solution

How can I recognize Memorial Day in environmentally friendly way?

  • Instead of sending out paper invitations, send electronic invitations from a site like www.evite.com!
  • Try a tofu recipe instead of meat!
  • Bake your own snacks and desserts with organic, locally grown ingredients and extra love!
  • Ride your bike, walk or take public transport to your party, parade or baseball game of choice!
  • Instead of using streamers and balloons, decorate with small plants.  You can give the plants away as parting gifts at the end of the party.
  • Buy organic beer, or if the part is really big, rent a keg to decrease glass bottle and aluminum can waste!
  • Instead of buying bottled water, use a filtered water pitcher!
  • Use real plates, silverware and cloth napkins and stay away from disposable paper plates and utensils and napkins.  If you must use disposable plates, buy plates that are biodegradable, in fact, some disposable plates are made from corn, potato and sugar-cane pulp!
  • Provide recycling bins for glass bottles, cans and plastic.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products and cloths rags to clean up after the party.
  • Recognize the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. to pause in an act of national unity.
  • Even if you don’t understand what you are thanking them for, thank a veteran.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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