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Wednesday
Apr212010

How Will You Celebrate Earth Day?

Here at CBI, I’m often referred to as the resident “Green Queen”—not just because I write the bimonthly “Green Scene” column, but also because I’m constantly striving to decrease my carbon footprint at home and in the office.

Tomorrow, April 22, is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. How will you, your staff, and members celebrate? At the very least, Earth Day is an annual opportunity to reevaluate your business’ eco-friendliness. Take a look around. Maybe your facility’s already up to the green standard but, for most of us, there’s always room for improvement.

Consider these small changes for a big payoff: 

  • Paper towel waste: are the garbage receptacles in your locker rooms overflowing with paper towels? Perhaps it’s time to install an energy-efficient, cost-effective, eco-friendly hand dryer instead.

  • Budget-draining lighting: if you haven’t yet made the switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), your electricity bill may be double or triple what it should be. Even better: many local utility companies will now subsidize or otherwise offset the cost of this upgrade.

  • Reusable water bottles: yes, recycling plastic water bottles is a good thing, but not having them in the first place would be even greener. How’s this for an excellent Earth Day gift for members: a reusable water bottle bearing your club’s logo! The upside is three-fold: members will appreciate your thoughtfulness; the environment will benefit; and, wherever members take their water bottles, your business will have a built-in publicity vehicle.

If you’d like to share your Earth Day festivities and green ideas with us, please comment below.

Find additional information at www.ihrsa.org/green. And have a happy Earth Day!

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