Celebrating Earth Day 2015

April 22, 2015
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An estimated one billion people in over 190 countries will participate in Earth Day activities on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in celebration of the largest environmental civic observance in the world. Earth Day, which is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network (EDN), was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and is credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Visit the Earth Day Network Green Cities Campaign website to find out what’s happening in your neighborhood – whether it’s collecting litter from the Great Wall of China in Beijing or hosting an environmental film festival in Los Angeles, California, events are taking place all around the world. Here at Lam, we support ongoing activities that focus on progress towards environmental sustainability initiatives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lowering energy consumption, hazardous waste management, recycling, and reduction of water usage.

Wondering what you can do to take part in this widely celebrated environmental event? For 2015, we have put together 15 suggestions of simple things you can do to help conserve resources and support environmental education.

 


You can save 40 watt-hours per day, or approximately 10,000-15,000 watt-hours over the course of a year, just by turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode.

Set your printer default to double-sided and help reduce the approximately 21 million tons of paper that are thrown away every year. Don’t forget to recycle those pages when you’re done.

E-tickets cost only $1 to process while paper tickets cost approximately $10. Soon e-tickets may be the only option available, so why not start now?

Mobile phones and their batteries thrown into landfills introduce toxic substances into our environment. Look for programs in your area where you can recycle your phone.

Only a fraction of the 15 billion disposable alkaline batteries produced and sold each year are recycled. Invest in a worthy cause.

The pollution reduction in the U.S. alone would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.

Switching off the lights when leaving a room for 15 minutes or more will save energy on the bulb itself and cooling costs too.

Glass containers are 100% recyclable, which means they can be recycled repeatedly. If glass isn’t recycled, it can take a million years to decompose.

Recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to watch three hours of TV.

The energy saved from recycling a single plastic bottle is enough to light a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours.

Planting a tree is good for the air, the land, and saves on cooling. You can even make it a family activity by planting together.

Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth and you’ll conserve up to five gallons per day.

Thinking of throwing something away? Maybe there’s someone else who might need it – consider making a donation to a charitable organization.

Collect trash from roadsides, streams, and public spaces and put them into the trash bins – where they belong.

Recycle everything and share what you’ve learned so others can help save planet Earth too.

 

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