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  • earth dayinspire act educate

    2016

    b a i n b r i d g e i s l a n d r e v i e wn o r t h k i t s a p h e r a l d

    a s p e c i a l s u p p l e m e n t t o t h e

  • 2 | EARTH DAY 2016 | TREAD MORE LIGHTLY

    Ihave always loved being outside in Nature. Salt water, giant cedars, mossy ceilings, and barnacle-y rocks were an integral part of my childhood.

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    I have raised my children to love trips to the beach at low tide and walks on dirt trails which, in my opinion, are part of growing up in the Pacific Northwest. I always considered myself a lover of the environment and nature but not neces-sarily in an active Im an environmen-talist way.

    I became involved at Stillwaters Environmental Center in Kingston through a Watershed Camp that my son Charlie and his best friend Ben attended, where they thoroughly immersed them-selves in the science, the beauty and the environment of Stillwaters. A couple years later, in 2006, I joined the staff at Stillwaters as an AmeriCorps intern. It

    was then that I started calling myself an Accidental Enviromentalist.

    As I learned about environmentalism, conservation, and sustainability at Stillwaters, I began to realize that, with-out trying, I was an environmentalist. For example, as a busy single parent of two young boys, we had a lot of dirty clothes in the hamper. And, mostly because of time and energy limits, I always did large, full loads of laundry. I was saving water and resources how GREEN of me.

    I grew up experiencing environmen-talist strategies without knowing it. When I was young, my dad was a frequent shopper at secondhand stores around the city. He brought home a lot of excit-

    ing finds before it was cool to go thrifting or before the term vintage was used in a way other than to describe wine. To this day, I still like to lurk around Goodwill or an antique mall in the hopes of finding a treasure to repurpose. Reduce, reuse, repurpose sounds like an environmen-talist to me.

    I suspect other people may be doing accidental acts of environmentalism as well. Do you use cloth napkins because they are aesthetically more pleasing or cost less than paper napkins? Are you compul-sive about turning out lights? Do you scoop your pups poop (please say yes)?

    BY KARI PELAEZ

    See PELAEZ, Page 3

  • T he average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day, up from 1.6 pounds in 1960, according to a Duke University study. And according to the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency, approximately 55 percent of the 220 mil-lion tons of waste generated each year in the United States ends up in one of the more than 3,500 landfills.

    Solid-waste landfills are the second-largest source of human-related methane

    emissions in the United States. You can reduce your contributions to landfills by making a phone call or clicking on a mouse. The Kitsap County Public Works Department website, www.kitsapgov.com/sw/recycle.asp, lists places that accept:

    Ammunition, explosives and fireworks; appliances, audio equipment, automotive equipment and vehicles; batteries, bicy-cles, bilge water; cameras and camera film, common household recyclables, con-

    struction and demolition debris; electron-ics, flourescent lights, fixtures, glass; grease and oil, hazardous waste, metals; outdoor household items, pallets, paper, plastic; sharps, Styrofoam, tanks, and tex-tiles.

    Many of these items can be recycled, restored or repurposed. Make the call and help keep these items out of our landfills. The earth that sustains us will appreciate it.

    Reduce our planets burdenTREAD MORE LIGHTLY | EARTH DAY 2016 | 3

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    Maybe you dont keep your lawn per-fectly manicured and plush in the sum-mer thats OK, youre saving water.

    Do you attempt to fix things rather than replace them? Do you long to find the perfect cobbler to re-sole your favor-

    ite shoes? Does the thought of wasting kitchen scraps send shivers down your spine?

    I think you might be an Accidental Environmentalist.

    The thing is, regardless of your moti-vation, you are already doing something wonderful for the environment. If any of the above sounds like you, perhaps, you may want to take your quirky habits a

    step further and make some conscious decisions to do better for the environ-ment.

    You can create a small compost area for the kitchen scraps, or save them for a friend with chickens. Turn some of your grass lawn into drought-tolerant plants. Find a tutorial on how to fix the broken toaster.

    It can be simple to be an Accidental

    Environmentalist. You may already be one.

    Kari Pelaez is program assistant at Stillwaters Environmental Center. For more information on how you can lighten your impact on the environment and volunteer opportunities at Stillwaters contact her at 360-297-1226 or kari@still watersenvironmentalcenter.org.

    PelaezContinued from page 2

  • CARDBOARDRecycling one ton of cardboard saves

    390 kWh of energy, 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil and 6.6 million BTUs of energy. When recycling cardboard, prepare by removing all other materials in the box, such as plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts and other packing materials. Then, break down cardboard boxes to save storage space. Try to keep cardboard dry and free from food waste.

    GLASSRecycling one ton of glass saves 42 kWh

    of energy, 0.12 barrels (5 gallons) of oil, 714,286 BTUs of energy, 2 cubic yards of landfill space and the release of 7.5 pounds

    of air pollutants. Prepare glass containers for recycling by rinsing out with water. Labels on glass containers do not have to be removed because they are removed during the crushing process and/or burned off during the melting process. Avoid breaking the glass and mixing bro-ken colors together, as this may make the glass unacceptable for recycling.

    PAPERRecycling one ton of paper saves 4,100

    kWh of energy, 9 barrels (380 gallons) of oil, 54 million BTUs of energy, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, the release of 60 pounds of air pollutants, 7,000 gallons of water and 17 trees. Recyclable paper

    includes magazines and catalogs, tele-phone books, direct mail, brochures, pam-phlets and booklets, in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.

    PLASTICRecycling one ton of plastic saves 5,774

    kWh energy, 16.3 barrels (685 gallons) of oil, 98 million BTUs of energy, 30 cubic yards of landfill space. Remove plastic tops

    from the plastic containers being recycled and rinse containers with water. Crushing containers will help save space while stor-ing them.

    ALUMINUMRecycling one ton of aluminum saves

    14,000 kWh of energy, 39.6 barrels (1,663 gallons) of oil, 237.6 million BTUs of ener-gy and 10 cubic yards of landfill space.

    4 | EARTH DAY 2016 | REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT

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    Recycling paper, plastic and other products obviously benefits the environment, but its important to look at the tangible data to see just what kind of difference it really makes.

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    Benefits of recycling

  • HGTV recommends a few low-cost ways to get started.

    HIGH-EFFICIENCY SHOWER HEAD

    A high-efficiency shower head can save as much as 3,000 gallons of water per person per year. You also can save $50 in energy costs. These shower heads are specially designed to conserve water while still providing a water flow that matches a traditional head.

    Many systems work by dispersing the water more evenly, while still using less water. Sink-aerator attachments are also an

    inexpensive addition that can save money and water.

    HIGH-EFFICIENCY LIGHTSA typical 100-watt floodlight

    can consume up to $40 of electricity over the course of a year and produce as much as 400 pounds of carbon dioxide, depending on where you live.

    Outside, replace older floodlights with compact-fluorescent versions. They should be just as bright but will use one-fourth the amount of energy. Low-wattage halogen landscape bulbs also can be replaced with

    LED models, which can cut energy use by as much as 80 percent while lasting for 10 or more years.

    Another way to lower usage is to install motion sensors on existing lights so theyll only kick on when you need them. After-market kits can be installed fairly easily on existing lights.

    Inside the home, replace older lights with dimmable compact fluorescents. The sticker price is higher than typical bulbs, but they use less energy and are designed to last for years.

    CHECK YOUR WATER HEATER SETTINGS

    If youre not up for installing a tankless or solar water heater, you can make a few tweaks to your existing set up that can cut carbon emissions by as much as 25 percent. Reduce the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees, then wrap it in a water-heater insulating blanket and insulate the first 3 to 6 feet of hot and cold water pipes.

    YOUR HOME | EARTH DAY 2016 | 5

    Though you can buy a new home sporting a ton of high-tech energy-efficient accessories, there are affordable changes you can make to get your existing home closer to a green lifestyle. FOTOLIA

    Energy-efficient home

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    They will accept desktops, laptops, monitors and TVs for recycling. They will also ac-cept gently used clothing and small household items.

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  • The U.S. Census estimates that about half of all Americans live within five miles of their workplace. If all those people opted to bike to work every day instead of drive, total household emis-sions would be reduced by approxi-mately 6 percent.

    According to National Geographic, motor vehicles produce more than 30 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emis-sions, more than 80 percent of the nations annual carbon monoxide emissions and about half of the nations annual nitrogen oxide emissions. Much of those emissions are created when a vehicle is warming up, meaning those emissions could be avoided by walking or biking.

    Public transportation is another option to help reduce the carbon foot-print created by driving.

    BIKING CUTS HEALTHCARE COSTS, MAKES YOU HEALTHIER

    Along with a healthy diet, proper exercise is one of the most important

    things a person can do to live a healthy life. Cycling fits nicely into that formula and could potentially save billions in healthcare costs.

    According to Discovery, a recent study focused on the upper Midwest noted that if half the residents chose to take their car trips by bicycle, health care costs would drop by $7 billion. Air quality also would improve, which would be another contributing factor to a healthy region, leading to 1,100 fewer deaths each year.

    Jonathan Patz, a public health scien-tist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, told Discovery, If you have a city with good biking infrastructure, the potential gain in health benefits compared to risks could be, like in Europe, quite significant.

    Our study, which shows the incredi-ble health benefits that are possible, gives that much more impetus to make our cities safer for biking.

    6 | EARTH DAY 2016 | HEALTHY PLANET, HEALTHY YOU

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  • One way to stop the cycle: Give an item a second (or third, or fourth) life by reusing or repurposing it.

    LIBRARY OR USED-BOOK STOREMost people love to read, but what

    about after youve finished that dog-eared paperback or hardback? If you dont like to keep books piling up on a bookshelf, donate them to your local library or sell them to your local book-store.

    On the other side of that coin, if youre looking for something new to read, take a chance on a used edition. It gives that book a second use and is usually quite a bit cheaper than picking up a new copy.

    Local libraries are also excellent sources for new hits and old classics. Your tax dollars typically pay for that library; why not get your moneys worth?

    THRIFT STORES AND YARD SALESAs for clothes and other household

    items, before heading to the big box or

    department store, check out thrift sto-ries and yard sales. You can potentially save an item from the trash bin and save some cash in the process. From vintage or...