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GO GREEN!!!. The OHCE/4-H Partnership. OHCE GO GREEN 4-H i -green Goals Create awareness Educate Change behavior Report changes. What OHCE members/groups can do. Volunteer to assist with or teach i -green programs - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • GO GREEN!!!

  • The OHCE/4-H PartnershipOHCE GO GREEN4-H i-green

    GoalsCreate awarenessEducate Change behaviorReport changes

  • What OHCE members/groups can doVolunteer to assist with or teach i-green programs Work with local volunteers, schools, church groups, etc. to establish recycling programsSave aluminum pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House Invite 4-H members to speak at local group meetingsConduct joint service projects

  • What 4-H members/groups can doSpeak at local and county OHCE meetingsOrganize & assist with community beautification projectsAssist with community recycling programsOrganize pull-tab collections for Ronald McDonald HousePromote conservation with peersHelp the elderly with simple conservation measuresOrganize school re-use projects

  • About i-greenYouth take one of the i-green surveysWaterEnergyResourcesRecyclingEducational programsCounty EducatorVolunteers6-8 weeks later, youth take surveys againEducator/volunteer tabulate results

  • Thank You!

  • Civic Group PresentationOHCE and 4-H members can use the following slides for short presentations to civic/community groups

  • GO GREEN!!!4-H Environmental Stewardship Teamand OHCE Resource Management Committee

  • About GO GREENTake the GO GREEN surveyEvaluate your habitsCommit to make changesShare the message with othersIncrease community awarenessTake the GO GREEN survey againReport changes

  • Green Counties

  • Make a DifferenceUse Less WaterEnergyChemicalsDisposablesProtect Natural ResourcesLandfill SpaceWater SuppliesOur future

    Save Money!

  • Use Less Water If we continue to use water at the current rate, 36 states should expect local, regional or statewide water shortages in the next five years

    US Faces Era of Water ScarcityCircle of Blue

  • Home Water Use

  • Use Less WaterIndoorsBe sure your home is leak-freeFix leaky toiletsRepair/replace dripping faucetsTurn off water while brushing teeth or shavingTake a short shower, instead of a bathOutdoorsAvoid over-watering/over-fertilizingUse drought tolerant plantsWater early in the morning

  • Use Less Energy

  • Use Less EnergyClean furnace/AC filtersTurn the heat down in winterTurn the AC up in summerClose drapes to keep heat out in summer and block cold in winterTurn off lights Use CFL bulbs with energy star labelsCut the power to electronicsLower the water temperature to 120FInstall a programmable thermostatConsider a home energy audit

  • Use Fewer ResourcesReduce packagingDump disposable productsReuse bags, containers, etc.Choose recyclable products(and recycle them)Reduce junk mailShare newspapers, magazines, etc. Look for the ENERGY STAR label

  • Leave a smaller footprintCompostImprove your soilReduce material sent to landfills by 25%RecycleRecycling aluminum is 95% more efficient than mining and refining new aluminumEvery ton of paper recycled saves 60% of the energy, 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water and 60 pounds of air pollutionOne ton of scrap from discarded computers contains more gold than can be produced from 17 tons of gold ore

  • Leave a smaller footprintChoose ReusableWashing dishes and dishtowels has a smaller impact than putting disposable products in a landfillUse a refillable water bottleRe-chargeable batteries save money and keep chemicals out of landfillsMake reusable shopping bagsBuy RecycledPlant TreesUse fewer chemicals

  • Leave a smaller footprintBe an eco-friendly travelerTake only the maps/brochures you needParticipate in hotel conservation programs hang up your towels and make your bedInvest in refillable bottles for shampoo and other toiletriesLeave unopened bottles of complementary products for the next travelerElectronic check-out reduces paperwork and uses less paperIf the nearest trash can at the rest stop is full, hold onto your trash until you can dispose of it properly

  • Little changesCan make a big difference

    The GO GREEN project is the result of a partnership between OHCE and Oklahoma 4-H. By combining our efforts, we hope to have a greater impact on youth and adults in Oklahoma*By joining forces, we can reach a much larger audience than either group can reach separately. While no one will change every behavior, if each of use change just one or two habits, those changes will add up and protect the environment. By taking this message to youth and adult groups, we can create an awareness that one or two changes CAN make a difference. When we report those changes, it helps our local, state and federal partners see the value of our work***The 4-H or youth arm of this project is generally delivered as a part of a classroom program over several weeks, or as a part of regular 4-H meetings. Generally youth take only ONE survey, then receive a series of educational programs on Water, Energy, Resources or Recycling. After 6-8 weeks, the participants take the survey again and scores are compared and results reported*Thank you for your continued support of 4-H through this and other educational programs**The OHCE Resource Management Committee and Oklahoma 4-H are working together to encourage wise use of all of our resources. When you see or hear about the GO GREEN project, remember that folks in our community are working together to make a difference.*To implement the GO GREEN project in your county, begin by having each member take the GO GREEN survey. This survey is designed to gather baseline data about how we use water, energy and resources. During the next few months, have some type of short lesson each month on water, energy or resource conservation and make a commitment to change habits that could use improvement. In the process of making changes yourself, share the message with others in the community. 3-6 months after taking the survey for the first time, take the go green survey again.The local Resource Management Chair should summarize the results and give the summary to the county Resource Management Chair, so they can be included in the county report. If there are individual areas within the survey where there were big changes, make note of that. For example, if 75% of members began recycling aluminum cans or 50% begin replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, that represents a big change.*Extension Educators and 4-H Members in 22 counties have received training and conduct programs on a variety of Environmental Stewardship topics. In addition to welcoming your assistance with their projects, they serve as resources for club meetings and special interest programs. If you are not in one of the green counties, dont hesitate to call someone in a nearby county for assistance with this type of program.*Its easy to say, Im just one person how can I make a difference?One way is to use less resources.The average person uses 100 gallons of water per day and the average American family creates more than 3 tons of landfill waste each year. Most of us could easily cut water use by 25-30% just by making a few simple changes. Replacing 5 60 watt incandescent light bulbs with equivalent CFLs would save most households $3.50 per month in addition to reducing greenhouse emissions. We can all be more cautions about the chemicals we use in our homes and yards to reduce environmental impactWe can easily make two changes that reduce the volume of landfill waste. By using a re-usable water bottle instead of buying individual bottles of water we keep a lot of plastic out of the waste cycle. If your area has a plastics recycling program, be sure to recycle those plastic bottles if not, try to reuse them. *While much of the state experienced record rainfall 2-3 years ago and we have been in a moderately wet period of time for the past 5 years, anyone who has lived in Oklahoma very long knows that it doesnt take long to go from flooding to drought. Even in the wet years, we need to use water like we would if we were in a drought.*Lets take a look at how the average household uses water. Almost half (45%) of the water in most homes is used in the bathroom, so everyone can make a difference there. For example, a toilet that is more than 10 years old uses twice the water of a newer model use a milk jug filled with sand (never a brick) to displace some of the water in the tank and save water every time you flush. Speaking of toilets, a leaky toilet can waste up to 6000 gallons of water a month, so even if you have to pay a plumber to fix it, in a short time that repair will pay for itself. Taking a short shower instead of a full bath and save up to 50 gallons of water every time you bathe. After the bathroom, watering the lawn is next on the water use graph. By setting a timer, we can avoid overwatering or if the yard is big, consider installing a water-conserving irrigation system.*To use less water, consider the following steps:Be sure your home is leak free to do this, you will need to be able to read your water meter.Begin by writing down the meter reading, then before you use water again (at least 1-2 hours) read the meter again. If the reading is not the same, they you have a leak somewhere.As we just learned, a leaky toilet is the biggest water waster in most home, and most of us continue to let them leak because toilets are such a pain to fix. While they dont waste nearly as much water, a dripping faucet is much easier to fix or replace. Most of us have the tools and the skill needed to replace a washer or the whole faucet if needed.Leaving the water running while you brush your teeth or shave wastes 2-4 gallons of water each time you brush or shave. For an average family, this one change can save 10-12 gallons of water per dayA full standard size bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water a garden tub or Jacuzzi tub can require twice that much. However, depending on the showerhead,