From the Don Bosco Green Alliance
- Conduct an energy audit.
- Replace standard light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Power down all machines at the end of the day.
- Turn off air conditioners when not in use.
- Install smart devices to turn off lights.
- Wash clothes in a cold cycle; use a clothesline whenever possible.
- Reduce travel by opting for teleconferencing or online meetings.
- Keep vehicles well serviced to maximize fuel efficiency.
- Purchase vehicles with high fuel mileage.
- Encourage confreres and colleagues to walk or bike instead of drive.
- Invest in a solar water heater.
- Plan shopping trips and other transportation activities carefully to reduce the need to drive.
- Use solar-powered lighting.
- Investigate options for renewable sources of energy.
- Use water wisely while washing your hands.
- Fix any leaky faucets, shower heads, or toilets immediately.
- Replace full-flush toilets with low-flush toilets.
- Replace standard faucets and shower heads with aerated faucets.
- Replace regular washing machines with water-efficient models.
- Use water-saving practices and systems in your landscaping.
- Use your automatic washing machine for full loads only.
- Calculate your water footprint.
- Plan operations to use the minimum materials.
- Have clearly defined operational procedures and standards.
- Avoid unnecessary purchases for work or home.
- Find ways to reuse or refurbish old materials.
- Build partnerships with other departments or ministries to share materials and supplies.
- Purchase products packaged in minimal or biodegradable packaging.
- Buy materials in concentrate or in bulk when possible.
- Buy products that are reusable, returnable, or refillable.
- Buy recycled office products; reuse and refill toner cartridges and ribbons.
- Use flexible interior features to reduce renovation waste.
- Choose durable materials/furnishing.
- Reduce the use of plastic cups by switching to reusable cups.
- Use a water cooler or water filter instead of individual disposable water bottles.
- When purchasing promotional material to give away, choose green products.
- Purchase reusable containers, rather than single-use disposable containers.
- Return e-waste to the vendor/manufacturer for safe disposal/recycling.
- Support secondhand stores.
- Donate used equipment and supplies.
- Separate your waste.
- Encourage composting of organic waste.
- Share information through emails and phone calls.
- Create an office bulletin board where important staff notices can be shared.
- Train your staff members in using computer tools for highlighting, editing, and commenting on documents.
- Encourage double-sided printing and photocopying.
- Reduce printed mailings.
- Switch to electronic newsletters, customer notices, and billing systems.
- Keep a stack of used paper next to the printer for use in printing drafts/ in-house documents.
- Revise protocols for keeping records to minimize the use of paper.
- Encourage staff members to only print documents when absolutely necessary.
- Encourage paperless meetings and office events.
- Instead of printing web pages, bookmark or save the pages.
- Use electronic media that reduce paper waste.
- Educate staff and customers about the dangers to the environment of plastic bags.
- Reuse garbage bags in the offices or classrooms by emptying all garbage into larger trash containers.
- Purchase biodegradable plastic bags instead of regular plastic bags.
- Use reusable, durable containers or bags for storage instead of plastic bags.
- Encourage the use of reusable/washable dishware and cutlery at events and programs.
- Encourage the use of compostable/biodegradable food containers instead of Styrofoam or plastic.
- Provide staff with their own mugs for coffee or tea.
Education and Awareness
- Sponsor programs that educate children and their families about the environment.
- Post environment messages at the organization.
- Organize presentations to staff about eco-practices, environmental issues, or ecology spirituality.
- Encourage the use of environmentally friendly products.
- Encourage and promote local produce and sustainably caught fish.
- Educate ourselves about products with environmental dangers and look for options for mitigation.
- Plan a field day for staff to get out, explore, and appreciate their local environment.
- Organize a coastal cleanup on International Coastal Cleanup Day (Saturday, September 18) or another day.
- Organize/sponsor/participate in tree plantings in the neighborhood.
- Sponsor an environmental challenge/competition for a community, for example, a best yard contest, a best environmental initiative at school.
- Clean your local water bodies (lakes, rivers, etc.).
- Volunteer with the local forest department staff in your region to participate and organize programs that protect endangered species of flora and fauna.
- Create green committees to encourage environmental actions throughout the year.
- Plan environmental pledge drives and volunteer programs to sensitize people regarding environmental value and the importance of environmental action.
- Register your Salesian work with the Don Bosco Green Alliance.
August 20, 2021 - 10:00am