7 easy ways to be green

 

A quite fall day in the Big Cliff (Photo by Robert Van der Borg, Planning, Programs and Project Management Division)

A quiet fall day in the Big Cliff pool (Photo by Robert Van der Borg, Planning, Programs and Project Management Division)

 

Fern Ridge wildlife (Photo by Enrique Godinez, Corps of Engineers)

Fern Ridge wildlife (Photo by Enrique Godinez, Corps of Engineers)

By Michelle Helms, Public Affairs Office

Climate and other global environmental changes are major challenges for all missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps leads many aspects of the federal government’s climate change adaptation response because climate change threats became evident early around water resources – a core mission.

While our efforts as a Corps team are leading the way to address climate change through programs and projects, each of us can also take steps as individuals, at work and at home, to affect climate change. Climate change cannot be addressed by just one single agency or one individual; it requires collaboration of great minds, and committed individual actions.

1. Go paperless! Print, copy or fax only when necessary.

2. Use alternative transportation

– Telecommute if you can
– Carpool or take public transit whenever possible
– Better yet, walk, bike or jog to get where you’re going

3. Use reusable cups, mugs, utensils and containers.

4. Turn off lights when you don’t need them and use task lighting rather than fixtures that illuminate the entire room.

5. Scrub dishes before turning on the faucet to rinse.

6. Recycle ink cartridges, light bulbs and batteries.

7. Avoid phantoms! Unplug unused devices and chargers.