Western’s Green Tip of the Week: November 9, 2009-January 8, 2010

November 9-13: Free Old Medication Drop Off! The La Crosse County Household Hazardous Materials Facility will host a medicine drop off on Saturday, November 21st, from 9am-1pm at the Viterbo Fine Arts parking lot, 929 Jackson St. Acceptable items: Prescription Medications and Over-the-Counter Medications: Tablets, Capsules, Liquids, Creams, Ointments, Aerosols, Inhalers, Patches. Check: www.co.la-crosse.wi.us/solidwaste/HHM/ for more information or call 785-9999. Flushing medicine down the drain is hazardous to the environment. Do the right thing and bring them in!

Nov. 16-20: If you are purchasing something to eat from the cafe or a local store and bringing it back to your desk, consider keeping metal utensils in your desk for reuse. Taking plastic disposable utensils from the store each meal really racks up a lot of unnecessary trash, and costs the store more money!

Nov. 23-27: Happy Thanksgiving! When planning the Thanksgiving meal, consider local, in season produce. Squash, potatoes, yams, and root vegetables are all in season–do an online search for great, tasty recipes. Also, purchase a turkey that was raised free-range, anti-biotic and hormone free–preferably organic. Be thankful for all this planet has to offer us, and be midful of those resources.

Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Although Black Friday has passed, it is always good to limit overconsumption. Consider what gifts friends and family REALLY want and will use. Avoid gag gifts and unneeded purchases. Check out “The Story of Stuff”: http://www.storyofstuff.com/

Dec. 7-11: The holidays are here! If you decorate with lights, consider switching to LEDs. These consume 90% less electricity than regular string lights. Depending on your usage and number of strings, you could save quite a bit of cash!

Dec. 14-18: Well the snow has finally arrived, and that means getting out the snow-removing tools. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the typical two-cycle snowblower can expel nearly a pound of carbon monoxide for every hour it runs. That is pollution happening right where you breathe! Manually shoveling snow is not only good for the planet, but good for your health. If you cannot shovel, consider asking a neighbor to help you out.

Dec. 21-25: Happy Holidays! For all your eco-friendly holiday tips and ideas, check out Western’s Frog Blog: https://westernfrogblog.wordpress.com/ !!

Dec. 28-31: Holiday Break!

Jan. 4-8: Happy New Year! If your resolution is to be more eco-friendly, there are many places you can check out for 365 days of greening your life: Green as a Thistle http://greenasathistle.com/green-listed/; The Green Life http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/; 365 Days 365 Ways http://goinggreen365.greenhabbers.com/, and many others!

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