13 Easy Ways to Live Earth Day, Every Day

Make Earth Day a lifestyle. With a few easy lifestyle changes, you can help make our planet a little greener.

In honor of Earth Day we asked a multidisciplined group of SEH specialists – engineers, architects, planners and scientists – to share tips to help preserve the planet. Here are some easy things you can do every day to make Earth Day a lifestyle. Because if we all work together, we can help make this world a better place, one simple change at a time.

Drink tap water, not bottled water

Nearly 90% of water bottles are not recycled, plus standards for tap water are more stringent than standards for bottled water.
— Jana Nyhagen, Drinking Water Engineer

Turn the faucet off

You could save up to eight gallons of water a day just by shutting off the faucet when brushing your teeth.
— Jason Sprague, Protective Coatings Manager

Recycle your CFLs

Drop them off at your local hardware store or hazardous waste facility and do your part to prevent mercury release from compact fluorescent light bulbs. In Minnesota...it's the law.
— Melanie Niday, Solid Waste Scientist

Pay your bills online

Online bill pay saves 23 pounds of wood and avoids 29 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per household, every year.
— Alizabeth McJames, Billing Supervisor

Leave your car at home

Replace at least one car trip a week with a bike trip (store, post office, etc) and set milestones to increase this over time. Biking saves about a pound of CO2 per mile.
— Heather Kienitz, Traffic Engineer

Go paperless

Scan documents and save them in an electronic folder.
— Quinette Hotchkin, Records Coordinator

To rinse or not to rinse?

Not to rinse. Scrape off food scraps before you wash dishes and let your dishwasher do the rest.
— Taylor Poynor, Wastewater Engineer

Take a shower, not a bath

Baths require nearly twice as much water.
— Brad Weiss, Water Engineer

Take public transit

Transit use in the U.S. saves 4.7 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Just think if everybody used it.
Patrick Bougie, Transit Architect

Carpool to work

You’ll save on gas AND nasty pollutants.
— Caytla Eckert, Human Resources

Wash clothes in cold water

About 90% of the energy your washing machine uses goes towards heating the water.
— Steve Peterson, Wastewater Engineer

Clean your fridge

Dusty refrigerator coils can increase energy consumption by 30%
— Rick Viviani, Food and Beverage Services

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