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How you can help PDF Print E-mail

 Here are a few suggestions of other things members and friends of AUC can do:
1.     Recycle everything possible (glass, plastic, paper, aluminum).
2.     Don’t use electrical appliances for things that can be done easily by hand (such as opening a can).
3.     Walk, bike or car-pool whenever possible.
4.     Print or copy on both sides of the paper, and don’t print unnecessarily.
5.     Use cold water whenever possible.
6.     Use washable dishes, not disposable ones.
7.     Turn off the lights, TV, and other appliances when not in the room.
8.     Store food in reusable containers instead of plastic wrap or foil.
9.     Take your own reusable bags to the grocery stores. Plastic grocery bags will soon be a thing of the past!
10.   Use only organic fertilizers.
11.   Pull out weeds instead of using herbicides.
12.   Start a composting system.
13.   Avoid buying food or household products in plastic or Styrofoam containers
        (these cannot be recycled and do not break down in the environment).
14.   If possible, don’t leave the water running … or dripping.
15.   Turn down the heat and turn off the water heater before leaving for vacation.
16.   Flush the toilet less often (if you cut flushing by half you’ll save up to 16.5 gal. of water a day).
17.   Buy locally grown food and locally made products whenever possible.
18.   Use reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic ones.
19.   Become an “idle free” driver.  Turn your car’s engine off rather than idling when picking up or dropping off.
20.   Bring used batteries, egg cartons, plastic bags and blue milk bags to AUC’s collection boxes.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:29
 
Useful Green Links PDF Print E-mail

Faith and Ecology/Environment Links - a modest starter selection:
• World Council of Churches’ campaign on climate change - www.oikoumene.org/en/programmes/justice-diakonia-and-responsibility-for-creation.html
• KAIROS (Joint Canadian Christian Action on the ecology) - www.kairoscanada.org/en/ecojustice
• United Church of Canada: Ecology - http://www.united-church.ca/ecology
• For some great ideas about how to reduce the garbage we create go to http://www.rubbishfreeyear.co.nz/
• International campaign to resolve the climate crisis: http://www.350.org/
• Work with fellow Canadians to bring Canada in line with the Kyoto Accord: http://www.kyotoplus.ca/
• Canada’s authoritative voice on the ecology: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/
• Faith and the Common Good: www.faith-commongood.net/index.asp
• Suggestions from our provincial government: www.eco.on.ca/eng/
• What’s happening in Perth http://www.ecoperth.on.ca/
• How to keep old computers out of the landfill tter.ca/
• Find out what's happening in Kitchenor/Waterloo at news.therecord.com/Life/article/644351
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:23
 
The Green Action Plan of Almonte United PDF Print E-mail
Education and Outreach
• Celebration – Green Team launch
• Double side photocopying – all user training session
• Saturday Event – Practical Eco-Spiritual Workshop
• Review of resource materials available in Bert Brydges Library
• Quarterly Community movie night – consider advertising to broader audience
 
Waste Management
• promote actions to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
• place recycle bins beside all garbage cans in useful places, especially in parlour and at front of church
• create signage that indicates what is recyclable and mount beside all bins
• policy - establish that church users (regular and occasional) use church dishes (i.e. a “no paper plate” as policy)
• policy - two side printing
• establish reuse tray as an option for photocopier
• policy - to buy recycled paper (where affordable)
• enhance e-mail usage
• find and use more eco-friendly cleaners (e.g. Normex cleaning products)
• install and [have volunteer(s)] properly maintain a composter in a safe area
• have scratchpad paper boxes in appropriate places using print-one-side paper that doesn’t contain confidential data
• print worship service bulletins (1 per worshipper) separate from announcement sheets (to be picked up by those interested)
• recycle “junk” (e.g. old photo copier in room beside boiler room)
• install a “used battery collection box” to aid congregation in disposing of hazardous waste
• policy - “lug-a-mug” to church events
• ascertain if paper towels in bathrooms are recyclable
 
Water Conservation
• install aerators where missing
• install water conserving toilets
• install rain barrels for 3Gs Task Group
 
Transportation
• install good bike racks on patio slabs integrated with 3Gs program
• policy - enhance car pooling
• reinstall anti idling signs in parking lot and on “green” movable signs at front of church on Sundays
• provide idling reduction education program to nursery school and drama parents
 
Other
• review Rental Agreement for User Groups with a view to ensuring environmental stewardship
• join Faith and the Common Good (FCG) – a network of conservation minded faith communities. See http://www.faith-commongood.net/
• purchase supplies co-operatively with other churches for better prices – opportunity through FCG

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 October 2010 19:30
 
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