This past Sunday, June 5th, marked the 42nd World Environment Day. This day was created to bring awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Family Scholar House has taken many initiatives to be more environmentally conscious and now we are going to share how we have been, along with providing our readers with more information on how anyone can start building a better tomorrow.
Why it’s important:
According to Conserve Energy Future, being environmentally friendly is: “having a lifestyle that is better for the environment. It’s all about taking those small steps towards making a better community for ourselves and generations to come.”
Simply put, our environment needs to be taken care. We utilize the resources that Mother Nature provides so we have a responsibility to take care of her in return, which allows future generations to continue utilizing the resources. Our current habits are dwindling our natural resources faster than they can be replaced, so we can start taking small steps that make a huge difference.
What Family Scholar House does for the environment:
- We are expanding our recycling initiative– including placing recycle bins in all offices and buildings.
- We encourage using reusable dishes with all campuses and offices (instead of paper and plastic).
- We conserve energy in several ways- we have motion sensory lights, as to save electricity when the spaces are not in use and our building thermostats are pre-programmed.
- Our Downtown campus has a green roof– Green roofs offer several benefits but most importantly to our community, green roofs reduce the amount of storm water runoff and also delay the time at which runoff occurs, resulting in decreased stress on sewer systems.
- Downtown has a Bioswale– These are landscape elements designed to filter out contaminants from surface runoff water by natural means, including vegetation and soil.
- T main campus has a roof top garden and Stoddard Johnston campus has a herb garden– we utilize all grown vegetation in our cooking classes and Café Nights.
Ways to become more mindful about the environment:
- Conserve water- make sure the dishwasher is full before starting a load and take quicker showers.
- Buy recycled/recyclable products- and actually recycle them!
- Consume less energy- turn lights off, pre-program your thermostats, unplug unnecessary appliances.
- Eat locally grown fruits and vegetables, or explore the option of gardening your own!
- Join environmental groups to combat air pollution and begin projects in your community.
- Create less waste– recycling really helps here!
- Plant trees- this could be a fun family project.
- Drive less and walk more- just remember, every bit counts!
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to get started. Here is how to get started in Louisville!
- Go to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/public-works/services/recycling
- Look up if recycling can be picked up at your house- if it can, request a bin and start recycling!
- If recycling cannot be picked up at your curbside, look to find the closest drop-off site. You simply fill your recycle bin and drop it off at the location. It’s an extra step, but the effort goes a long way.
- Also, don’t forget to make it fun! Children are more likely to make an effort if you explain the importance as well as have some fun with it. Here are several ideas on how to make recycling fun with your children.
More information can be found here:
- Link to World Environment Day 2016: http://www.wed2016.com/
- Link to LG&E: https://lge-ku.com/saving-energy-and-money
- Louisville, KY Government: https://louisvilleky.gov/city-services/environment-sustainability
Good luck! Please share with us on Facebook how you are currently or plan to be more environmentally conscious, we love hearing from our readers.